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There is a Tolkien letter in which Tolkien says that Bilbo is out of scale compared to Smaug, way too large. Try comparing Smaug to dwarf skulls and leg bones in the picture. Or measure the width across Smaug's nostrils and his total length. I measured Smaug's length as at least 40 times the width of his nostrils. There is a scene in the book where Smaug is unable to still his snout into a doorway that should be five feet tall, implying that Smaug is wider than five feet across the nostrils. Thus Smaug should be over 200 feet long. I calculated Smaug's length as a least 200 feet. Conversation with Smaug indicates that Smaug is about 40 l times a long as the width across his two nostrils. There is a scene winch Smaug is too big in insert his head into a doorway which should be five feet tall. Thus I calculated that Smaug is at least 200 feet long. In "Headed for Doomsday" 10 April 1966, Jason meets famed newspaper editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872) at a town called Spade City. Greeley mentions that a couple of years ago his newspaper was very critical of Captain Jason McCord at the Battle of Bitter Creek. If he means literally "two years", then his newspaper must have been criticizing Jason sometime during the period of about 1.5 to 3.00 years earlier. However, if Greeley used "a couple" loosely to mean "a few" years earlier, maybe Greeley was criticizing Jason about 1 to 5 years earlier, or maybe about 1 to 10 years earlier. Greeley says he is planning to run for president in the next election, and at the end Jason says that he will vote for Grant. So obviously Jason expected that Grant would run for president in the next election. At that time there was a tradition that a president would never serve more than two terms. In real history, Greeley ran for president in 1872, being nominated by the Liberal Republicans in May and the Democrats in July, and Grant ran for president and was elected in 1868 and 1872, and there were attempts to nominate Grant in 1880, but James Garfield was nominated and elected instead. So the fictional date of "Headed for Doomsday" should be early 1872 before May, or about January 1 to April 30, or about 1872.000 to 1872.33. So subtracting 1.5 to 3.0 years from that indicates that Greeley's newspaper was criticizing Jason McCord for the Battle of Bitter Creek sometime between about 1869.00 and about 1870.833. Of course if Greeley used "a couple of years " loosely, he might have been criticizing Jason about the Battle of bitter Creek as much as 10 years earlier, or as long ago as 1862.00 to 1862.33. Of course if Greeley ran for president at other dates in the fictional universe of Branded, the possible date range of "Headed for Doomsday" might be different. In "Headed for Doomsday" 10 April 1966, Jason meets famed newspaper editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872) at a town called Spade City. Greeley mentions that a couple of years ago his newspaper was very critical of Captain Jason McCord at the Battle of Bitter Creek. If he means literally "two years", then his newspaper must have been criticizing Jason sometime during the period of about 1.5 to 3.00 years earlier. However, if Greeley used "a couple" loosely to mean "a few" years earlier, maybe Greeley was criticizing Jason about 1 to 5 years earlier, or maybe about 1 to 10 years earlier. Greeley says he is planning to run for president in the next election, and at the end Jason says that he will vote for Grant. So obviously Jason expected that Grant would run for president in the next election. At that time there was a tradition that a president would never serve more than two terms. In real history, Greeley ran for president in 1872, being nominated by the Liberal Republicans in May and the Democrats in July, and Grant ran for president and was elected in 1868 and 1872, and there were attempts to nominate Grant in 1880, but James Garfield was nominated and elected instead. So the fictional date of "Headed for Doomsday" should be early 1872 before May, or about January 1 to April 30, or about 1872.000 to 1872.33. So subtracting 1.5 to 3.0 years from that indicates that Greeley's newspaper was criticizing Jason McCord for the Battle of Bitter Creek sometime between about 1869.00 and about 1870.833. Of course if Greeley used "a couple of years " loosely, he might have been criticizing Jason about the Battle of bitter Creek as much as 10 years earlier, or as long ago as 1862.00 to 1862.33. Of course if Greeley ran for president at other dates in the fictional universe of Branded, the possible date range of "Headed for Doomsday" might be different. Yes, the Robotoid in "War of the Robots" and the robot guard in "Condemned of Space" was the original Robby the Robot. <url>https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1119475/</url> <url>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_the_Robot</url> . In "The Ghost of Murrieta", set in the then small community of Los Angeles, thee is some talk about the future of Mexican president Benito Juarez (1806-1872). Since Juarez died on 18 July 1872, the latest possible date for "The Ghost of Murrieta" would be July, 1872. I believe I heard that Juarez had three years left in his term as president and was expected to be elected to another term. After the defeat of the French in 1867, Juarez was reelected president of Mexico in 1867, and in 1871. So "The Ghost of Murrieta" would most probably happen in 1868 or in 1872, and 1872 seems to better agree with the dates in other episodes. A woman named Antonia was the lover of famed outlaw Joaquin Murrietta and was pregnant with his child 20 years earlier, but betrayed him to his enemies who killed him and cut off his head. Joaquin Murrietta lived from 1829 to July 25,1853, and 20 years after that would be about 1873-1874. So apparently Antonia was a little too distraught to worry about the precise time span and considered 20 years was accurate enough when telling the tragic story of her life. So if "the Ghost of Murrieta" happened in real history and deducing its date was a problem for historians, they would guess that it probably happened as late in 1872 as possible for the characters to think that President Juarez was still alive. If "the Ghost of Murrieta" happens in the same fictional universe as other western movies and television episodes, the possible date would be deduced from the dates of Benito Juarez and Joaquin Murrietta in those productions. Juarez was the subject of <i>Juarez</i> (1939) and is mentioned in other movies and television shows. Murrieta appears in: The Big Valley Season 3, Episode 1. First aired September 11, 1967 "The Man Behind The Gun' 1953, with Randolph Scott, Murrieta was played by Robert Cabal I saw "the Sky Pirate" again. There was a scene where Tucker was talking with the Robinsons. He was told that the year was 1992. And he told them how he was abducted from Earth by aliens while crossing the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, famous for Groundhog Day celebrations with Punxsutawney Phil, and the setting for the famous movie Groundhog Day. Tucker said he was abducted by the aliens in the year that Custer was massacred, & must have been abducted sometime after the news of the Little Big Horn was received in the East about July 5, 1876. And I am pretty certain I remember that after Tucker said the year that Custer was massacred, someone, probably Major West, said that was in 1876. Tucker said that he was born in 1858, which would make him 17 or 18 when he was abducted, and he said that he was the town nuisance in Punxsutawney. The name he called the aliens who abducted him sounded like "Tellurians" which is funny because tellurian is an adjective being "of or belonging to the earth (or the Earth)". He said the alien pursuing him was from Cygnet X, which sounds a lot like the planet Cygnet XIV mentioned in the Star Trek episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" a year later. The Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh Railway did serve Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. So writer Carey Wilber got that bit of local color correct. However, the Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh was founded in October 1885, more or less as a reorganization of the bankrupt Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Company, which was founded in January, 1881 from the remains of The Rochester and State Line Railroad, which was founded in 1869 and began laying track in 1872. The Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Company laid down tracks into western Pennsylvania in 1882. So Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania probably didn't have a railroad line until 1882, and the railroad wasn't named the Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh Railway until 1885, nine years after 1876. In "Nice day for a Hanging", 6 February 1966, Jason's friend Frank Allison is due to hang for murder. Franks son Lon says that his mother died when he was 10, and Frank started drinking a lot. Frank put Lon in an orphanage when the war started, so Lon should be at least 18. Lon hasn't seen Frank for 8 years. Frank says he was killing in the army for 4 years and couldn't stop when he got out. So "Nice day for a Hanging" should happen about 8 years after the Civil War started in 1861, and thus about 1869. But if Frank and Lon met once after the war ended and that was 8 years before the episode, "Nice day for a Hanging" could happen about 1873, consistent with other episodes. Or maybe Frank put Lon in an orphanage when he enlisted to fight in the Snake War of 1864-1868, which would put the date of "Nice day for a Hanging" about 1872, again consistent with other episodes. If Frank Allison was at Fort Crook, California, with Jason McCord and the drummer turned officer from "A Taste of Poison", that could have been during the Snake War of 1864-1868. In "Barbed Wire", 13 February, 1966, Jason says he was in the region where the story happens once before, when he was stationed at Fort McDivitt for a while. Unfortunately, there wasn't any real Fort McDivitt that I have ever heard, of but there was a real Fort McDermit in Nevada from 1865-1869, a place where Jason McCord might have been stationed during the Snake War. And also see: <url> https://moviechat.org/tt0056606/Tower-of-London/58c724625ec57f0478ed7087/The-Child-Princes-Possible-Spoilers </url> <url>https://moviechat.org/tt0053145/The-Oregon-Trail/58c723465ec57f0478ec8e10/Unusually-violent-for-its-time?reply=5df2aae50f4972294272832c </url> https://moviechat.org/tt0052611/The-Giant-Behemoth/58c706b84e1cf308b937c223/A-Grim-Aspect-of-this-Film?reply=5df2aa2d0f49722942728320 See here: <url>https://moviechat.org/tt0056606/Tower-of-London/58c724625ec57f0478ed7087/The-Child-Princes-Possible-Spoilers?reply=5df2aa640f49722942728325&animate=false </url> and here: <url>https://moviechat.org/tt0052611/The-Giant-Behemoth/58c706b84e1cf308b937c223/A-Grim-Aspect-of-this-Film?reply=5df2aa2d0f49722942728320&animate=false </url> And: <url>https://moviechat.org/tt0044205/Westward-the-Women/58c705094e1cf308b93637c3/Two-questions-about-the-Italian-boy-MAJOR-SPOILER?reply=5df2b1720f49722942728362&animate=false </url> View all replies >