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The Lost World

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2000X-Ray16+
A group of unlikely allies are assembled to go on an expedition deep within the Amazon forest in search of new discoveries. They find more than what they were initially looking for, but are unable to find a way off the mysterious plateau to bring the evidence back home to London. They befriend a long time inhabitant of the plateau, and together, search for a way back home.
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  1. 1. The Journey Begins
    3 April 1999
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    With proof that prehistoric creatures may still be living, a group led by Professor George Challenger is assembled to go on an expedition to uncover more. Little do they know who, and what, they're about to encounter deep within the Amazon jungle.
  2. 2. Stranded
    3 April 1999
    44min
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    Equipped with enough research material and evidence to return home, the adventurers prepare for their journey back to London. Marguerite makes a duplicitous trade with Chief Jacoba, involving Marguerite and an arranged marriage. In return, the Chief promises that the group will have safe passage off the Lost World plateau, but a series of unfortunate events leaves them back at square one.
  3. 3. More Than Human
    2 October 1999
    44min
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    The adventurers are captured by a reptilian race in a land where humans are at the bottom of the hierarchy. They come across other enslaved humans and rally them to help fight back, with a spark of hope for freedom.
  4. 4. Nectar
    9 October 1999
    44min
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    To retrieve an antidote that will save professor Summerlee from some deadly venom, the explorers must venture into a bee hive that no human has ever made it out of alive. Meanwhile, Challenger and Marguerite keep the ape men away from the tree house with the help of electricity.
  5. 5. Cave of Fear
    16 October 1999
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    Professor Challenger is taken hostage. To save him, Roxton and Marguerite go into the Cave of Fear to retrieve bones for a ritual offering. In the process, they end up revisiting the dark corners of their past.
  6. 6. Salvation
    23 October 1999
    44min
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    Summerlee saves a child from the river, convincing the village leader that they're all witches. Veronica flees to warn the others, while Challenger attempts to convince the village council of modern science to prove the action was not witchcraft. Marguerite and Malone get into an argument about his journal, but they put their differences aside to save the others from being burned at the stake.
  7. 7. Blood Lust
    30 October 1999
    44min
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    Roxton gets bitten by a by a diseased man and starts to thirst for blood, while, back at the treehouse, a village man wants to pay Malone for Veronica to be his wife. Veronica resorts to a drastic action to show the men that she doesn't belong to any one of them. Roxton becomes more ravenous the longer he's transformed and attacks his comrades.
  8. 8. Out of Time
    6 November 1999
    44min
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    Marguerite's birthmark is a visual confirmation that she is the reincarnation of the Druid's priestess whose destiny is to seek out the emeralds that will save them. Dinosaurs, quick sand, head hunters, and shape shifters come in their path only to put them in the right direction of the sacred jewels. In the meantime, Veronica finds a baby in the forest and takes him home.
  9. 9. Paradise Found
    13 November 1999
    44min
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    While searching for Veronica's parents, the explorers find themselves in a hidden land of paradise. They must resist temptation when they discover that a magical fruit that promises immortality comes at a terrible cost.
  10. 10. The Beast Within
    20 November 1999
    44min
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    Malone goes after a healer that's been filled with the spirit of a demon in exchange for safe release from the village. The girls must set their differences aside and learn to trust each other when they get stuck in a deep hole.
  11. 11. Creatures of the Dark
    27 November 1999
    44min
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    Challenger, Malone and Marguerite get trapped inside of an old mine shaft when an earthquake caves them in. Veronica, keeping watch outside the mine, escapes and is able to rally Roxton and Summerlee from the treehouse to help rescue the others. Near death from lack of oxygen, they are saved by the Garza: an underground civilization led by a blind boy known as The Oracle.
  12. 12. Tribute
    15 January 2000
    44min
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    Challenger, Roxton, and Veronica teach the Tintas how to fight and retaliate against the Hikari so that they may be independent. Meanwhile Marguerite, Summerlee, and Malone help a World War I pilot fix his plane.
  13. 13. Absolute Power
    22 January 2000
    44min
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    A powerful light ray from an ancient temple knocks Professor Challenger unconscious. As the explorers try and save him, he occupies an alternate reality in his mind where he has godlike powers.
  14. 14. Camelot
    29 January 2000
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    Marguerite is set to be betrothed to King Gawain. Roxton, Veronica, and Malone come to save her but get their weapons confiscated upon entry. They find out that the king's council, Vordred, is planning to kill him and take his throne. Gawain has them both retrieve the tooth from a T-rex to prove to the king that they're true of heart.
  15. 15. Unnatural Selection
    5 February 2000
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    Challenger comes faced to face with an old friend from England, Dr. William Hargrove. Summerlee, Malone, and Marguerite agree to help the Queen of the nymphs and fairies break a curse in return for telling them how she got ahold of a pair of headphones.
  16. 16. Time After Time
    12 February 2000
    44min
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    While hunting, Roxton and Veronica come across two individuals from the future. One becomes keen on using Marguerite to lead him to riches, and the other is set on stopping that from happening.
  17. 17. Prodigal Father
    19 February 2000
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    Roxton, Malone, and Marguerite save a man, named Tom, who's staked between two trees. He claims to be Veronica's long lost father, escaped from slavery and on the run from a bounty hunter. But when the group takes Tom back to the treehouse to reunite with with Veronica, he reveals more sinister motives.
  18. 18. Birthright
    26 February 2000
    44min
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    Summerlee touches a T-rex egg, which in turn has the mother tracking them for dinner. They go through great lengths to confuse and get her off their trail. Marguerite, Malone, and Challenger save a mummy about to be eaten by cannibals when they realize he's still alive. He enlists their help to take back his place as Pharaoh through manipulation.
  19. 19. Resurrection
    4 March 2000
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    Marguerite is kidnapped and Roxton is killed in an ambush, but a mystical boy gives him a chance to live and save Marguerite if he takes the life of another. The mystical boy's true intentions are revealed when the man Roxton plans on killing reveals that he's the child's jailer. Malone and Veronica save a man from a raptor, but quickly realize their mistake.
  20. 20. The Chosen One
    22 April 2000
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    Roxton is determined to help the chosen one find his way back to the elders and save the star of hope. Veronica and the others get worried when Malone begins spending time with a woman who emerged from the water.
  21. 21. Prophecy
    13 May 2000
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    When Challenger and Summerlee come across a group of raptors, they realize that they're highly intelligent. Challenger and Summerlee must outsmart them before they run out of bullets. Malone and Roxton save a mystical fortune teller named Isadora from falling off a cliff, and she gives them all fortunes in return. On their journey to get their weapons back, all the fortunes start coming true.
  22. 22. Barbarians at the Gate
    20 May 2000
    44min
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    The explorer's last hope of leaving the plateau is destroyed when Drakul and his men come after them and their hot air balloon. A war breaks out between Drakul and Tribune, who is now armed with gunpowder.

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Directors
Catherine MillarColin BuddsMichael OfferMichael PattinsonRichard Franklin
Supporting actors
David OrthPeter McCauleyMichael SinelnikoffRobert Coleby
Producers
Darryl SheenJames Thorpe
Season year
2000
Network
Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
Content advisory
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3.4 out of 5 stars

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Colin BurgessReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very expensive
Verified purchase
Very expensive for a TV series.
LumosReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Spectacularly fun adventure that fizzles out into disappointment
This show is insane, I love it to bits. Whilst the pilot loosely follows the plot of the book, the show quickly goes in overdrive and becomes shamelessly ridiculous. Whilst the South American plateau hosting the eponymous Lost World features the ape-men and dinosaurs from the book, it now also features african Zulus, Japanese samurai, ROMAN LIZARDMEN (they've allegedly evolved from dinosaurs), Celtic druids lost in time for 2000 years, maori, Camelot from Arthurian legend, Atlantean remnants, magical seductresses who come out of the forest looking for men, underground ninjas... and even VAMPIRES. Who drink blood and have a gothic vampire mansion. Did I mention that time-travellers from the future also make an appearance? Indeed, right after the episode with the pyramid and the egyptian Pharaoh I thought to myself: "the one thing we haven't seen are Cimmerian barbarians", and lo and behold, the next episode opens with savage leather- and fur-clad barbarian mountain-men. I love it. I love it to bits.

Someone more cynical would perhaps roll his eyes, noting that Veronica-one of the two main female characters original to the show, a young blonde inspired by Tarzan who traipses around the deadly jungle in little more than a bra and miniskirt-seems to find an excuse to get herself submerged in water every other episode, whether it's to save a drowning Indian girl, evade a T-Rex, accidentally get trapped down a well, have a "cat-fight" in a convenient puddle of mud, or simply have a water pipe burst in her face. In the episode with the giant bees, Veronica also slathers herself with copious amounts of honey (and so does everyone else, to a more limited extent) so as to conceal her scent. But I would posit, young sir or madam, that this is nothing to smirk about, it's just the hardships that a life in the primeval jungle can force you to go through.

Veronica's action exploits sometimes become ridiculous when she's occasionally able to beat up several (ape-)men larger and stronger than her-without ever ruining her manicure, let it be noted!-but every once in a while the hunter, Lord Roxton, is able to punch someone in the face and send him flying a metre away, so I guess this is just the 90s adventure TV dramatic choreography in play.

It is of course delightfully refreshing, from a modern perspective, to see a cast of characters unashamed about spreading civilisation and the values of the British Empire amongst dangerous savages, sometimes at gunpoint if need be. The character interactions are engrossing, and whilst the show rarely even tries to take itself seriously (the Camelot episode being a great example of this), some of the more serious and character-driven plots are very, very solid. The entire first season screams of good ideas put into good-if incoherent-use; though alas, quite frequently the plot moves forward after ape-men or dinousaurs randomly jump out of the forest for no particular reason, hardly a creative decision.

Naturally, the CGI is dated and quite lacking by modern standards, but this is something I'm more than willing to overlook when the sum total is so interesting. I also have to say I love the mattes. They're a mixed bag, but I enjoy them greatly; set design is serviceable albeit usually limited. "Is this Camelot?" asks one of our characters when led "to Camelot". "No, it's just the king's hunting camp, Camelot itself is many days away." Also, "Is this your civilisation," they ask the Pharaoh Ramses. "One pyramid and a dozen men?" "No, this is just our place of worship, our civilisation is many days away." All right, show, I see what you did there. Very clever indeed. (But why was the Pharaoh's sister being crowned in the place of worship in front of a dozen dudes instead of in her capital city? We'll never know...)

As for acting, it's solid enough. Michael Sinelnikoff is quite brilliant as the mild-mannered Summerlee, and with a pipe in his mouth and a revolver in hand, with a carefree smile on his face, he truly looks like the most based grandpa ever. Rachel Blakely is fantastic, alluring, and captivating as the duplicitous Marguerite, and though her Australian accent makes itself more than obvious in some cases despite her character being American, Marguerite is a wonderful addition to the cast and makes for a sublimely soapily-operatic "will they, won't they" interaction with Will Snow's John Roxton. Roxton himself is very well embodied by Mr Snow, and his confident manner as the group's expert hunter, tracker, and pugilist is right on the spot. The expedition leader, "the visionary" George Challenger is similarly well-played by Peter McCauley, who certainly looks the part of the unorthodox natural explorer, and usually looks a little too excited for whatever's going on. Ned Malone, the American reporter and protagonist of the original novel is (mostly) played by David Orth, who does a serviceable job of being the everyman. The aforementioned Veronica, lovely in all regards, is played by Jennifer O'Dell. Veronica is somewhat of a native of the plateau (born to American parents currently MIA), is Malone's romantic interest, and does admirably with what she's given as the lonesome but hardened young woman searching for her lost parents, though I'm afraid I was never quite convinced when she'd start snarling, trying to be intimidating.

Season 2 doesn't fail to disappoint, with the very first episode featuring Roxton falling into a river and emerging with a different haircut, Marguerite forgetting about her leg wound, an Age of Discovery shanty town, the party manning a rowboat and having the two women row whilst Challenger captains it up and Malone is the coxswain, and a plesiosaur getting incinerated by a single oil lantern. Aside from much-improved CGI, the rest of the second season gives us amazons (a hilarious and remarkably well-handled implementation of the idea, which would certainly look different-probably worse-if made now, 20 years later), samurai, more time travel (with a blatant continuity error), XVI century ghosts, werewolves, a fire-breathing dragon, Challenger stating that magic doesn't exist when he himself used sorcery in the previous episode, even more magical men and women coming out of the forest to seduce somebody, more holes conveniently opening up under our heroes, golems and nuclear power, and even SPACE ALIENS. The writing in season 2 appears to go downhill, however, what with some retcons of season 1 (ape-men are now partly-civilised "troglodytes" for no reason), as well as an unwillingness to develop the characters further than what even the first episodes of season 1 achieved; and of course, more and more absurd plots that don't seem to serve a specific purpose.

Unfortunately season 2 becomes rather uninspired at times, piling unlikely premise after unlikely premise upon the viewer, and learning that Malone's actor leaves the show midway through season 3, whilst the plot doubles down on bizarre and random shenanigans, I never had the motivation to begin season 3. It's quite the shame, really.

When this show first aired, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle must have spun in his grave fast enough to generate enough power for a small household, and undoubtedly his spinning became even more rapid every time the "Based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" credit appears on screen in an episode that has zero relation to the original lost world book. On the other hand, I certainly enjoyed the ride, at least until the end of season 2. The premise is perfect; with a coherent and focused story that kept the new characters but also reduced the ridiculous contrivances to a minimum, you could really make a Lost World adaptation for the ages. The fact we'll probably never see one is truly a loss for all of us... as is the fact that any future adaptation wouldn't feature Rachel Blakely, and that her acting career hasn't been more prominent. I did say she's captivating, didn't I?

In short, this is popcorn. It's not a roast beef steak with a side of vegetables, brown sauce, and green salad, and you shouldn't approach it looking for what it isn't. It might be popcorn, but very delicious popcorn it is; or it might be cheese, but I really like cheese if I have to be honest. I thoroughly recommend giving this series a shot. It's good fun... at least until it wears out its welcome.
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munchieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
BINGE WORTHY! It might be cheesy, but you will absolutely fall in love with it!
I adored this series as a teen when it first aired and remembered it fondly, but never had the chance to watch it again back in the early 2000s, then 16 years flew by. Having stumbled across The Lost World series' release on Prime a couple of weeks ago, I was torn between wanting to keep the nostalgia intact (incase it was so dated it lost its charm), and experiencing the show all over again. I chose to watch, and to my surprise I was no only not disappointed, but I have absolutely fallen in love with this show all over again. The series is loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, with the central characters included, but the premise vastly expanded, so don't expect dry period drama. What this show has is a great cast and writers who give the stories charm, a sense of humour, cheesy good fun (the effects are often hilarious, but they're absolutely perfect for the show, even now) and a whole lot of heart. If you like adventure, with a bucket load of mystery, action and even a little romance thrown in, you'll love it. The best thing about Prime and vintage shows like this? No week long wait for a new episode, or year for a new season, you can binge the hell out of all 66 episodes, and it is definitely #bingeworthy!
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Chris ButlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dated CGI, bad acting, nonsense plot
I watched the first two episodes and the plot is utter nonsense, the CGI poor even for 2000 standards and the acting so cheesy it verges on being painfully cringey. I can see how it might appeal to some, but not my cup of tea 2/5
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Mike NelsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rerun Of Classic TV Series From 1999
Made for three seasons but only the last one in 16:9 these are a blast from the past and have not been on UK TV for I guess over ten years.
First episodes made from pilot and have a different actor playing the newspaper man.

Not HD picture quality but some episodes are pretty good (for the era 1999 onwards).
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Mr. T. FfoulkesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Thought it was a joke till i realised it wasnt
I thought it was a retro throw back joke until i realised it wasn't, Terrible.
2 people found this helpful
billReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dated and inadequate movie
They got carried away with a lavish and too obtrusive music score that annoyingly over dominates the film. It should have an IMDb score of no higher than 4.5
3 people found this helpful
Vladimir K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cheesy acting, but great for it's genre. Easy and light to watch
It's as cheesy as it gets. I Love it. Light, old, fun to watch. Basically they got a blonde, a brunette and a Pentium II for the effects, and made a series with it. Great for after work chill without burdening your brain with complicated plots.
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