Tonight on MeTV- it’s the uncanny tale of a valiant group of naval personnel who head into the chill of the Antarctic- only to have their expedition heat up in an impossible tropical throwback to prehistoric times! It’s as if they have cracked the time barrier as they find themselves stranded among long extinct giant reptiles, killer plant life, and a dangerous two-footed menace in "The Land Unknown"!
Our Navy stands ready to protect us, but they can also help find answers to scientific phenomenon. That is exactly the case, as they sanction an investigation into what appears to be an area of unusually warm temperatures amidst the deep chill of the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Commander Harold Roberts commands a crew of three on this mission- one of which being Maggie Hathaway, the obligatory female investigative reporter who is somehow essential to the quest.
As their helicopter flies towards the target area, they get a dire warning about a dangerous approaching storm. They attempt to fly around it when “something” strikes their helicopter’s rotor- and they are headed for a crash landing! They miraculously find a landing space- below sea level- and, in the middle of what appears to be… a steaming tropical jungle!? Unable to make radio contact to ensure their rescue, they must attempt to fix the copter (with its legendary damaged push-pull rod)- but are without parts vital to the repairs. Things only get worse when they realize that, not only has the plant life in this realm not evolved (in fact, some needing more than water and oxygen to survive-but protein of the living kind! )- but neither has the animal population- as they discover what the incredible thing was that may have struck their aircraft, and then encounter living dinosaurs! Even more unbelievable- as they continue to search the area, they notice what appear to be -human footprints!
They face the impossible task of escaping this lost world, with its many perils- but find that a mysterious human inhabitant of the jungle may be the most dangerous creature they must deal with! Can they survive to escape, although trapped by fate and multiple menaces- realizing some may lose their lives, while others are doomed to remain as residents of this strange throwback world?
This 1957 sci-fi film is best remembered for its dinosaurs- one in particular- and we’ll tell you about them, along with our cast (watch for a still picture of Tarzan- we’re still not sure if it actually is our leading man Jock Mahoney or the guy who played the Tarzan-like jungle guy on an episode of “Gilligan’s Island”!). We bring back some of the sights and special guests we encountered at a past C2E2 comics and entertainment convention in Chicago- ( be watching in the future for highlights of the recent one we attended earlier this month)including cosplaying convention goers and celebrity fans,
The “Land Unknown” becomes known tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings (or at www.metv.com) for time and channel in your neck of the woods. Remember to join the fans on Twitter who live-Tweet during our program, using the hashtag #svengoolie – that help us trend high nationally every week. In the Chicago area, viewers get a second look at the classic Hammer vampire origin story “Horror of Dracula" at 11 am on our local station, CW26.
Kerwyn has been badgering us to remind you to check out his weekly “Kerwyn’s Corner” here on our website, where he presents his “Joke of the Week” submitted by one of you viewers. Remember- it’s HIS choice- we will not be held responsible!
Meanwhile, join us tonight on MeTV as, like a thermos- we go from cold to hot and face prehistoric peril!