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. The action takes place in a land where time stands
still but terrifying prehistoric creatures, vicious ape-men
and bloodsucking flora won't...
Lost World (sometimes referred
to as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World) TV series
was a Canadian/Australian/New Zealand co-production based
loosely on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's popular 1912 novel of
the same name. The
show was produced by John Landis,
ran for three seasons (1999 - 2002) and was cancelled when
the producers were unable to procure funding for the fourth
second season is a huge improvement on Season
One. It looks like they managed to acquire
a much bigger budget for CGI effects (which wouldn't have
been difficult. A quick whip round of the cast and crew would
have collected more money than was available in Season
One). Right from the first episode (where they seem to
blow the same amount of money that was spent over the entire
first season) things look promising. There are plenty of CGI
dinosaurs, but I was convinced that these shots would be used
over and over again throughout the following 22 episodes.
Thankfully I was wrong. Very few of the effects are reused
throughout this series and the end result is that the majority
of episodes look pretty good. Now, let's not carried away
here - this is still a low budget production, but the money
is spent in all the right places to try and make the world
our heroes inhabit look as believable as possible.
scripts are also a lot stronger too and the acting is much
Blakely, playing Marguerite Krux, still has a tendency to
roll those great big eyes and overreact a little.
with Season One, each week the main cast split into
two groups, each doing a different task - be that trekking
through the jungle or staying near/in the tree house. What
you can be certain of is that O'Dell has plenty of cleavage
on display (which, believe it or not, gets a little tiresome
after a while), and any new character that appears will instantly
end up getting it together with one of the main characters.
only guest stars worthy of note are Peter O'Brien (who played
Shane Ramsay in Neighbours, Sam Patterson in The
Flying Doctors and 'Stitch' Lambert in Casualty)
and Gigi Edgley (Farscape's Chiana).
are a little thin on the ground. There's no sign of the audio
commentaries and blooper reel that the press release promised.
All we get are similar text based featurettes that were on
the last collection - in fact some are exactly the same. These
Men/Women/Animals/Creatures of The
Lost World; Actor Biographies; Arthur Conan
Doyle; and Dinosaur Park); Scenery of the Lost
World (a number of video clips that show different locations).
There's nothing to get excited about I'm afraid.
this second series is a vast improvement on the first in almost
every way, it's still not a show that a lot will be able to
stomach for the entire 22 episodes. The young will probably
love this as the storylines are not overly challenging; and
male adolescents will no doubt love the fact that there is
plenty of female cleavage on display in every episode. It's
also interesting to note how many other expeditions are on
the plateau too - was there a government grant or something?