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Land of the Giants

Season 2 Episode 16

Nightmare

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jan 04, 1970 on ABC
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While working with a helpful Giant scientist, the Earthlings are subjected to radiation which causes strange hallucinations.

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  • Not one of the strongest episodes of the series, but had some good parts.

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    In an attempt to repair the ship using parts supplied by Andre (a giant scientist who befriended the little people), the crew of the Spindrift are inadvertently exposed to radiation. The initial result of this is that they appear invisible to the giants, although eventually the giants become invisible to them. In addition, members of the crew begin to apparently disappear one by one. While searching for an antidote to the effects of the radiation, Steve is transported to a strange location with invisible cars, neon lights, and a staircase, whereas Dan appears to have transported to a 'regular sized' laboratory. In the meantime, Inspector Kobick is on the hunt for the little people, and catches Valerie, who subsequently manages to escape thanks to the invisibility side-effect of the radiation. After some trippy sequences in the 'alternate world' where Steve, Dan and Mark have now been transported, the effects of the radiation eventually wear off by themselves, and everyone is returned to the land of the giants. This episode is a bit confusing at times, as it's not entirely clear where about the crew disappeared to, what the alternate dimension was - was it the subconcious of the cabin crew? If so, why did they disappear infront of each other? Why did the giants appear invisible when they weren't exposed to the radiation? Lots of unanswered questions, although this episode did have some good moments, such as the fight between Steve and Mark in slow-motion, even if it was just a hallucination. Whilst not one of the strongest episodes of season 2, this episode is at the very least distinct from the others, with a lot of the sequences taking place in the alternate dimension/subconcious.moreless
Don Marshall

Don Marshall

Dan Erickson

Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund

Valerie Ames Scott

Stefan Arngrim

Stefan Arngrim

Barry Lockridge

Don Matheson

Don Matheson

Mark Wilson

Kurt Kasznar

Kurt Kasznar

Commander Alexander B. Fitzhugh

Gary Conway (I)

Gary Conway (I)

Captain Steve Burton

Yale Summers

Yale Summers

Andre

Guest Star

Torin Thatcher

Torin Thatcher

Dr. Berger

Guest Star

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Inspector Kobick

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  • 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.

    • Why can't the Earthlings contact Andre again? Granted, he's lousy at keeping secrets, but it seems silly to dismiss such a valuable ally out of hand, particularly given Kobick's final attitude toward Berger.

    • Once again, Betty's absence is pretty noticeable. Note that Fitzhugh is referred to as "the last one" and being "alone".

    • When Kobick is in his office with Valerie, you can tell that his glasses consist of totally flat lenses, which would be useless for improving eyesight.

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