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Saturday morning TV flashback

May 4th, 2004 (02:06 pm)
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Recently I was thinking about the 1970s Saturday morning TV show Land of the Lost , and realized something: the way the Sleestacks (lizard men) were presented was basically homologous to standard presentations of Indians in old Westerns: there was one good one and a whole bunch of evil ones. The evil ones were savages who couldn't talk, or even walk without lurching around with their arms straight out like zombies. At some point, the humans had to go down into the Sleestacks' underground city (to rescue someone?), and discovered that the Sleestacks were ruled by a human. A savage, mind you; he was hunched up, and wore furs, and kept his minions in line mainly by waving a flaming torch at them. But he was human, so of course he was in charge.

Yesterday I thought about that scene again, and it struck me: Where did he get the furs? The show was never clear on whether the family had gone back in time or just found a lost valley where dinosaurs hadn't died out; but, either way, I'm pretty sure there were no large mammals around. There would have been shrewlike creatures, but that's about it. Did he have his Sleestack minions slaughter a thousand shrews and then sew their hides together? That'd make quite a slapstick scene, with the Sleestacks lurching around, holding needle and hides at arms length, trying desperately to push the one through the other.

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)

It's hard to sew needles together using shrews.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, there's an idea!

Maybe he trained some shrews to sew together the hides of their slaughtered brethren.

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)

I have fond, if vague, memories of that show. Perhaps it is best to leave them vague, so as to retain the fondness :-)

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's about how I feel about it, too. :-)

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)

http://www.landofthelost.com/faq.cfm

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