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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Land of the LOST IN TRANSLATION: Sleestak Memories

Thank you, Sid & Marty Kroft, for so damaging the psyches of the people at The Rued Morgue that they’ve created this touching tribute to all things Sleestak.
But don’t we all, sometimes, feel like Enoch (Enik?) — the Sleestak from the future, trapped in a violent, unfamiliar world among his primitive, violent hissing ancestors, with no one to speak to but a stupid archaelogist, his adolescent son and pubescent daughter who favored obviously fake blonde pigtails?
What was Chaka’s problem, though? Why couldn’t he talk? Was he from some sort of Neanderthal who couldn’t speak, or was he so excited and spastic all that he couldn’t get the words out?
Why did Enik the Sleestak have to slowly re-state his sorry situation every time he ran into the Marshalls? You could practically hear the sigh of boredom each time he said, “I am like you, Dr. Marshall, trapped here because I passed through a time doorway.” Blank faces, every time.
Poor Enik, Sleestak from the future. He was like George Sanders in a lizard suit and a disco vest.
Even in the Land of the Lost where he might have been killed by dinosaurs or the primitive Sleestaks, Enik probably died of ennui.
(Or he ended up, in some other dimension or lifetime, as a character in SAUL OF THE MOLE MEN, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series. (The little mole boy’s anxiety over losing his testicles and becoming intersex, followed by psycho-dramatic, psychedelic visit to Puberty Gulch, all set to a Jackson 5-ish tune: Indescribable)

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6 Responses to “Land of the LOST IN TRANSLATION: Sleestak Memories”

  1. Justine –
    Thanks for the linkage.
    Allow me to geek out and mention that by the time one gets to Season Three of Land of the Lost (a viewing chore I can’t really recommend), Enik is quite the antagonist bastard and is far more in cahoots (sp?) with the Sleestak than the Marshalls.
    I suspect you are on to something though. He must’ve gotten really frustrated with restating his case and realized the only place in the LotL where he could wield some amount of pointless power was by hanging with his lizard ancestors.
    It’s a bit of a shame the series didn’t spin off. I’d love to have seen a sitcom based around the Marshalls getting home, but being forced to bring Enik along in the process. It’d be like ALF on acid and called That Darn Enik! I’m sure you can envision the rest on your own.

  2. And by “ancestors” I of course mean “descendants”.
    (The idea of being called on the carpet by a rabid Krofft disciple at this point doesn’t appeal to me.)

  3. Only in my nightmares, Ross.
    And believe me. I’ve had those “Lidsville”/”Land of the Lost” crossover nightmares.

  4. And yet ~I’m~ the one with the damaged psyche, eh?!?!? 😉
    As much of a Krofft fanatic as I am, I’ve never made the leap past purchasing anything other than Land of the Lost.
    I’ve had my hand on that Lidsville box set I don’t know how many times, but the longer it rests there, the more it starts to burn. My feeling is that if I really must own that much Charles Nelson Reilly, I’d be better off picking up the Match Game DVD set.

  5. Enik says:

    I’m disappointed that Land of the Lost is going to be a comedy. I’d much prefer to see a mature take on the Land of the Lost concept. I love the old TV show for it’s sci-fi underpinnings and melodrama, not the goofiness that occasionally crept in.
    If you’re interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the latest news on the upcoming movie.

  6. Any idea where Prince William and Kate will go on their honeymoon?

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

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