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With: Kathleen Coleman Bell, Wesley Eure, Ron Harper, Philip Paley
Written by: Various
Directed by: Various
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 350
Date: 03/18/2013

Land of the Lost: The Complete Third Season (1976)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Crying Uncle

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Season Three of this Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning cheese classic begins with an earthquake. Will and Holly's father (Spencer Milligan) gets sucked through a vortex and (perhaps) back into the real world, leaving them stranded alone. But luckily, not fifteen minutes later, their uncle (Ron Harper) falls out of the sky to join them and Cha-Ka (Philip Paley) for new adventures. Kathleen Coleman Bell and Wesley Eure return as Holly and Will, but I get the impression that Milligan did not want to return for a third season, and so they played this little trick which allowed them to keep the scripts intact. All they had to do was change the names. Otherwise, we get the usual cheesy studio sets, green screens, puppet dinosaurs, claymation dinosaurs, silly scenarios and bad pop music; apparently Eure sung the title song, but I was unable to confirm this factoid. What's so lovable about this show is that it got away with such low standards and that kids still treasured it and tuned in. Today, no kids' show could ever survive without state-of-the-art computer effects. And so "Land of the Lost" stands not only as a celebration of the times before dinosaurs disappeared, but also of the times before innocence disappeared.

DVD Details: Rhino Home Video presents Season Three in a two-disc set containing 13 half-hour episodes. Harper gamely provides an interview and a commentary track for Episode One, "Aftershock." Best of all is a seemingly real advertisement for an 8-Track tape of Eure's music.

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