Land of the Giants

Nightmare

Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 1/4/70
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  • Episode Description
  • While working with a helpful Giant scientist, the Earthlings are subjected to radiation which causes strange hallucinations.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Marshall

    Dan Erickson

  • Deanna Lund

    Valerie Ames Scott

  • Stefan Arngrim

    Barry Lockridge

  • Don Matheson

    Mark Wilson

  • Kurt Kasznar

    Commander Alexander B. Fitzhugh

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Not one of the strongest episodes of the series, but had some good parts.

    By Paul12456, Jul 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Valerie: As long as we have Fitzhugh, we have hope.

    • Steve: And the day was saved, thanks to Fitzhugh.

    • (almost hit by a car) Dan: That was too close. Mark: (getting his priorities straight) And too wet.

    • Kobick: I hope you didn't bring me out here on a wild goose chase. Dr. Berger: The little people are not wild geese. They don't come flying up to you.

    • (about Chipper) Fitzhugh: That dog's going to be the death of us yet.

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    Notes (4)

    • The original (alternate) title for this episode, "Nightmare," is "The Delta Effect."

    • The episode does make good use of time: there are clocks present in Kobick's and Andre's offices, and they seem to consistently and accurately measure the time that occurs on screen throughout the episode.

    • The shot of Steve looking down a ledge into a bottomless pit seems to be the standard stock shot of The Time Tunnel's power shaft from that series.

    • Series regular Heather Young is not in this episode.

    Trivia (8)

    • Supposedly alien planet: the Giants have human Earth-type names.

    • So what the heck is going on with the radiation? If it's actually physically turning people invisible, why does it work inconsistently? It makes the Spindrift and the campsite turn invisible, but not the surrounding rocks and brush. It also works on Berger, who doesn't seem to have been exposed. How does it make the Earthlings "see" other things as invisible (i.e., the cars and people)? And how does it make just some inanimate objects disappear (i.e., cars)?

    • Alternately, if the radiation effects are simply hallucinations, why is the invisibility so inconsistent? Berger wasn't exposed to radiation, so why is he hallucinating little people turning invisible? How does everyone have the same hallucinations (i.e., Dan, Steve, and Mark all see the cars and people vanish at the same moment)? And why do they have coordinated hallucinations (i.e., Mark hallucinating Steve vanishing, and Steve hallucinating that he's disappeared into some limbo at the same time?). Why does Berger hallucinate the disappearance of Spindrift, but not other surrounding inanimate objects?

    • Why doesn't Kobick put Valerie in the force field cage he had in last season's "The Chase"? That one blew up but was it really the only one?

    • Andre isn't much of a conspirator: he leaves meetings with the Earthlings in his appointment book and detailed Earth schematics laying around his office.

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