Many die-hard science fiction fans know writer David Gerrold as the guy who wrote the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles.” He’s also worked on countless other shows over the years, including the original Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Sliders, and even the campy Sid and Marty Krofft kids’ series Land of the Lost. Now he’s offering his fans a chance to check out the original script for one of his Land of the Lost episodes, entitled “The Possession.” It differs quite significantly from the aired episode, and Gerrold has decided to make it available as a PDF for $12.50 via Paypal.
On his Facebook page, Gerrold went into detail about how his original script was altered on the way to the screen:
In July and August of 1974, I wrote the “The Possession” for the Land of the Lost television series.
As written, the script was a parody/mashup/homage to several popular science fiction films.
As filmed, the episode was much leaner and a much more straight-forward story. Much of the parody/mashup/homage was missing.
But the original script is great fun to read and imagine, because (in my mind, anyway) it captures the true spirit of the series. It represents what I most wanted to be able to accomplish, even on our limited budget.
I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, especially relics like this from a time when there was no internet and it was a lot harder, if not impossible, to get your hands on scripts from your favorite shows. I’ll admit to a bit of fond nostalgia towards Land of the Lost as well, and at this point anything that helps scour the memory of the Will Ferrell movie version out of my brain is okay by me.
If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of the script (and supporting a great writer), you can click right here for more info, and a Paypal link. Gerrold says that if the experiment is successful, he’ll make other scripts and stories available on down the line.