Dinotopia

Season 1 Episode 6

The Big Fight

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Aired Unknown Dec 26, 2002 on ABC
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The Big Fight
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Frank arranges a boxing match between David and Alano, one of Le Sage's Outsider crew. Meanwhile, Frank and Le Sage become friends, and the senate tries to find a way to ban the fight.

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  • An absolute mess of an episode that fails to raise itself beyond mediocrity.

    5.0
    If ever anyone required evidence to claim that Dinotopia is utter tripe, this episode easily provides it. While Dinotopia has its ups and downs, much like 90% of shows, this episode stands as a particularly low point for television in general.



    It is extremely disappointing to think that this was the final episode of Dinotopia to air on primetime television. From this this point onwards the series itself seemed to turn a corner quality-wise, as the producers and writers seem to have gotten to grips with the characters and developed a coherent and interesting universe.



    So, The Big Fight is not simply a terrible episode, it is also an unfitting epitaph to the series as a whole. The idea of a boxing match in Dinotopia seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Frankly, there is no need to even think that there would be anyone interested in participating, let alone viewing or even betting on the match. It makes a mockery of the Dinotopia civilization, which while being an eco-hippies wet-dream, is at least consistent.



    But of course, our new bad guys The Outsiders are more than willing to put up one half of the participants required. It only requires a ringer. And who should fit that bill but poor old David Scott. The straight laced, dedicated, Dinotopian indoctrinated, Skybax rider. And how does he fall for this? Simple, he was bullied in front of his potential love interest.



    Frankly, the love triangle between the two brothers and Marian is tired already and drawn out to the point of being meaningless. For it to be a primary catylst for a lame boxing match is criminal. Yet I simply cannot understand the logic of having a boxing match between any of the characters. Karl is utterly useless and looks as though a strong breeze could render him a cripple. While David struggles to be anything other than a weedy and lame lovestruck child.



    So aside from a desperate love story, we get possibly the worst boxing match ever committed to film. It is easy to see how this entire episode had such production difficulties as it seemed both the cast and crew wanted nothing to do with it.



    Really, it is a shame that for many this was the last episode of Dinotopia, as the series honestly turned a corner and actually became something interesting to watch.



    Comparing this episode to the original miniseries only serves to demonstrate just how brilliant and fun the original was and how wretched the series could be. Some of the few redeeming aspects of the early episodes of the series were the characters and the amazing sets and special effects. In The Big Fight even these are absent.



    Ultimately, if Dinotopia is remembered for The Big Fight it is essentially sad. But for anyone who actually sat through the entire episode they cannot help but accept that sorry state. At least for those who perservered through episodes such as these managed to see the best of Dinotopia in the following episodes.moreless
Shiloh Strong

Shiloh Strong

David Scott (TV Series)

Erik Von Detten

Erik Von Detten

Karl Scott (TV Series )

Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon

Frank Scott

Lisa Zane

Lisa Zane

Le Sage (TV Series)

Sophie Ward

Sophie Ward

Rosemary Waldo

Georgina Rylance

Georgina Rylance

Marion Waldo (TV Series)

Ben O'Brien

Ben O'Brien

Lorenzo

Guest Star

Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins

voice of Messenger Bird

Guest Star

Zoltán Seress

Zoltán Seress

Quint

Guest Star

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

voice of Zipeau

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Karl: Cleaned 'em out again, huh?
      Frank They're so... trusting. The concept of deception is just totally alien to them. It takes all fun out of the game. I've had better games with David!
      Karl: Ow.

    • Frank: Back home we had Monday Night Football, NBA, PGA, NFL, WWF...
      Karl: Sports. These are all sports. People love sports, even David - If you consider Scrabble a sport.

    • Zipeau: We have the Olympics every year. Just wait 'till you see the ring riding event - It'll knock your shoes off!
      Karl: Socks, Zip! Knock your socks off.

    • (On seeing Le Sage playing poker with Frank)
      David: Is that...?
      Karl: Oh yeah. Dad's new soul mate.
      Marion: What's she doing here?
      Karl: I invited her
      Marion: You invited her?
      Karl: Yeah, I thought my dad's life was a little boring, so I'd spice things up a little.
      Marion: Are you insane?

    • David: Him and a couple of other Neanderthals came up to Marion and me when we were in the forest the other day... And he fed me some line about needing a permit to pick mushrooms - which is a load of crock, and so I told him that.
      Karl: And...
      David: And he flipped me into a puddle of mud.
      (Karl scoffs)
      David: Twice.
      Karl and Frank (together): Twice?!

    • Frank: Looks like everyone is coming to the fight. You okay with that?
      Rosemary: You okay with your son having his face rearranged?

    • Zipeau: David, may I suggest keeping your shoulders down and putting some more weight into your uppercuts.
      (David, Karl and Frank look at Zipeau, shocked)
      Zipeau: What? I read a book, alright?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Director David Winning enhanced the boxing section in the final act -- to add a bit more action and violence, etc --because producers thought the original was too soft.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Karl: It's about being being wily, like the Road Runner.
      David: You mean Wile E. Coyote?

      Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are characters from the "Looney Tunes" cartoons, in which the coyote attempts to capture the road runner through wily techniques and contraptions from the ACME company. The road runner is significantly wilier and always eludes capture.

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