The large, flightless bird at the beginning of the episode
remains unidentified, but appears to be the same species as
the one seen in "After-Shock".
The pack of carnivorous theropod dinosaurs called T'Arga by Lok
appears to be the same species as Konga, seen in
"What Goes Up".
John referred to Konga as a T. rex, but it couldn't
be since it had three claws on its forelimbs, as these do;
here he calls them allosaurs instead, which is a more
The bird seen at 1:25 on the DVD may be an Archaeopteryx.
The pterosaurs seen at 3:28 on the DVD appear to be Pteranodons.
This episode introduces the Sky People, led by Krona,
enemies of Gorok's village who live on the other side of the
valley. The two tribes seemingly become friends by the end
of the episode.
Why doesn't Gara remove the unconscious K'Tem's headdress
while she's treating him? Maybe the Sky People have a
tradition of wearing them at all times and would be offended
if it was removed; notice that all the Sky People wear them.
Gara uses a plant called zin-zin to treat K'Tem's fever.
At 7:51 on the DVD, the background
of the scene has suddenly changed
from what it was just seconds
earlier. And notice that Greg and
Tana are now standing off the bottom
edge of the background plate!
Tana and Greg are reassigned from the catapults to find the
zin-zin leaves needed for Gara's medicine. Running through
the jungle, Tana begins leading Greg to the location of the
plant. After a bit, Greg asks how much farther it is and
exclaims that he's bushed and sits down for a rest. Yet,
just a minute later,
a T'Arga comes nearby, threatening their safety and John and
Gorok, back at the catapults, are able to hear it and shoot
a boulder in its direction, which lands right in front of
the beast, scaring it off. Greg and Tana couldn't have gone
far if the catapult was still able to fling a boulder to
their location, so why does Greg act as if he's been running
for some time?
Greg, Digger, and Glump rest themselves on large plants
called clome. Apparently the plant is capable of making a
person feel ticklish at a mere touch.
It seems that Tana has learned some English because when
Greg asks her what "clome" means in English, she responds
that it means "ticklish". (Even though all the characters
are depicted speaking English throughout the series for
purposes of the television viewership, I have assumed
since the study of "Forbidden
the Butlers have learned to understand and speak the
language of the cave-dwellers and that is what is really
intended to have been spoken normally.)
When Greg and Tana return with the zin-zin leaves, they are
carrying it in two large baskets. Where did the baskets come
from? They didn't take any with them!
While calling upon the "gods" to bring a message to Krona,
John uses the phrase "Hocus pocus, diplodocus." The phrase
"hocus pocus" is frequently used by magicians when
performing tricks. The origin of the term is obscure and has
been used at least since the 17th Century. It was probably
meant to sound Latin. "Diplodocus" is a reference to the
genus of sauropod dinosaur called Diplodocus; John
knows the natives of the valley will have no idea what the
word really means.
It is highly unlikely that John's simple tree catapults
could hurl boulders the distance they do here. The boulders
are depicted soaring over a large expanse of ground and over a
mountain range to strike near the home of the Sky People.
The catapults also seem to have an uncannily accurate aim
over such a distance!
Somehow Gorok is able to reach the home of the Sky People
just minutes (less, really) after having fired the three
catapults towards them from the other side of the mountain
As the T'Arga pack is driven off by the catapult near the
end of the episode, John seems to be both on a hilltop
acting as lookout for the beasts and helping to man
the catapults at the same time!
As the gag at the end of the episode, Digger is accidentally
sent aloft by one of the catapults. Somehow, he just happens
to land in a pond to cushion his landing. Frankly, he should
be dead! Some joke.
Did the Sky People ever learn of the catapults contrived by
John for Gorok's people? If so, might they not realize they
were deceived about the heavenly fireballs falling from the
sky and resume hostilities?
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