Yes, friends, season one of my favorite childhood show has been released by Rhino, featuring all episodes, many with commentary by the Kroffts, the cast , and the writers, as well as interviews, the “Land of the Lost” interactive quiz, and a Pakuni language dictionary.
From the “I did not know that” file:
Wesley (Will) Eure (billed throughout season one as simply “Wesley” at the behest of his managers, who were trying to generate some sort of mystique) sings over both the beginning and end credits. He beat out Kathy (Holly) Coleman for the priviledge.
Cha-Ka the Pakuni was named for Chaka Khan. The name was later appropriated by a notorious LA tagger.
The chief art director went on to create the look for Next Generation and other later Star Trek series, which explains a lot.
Enik the Altrusian was the brain-child of Walter (“No Matter What I Do, I’ll always be Chekov, and I don’t mean Anton”) Koenig, who created him for an episode called “The Stranger”. His name was originally to have been Eneg, “Gene” spelled backwards, in tribute to Mr. Roddenberry.
Walker Edmiston, who played Enik, ALSO played the Civil War Era soldier in the caves with the cannon, in a time-loop script by Larry “Ringworld” Niven.
Niven originally had the Civil War character be a Miner 49’er with a Winchester, but story editor David Gerrold wanted to refrain from anything dangerous that a child could easily recreate during imaginitive play (Look! Grandpa’s old gun looks just like the one in Land of the Lost!), so a cannon was substituted. Maybe this explains why Sleestak used crossbows.
Sleestak were conceived by David Gerrold as “Lizard Men”, in tribute to the old Flash Gordon serials, which answers the question posed by my last Land of the Lost thread.