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Land of the Giants
Image:Landofgiants.gif
Genre Science fiction
Directed by Harry Harris
Sobey Martin
Starring Stefan Arngrim
Don Matheson
Kurt Kasznar
Gary Conway
Don Marshall
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 51
Production
Executive producer(s) Irwin Allen[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Technicolor
Audio format Mono
Original run September 22, 1968September 6, 1970
Chronology
Preceded by local programming
Followed by The F.B.I.
Related shows Lost in Space
Land Before Time
External links
Irwin Allen Network's Land of the Giants website Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Land of the Giants was an hour-long American science fiction television program lasting two seasons beginning on September 22, 1968 and ending in March 22, 1970. The show was created and produced by Irwin Allen. Land of the Giants was the fourth of Allen's science fiction tv series. The show was aired on ABC and released by Fox Television. The series was filmed entirely in color and ran for 51 episodes. The show starred Gary Conway and Don Marshall. Author Murray Leinster also wrote a novel in 1968 based on the television series.[2] Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Rear Admiral Harry Harris is commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Guantanamo Bay detainment camp commander. ... Stefan Arngrim (born December 23, 1955) sometimes credited as Stephan Arngrim. ... Don Matheson was an American television actor, best known for his continuing role in Irwin Allens series Land of the Giants. ... Kurt Kasznar (13 August 1913 - 6 August 1979) was a film and television actor. ... Gary Conway is an American actor born February 4, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts as Gareth Carmody. ... Donald James Marshall (born May 2, 1936 in San Diego, California) is an actor best known for his work in the television show Land of the Giants. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed The Master of Disaster for his work in the disaster film genre. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Label for 1. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The F.B.I. was a television series broadcast on ABC in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Lost in Space is a science fiction TV series created and produced by Irwin Allen. ... The Land Before Time is an animated film, produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblin Entertainment, directed by Don Bluth, with a soundtrack composed by James Horner. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1968 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1969 in television, other events of 1970, 1971 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1970-71 American network television schedule. ... Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed The Master of Disaster for his work in the disaster film genre. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Gary Conway is an American actor born February 4, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts as Gareth Carmody. ... Donald James Marshall (born May 2, 1936 in San Diego, California) is an actor best known for his work in the television show Land of the Giants. ... Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 - June 8, 1975) was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an American science fiction and alternate history writer. ...

Contents

Show Premise

Set in the then-future year of 1983, the series tells the tale of the crew and passengers of a sub-orbital transport spaceship called the Spindrift. In the pilot episode,The Spindrift, which is a vehicle of space tourism, is en route from Los Angeles to London via the ultra fast route of earth orbit. Just beyond Earth's boundary with space, the Spindrift encounters a strange space storm and is transported to a mysterious planet where everything is twelve times larger than its counterpart on Earth, including the human inhabitants. The Spindrift crew calls the inhabitants "the giants". If an average Earth human is about six feet tall, an average "giant" will be about 72 feet tall. The Spindrift crashes on this planet and becomes inoperable. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The curvature of the Earth seen from orbit would be one of the main attractions for tourists paying to go into space Space tourism is the recent phenomenon of space travel by individuals for the purpose of personal pleasure. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


These giants are in form entirely human, but their society is a dictatorship of which not too many details are given, and which employs no symbols. The giant government has put a reward out for the capture of the tiny Earth people, presumably because of the Earth people's superior technology. Episodes often have the plot of giants capturing one of the passengers or crew, with the rest having to rescue the captured one. The Earth people avoid capture most of the time because their spaceship is hidden in a forest outside the city.


Production

It was created by Irwin Allen on the template of his Lost in Space. There is a foolish, greedy traitor in an American uniform who continually tries to deceive the boy in the cast, just like Doctor Zachary Smith. It is assumed the co-pilot Dan Erikson (Don Marshall) is African-American. Lost in Space is a science fiction TV series created and produced by Irwin Allen. ...


With a 250,000 US$ budget per episode, Land of the Giants set a new record.[1] The actors had to be in top shape, as they had to do many stunts themselves, such as climbing giant curbs, phone cords and ropes.


Land of the Giants-Series Setting

Very little is known about the home planet of the Giants. That is partially because the Spindrift crew very seldom leaves the "City of the Giants" where their spaceship crashed in the pilot. Only two other societies are ever seen. They are "The Land of the Lost" and "Secret City of Limbo" both of which are glimpsed only briefly. Both are descriptive phrases rather than names. No name is ever given for either of these societies.


No name has ever even been established for the mysterious planet, but the inhabitants seem to know of Earth, Venus and Mars, referring to them by name in one episode. (The first mention of Earth by the giants was in the second episode, and was matter of factly mentioned.) This may be because of prior crashes of ships from Earth. Exactly where this planet is located is also never made clear. However it can be supposed that it is a natural part of the Earth's solar system, but is, by some quirk of nature, unknown to Earth. In the episode, "On a Clear Night You Can See Earth", the character Captain Steve Burton (Gary Conway) claims to have seen Earth through a set of infrared goggles invented by the giants, implying that the two worlds are indeed different but near enough to each other to be able to see one from the other. Whether or not he is telling the truth is unclear. This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Adjectives: Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean Atmosphere Surface pressure: 9. ... Adjectives: Martian Atmosphere Surface pressure: 0. ... Image of two girls in mid-infrared (thermal) light (false-color) Infrared (IR) radiation is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of radio waves. ...


The only established method by which Earth people may reach the planet is some sort of high-altitude spacecraft, passing through what one giant calls a "dimension lock" which seems to act more as a space warp or wormhole. The first (and only) mention of the phrase "dimension lock," by a giant in the second episode of the first season ("Ghost Town"). The giant refers to the space warp as "our dimension lock," as if it were built or at least known by the inhabitants of the giant planet. The Spindrift crew just calls it a space warp. The term wormhole is never used. It is not entirely clear what the term dimension lock means. Analogy to a wormhole in a curved 2D space (see Embedding Diagram) Artists impression of a wormhole as seen by an observer crossing the event horizon of a Schwarzschild wormhole, which is similar to a Schwarzschild black hole but with the singularity replaced by an unstable path to a...


It has been speculated that giant planet actually is some parallel universe version of Earth itself. There is also the possibility that the show takes place on a Counter-Earth. If one postulates the notion that the giant planet is in the same orbit as Earth, and if the dimension lock operates as some sort of time warp that propels objects, traveling through the dimension lock would transport the ship to from Earth to the giant planet. The inhabitants of the giant planet do not possess manned space flight, and as a result the giants are not able to travel to Earth. Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Counter-Earth is an Earth-like hypothetical planet, usually sharing an orbit with Earth but on the opposite side of the Sun. ... Human spaceflight is space exploration with a human crew, and possibly passengers (in contrast to unmanned space missions, which are remotely-controlled or robotic space probes). ...


Although several episodes show that at least six other flights have landed on the planet, no episode shows that anyone ever successfully returned to Earth. The first mention of other visitors from Earth was in episode 2 ("Ghost Town"), where another ship was described as crashing long ago without any survivors. In episode 4 ("Underground") another Earth ship is described as crashing three years prior with no survivors.


Several episodes show crews surviving the initial crash, only to be killed later. The episode "Brainwash" has a crew of little people surviving long enough to build a radio station that can communicate with Earth. They are killed shortly thereafter. The episodes "Golden Cage" and "The Lost Ones" show survivors of other crashes, where only certain crew members have survived. Only the Spindrift crew seems to have survived long term, with its party intact. The impression given is that Earth people do not do well for long in giant captivity.


One country or continent or hemisphere is wholly dominated by authoritarian government which, however, tolerates the existence of entrepreneurs and businessmen. Giant society does not seem very militarized nor is day-to day-life restricted with curfews and other regulations; it simply does not tolerate any effort to effect political change. In the episode "Doomsday" it is mentioned that there are many nations on this giant planet. Exactly what the political situation is on other continents is not known, although at least one overseas land ("The Land of the Lost") has a despotic ruler. The Air Traffic Control will tell those who venture far out to sea that they should turn back, that nothing beyond that sea has been explored nor is there current contact; whether this is an official government line or the truth is not known. It should be noted that the Air Traffic Controller has behind him what appears to be a map of the giant planet. Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      This article applies to political and organizational ideologies. ... Entrepreneurs created by Thomas Clarke in 2001. ... For the Canadian musical group, see Air Traffic Control (band). ...


In spite of the authoritarian government, there are several dissident movements at work that either help other dissenters (such as the Earth people) or are actively working to unseat the government. Whether or not these dissidents are any better than the government is not known. In later episodes the Earth people end up fighting with these dissidents. They do this to stop efforts to disrupt giant society. The government has established the SID, Special Investigations Department, to deal with assorted dissidents, but it also has taken the lead in dealing with the Earth people. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The technology largely resembles 1950s and 1960s Earth, slightly more advanced in some respects (e.g. cloning, radio controlled toys, small nuclear reactors) and slightly behind in others (does not have microelectronics, hearing aids, or manned space flight). Culturally, the society resembles the United States. The Earth people find themselves able to cope at a cultural level, dealing with movie studios, musicians, hobos, nuclear families, orphanages, folklore, jealousies and rivalries, law-breakers and patriots, criminals and honest people, poor and rich, sympathetic and hostile. Their efforts to get around are facilitated by the ubiquity of large drains directly from interior rooms to the pavement level at an outside wall of most buildings. The fact that English is the local language no doubt adds to these conveniences.


The Earth people's objectives are: (1) survival, by obtaining food and by avoiding capture by the native people or menace from small animals like cats and dogs; (2) repair of their spacecraft so they may take off and attempt a return to Earth. They largely manage survival with the help of their stunning ingenuity, their small size (enabling them to sneak around and hide), the occasional giant sympathizer, and, of course, their technology, which (per dialogue spoken in one of the episodes) is about fifty years ahead of the giants' technology.


They do not achieve the second objective, however, since the primary systems of their craft, the Spindrift, are heavily damaged. The secondary systems are insufficient to allow take-off and the sub-orbital flight required. They are unable to successfully integrate the native technology as it is bulky and less advanced; in one episode, an experimental nuclear reactor provided by an engineering student produces dangerous side effects and is prone to overload. They also cannot trust the giants who might be able to offer the Earth people a ride home in exchange for technical assistance.


They are aided in the first goal, and at least somewhat hindered in the second, by the leadership of Captain Steve Burton. He behaves as leader, protector to the passengers and crew and his leadership has rescued them from a number of difficulty. However on the other hand, Captain Burton also functions as a guardian of the gate who tries to keep the giants from ever reaching Earth. In the episode "Brainwash", giant police officer Ashim (Warren Stevens) says "Maybe we can find the home planet of these little people. It may be a very tiny planet,but rich beyond our dreams." It is not entirely clear what that means. Nor is it entirely clear what the giants would do if they ever reached Earth. In several episodes Captain Burton puts keeping the giants away from Earth above the need to get his people home. At the end of those episodes he destroys devices that would get the Spindrift back to Earth but would probably also enable the giants to journey there as well.


The cast

Land of the Giants guest stars included many familiar faces from other 1950s and 1960s sci-fi/fantasy and adventure series (e.g., Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, I Dream of Jeannie). These popular, well-known character actors included Michael Ansara, Warren Stevens, John Carradine, David Opatoshu, Charles Drake, Jonathan Harris, and Alan Hale, Jr. Gary Conway is an American actor born February 4, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts as Gareth Carmody. ... Donald James Marshall (born May 2, 1936 in San Diego, California) is an actor best known for his work in the television show Land of the Giants. ... Don Matheson was an American television actor, best known for his continuing role in Irwin Allens series Land of the Giants. ... Kurt Kasznar (13 August 1913 - 6 August 1979) was a film and television actor. ... Stefan Arngrim (born December 23, 1955) sometimes credited as Stephan Arngrim. ... Deanna Lund is an actress in American television and movies. ... Heather Young was an actress who is best known for playing the character Betty Hamilton on the television series, Land of the Giants. ... Kevin Hagen Kevin Hagen (April 3, 1928, Chicago, Illinois – July 9, 2005) was an American actor. ... Michael Ansara (born April 15, 1922) is a stage, screen and voice actor. ... Warren Stevens (born November 2, 1919) is an American stage, screen, and television actor. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 - November 27, 1988) was an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns. ... David Opatoshu (January 30, 1918 – April 30, 1996) was an American television actor with occasional roles in films. ... Charles Drake (born Charles Ruppert, October 2, 1917 - September 10, American actor. ... Jonathan Harris (November 6, 1914 – November 3, 2002), was an American stage and character actor. ... Alan Hale Jr. ...


DVD

All 51 episodes were released on DVD in a limited-edition 9-disc Complete Series release on July 24 from Fox Home Entertainment. is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the present name of a company established in 1968 as Magnetic Video Corporation, and later as CBS/Fox Video and Fox Video. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Alex McNeil. "Land of the Giants." Total Television. New York: Penguin, 1996. p. 402
  2. ^ Leinster, Murray (1968). Land of the Giants. New York: Pyramid Books. 

Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 - June 8, 1975) was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an American science fiction and alternate history writer. ... Pyramid Books was a paperback publishing company, founded in 1949 by Alfred R. Plaine and Matthew Huttner. ...

External links

  • Land Of The Giants DVD News: TVShowsOnDVD.com
  • The Irwin Allen News Network: Land Of The Giants

  Results from FactBites:
 
Land of the Giants - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1119 words)
Land of the Giants is an American television show of the 1960s which tells the tale of the crew and passengers of a sub-orbital transport plane (the Spindrift) which is accidentally transported to a world in which all life forms are huge in comparison to them.
These giants are in form entirely human, but their society is a dictatorship of which not too many details are given, and which employs no symbols.
Episodes often have the plot of giant scientists capturing one of the passengers or crew, with the rest having to rescue them.
Giants In The Land (1960 words)
Both the giants of legend and the giants of the Bible are generally an unhappy, grumpy, and unloving lot.
If the mission of these giants was to discourage Israel from occupying the land of Canaan, then we can say that they came very close to succeeding in their mission.
Of course, all the land east of the Jordan River where the Rephaim, Zuzim, and Emim lived was stolen away from tiny Israel in the first part of the twentieth century and later became a part of the country of Jordan.
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