Land of the Giants

Season 2 Episode 4

Deadly Pawn

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 12, 1969 on ABC
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Episode Summary


The Earthlings must play a giant-sized game of chess against a demented industrialist... who uses his prisoners as pieces on a board rigged with booby traps.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the security guard stuns Valerie, Barry, and Fitzhugh, the scale is off. The "little people" come up almost to his knees, making them 2-3 times larger than the usual proportions.

    • Kronig and his doctor are playing a game and the pieces are all standing upright. Then Fitzhugh, Barry, and Valerie are dumped onto the board. When they land, several pieces have been knocked over and apparently have been for some time (they're not rolling as if they had just been knocked over).

    • When Fitzhugh, Barry, and Valerie look up at Kronig over the black pieces early on, the perspective is badly off. Kronig is far lower than he should be: below the height of the king and queen black pieces, even though the camera level is nearly level with where his head should be.

    • 50-year technology gap: Kronig's guard has a "magnetic stunner". Kronig is also a "cybernetics" expert.

    • Within walking distance: Kronig's estate

    • Supposedly alien planet: Earth Chess is a fairly well-known game, and Kronig is a grand master at it. The game is seemingly identical to the Earth version.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kronig: Chess is a game of war. Weakness is punished with death. A nice touch of realism, huh?

    • Fitzhugh: Mark, you must be an expert.
      Mark: Programming a computer for chess doesn't make you an expert at chess.
      Fitzhugh: Why not?
      Mark: Well, does using an adding machine make you good at addition, Fitzhugh?

    • Mark: Why doesn't that kid answer? A computer can only do so much. There's still options that have to be decided on. I don't even have it programmed!
      Betty: Mark. Coffee, tea, or milk?
      Mark: Still calming the passengers, eh?

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