The Lost World

Season 2 Episode 12

Voodoo Queen

Aired Unknown Feb 10, 2001 on
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Voodoo Queen
As mysterious drums sound through the jungle, Roxton is stalked and seduced by a beautiful woman, Danielle, who tells a harrowing tale of Trogs attacking and taking over her village. Seeking refuge at the Treehouse, she manages to charm the men but arouses the women's suspicions. Their mistrust is justified when Danielle makes a voodoo doll in Roxton's image and lures him back to her village, where it turns out, she is the one who controls the Trogs and an army of zombies. When the others discover that Roxton has been enslaved, they quickly devise a plan to infiltrate the village and rescue him.moreless

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  • The episode has a certain power of fascination. Is it the camp plot? the longjohns? two parts lust? or is it the Voodoo dance?

    I will slaughter all who stand in my way. Danielle appears a little in love with the word 'slaughter' using it at least five times. And what was she trying to accomplish? It would seem her motley crew of subjects required some celebrations to maintain their adoration. One might presume that they would be somewhat perturbed that a dozen or more of their number were shot or electrocuted in order to get the two sacrifices. Easy come, easy go, I guess.

    Veronica sees immediately the flaw in Danielle's plan - soon there would be no one left to tell her how great she is. (Veronica is wise in the ways of megalomaniacs - she was equally unimpressed by Pierson Rice.) But as crazy for power as Danielle is, you have to admire the intricacy of her plot - stealing the personal items despite being given a tongue-lashing by both women, coming up with the perfect spells to delay the explorers until she wanted them to come after her, luring Roxton to the zombie village even after she'd lost her voodoo doll. That's a lot of trouble to go to for a party but how can you have a 'wild and dangerous night of eating, drinking, dancing and sex.' without a couple of sacrificial offerings and a love slave?

    Voodoo on the Plateau I learned a great deal about voodoo in this episode (don't let anyone tell you The Lost World isn't educational, kids) and enjoyed once again watching Challenger's world view that everything can be explained by science come up against the mystical. No less than seven times, Challenger scoffs at the possibility of voodoo power and each time someone gets sick, a beam falls or a zombie appears. There is an interesting moment when he's pooh-poohing voodoo and says to Marguerite "Surely you of all people don't believe in this hocus-pocus?" He is familiar with the hard-headed pragmatist not the practising spiritualist Marguerite that shows up in True Spirit in season 3.

    She's got the blank expression right. It seems fairly obvious from the opening and end scenes that Roxton is under a spell from the beginning. However, in between his behaviour is often far too 'normal'. The exchange between he and Marguerite when he accuses her of being jealous and she tells him he is easily manipulated is quick and clever (and a pleasure to watch). Marguerite is certainly relieved to think that he was possessed by voodoo magic when she finds the doll.

    Whatever my feelings for John Despite the episode being quite camp and the dialogue often corny, Rachel Blakely rarely plays her role tongue-in-cheek and that helps make moments in this episode quite memorable. Her trials start with her first appearance when she suggests that Roxton is dallying with some jungle princess and Veronica rounds on her with "Why do you always think the worst of him?" Then she has both Roxton and Danielle accuse her of being jealous. Actually she doesn't come across as jealous - bitterly disappointed at first then deeply concerned as she sees that Danielle has more on her mind than free room and board. Marguerite is oddly unguarded with Danielle, perhaps she sees her as a kindred spirit "I've been there and back." and she admits that she has some sort of feelings for John if only a concern for his well-being. The moment I like the best is when she is cleaning her gun. She appears so poised and the quip at the end is so Marguerite but there is a moment in the middle when Veronica asks her where Danielle was. Marguerite frowns a bit as she replies "Off somewhere with Roxton" but what I like is that her hand cleaning the gun slips as if from the effort taken to restrain her emotions.

    This should keep the fire burning I call this the list of lines I wish Roxton had said to Marguerite instead of Danielle.

    What other secrets are you hiding?

    Always twisting and turning, huh?

    No chance of losing (my attention).

    I do like the sound of your voice.

    Hey, come back.

    Where the hell are you taking me, woman?

    Oh no, I'm not afraid of you.

    It's on the list.

    A woman worthy of my adoration.

    You think I'd let you get away so easily.

    I won't let you go alone.

    The rest Overdressed. The trogs seem to wear far too many furs for a jungle climate. And Roxton. I know the explorers all seem to wear undershirts but longjohns?

    Dancing Queen As many have said, the dance is a bad one. I wonder if they could have solved the problem by doing one of those blurring fadeouts that would imply that the dancing had gone on longer.

    Missing Scene There are many interpretations of the backward look that Roxton gives Marguerite as he and Danielle prepare to get on the elevator. What I would like to have seen is a little earlier after Marguerite and Veronica decide Danielle should get the old heave-ho. As that scene ends, Veronica turns away, Danielle goes to her room and Marguerite approaches Roxton. The camera follows Danielle and we see her exultation. What I would like to have seen was what went on between Marguerite and Roxton. Would she have tried to reason with him? Would no words be spoken- just an acre of hurt between them? That's the fun of watching The Lost World for the umpteenth time - a chance to read between the lines and a chance to revel in such fine dialogue as the following.

    Ned: They've taken the women.

    Challenger: They must be heading for the village.

    Ned: This clothing suggests some sort of sacrifice.

    Challenger (with dramatic emphasis): The cult of the living dead! Just kidding!moreless

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