Land of the Giants

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (103)

  • Steve: We have to sit her down and recharge our power cells. We're gonna need enough power to reach escape velocity.
    Dan: Do you really think there is an escape?

  • Dan: Nice going, skipper. There's just one little thing.
    Steve: What's that?
    Dan: What do we tell the passengers?

  • Betty: Dan's firing the stabilizing retros.
    Fitzhugh: What good could that possibly do? We are doomed! Hopelessly doomed! (Mark and Betty glare) I know, I know. Shut up.

  • Valerie: He doesn't even know we're here. Maybe he would help us.
    Steve: What?
    Valerie: You could ask him.
    Steve: Are you out of your mind?
    Valerie: No, I think we should ask him. After all, he does appear to be civilized.
    Steve: Come on, to him we're just 6" oddities. Maybe you don't mind being kept in a bottle all your life and fed three meals a day through an eyedropper, but not for me, thanks.

  • Fitzhugh: What are you looking at?
    Barry: Nothing, sir.
    Fitzhugh: Is that a snide reference to the fact that I am a nothing?
    Barry: No, sir. I just thought since you were the only real soldier here, you'd be the first to fight.
    Fitzhugh: My boy, I'm sorry. I'm not a military man. I'm just a worthless old nothing who's never fought in a war in his life.
    Barry: But you could, sir. You could now.

  • Fitzhugh: I can't go on. I can't stand it any longer. It's a constant nightmare, this hideous world. I want to get out of here! Never knowing what's going to come next. I can't go on. I've got to get out of here!
    Steve: From now on, that's just the way it's going to be in this world.

  • Fitzhugh: Me, being wrapped into a package and mailed: like a common cheese, like a fruit cake. Ridiculous!

  • Mark: Something's stalking us. You two go on, I'll hide and see what it is.
    Fitzhugh: Excellent idea. Come on, captain, I'll lead the way.

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Notes (130)

  • The opening of this episode starts with the opening credits, and then the episode begins with no credits. The show runs until the first commercial break, and then the story credits are shown. After this, all subsequent episodes would have a brief teaser before the opening credits, then show the guest and directing credits immediately afterward.

  • The opening credits here and throughout the first season, in order, are: Burton, Matheson, Arngrim, Marshall, Lund, Young, and Kaszner. Kaszner is irregularly listed as a "Special Guest Star".

  • The date of the flight June 12 (1983) is Irwin Allen's birthday. He was born on June 12, 1916.

  • Don Marshall dislocated his shoulder while diving over a fire. As a result, his character is wearing a sling in the next episode in production order, "Brainwash."

  • The first time, but not the last, that the writers mention another Earth vessel that got stuck in the Land of the Giants.

  • Betty and Valerie get new costumes this episode. Betty is wearing a green top and tights with red boots and a red skirt. Valerie is wearing a pink dress with a zig-zag design and matching boots, as well as pink tights.

  • Because of the low budget, the producers could only afford one giant spark-plug: through editing it is made to seem as if there are three.

  • Despite the title, there is no merry-go-round in the episode.

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Trivia (257)

  • As the Spindrift heads directly toward the space warp, the passengers look out a side window and see the warp as well.

  • Although Fitzhugh seems to lose his money to the cat here, it is referenced in subsequent episodes so presumably he went back and picked it all up.

  • The cat is way too low in the scene where Dan sees it through the doorway. The bottom of the doorsill is only a foot or two off the ground: the bottom of the cat's neck is at the same level. It would have to be in a deep hole for the angle to be correct.

  • When the cat first appears at Spindrift, it is to the side, facing the outside door. However, in the next shot when Dan runs to the cockpit, it is instantly facing in from the front.

  • When the giant entomologist grabs Valerie and holds her up at arm's length, his hand is disproportionately much larger to her than the scale we see throughout the rest of the episode, or when he grabs Steve a minute earlier.

  • When the Earthlings flee into the drainage pipe at the end, the giant reaches in to grab them. The camera cuts back very quickly to a shot of him looking into the pipe from inside, which would be impossible if his arm were in the pipe. Then in the next exterior shot, the giant's arm is instantly back in the pipe again.

  • The Spindrift here doesn't appear to be that badly damaged: it lands once and then lifts off and lands a second time. Presumably the cat's attack damaged the ship enough to require two seasons' worth of repair, but this isn't made very clear, considering that the driving story element of the next two years would be repairing it!

  • Many of the episodes span the course of a single night. With a 1-to-12 scale, this means the little people can walk about 2-3 "giant" miles a night. So everything we see them walk to in all the episodes is all within 2-3 miles of everything else they walk to. This means a lot of giant buildings are absurdly close to the Spindrift site(s). Within walking distance this week: an entymologist's lab

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Allusions (5)

  • Mark: You do make a good Jekyll and Hyde, though.
    Referencing the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this novella, researcher, Dr. Jekyll, creates a serum that inadvertently unleashes the bestial side of the human personality by creating a second personality. Dr. Jekyll's second personality goes by the name, "Mr. Hyde." The novella has since inspired dozens of book, movie, and TV adaptations and parodies.

  • Dan: I've heard you play and you're not exactly Bix Biederbeck.
    Bix Biederbeck is a famed cornet-jazz musician who was born in Davenport, Iowa

  • Fitzhugh: I'm an old hand at flying balloons.
    There appear to be several deliberate references to the novel and movie "The Wizard of Oz." The balloon is cut loose at the beginning, in a scene mildly reminscent of Dorothy's departure at the end of the movie. Fitzhugh, the group's resident con-man and big-talker, claims to be an expert balloonist although it doesn't matter to the plot, drawing comparisons to Professor Marvel/the Wizard in the movie. And in both cases, the groups travel long distances to a faraway land ruled by a (seemingly) tyrannical king/wizard who likes to decorate with gems.

  • Fitzhugh: A wondrous portal opened wide, as if a cavern was suddenly hollowed...
    Kurt Kasznar quotes extensively and with great relish from Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," a fairly famous literary work.

  • Fitzhugh and Betty: Be a clown...
    As puppets, Fitzhugh and Betty sing and dance to the Cole Porter number "Be A Clown", as performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in the '48 movie The Pirate.