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St24hcelestin St24hcelestin 5 May
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The Robot Vs Will: Who is better?

Write ur opinion in the comments


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Brooklyn survivor Brooklyn survivor 15 February
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discord

I was banned from the lost in space discord can someone unban me

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Pepsi411 Pepsi411 28 December 2020
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will

Tbh i want to see will need to go to the bathroom/pee

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Alternate Facts Alternate Facts 19 January 2020
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This show couldv been so much better

The kid (Will) is such a terrible actor! Annoys me every time hez on screen.

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Sarahyasmine Sarahyasmine 4 January 2020
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Death of Dr. Smith (June Harris)

I still have a hard time believing June Harris is dead! The evidence points quite clearly to her being dead, though. Here are some confusing pointers!

  1. Maureen sees June's shattered helmet and breastplate floating off into space, indicating that June has been exposed to the elements and is now burnt to a crisp somewhere in space.
  2. However, this seems a little off, as it makes no sense for June to take off her breastplate and helmet for absolutely no reason.
  3. There is a possibility, though, that the producers decided to show only the helmet and breastplate floating outside the window to only indicate that June had died, because it would be to gruesome to show a main character burnt to a crisp inside their spacesuit. Horrifying!
  4. Is it plausible tha…
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Sarahyasmine Sarahyasmine 4 January 2020
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Welcome to the Lost In Space Wiki

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Lost in Space Wiki. Please read articles carefully and report back to me if there is anything that needs to be fixed. You are, of course, welcome to edit them yourself, but please refrain from deleting any sentences that are already up. Our Wiki Workers have put a lot of effort into this Wiki, so we would thank you to be careful!

         -Athena's Heir

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AlphaControPodcast AlphaControPodcast 26 April 2018
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Alpha Control: a Lost in Space Podcast

Bold textHey fellow Lost in Space fans, just wanted to let you know we have a new Podcast dedicated to celebrating Irwin Allen's original Lost in Space. Please give us a listen & subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play.

http://alphacontrolpodcast.libsyn.com/website

We are also very hungry for feedback, so leave comments on our website or our Facebook page or email us at:

alphacontrolpodcast@gmail.com

New episodes will publish weekly. If you love Lost in Space you'll enjoy our fun & informative review podcast.

Thanks very much!

Laen August

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 15 April 2018
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Thoughts?



Lost In Space Reboot (2018)  X  Lost In Space Original Series

                              Dr. Smith character.





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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 4 July 2017
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Kanto and anti-John: The Alter Ego

I wrote this article to find some answers to doubts of one of the collaborators of this Wikia, TwilightReaderFan. This collaborator posted in this Wikia  excellent article in memory of Guy Williams, "The Antimatter Man". In this article TwilightReaderFan questions the fact that a man as badly, physically and psychologically, as is the anti John Robinson, feel obligated to protect matter Will and, furthermore, have feelings for the family of matter John. 

Recently in an article I wrote for this Wikia for the episode "Follow the Leader" I pointed out that it was strange that Kanto had any interest in protecting Will's life. TwilightReaderFan was the one who noticed the coincidence in the story lines of both LIS episodes. And he wrote: "When y…

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 9 February 2016
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lost in space in Rio carnival 2016! It is today!!!! It is 00:45am. Nice carnival!

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 25 December 2015
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Season's Greetings!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Lost in Space Wiki to all our members and visitors.

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 24 December 2015
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Nice Christmas

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Slyufo Slyufo 23 December 2015
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Lost In Space in Widescreen (Bluray)

I have uploaded part of the intro to Condemned of Space S3Ep1 in WIDESCREEN from the Bluray bonus disc material and the link to watch it is here:

vimeo.com/149829032

Please bear in mind that this clip is just under 3 mins and is 485mb in size (at 24mbits per second BRay) and there will be some degradation by the time Vimeo rejigs it's quality on their website

It looks great in Widescreen however there is some trade-off in re-cropping of the 1.33 original episode to widescreen.  For example in the credits for Billy Mumy and Angela Cartwright you can see part of the graphics in the top and bottom of the screen just chopped off.   I have not yet to do a full comparison of the original 1.33 to this version in 1.78 AR to see what else may be misse…

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 5 December 2015
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TRIVIA

If you could pick just one first season episode to be colorized, which one would you choose?

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Slyufo Slyufo 1 November 2015
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Lost In Space TV series remastered on Bluray

Hi Fellow LIS fans

I have uploaded the intros from seasons 1 to 3 from the Bluray release and stitched them together.

They are actually not the real intro's but the menu selection for the three season discs

The quality is awesome on bluray so much more detail and the colour in seasons two and three are so vibrant but natural, even the first season black and white episodes display deeper blacks and white, a real treat to watch and worth the expense of the box set.

I have the link (from my webpage) posted in the Video section of this wiki or you can go to it directly here:

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Enjoy

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 11 October 2015
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What do you think about it?

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Classic Television Shows Analyzed for Modern AudiencesRSS Twitter The 10 Best Lost in Space Episodes September 21st, 2015 Posted in Lost in Space By Jon Davidson Write comment After reviewing every episode of Lost in Space this past summer, I thought it would be fun to create a list of my personal favorites while the show is still somewhat fresh in my memory. Below are my rankings for the episodes that are, in my opinion, the best in the entire series.


10) The Derelict

While this one isn’t usually considered to be among the greatest Lost in Space episodes, I decided to give it a spot on this list for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the slow pacing works quite well at acquainting the audience with the main charac…


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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 13 September 2015
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50th Anniversary

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7.30 EDT marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premier of Lost in Space with "The Reluctant Stowaway." The first episode of season one aired on a Wednesday evening on CBS against Legend of Custer on ABC and The Virginian on NBC. It was followed at 8.30 by The Beverly Hillbillies on CBS.

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Jimbotc2014 Jimbotc2014 14 August 2015
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Jimmy's official episode rankings..

Below is a very close tentative estimate of my personal stellar first season (1965-66) episode rankings of LOST IN SPACE. All these classic B&W episodes, as a matter of fact, also make up my personal top twenty-nine episodes of the entire series. I hardly, hardly ever watch any episodes anymore, so it is slightly difficult for me to recall accurate rankings from my good old prime viewing days. This is far and away the superior, definitive, elite and best season.

1. 1-01 The Reluctant Stowaway 2. 1-04 There Were Giants In The Earth 3. 1-05 The Hungry Sea 4. 1-02 The Derelict 5. 1-03 Island In The Sky 6. 1-07 My Friend, Mr. Nobody 7. 1-11 Wish Upon A Star 8. 1-29 Follow The Leader 9. 1-16 The Keeper Part 1 10. 1-17 The Keeper Part II 11. 1-15…

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Rita scaramizzi Rita scaramizzi 10 August 2015
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Trivia - Lost in Space - Follow the Leader

'Read these dialogues from Follow the Leader. After, think about if John Robinson committed a crimes behind the mask of Canto. Could John Robson be blamed? Leave your opinion here.


John - Do not touch that food. Smith - But, you just said that... John - You are not gonna eat any food from this table today. And if you are not on time tomorrow for breakfast , you are not gonna eat for another 24 hours , Dr. smith. is that understood Just because I expect a little discipline, a little routine from that man. Does not mean that I am sick?


Judy - Dad is awake. Maureen - Good ! How is headache John - Gone and forgotten. I am feel fine now. Maureen- Oh, thanks goodness. John - I said I feel fine now. Now, let is drop the subject. Judy - We are goi…


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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 29 July 2015
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Just some fun

Check out this article for some reflections on Lost in Space 50 years later.

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 22 July 2015
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Heads up, Fans!

Angela Cartwright and Bill Mumy will be releasing a book on Lost in Space soon. Watch out for it!

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 18 July 2015
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Happy Birthday, Mark!

Mark Goddard's birthday is Friday, July 24. Happy birthday, Mark!

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 13 July 2015
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ComicCon

Check out Bill Mumy's Facebook page for behind the scenes ComicCon photos, including other Lost in Space cast members.

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 24 June 2015
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Happy Birthday, June!

Here's a link to a very nice article on June Lockhart's career, marking her 90th birthday--June 25. Happy birthday, June!

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 22 June 2015
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The Fiftieth Anniversary—Will LiS get its Props?

Here's a very interesting opinion piece I found today. The blu-ray release is a great anniversary present, but will Lost in Space every get its props? Read Charlie Jane Anders' reflections here .

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 20 June 2015
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A Third TV Lost in Space?

I don't know how I missed this, but on April 30, 2015 the Wikipedia page on Lost in Space was updated with the following addition.

"On October 10, 2014, it was announced that "Legendary TV" is developing a new reboot of Lost in Space and they have hired "Dracula Unborn" screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the new epic. As of April 2015 no further word has been officially released regarding the project, however as Kevin Burns of Synthesis entertainment is involved it can definitely be considered a serious project. Fans are hoping that this time the show will be serious "hard" sci-fi in approach and that the main features, such as the overall look of the characters, the design of the Jupiter 2 and other hardware, as well as adh…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 18 June 2015
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Dr. Smith—Not Just an Evil Man

I have to start by saying that I never liked Dr. Smith. As a child watching Lost in Space in the 1960’s I found him by turns frightening or ridiculous. With the simple black-or-white (and somewhat bloody-minded) logic of an eight-year-old, I asked why the Robinsons didn’t just kill him. As simple as that. Now, after fifty or so years to reflect (although I admit I never gave the matter a second thought for most of that time) I have come to have a completely different view of Dr. Smith’s character. It certainly was not black-or-white. It wasn’t even shades of grey. In some ways, Dr. Smith was one of the most realistic characters developed over the course of the series. The only other characters who really showed any character development at …

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 30 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: The Rest of the Writers

Seven writers were responsible for 75 out of the 83 episodes of Lost in Space. The remaining eight episodes were penned by five other writers (including one team). Norman Lessing’s only contribution was a co-writer with Shimon Wincelberg on “Island in the Sky” in season one.

William Welch wrote “One of Our Dogs Is Missing,” “The Lost Civilization” (both season one), and “The Space Creature” (season three). He also co-wrote “The Hungry Sea” with Shimon Wincelberg. Welch’s scripts are noteworthy in that the two first season entries are very true to the original look and feel of the series, and “The Space Creature,” written two years later, offers a very good character development of Will Robinson—he may not be quite the goody two shoes he is o…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 29 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Shimon Wincelberg

Shimon Wincelberg is unique among the writers of Lost in Space scripts. He was the co-writer with Irwin Allen of the unaired pilot episode “No Place to Hide,” the use of whose footage earned him a total of four more co-writing credits, one for each of episodes two to four of the series’ first season. He is credited as sole writer for episode one, “The Reluctant Stowaway” under the pseudonym S. Bar-David, and episode eight, “Invaders from the Fifth Dimension.

Despite sharing writing credit for most of the early episodes with other writers, the original look and feeling of the series is clearly the creation of Wincelberg and Irwin Allen. Even when the direction of the series began to change in the latter half of the first season, writers who ha…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 28 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Robert Hamner

Robert Hamner is credited with five season three scripts for Lost in Space, and is credited as co-writer (together with Barney Slater) for one more, “The Anti-Matter Man,” surely one of the best episodes in the series.

“Kidnapped in Space” features a lot of banter between the Robot and Dr. Smith; in fact, it could easily fit into the “buddy-adventure” category of episodes if only Will were more involved. Despite this, there are a number of tense and dramatic moments in the episode, particularly where John Robinson is killed.

“Space Destructors” is quite similar in its approach to the characters; again, though, Will is not Dr. Smith’s (willing or unwilling) foil, but rather his (accidental) victim. After a rather campy beginning, the dramatic …

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 27 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Jackson Gillis

Among the script writers on Lost in Space, Jackson Gillis is best known for his stories focusing on the character of Penny Robinson. Of the seven scripts written by Gillis over the series’ three year run, five are definitely Penny episodes, and the remaining two feature Penny far more prominently than most episodes by other script writers.

The two season one episodes, “My Friend, Mr. Nobody” and “The Magic Mirror,” are among the best of the first season, and indeed, of the entire series. Both are dark and atmospheric episodes that center on the character of Penny. Both highlight the struggles she experiences as the middle child as she begins to grow up in a strange and hostile place. In both episodes, Penny’s innate good nature is the reason…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 26 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Carey Wilber

Carey Wilber wrote six scripts for the first two seasons of Lost in Space, and received a co-writing credit with Shimon Wincelberg for a seventh. He created the character of Alonzo P. Tucker in “The Sky Pirate” and brought him back in “Treasure of the Lost Planet.” He is notable for two of the wildest episodes in the entire series: “A Visit to Hades” and “The Questing Beast.”

Wilber wrote the additional dialogue and direction for “There Were Giants in the Earth.” Since much of the footage of the unaired pilot, written by Shimon Wincelberg (credited as S. Bar-David and co-written by Irwin Allen) was used "Giants" gives a writer credit to Wincelberg. Although Wilber cannot be credited with much creative input into the episode, given the constr…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 25 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Bob Duncan and Wanda Duncan

Bob Duncan and Wanda Duncan were the co-writers of five Lost in Space scripts, all but one from season two. Author Jon Abbott characterises their contribution to the series as being among the “sillier” of the scripts, but praises their work on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, another Irwin Allen production.

Without going so far as to say silly, the Duncans’ season two scripts definitely incorporate some more whimsical elements into their plots than the general run of stories that season (which, admittedly, had some pretty silly ones). Despite this, their stories are uniformly well told and were (and are) some of the more popular episodes in the series.

“Space Circus” turns on the premise that Will has a heretofore undiscovered ability to materi…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 24 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Barney Slater, Season Three

Barney Slater contributed only three scripts to season three of Lost in Space. These were “The Anti-Matter Man” (co-written with Robert Hamner), “The Flaming Planet,” and “Junkyard in Space,” the last first-run episode aired (“A Visit to Hades” from season two would be rebroadcast the week after “Junkyard” to round out the season in March 1968).

“The Anti-Matter Man” is a fan favourite and features Guy Williams and Mark Goddard throughout. The episode invites comparison with Slater’s earlier season one episode “Follow the Leader.” In both episodes, evil is overcome by love. In “Follow the Leader,” it is his son’s love that allows John to drive out the spirit of Canto that possesses him, and in “The Anti-Matter Man” it is Will’s love shown in…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 23 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Barney Slater, Season Two

Barney Slater contributed one-third—10 out of 30—scripts for episodes in the second season of Lost in Space. Although several stories like “The Prisoners of Space” and “The Galaxy Gift” are almost superior offerings, both suffer from Slater’s generally weak endings (“The Galaxy Gift” admittedly less so).

The premises of many of Slater’s second season scripts are, if not far-fetched, at least the sources of continuity issues, or raise questions that are not answered. Among examples of such episodes are “Curse of Cousin Smith” and “The Mechanical Men.”

“The Wreck of the Robot” introduces the Saticons, who will reappear in “The Galaxy Gift.” Their eerie, almost dancing movements and their hypnotic voices add a great deal to the atmosphere of me…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 22 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Barney Slater, Season One

Barney Slater contributed roughly a third of the scripts to the first two seasons of Lost in Space. One season one story, “The Sky Is Falling”, was co-written with Herman Groves, and the season three episode “The Anti-Matter Man” with Robert Hamner.

Slater’s first season stories range from dark, even menacing “Follow the Leader” to the almost whimsical premises of episodes like “Wish upon a Star” and “All that Glitters.” “Follow the Leader” is a highly regarded, tense and dramatic episode that served as a John Robinson-centred vehicle. Similarly, the two part episode “The Keeper” also gave John a considerable amount of air-time.

Both “The Keeper” and “Follow the Leader” were very much in the tone of the series’ original premise of being an ad…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 21 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Peter Packer, Season Three

Season three of Lost in Space included one of its most infamous episodes: “The Great Vegetable Rebellion,” one so truly awful that it has achieved almost cult status and has been named as one of the hundred most memorable TV shows ever by TV Guide. Actor Jonathan Harris recounted in several interviews how Peter Packer had gone to him with a script that he was reluctant to hand over, saying that he just hadn’t had a single idea left to write about. After writing almost one-third of the series himself (25 out of 83 episodes), one can perhaps understand the well running dry.

The eight other episodes Packer wrote for season three are much better, and strongly in his personal tradition of producing more dramatic stories. “Condemned of Space,” “Vis…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 20 May 2015
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The Writers and Their Scripts: Peter Packer, Season Two

Peter Packer’s season two scripts for Lost in Space continue and extend the movement in a less adult-oriented direction for the series, already begun in the second half of season one. Despite that, only one episode written by Packer in the second season (“Mutiny in Space”) is clearly part of the number of episodes in the series’ second season characterised by over-the-top, out-and-out silliness.

“The Girl from the Green Dimension” is interesting because it is an example of one writer using a character created by a different writer. Athena the Lorelei originally featured in “Wild Adventure” by Allan Balter and William Read Woodfield near the beginning of season two. Packer is able to work the character’s somewhat one-dimensional fey personalit…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 19 May 2015
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True Menace in Lost in Space


The initial five episode story arc of Lost in Space has been described as dark and menacing. This is due not only to the original characterisation of Dr. Smith as an arch-villain, but also to the situations faced by the crew of the Jupiter 2, both incidental to the plot and as the main plot itself. Furthermore, the fact that the series was shot in black and white for its first season contributes to the atmosphere.

It goes without saying that Dr. Smith in his first appearance in “The Reluctant Stowaway” was established as a villain pure and simple. He incapacitated (or killed) a guard on duty in the Jupiter 2, then proceeded to reprogramme the Robot to sabotage the mission by destroying various automated functions of the spaceship, including l…


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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 18 May 2015
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Story Arcs

The television series that is free of continuity errors is truly a rare bird. One way of avoiding them is multi-episode story arcs. Babylon 5 is perhaps the epitome of this concept: the entire plot of the series was mapped out before production began; when it seemed the series was to be cancelled before the plot was completely resolved, changes were made in order to tie up loose ends in a new 'last season.' When the series was renewed, a few new plot lines had to be added, but they did not affect the ultimate story.

We don’t know, of course, but it is possible that the initial five episode series of stories in Lost in Space was a deliberate story arc. It is equally possible that after having produced the most expensive (and unaired) pilot in h…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 17 May 2015
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Monsters, New and Gently Used

“Monster-of-the-week” is a term used to characterise television shows that rely on the regular appearance of some sort of creature to drive forward the action in each episode. The phrase is usually disparaging, as when applied to the latter half of the series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, or to Lost in Space, but is more neutral when used to describe shows like The Outer Limits.

I think that you have to be careful about throwing out labels to describe Lost in Space, though. Monsters made very numerous appearances throughout the series, but they are not all of a type. There are a number of distinct purposes for the appearance of one, and I would like to list a few.

First of all is the category “danger.” This type of monster is the usual reason…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 16 May 2015
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Justice in Lost in Space

The theme of justice is not something that you would immediately think very common to the stories told in Lost in Space. Nonetheless, the concepts of justice and law enforcement drive the plot of no less than six episodes in the series. In all but one case, however, there is the added element of the miscarriage of justice, either deliberate or accidental.

In “All that Glitters” Galaxy Law Enforcer Bollix is in pursuit of the thief Ohan. He is portrayed as quite hard-bitten and intimidating, but these qualities are not necessarily a liability in his line of work. Bollix is able to apprehend Ohan, but not the ring the thief had stolen. It is not really that unbelievable that he should have thought that the Robinsons were responsible for that (…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 15 May 2015
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Human Technology

When Lost in Space first took off in 1965, it was set in the distant future of 18 years or so ago. Many examples of the technology used in the show were plausible developments of contemporary items extrapolated into the future… the walkie talkies, miniature microphones and weapons portrayed in the series were all believable at the time. We now know that lasers are singularly ill-suited to use as a hand-held weapon (that is why Star Trek invented the phaser to replace it), and even my first cell phone was more compact than the Robinson’s walkie-talkies.

But there were other items of technology that made appearances throughout the series; some were one-off items, others were regular background set dressing or provided business for the actors in a…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 14 May 2015
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Be Careful What You Wish For

What if Dr. Smith had died? You know, like he was supposed to, early in the first season. Preferably painfully. What if his brain had been removed by the Invaders (the ones with the fifth dimensional spaceship) or if he had gone back to Earth with Jimmy Hapgood at the end of “Welcome Stranger”? Or he might have been trampled when Mr. Nobody had his hissy fit. All three of these episodes would have provided ample opportunity to get rid of that dastardly villain before he had the opportunity to perpetrate (in the minds of many fans) his most evil crime of all: hijacking the show from the next episode (“The Oasis”) onward. But it might not have been like you Smith-haters (and I was one as a child watching the show) might think. It probably wo…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 13 May 2015
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Bless the Ostriches and Children

Whatever happened to the space ostriches? In “There Were Giants in the Earth” Will is seen running after an uncooperative ostrich-like creature in one scene taken from the unaired pilot, “No Place to Hide.” The voiceover narration of Professor Robinson’s log in the pilot explains that they were attempting to domesticate a number of species native to Priplanus as they established themselves there for the long haul.

The pilot also included a spiny tortoise-like creature which Penny and Debbie ride off on; this scene is also reused in “There Were Giants in the Earth.” Presumably, given the tortoise’s pace, they must have been on it for hours for them to get far enough from the camp to get lost. In the establishing shot from the pilot immediate…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 12 May 2015
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When Did Lost in Space Change?

Speak to any fan of Lost in Space and he or she will instantly understand you if you talk about the CHANGE in the series. Depending on the fan’s personal preference, a lament about the campy antics of Dr. Smith from the latter part of season one onward might follow. I would suggest, however, that that is not the only change to occur in the series. Many fans do not seem to be aware that there were in fact four major changes in the show’s “feel” over its three season run.

The first season episode “Invaders from the Fifth Dimension” marks the first sea change for Lost in Space. Maybe. That was the last chance to get rid of Dr. Smith. Possibly. Many believe that this is the episode to kill Smith off. Evidence in support of this is flimsy and circu…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 11 May 2015
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Whatever Happened to...? Another Kind of Cliffhanger

What is the opposite of a cliffhanger? If you said “teaser,” you’re probably correct, but I suggest that where the cliffhanger endings in the first two seasons of Lost in Space were resolved in the teaser of the following episode, another type of cliffhanger present in a number of episodes was never resolved. That is, there are a number of characters or situations that occur in a given episode, but never appear again nor are they ever referred to again.

The dog in “One of Our Dogs Is Missing” (season one) just doesn’t show up again. Perhaps he eventually fell prey to the sand monster in that episode. One imagines Penny putting up “Lost Dog” posters on rocks around the campsite in the week before “Attack of the Monster Plants,” the next episod…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 10 May 2015
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Will Robinson: A Star Lost in Space?

There are surprisingly few episodes of Lost in Space which actually feature Will Robinson as the central figure driving the plot forward. Although many fans might disagree with this assertion, a moment’s reflection would reveal that many of the “Will episodes” are actually “Dr. Smith” episodes. I don’t deny that Will had a larger rôle than most other members of the cast, both in terms of dialogue and screen time, but I do maintain that there are relatively few episodes over the course of the series where Will is the primary focus.

The first of these episodes was season one’s “Return from Outer Space.” After “My Friend Mr. Nobody” and “Attack of the Monster Plants,” this was the third episode of the season to focus on one of the Robinson child…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 9 May 2015
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Transformations: All that We See or Seem

Three episodes of Lost in Space turn on the plot device of alien beings altering their physical form in order to deceive the Robinsons (on two of those occasions; in the third instance, it is a matter of survival). In a further episode an alien hides his own true form while using attractive androids to accomplish his deception. In each case, the transformations are effected for the simple purpose of winning the trust of the crew of the Jupiter 2.

In season one’s “His Majesty Smith,” the Andronican uses androids to lure Dr. Smith into accepting the rôle of sacrificial king, although, of course, Smith is at first unaware of the sacrificial aspect. Although I do not find the Andronican particularly repulsive physically, he did give Smith quite a…

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Nelson1959 Nelson1959 8 May 2015
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Major Don West: Almost in the Spotlight

Don West had a lot in common with Maureen Robinson: both were strong, dependable people who had earned the trust of John Robinson. And also as with Maureen, Don West never (quite) got an episode of his own in which to shine. That said, Don did have significant rôles in a number of episodes throughout the series and generally enjoyed a great deal of screen time.

As early as “The Reluctant Stowaway” Major West seemed destined to be a central character in Lost in Space, with depth and complexity. Unfortunately, the reality was that he quickly fell into the rôle of second-in-command and back-up, a position from which he rarely had a chance to rise over the show’s three-year run.

There really weren’t any Don-centred episodes (which distinction he s…

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