another one of those ending with a cliffhanger and funding falling through and never resolved to finish and bring about another series. over all it wasn't that bad to be honest. but some stuff which starts out somewhere and ends up on TNT tends to not really spark forever. too many drama shows and not enough time to watch them.
Yeah, I'm not even sure how much of season 3 I've even seen, since they stopped running it randomly in Canada. Shame about that -- but nothing will ever be as bad as Carnivale in terms of cliffhanger cancellations.
I think I remember that it was on. I sort of remember seeing an ad and being confused because I thought it was a movie and not a series. I just looked and see the series was a spinoff of the movie. The show has a respectable IMDB rating and I saw someone said they had it on DVD.
Sometimes it's best to leave things as you remembered them growing up. I've had many a disappointment watching terrible movies I thought were incredible as a kid. That IMDB score implies Lost World might not be too bad.
The story seemed messed up, and they didn't get to truly wrap it up until the third season. But I think the development was well portrayed. For those of you who wonder what it was about, I'd put it like this;
It's the beginning of the 20th Century. Guided by the found materials discovered by deceased explorer Maple White, Professor Challenger hopes to prove the existence of a mysterious Plateau deep in the Amazon that supposedly supports pre-historic life. Annoyed by the negative response given by his colleagues of the London Zoological Society, he challenges anyone to help him form an expedition and go and see if this 'Lost World' truly exists. Among the men (all volunteers for personal reasons), a mysterious, wealthy woman funds the expedition on the condition that she goes with them. On an important note- there were no ladies on the expedition in the novel (I guess the gender roles of the time wouldn't allow it). The group of misfits in the name of glory find themselves stranded together, befriends one of the locals, and we follow their growth through tests and attempts at leaving the Plateau, while coming closer to the realisation that they are trapped there to solve a battle between fundamental forces of creation, like pieces in a game.
A villain explains that the Plateau is in reality a source of all things on Earth. Dinosaurs, time, space, cultures, etc. Challenger has been pondering about this regarding their many strange encounters too, so it's not like it was without a structure.
To be honest, I actually took a liking to the show, but not for the most common reasons. My favourite character is Challenger, the leader of the expedition. No one of the characters were anything like they were original book, but I like the professor for what he is in this series, as if the series is an independent creation. I also grew fond of the actor, Peter McCauley, whose vast role list consists of far more than just apparently comical eccentrics. But back to the show- I'm not fond of love stories, I can see why some think it's cheesy regarding some of the acting and the jungle babe thing would normally trail me off or bore me. But to me and most of the existing fandom, the beauty about it is how it tells about strenghts and flaws, philosophical questions and answers, values and choices. A short epilogue at the end of the episode that reflects over the events and gives room for pondering- with a dash of moral and wit. Apart from the action and romance, TLW had both psychology, history, cult classic references. The zoology, however, could never be taken seriously, haha. So the show can be interesting to those like me who find intrigue in such aspects. Not that it there has to be; it depends on what you are after. On the other hand, the show could indeed get silly, and it there were times where it didn't take itself too seriously.
Wow! That's quite the reply. I don't have much of a sense of what happened each season, so much as I remember odd episodes. I think one of the last episodes that aired here involved a nest of giant bees (which I'm sure never existed, haha). It makes me think the special effects can't have been that bad though. I also remember a vampire episode where Roxton gets hypnotized or something. It was a fun show if nothing else.
The film they made sometime before was more similar to the book, if I recall.
Glad it came out well- I would hate to sound all sugary about it, and tried to see it from both sides. But yeah, I'm into the show! Eventually, it has inspired me to draw something else than animals (uhhh, humans are animals too, but you know XD). I highly doubt I would have had the same feeling of ''depth'' watching the series at young age, but I stumbled upon it four years ago or so, and noticed several things about the interaction, chemistry, dialogue and character development that seemed complex for an adventure show. It should be worth checking out again.
The bee episode is one of my favourites for the reasons I mentioned, not because of the bees.XD Challenger and Marguerite were alone for the first time, having to take care of a dying Summerlee, and there were several reveals. The props and animation does vary a bit in quality, but sometimes the story and antics makes up for it. My fave critter was a gargoyle from the 2nd Season.
You are right about the entertainment value, though; my mom enjoyed it for this reason. I personally love the nods to litterature such as Jules Verne, and there was a story based on the Flying Dutchman. I also like how the explorers actually eat dinosaur meat for dinner and how the dinos are portrayed as being part of the fauna rather than killer machines.
The previous film adaptations were more after the book, but even this series started out similar to it. Some dialogue was taken directly from the book. But it quickly grew into a different sci-fi story.