Lost World - Complete Season One [DVD]
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Determined to prove the existence of The Lost World, dashing adventurer and scholar Professor Edward Challenger mounts a British expedition team consisting of a mismatched group of enthusiasts, all with less than selfless reasons for making the journey. This hugely impressive John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers) production takes place in a land where time stands still but terrifying pre-historic creatures, vicious ape-men and blood-sucking flora won t. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this thrilling series brings cliffhanging action, great effects and hot heroes right into your home!
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The actors through themseves into the sotry, the action is strong and most of the time it centre around caves, if you see it you will know what I meen. Some episoeds are better than others.
The special effects for a Tv show is not to bad for it's time, my only problem is that on the DVD it does not have the opening poilt episode, you do not need this but it would have been nice, I think you can still buy this seperatly, in the UK.
Overall this is just good fun and entertainment, and if that is all you want then buy this for the escapism that it offers. seasons 2 and 3 are cheaper in region 1
Amazingly, this TV series got so much of the characterisation of the original book true to the original work, even if the actual storylines are pure hokum - but, there is nothing wrong with hokum, because that is what Sir ACD wrote The Lost World and it's first sequel and I hate "literary" snobbery, that sneers at Mills & Boon, and fantasy and Westerns and sci-fi. Writing Mills & Boon is one of the hardest markets to crack and they are excellent for teaching swaggering wannabe novelists some much needed humility.
The story starts off according to the book, with the Challenger expedition going to the plateau - it then veers off into fantasy arenas with the heroes discovering the plateau is a focal point of space-time flux where all sorts of bizarre events occur as they try to get off the plateau and go home. So the series in no way follows the book - there are raptors, T-Rexes, WWI dirigibles, ape-men, lizard men, and all sorts of shenanigans, and for that period, the effects were very good.
So what's good - well the characterisations. Will Snow is outstanding as Lord John Roxton; he's everything the character should be: he even looks like the book Roxton, for most of the show. I always thought only Brian Blessed was good enough to play Prof George Challenger, but New Zealand native Peter McCauley was brilliant - just the right hint of bombast but with bravery and innovation. Canadian David Orth again played Ned Malone with excellent characterisation - young, a bit naive, but brave, intelligent and loyal as well as quick thinking.
Only Michael Sinelnikoff was slightly off as Summerlee - the book Summerlee is thin and aesetic and acerbic - I always thought of Charles Dance or William Fitchnor who played the Collector against Nicholas Cage in Drive Angry, however, Sinelnikoff's Summerlee is shorter, plumper, kindlier and much more "absent minded professor" type - he is apparently killed off at the end of Season 1 (but not quite).
I was prepared to hate Rachel Blakeley as Marguerite Krux, the morally dubious expedition financier but she was excellent again - not an insipid "love interest" nor a silly "men are evil because they're men" type nor an even sillier "eco-activist, humans are evil type". Roxton was in love with her and their romance lasts the series - the closest characters to her currently are Erica Cerra, who plays Jo Lupo in the excellent sci-fi show A Town Called Eureka and Jaime Murray as Helena G Wells in its sister-show Warehouse 13.
Jennifer O'Dell as the plateau's "jungle girl" was the closest thing to cliche and again, her characterisation avoided all that sort of nonsense, though she became Malone's true love, away from his insipid, shallow, treacherous girlfriend Gladys back in London.
So - what's bad? Well, the reason I've had to give the DVD boxset for Season 1 - and both Seasons 2 and 3 - only 3 stars (I was going to give it 2) is because it's not the proper show. The series aired via pay-per-view on DirecTV based in California from 1999-2002, then showed on Cable network TNT before being edited for syndication. But the episodes in these DVDs are the syndicated edited episodes and I am sorry but that is unacceptable and a bare-faced cheek. When you want people to buy your product you make sure you are giving them the right thing and providing value for money. In short, when making the DVDs for commercial release, the episodes should have been the ppv unedited DirecTV episodes, not the cheap, lazy, can't be bothered edited syndicated episodes - you also don't get any extras or the pilot movie, which explains rather important plot points!
I hope that eventually they bring out, for example, a Limited Edition or Director's Cut Boxset of the Pilot Movie and Seasons 1-3, because I see no reason to pay for something that isn't done properly, just because some marketing executive couldn't be bothered to do their job properly. Quite simply, these are not the proper episodes of the show, which is a real shame.
I will certainly give it my best try.
This series has it all - action, adventure, romance, comedy and drama.
Season One starts things off with the aptly named episode "The Journey Begins". Our explorers Prof. George Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Ned Malone, Prof. Arthur Summerlee and Marguerite Krux are taken in by Veronica Layton (a young woman whose parents disappeared 11 yrs before and grew up alone on the mysterious plateau). The stranded group realizes getting off the plateau and back to London is no easy task (luckily for us). You'd think dinosaurs would be their biggest problem - think again. They encounter slavers, ape-men, cannibals, headhunters and raiders, just to name a few. I think all the episodes have something to offer but here are a few of my choices as standouts.
"Cave of Fear" delves into Roxton's guilt over his brothers' death by his own hand.
"Out of Time" sheds some light on Marguerite's destiny.
"Prodigal Father" Veronica is confronted with the possible return of her father.
"Absolute Power" Challenger is transferred extraordinary powers and the consequences are devastating.
"Birthright" finds Summerlee hunted by an angry T-rex.
"Camelot" takes you back to the days of jousting and dragon slaying or should I say dinosaur slaying.
"The Beast Within" Malone tries to rectify an error in judgment.
"More Than Human" introduces one of the more charismatic recurring characters named Tribune (he also shows up in "Barbarians at the Gate" and again in Season Two).
From "The Journey Begins" where they are still getting a feel for one another to "Barbarians at the Gate" where they would die for each other - you'll follow these characters through many trials of courage and strength. It's a journey you'll be glad you started.
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