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June Harris (aka Dr. Smith) is a career criminal that stowed her way into the colony mission. She stole her sister's identity to board the Resolute to escape Earth's demise and later posed as Doctor Zachery Smith when it was attacked by the Robot. After the emergency situation with the Resolute and crash-landing on the unknown planet, she has been posing as Psycho-Therapist Dr. Smith until Don West uncovered the truth.
Personality & CharacterEdit
June Harris was born into a family of wealth and influence, but she became a career criminal. She loves to show her teeth at all times, when talking, not talking, just all the time. Despite having a privileged life, she never had the affections of her parents. She lost her mother at a young age and lost the affections of her father. She resorted to thievery and various forms of crime (possibly a means to get attention) to supplement her life. Because of her actions, the family favored her little sister, Jessica, and she inherited the family business and fortune. When Earth was suffering major catastrophic damage, Jessica decided to transfer the remains of the Harris fortune to June as she's leaving for Alpha Centauri. Unwilling to die in a fortune she can't enjoy, June drugged Jessica and stole her identity and escaped Earth for self-preservation.
Posing as Jessica Harris, she almost made it if it weren't the fact Jessica had an affair with a security guard on board The Resolute. The guard realized June wasn't Jessica and tried to arrest her, but she ended up killing the guard, venting him through the airlock. Arrested for murder, June escaped detention during the Robot's attack. She found an injured Doctor Zachery Smith and stole his identity to gain access to Jupiter 18 for emergency escape. After she crash landed on the mysterious planet, she continued to pose as a Family Therapist and took refuge under the Robinson Family. Taking advantage of the fact none of the survivors knows about Dr. Smith, she manipulates the Robinsons and the survivors in an elaborate plan to attain the Robot's power to protect her from harm when she returns to the Resolute.
June is a consummate survivor and a sociopath. She’s highly skilled in lying, infiltration, and manipulation. Although not a real therapist, she has strong psycho-analytic abilities that allow her to understand and manipulate the people around her to do her bidding. A person without power, she relies on her cunning and subterfuge to have others do her work without taking responsibility. She's also self-delusional about her place in the world. Despite all the bad she's done, she's convinced she's no different than anyone else and that all her actions up to this point has been heroic. She wants the robot's strength to give herself the power to dominate others so that she won't have to be hurt by anyone any more, however, it's more about survival and displacing responsibility than she can admit. June will do whatever it takes to have the advantage and will risk other people's lives for her benefit. Despite being self-deluded, she's self-aware about her own denials to not be so easily manipulated by others when they call out on her own proclamations. However, there is some part of her that cares about the Robinsons as she uncharacteristically helped them, choosing the close family over her own survival if their lives were at risk. Overall, June is a mastermind that can't be trusted.
June is the eldest daughter of the Harris family. Little is known about the dynamics of the family, but according to June herself, she lost her mother at a young age and her father favored Jessica (little sister) more than her. Eventually, she ran away and got herself involved into a life of crime, developing various underworld skills such as identity theft, lying, and manipulation. After the Christmas Star Incident, the Earth suffered major environmental damage and the world is dying because of it. For those with great resources, they can now immigrate to Alpha Centauri to start a new life. Jessica herself planned to leave Earth to the new world and decided to give most of her possessions to June as she can't carry it to Alpha Centauri. Unwilling to stay in a dying world and unable to enjoy her riches, she drugged Jessica and surgically removed her ID chip out of her. She left Jessica bounded in her own flat while June boarded the resolute for a chance for a fresh start once again. However, things didn't work out as planned.
Arrest for Murder & The Robot's AttackEdit
June successfully masqueraded herself as Jessica and all was well until a security guard gave her sexual advances. The guard have a relationship with Jessica and quickly realized it was a poser. He tried to stop her, but got himself locked into an airlock with the venting sequence active. Too afraid to get arrested, she hesitated long enough for the airlock to vent the guard out and she was ultimately arrested anyway. While under quarantine, the robot attacked the Resolute, attempting to recover its stolen technology. While walking through the panic, she found an injured Doctor Zachery Smith and took his jacket for his ID. Posing as Dr. Smith, she escaped on Jupiter 18 along with Don West to crash land onto the foreign planet.
Escaping the Resolute & Crash LandingEdit
With the robot still causing chaos in the Resolute, June (now Dr. Smith) had Don West help him pilot Jupiter 18 to crash-land onto the nearby planet. Once on the surface, she and Don salvaged what they could and began searching for survivors on foot. They found a chicken and an injured pilot that ejected from her seat. During their journey, June made up a story of how Don reminds her of her lost brother. During a shrapnel storm, June and Don took refuge in a cave. Using the excuse that Don needs to look after the injured pilot, June volunteer to continue the search for help while leaving behind the flare gun for him. Secretly, June stole the gun and left Don and the pilot for dead. It was while traveling she spotted the Robinson's Chariot and used the flare to signal for help. The Robinson's rescued June and she claimed to be a lone survivor, leaving Don and the pilot for dead. Unknown to her, Don found refuge from Dr. Hiroko's Jupiter 11.
Survival & Resurrecting RobotEdit
After the rescue, June took the time to bond and study the Robinsons while figuring a way out. She realizes if she returns to the Resolute, she'll likely be arrested and possibly executed for her crimes. Either way, her future looks bleak without a means to avoid jail or death. She took a great interest in the robot as her means of protection from those who would threaten her freedom, but she had to get the robot's loyalties on her side. As the Robinson's rejoined with the surviving Jupiter Team, June plotted to have the robot be exposed to the colonists and remove his pacifist command that Will given. Will was forced to think and realized that even though the robot is a dear friend, he's also a threat to colonists and he ultimately gave up the robot and sending it down to a cliff. June thought she could repair the robot, but she couldn't. During this time, Don West and parts of the Jupiter Team figured out that June is not the real Dr. Smith and she was arrested. While the Robinsons were caught up with performing a launch sequence to get a Jupiter to reach out to the Resolute, June convinced William she can save the family by bringing back the robot instead of having his father take the risk. William decided to comply and help her escape, only for June to tie Will up and escape with Maureen Robinson.
June knocked out Marueen during the attempted launch to reach the Resolute. The miscalculations caused the ship to explode and June escaped during the confusion. Taking the robot parts and Maureen with her, she reveals her true nature and expects Maureen to cooperate despite playing a role in her husband's demise. Accidentally, the robot connected to the ship and that initiated repairs to the robot and he was restored. No longer loyal to Will, his new allegiance is to Dr. Smith.
During this time, Will figured a means to extract concentrated bio fuel from the solidified excrements of a pterodactyl-like species. Using the waste converters, the colonists recovered enough bio matter to create the necessary fuel they need to launch all Jupiters back to the Resolute. The Robinsons were the only ones left, waiting for Judy and Maureen to come back to Jupiter 2. June forced the crew to cooperate to take her back to the Resolute, but Maureen wants to rescue John Robinson. June wanted to force Maureen to give up on John and Don so they could return to the Resolute due to limited fuel. However, Marueen refused to bend to her will and forced June and the robot to be locked within the commons of the ship. Using a harpoon, the Robinsons try to rescue John when June broke free and had the robot stop them. Although angry at John, she uncharacteristically decided to help and re-fire the harpoon to return John to the ship. In between all of this, the robot had help from another robot to retrieve their engine. The other robot was about to do harm upon Will and he remembered his friendship with Will to save him. The robots took the fight into space while the rest of the Robinsons reclaimed their ship and had June quarantined.
It was during this time, the Jupiter 2 was about to return to the Resolute when their veered off course. The robot's starship engine was brought abroad the ship and began melding with the Jupiter's core engine room. It created a warp gate and swallowed everyone aboard into another system. June, the Robinsons, and Don are now Lost in Space.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- The name "June Harris" is likely in honour of original series cast members June Lockhart and Jonathan Harris.
Articles & ReferencesEdit
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