Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World

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The Lost World
Alt=Series titles over a jungle scene
Season one titlecard
Starring Peter McCauley
Rachel Blakely
William Snow
David Orth
Jennifer O'Dell
Country of origin Canada
Australia
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Greg Coote
Jeffery Hayes
Guy Mullally
John Landis
Leslie Belzberg
Running time 44 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) The Over the Hill Gang
Action Adventure Network
Telescene
St. Clare Entertainment
Coote-Hayes Entertainment
New Line Television
Broadcast
Original channel PPV/DirecTV (1999)
TNT (1999) (pilot/TV-movie only)
syndicated (1999–2002)
Picture format Season 1 & 2 4:3
Season 3 16:9
Original run February 1999 – May 13, 2002

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World is a syndicated television series loosely based on the 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World. The show premiered in the United States in the fall of 1999 (after the TV-movie/pilot aired in February on DirecTV and then on the cable television channel TNT in April),[1] it ran for three seasons before it was cancelled on a cliffhanger in 2002 after funding for a fourth season fell through. To date, the cliffhanger remains unresolved. All three seasons were released in DVD box sets in 2004.

The first part of the series originally aired on Pay-per-view via DirecTV in the summer of 1999 before it aired in syndication. Pay-per-view aired the show uncensored, containing nudity and extended scenes. The syndicated version on TV and DVD releases are edited.[2][3][4][5][6] Following the limited run on PPV, the first broadcast TV run of the series ran weekly in syndication on hundreds of stations in the United States,[7] including the WB 100+ group stations, a joint Time Warner and Tribune Broadcasting entity, because of syndex rules the show aired one week later on Superstation WGN,[8][9] and on the Space TV network in Canada.[10][11] The series later aired in Europe on the SciFi Channel Europe.[12] The series continued to be rerun in daily strip form in the United States on Time Warner owned TNT in the early morning hours Monday through Friday.[13] Eventually the series was removed from the schedule after the DVD release in the United States by a third Time Warner company New Line Television, sold the DVD region 1 distribution rights to Image Entertainment. The DVD region 2 distribution rights were sold to Liberation Entertainment.

Plot[edit]

At the dawn of the 20th century, a band of adventurers, led by adventurer and scholar Professor Professor Challenger, embark on an expedition to prove the existence of a lost world isolated from the rest of the modern world. The British expedition team consisting of a mismatched group of enthusiasts, all with less than selfless reasons for making the journey begin their trip under less than ideal conditions. The intrepid band consists of Professor George Edward Challenger, Professor Arthur Summerlee, Marguerite Krux, Major Lord John Richard Roxton, Edward T. Malone.

During their journey disaster strikes and their hot air balloon crashes in the uncharted Amazon jungle, where they end up on the prehistoric plateau. There they find themselves trapped and isolated in this dangerous land. The group is assisted by a young jungle-savvy woman named Veronica Layton whose parents disappeared eleven years prior. Her family was part of a research group that became isolated and then lost under mysterious circumstances. Together along with a young woman from the future named Finn (Lara Cox), the group fights to survive against carnivorous dinosaurs, vicious Neanderthals, a race of lizardmen, and other perils as they search for a way to escape. The stories usually worked out that two separate adventures were going on at the same time.

Characters[edit]

  • Professor Arthur Summerlee (played by Michael Sinelnikoff) — The elderly member of the band and a colleague to George Challenger, who initially does not believe Challenger's claims about a lost world. Although he is supposedly killed by Durek and washed down the waterfall at the end of Season One, Edward revealed to the group that Arthur is in a state where he is neither dead or alive upon being lifted from the dried-up waterfall as seen in "Man of Vision." If there was a Season 4, he would've been confirmed as officially alive.
  • Marguerite Krux (née Smith) (played by Rachel Blakely) — The selfish financier of the expedition who goes along for her own reasons.
  • Major Lord John Richard Roxton (played by William Snow) — The nobleman with vast hunting experience, who accidentally killed his brother while trying to save him from an ape. He serves as protector of the group.
  • Edward "Ned" T. Malone (played by David Orth) — An American newspaper reporter, hoping to make a name for himself and impress his girl back home, if he survives the ordeal.
  • Finn' (played by Lara Cox) - A young woman from the year 2033 who debuts in the middle of Season 3.

Plateau Animals[edit]

There are various prehistoric creatures and other types of creatures that reside on the plateau:

  • Plesiosaurus - The Plesiosaurus are found in large bodies of water on a plateau.
  • Tyrannosaurus - The Tyrannosaurus is a recurring predator in the series where each one tries to catch the main characters to consume to no avail.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
1 The Journey Begins (Pilot pt. 1) All or Nothing Out of the Blue
2 Stranded (Pilot pt. 2) Amazons The Travelers
3 More Than Human Tourist Season An Eye for an Eye
4 Nectar Stone Cold True Spirit
5 Cave of Fear Divine Right The Knife
6 Salvation Skin Deep Fire in the Sky
7 Blood Lust London Calling Dead Man's Hill
8 Out of Time The Prisoner Hollow Victory
9 Paradise Found The Games A Witch's Calling
10 The Beast Within The Source Brothers in Arms
11 Creatures of the Dark Trophies Ice Age
12 Tribute Voodoo Queen The End Game
13 Absolute Power The Guardian Phantoms
14 Camelot Under Pressure The Secret
15 Unnatural Selection The Outlaw Finn
16 Time After Time Quality of Mercy Suspicion
17 Prodigal Father Mark of the Beast The Imposters
18 Birthright Survivors The Elixir
19 Resurrection The Pirate's Curse Tapestry
20 The Chosen One The Visitor Legacy
21 Prophecy A Man of Vision Trapped
22 Barbarians at the Gate Into the Fire Heart of the Storm (Series Finale)

Season 4 Information[edit]

The producers of the show have revealed some details of the proposed fourth and even fifth seasons from 2002. If the subsequent season had been produced, fans would have learned that professor Arthur Summerlee was indeed alive, residing in Avalon. Avalon, near the border of the Plateau, is where Veronica's surviving mother Abigail Layton had become the Plateau's protector soon after her disappearance. She became the ruler of Avalon and had left behind a triangle artifact- the Trion, the Eye of Heaven- for her daughter Veronica to find. Veronica was to become the new Protector of the Plateau. Her tree-house dwelling was apparently the epicenter of the entire Plateau.

The new season would have also revealed that Marguerite and Roxton were always meant to be together from the beginning. As Veronica is the new Protector of the Plateau, Marguerite is a descendant of Morrighan, her ancestor whom came from "the line of Mordren;" they are the opposing forces against the Protectors. Marguerite as the "third power" within the Trion forces, was a free will agent allowed to choose good or evil in the battle against power over the Plateau. Roxton, Marguerite's knight, protector, and future groom would have been her personal guide so that Marguerite would ultimately choose "good." Also, because of Marguerite's Celtic heritage within the line of Mordren whose presence is on the Plateau and Veronica's bloodline with the Protectors, Veronica and Marguerite are cousins genetically, but spiritually are sisters. Roxton's role as Marguerite's modern day knight originates with his childhood and ancestral home having close proximity to Avebury, nearly twenty miles from Stonehenge. Finn would have been revealed to be Malone's great great granddaughter, her grandmother being the Amazon Phoebe (also played by Lara Cox) whom Malone had sex with in the episode "Amazons"[14] The series would have been resolved with Malone and Veronica getting married and staying in Avalon, while Challenger uses his teleportation invention from the episode "Finn" to send himself, Roxton, Marguerite and Summerlee to London but travels forward in time to the year 2005 where they are welcomely greeted by the zoological society due to Malone having sent them a letter explaining when they would arrive.

Cast and crew[edit]

The list follows the credits order. The seasons during which each actor has been included in the main cast are marked in black. Note that the actors don't necessarily appear in every episode during their time as a main star.

When a starring actor also has appeared as a guest star during other seasons, this is marked in gray, with the number of guest appearances noted in italics. White square means the actor doesn't appear in that season at all.

Actor(s) Character Appearances
Pilot S 1 S 2 S 3
Peter McCauley Professor George Edward Challenger
Rachel Blakely Marguerite Krux
William Snow Lord John Richard Roxton
Jennifer O'Dell Veronica Layton
Michael Sinelnikoff Professor Arthur Summerlee 1
David Orth Edward 'Ned' T. Malone
Lara Cox Finn
William deVry John Malone (Pilot)

International Distribution[edit]

In addition to the English language broadcasts in North America and Europe, the series has aired around the globe in other languages.

It is unknown if the series was ever broadcast to Australia and New Zealand.

During the original run the weekly syndicated primary and backup satellite wildfeed for the series utilized the Galaxy 26 satellite located at 93° West longitude.[15][16]

Country Channel Title Language
United States Syndication
WGN
TNT
The Lost World English
Canada Space The Lost World English
United Kingdom SciFi Europe The Lost World English
South Africa M-Net[17] The Lost World English
Brazil Rede Record[18] O Mundo Perdido Portuguese
Costa Rica Repretel Channel 6 [19] El Mundo Perdido Spanish
Mexico Televisa Channel 5 [20][21] El Mundo Perdido Spanish
Latin America TNT Latin America El Mundo Perdido Spanish
France Direct 8 Le Monde Perdu French
Italy RAI 3
RAI 4
Il Mondo Perduto Italian
Germany ProSieben Die Verlorene Welt German
Poland AXN Zaginiony świat Polish
Hungary RTL
AXN Black
Az Elveszett Világ Hungarian
Indonesia Indosiar The Lost World Indonesian
Japan NHK-BS2
[22][23][24][25][26]
ザ・ロストワールド Japanese

DVD Releases[edit]

Image Entertainment released all three seasons of The Lost World on DVD in Region 1 in NTSC.

Liberation Entertainment released all three seasons on DVD in Region 2 in PAL.

The original 93 minute version pilot movie was released on DVD in 4:3 PAL under the title, The Lost World The Beginning by ILC Prime licensed by Fremantle Corporation.[27][28]

Note: The Pilot TV Movie was edited down into episodes 1 "The Journey Begins" & episode 2 "Stranded" for the TV series.

Season Ep # Aspect Ratio R1 Release Date R2 Release Date
Pilot 1-2 4:3 July 29, 2002
1 22 4:3 January 27, 2004 October 15, 2007
2 22 4:3 April 20, 2004 November 19, 2007
3 22 16:9 November 16, 2004 March 3, 2008

Trivia[edit]

  • Lara Cox appeared in the second half of the third season as Finn, but was never given credit in the opening credits. In the 2nd season episode "Amazons" she had a guest appearance as the Amazon "Phoebe".
  • William deVry played Ed Malone in the two-hour telefilm that preceded the series (the film was split into two episodes for syndication purposes). David Orth took over the role at the start of the series proper.
  • The character of Arthur Summerlee, as portrayed by Michael Sinelnikoff, was killed off in the first season finale, but returned once as a ghost during Season 2. Prior to the pilot for this series, Sinelnikoff had also played the character of Summerlee in the 1998 cable TV movie version of The Lost World, in which Summerlee is killed by a T-Rex, and which otherwise had different actors, and with only those series characters which came from the book (Challenger, Roxton, Malone).
  • During the third season both David Orth and Jennifer O'Dell were absent from the series for several consecutive episodes, due in part to financial constraints.
  • Season 1 episode "Blood Lust" about vampires aired in syndication in the United States Halloween weekend 1999. Season 2 episode "Stone Cold" was also promoted as a special Halloween themed episode in 2000.[29]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [1] 1997. "DIRECTV(R) Agreement With Action Adventure Network Marks Entry Into Original First-Run Entertainment"
  3. ^ [2] (PDF) Lost World review. Morgan, C. Demetrius.
  4. ^ [3] RPG.net Forum
  5. ^ [4] PulpandDagger.com review
  6. ^ [5] RPG.net. Lost World Review. Morgan, C. Demetrius.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030813000119/http://www.lostworldtv.net/about/abbr_frame.html
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20000520090551/http://wgntv.com/
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030821014325/http://wgnsuperstation.trb.com/entertainment/syn/action/
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20000815232951/http://www.spacecast.com/hits/lostworld/index.asp
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010306181122/http://www.spacecast.com/hits/lostworld/episodes.asp
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20020628140735/http://www.uk.scifi.com/htmlsite/listings.asp
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20041010204318/http://www.tnt.tv/Title/Display/0,5918,338321~Series,00.html
  14. ^ http://www.reeves-stevens.com/TLWSUMMARY1.pdf
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010521063833/http://www.orbitmagazine.com/wfeedsjl.htm
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030805210516/http://www.orbitmagazine.com/wildfeeds/jl.htm
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050315014729/http://www.mnetchannel.mnet.co.za/shows/all.asp
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040708104844/http://www.rederecord.com.br/grade_programacao.asp?l=1
  19. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20071019004057/http://www.repretel.com/programacion/show_week.php?date=20071016&channel=canal06
  20. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071221002239/http://www.esmas.com/televisa/programacion/programas/XHGC-TV-5-2005-AGO-29.html
  21. ^ http://www.doblajeespanol.com.mx/M/mundoperdido_tv.html
  22. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20021211103255/http://www.nhk.or.jp/kaigai/lostworld2/
  23. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20021211134122/http://www.nhk.or.jp/kaigai/lostworld2/cast.html
  24. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20021211135042/http://www.nhk.or.jp/kaigai/lostworld2/yotei.html
  25. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030416073346/http://www.nhk.or.jp/toppage/program_index/channel/bs2/main.html
  26. ^ http://suemari.com/drama/lost.html
  27. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040130023334/http://www.ilcdvd.com/catalog/lostworldbeginning.htm
  28. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20040410050641/http://www.ilcdvd.com/altitude.htm
  29. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MXQXSQZfiI

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