The exploration fleet discovers an uninhabited barren planet and the Land Team are sent down to investigate. What originally appeared to be a straightforward exploration becomes complicated when it's discovered someone else may have already have a claim to the planet.
WRITTEN BY: Jameson Brewer
TIMED BY: Jack Shaw
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: November 17, 1984
- Oops: When the Land Team finds vegetation on the barren planet, Cliff instructs Marvin to collect a
sample and take it back to the Explorer, however it's Cinda's vehicle that is shown collecting the
sample and leaving the planet.
When Voltron was dubbed from Dairugger XV, the series suffered a number of edits, mostly to remove material that was considered objectionable or inappropriate for Voltron. However, some of the deleted material was intended to be featured in the series only to wind up on the cutting room floor anyway. This section details what deleted material was intended to be featured in "Try This World For Size". Also detailed here are lines of dialogue that was scripted (and likely recorded) but not present in the episode.
- Deleted from the pan shot showing Lisa reading a book was a line from the off-screen Hutch telling
Tangor: “What you need is food for thought. Read a book like Lisa's doing.”
- After Newley tells the Land Team to report to the launch area, a close-up shot of Cliff saying “Go,
team!” was deleted.
Cliff's line remained in the episode though and is heard in the recycled shot of the Voltron crew starting to
leave the lounge area. The shot of Cliff wound up being used in a later episode.
- The close-up shot of Professor Page after he says “A dead planet!” was trimmed to remove frames
showing the shot darkening around his face.
- Trimmed from the start of shot of Jeff saying the Voltron Force will prove Professor Page wrong were
frames showing Jeff with his back to the camera before he turns around and speaks.
- Trimmed from the shot of Page telling Hawkins that it's impossible for plants to grow without water
were frames showing Jeff getting bug-eyed.
- Deleted from Hawkins telling Page that plants are only growing where the rockets are was a shot of the professor folding his arms.
Incidentally, the shot of Page, Debbie, Jeff and Hawkins standing at the lab table was trimmed of several frames that showed Page with his arms crossed.
- Deleted from the scene where Malvor's ship first opens fire on the Explorer was a very brief
sequence where Jeff and Rocky appear to shake off two Drule attack ships.
The sequence as presented in the script, which takes place before the Explorer is fired on:
The “tanks” is actually Malvor's ship. (It appears writer
Jameson Brewer mistook the ship for a Drule tank). Also, it appears that the shots of Jeff and Rocky's vehicles were to be shots recycled from an earlier episode as no such shots described above are in the episode or it's original Dairugger XV version.
- Trimmed from the end of the shot of Voltron flying into the clouds to leave the planet was part of Malvor's
ship drifting into view.
- Deleted from the closing scene of the episode was a close-up shot of Jeff looking out an off-screen
Some lines of dialogue were originally scripted differently. This section details the noteworthy differences.
- Hawkins' line “Our crew is long overdue for a little rest and recreation. Then again, we could find
skyscrapers and crowded spaceports.” was originally scripted as: “I wouldn't even mind if there were
a few giant dinosaurs roaming around. Then again, we could find skyscrapers and crowded
- Tangor's line “He ate mine too!” was originally scripted as: “That's where mine went!”
- Rocky's line “Hope there's time to eat before Hazar hits again!” was originally scripted as: “Hope we
got time for a sandwich before Hazar hits again!”
- Debbie's greeting to Jeff of “Hello.” was originally scripted as: “Hi.”