Friday, May 1, 2009

The Lost Continent

Season: 1
Episode Number: 6
Season Episode Number: 6
Production Number: 4006
Airdate: October 26, 2009

Writer: Jeff Scott
Director: Bob Richardson

Voices: Joan Van Ark (Spider-Woman), Bruce Miller (Jeff Hunt), Bryan Scott (Billy Drew), Unknown (Admiral Hubbard), Unknown (Tork), Unknown (Dr. Morrison).

Plot: While researching the disappearance of many planes and boats, Jessica, Jeff and Billy accidentally find themselves on a mysterious island in the Bermuda Triangle, full of cavemen and dinosaurs! There, they meet a scientist who is bent on keeping his island a secret at all costs.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): There are few things that I like more that seeing dinosaurs attacking New York City. And that is exactly what this episode delivers However, due to the limitations of the animation, it doesn't come off much better than a Godzilla movie.

On the other hand, viewing this episode within the context of the series, it is one of the more ambitious episodes and rather good too!

The Lost Continent starts off with a simple plot: The trio are investigating the disappearance of some US fighter jets when they find themselves on an island filled with prehistoric creatures.

It turns out that a mad scientist stumbled on the island years ago and has devoted his live to protecting its whereabouts. But the second act takes a dramatic turn as the scientist, Dr. Morrison, reveals a super weapon that renders all the cavemen and dinosaurs under his control, and what does he do? He sends the cavemen in fighter jets and teleports the dinosaurs to New York City!

This is the creative writing that I like to see in a 70s television series! Not only does it stand out from the other episodes, but it is a super fun story that maintains its cheese factor but not in a way that distracts from the enjoyment of the episode.

I wonder why they didn't use the Savage Land for this episode as it is clearly a rip-off of the small pocket of the world that is lost in time. The Savage Land debuted in X-Men #10 in 1965 and was firmly established in the Marvel Universe by the time this series was made.

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