- Categories:Size, Television Episode
- Episode 21
Land of the Giants was a novel first.
A TV producer created a TV series based on it that ran from 1968 to
1970, for 2 seasons!
A small aircraft with 7 people and a dog on board crash after a
severe storm and when they get out they learn they are trapped, not
on Earth, but on a strange planet of giants!
They are literally small enough to be held in a hand of a giant!
And that happens often in the series!
Utilizing many giant props and unique camera techniques, the show
really lets you believe the storyline is possible!
The 7 are always on the run, hiding in drains, gopher holes,
climbing ropes made out of thread wigh grappling hooks made out of
giant diaper pins, when they are not being chased by the giant
humans or giant animals!
They lived in their spacecraft in the woods. The ship was carried
by the giants in several episodes. It looked to be about 3 feet
long to them.
There were 2 male pilots, 2 female stewardesses, a boy and his dog,
an engineer (male), and a shifty older male with a lot of money in
a suitcase that caused a lot of trouble with his often cowardly,
and greedy ways.
A very enjoyable series out on DVD now, I think. It has been
syndicated often since being cancelled in the 70's, recently on the
The series itself seemed to claim that the planet was giant, not
that the "little people", as the seven were called by the giants,
were shrunken. I believe that in this instance with such a prime
change in perspective for the characters, that it is the same
EFFECT at a physical transformation, and since it is hardly a minor
aspect, being the basis of the entire show, it should be included,
but we note that no one apparently physically changes size, with
the exception of at least 2 episodes.
There was one episode where the older man, Fitzhugh, actually
became a giant! It lasted for most of the episode!
Episode 21: Genius At Work
Fitzhugh and Barry run across a giant boy, Jodar, being chased by a
giant hillbilly. They help him escape. Jodar is a boy genius, kind
of a prototypical Wesley Crusher, and gives them an enlarging pill
he's been working on. Chipper gets hold of it and it works!
Fitzhugh returns later and takes the pill, grows to giant size, and
steals some clothes from the hillbilly.
The rest of the Earthlings want nothing to do with him, and there
is no antidote so he has no way to go back with them once they fix
the ship. Disgruntled, Fitzhugh goes off and intimidates some
giants. That, the Earth money in his pocket, and the clothing which
match the description of the hillbilly (who has been attacking
children) get him arrested. He fakes amnesia, but Inspector Kobick
isn't buying it.
Steve contacts Jodar and enlarges himself, then pretends to be a
respected lawyer. Kobick sees through the ruse and imprisons him as
well. Jodar comes up with an antidote, and both Steve and Fitzhugh
shrink and escape. To make sure Fitzhugh isn't arrested again if he
grows back to giant size (??), they go to the hillbilly's house and
find evidence that convinces the police to arrest him for the
assault on the kids. They also give the remainder of the antidote
to Chipper, while Jodar departs for college.
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originally posted by anonymous cj on 2005-01-03, no edits, entryid=2081