|The crew and passengers of the Spindrift.|
Total Episodes: 51
Original Air Dates: September 22, 1968 - September 6, 1970
Original Network: ABC
Captain Steve Burton (Gary Conway): Pilot of the Spindrift and accepted leader of the castaways. Steve usually has a good handle on situations, and will use his authority to override the wishes of the rest of the group if need be, but will listen to reason. Steve is usually the one to lead any conversation with one of the giants.
|The model kit of the Spindrift was a popular model kit, |
and was reissued
in the 1970s.
Mark Wilson (Don Matheson): A millionaire inventor, Mark is the technical expert among the castaways, and the lead in making repairs to the Spindrift. Mark is usually the first to disagree with any decision that Steve makes.
Valerie Scott (Deanna Lund): Valerie is a jet-setting heiress who seems to sometimes go along with someone who's disagreeing with Steve just for the enjoyment of it. She genuinely cares about her fellow castaways, however, and will take risks to help them.
|One of several paperback novels based on|
Barry Lockridge (Stefen Arngrim): Barry is the Will Robinson to Fitzhugh's Dr. Smith. He has a dog, Chipper, who sometimes gets the castaways in trouble due to his inability to be quiet. Barry is an expert chess player and has musical aptitude. He'll question Fitzhugh's judgement, but is usually talked into going along with him.
Betty Hamilton (Heather Young): Betty is the flight attendant of the Spindrift, and is often relegated to taking care of the crew and passengers. She's missing entirely from several episodes, with no explanation as to where she is!
Inspector Kobick (Kevin Kagen): The only recurring Giant, Inspector Kobick is the head of the S.I.D., which is devoted to hunting down and capturing the little people.
|Valerie is tense as the Spindrift crashes on the giants' world.|
|Valerie and Betty. Both characters would get |
new dresses in the second season.
|A hardback children's novel based on the|
show, published by Whitman.
|Mark, Steve, Valerie and Dan look at the world they've landed on.|
|Ordinary tape for the giants was an effective way to secure the Little People!|
|One of the trading cards sold by Topps.|
|Gold Key published several issues of a comic book|
based on the show.
|British hardback annual featured|
comics and text features.
|I'll have to track down a copy of this |
coloring book some day!
|The Colorforms set let you create your own adventures!|
|Ideal's board game.|
DVD Release: Full series available on DVD, although out of print these days.
Website: There's a page on the Irwin Allen News Network that's as close to an official site as you'll get!
|A highly collectible lunchbox!|
Watching the show, one can't help but notice during a bunch of second season episodes that Betty is missing entirely, without even a mention of where she is! The reality was that Heather Young was pregnant during production, and took some time off from the series. Prior to her taking time off, she was hidden behind props and set pieces to hide her pregnancy. Barry was missing in a few episodes himself, although his absence isn't quite as noticeable.
I can't help but think that with today's special effects, a revival of Land of the Giants could be spectacular, although admittedly a few changes might be necessary. Ignoring the square/cube law that would prevent the giants from being biologically possible at all, I think that if the show were revived as a movie, that perhaps the giants should be portrayed as moving slowly as well as talking slowly (with a lower pitch as well). Having the giants portrayed thusly would make it easier to accept ideas such as the little people being able to follow them as needed... there's several episodes where one or more of them are captured, and the rest follow the captor, presented as walking at a normal pace! Given that the little people are relatively eight to ten inches tall compared to the giants, that means each step the giants take is a fair distance to the Earth people... even at a walking pace, the giants would easily be too fast as presented to be kept up with! Attention would have to be paid to the distances traveled, as well, something that was glossed over on the show.