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June Harris, also known as Dr. Zoe Smith, is a main character in Netflix's 2018 television series Lost in Space. June is a career criminal who was effectively a stowaway on the 24th colony mission. She had originally stolen her sister Jessica's identity to board the Resolute to escape Earth's demise. When the ship was later attacked by an alien Robot, she stole the access card of an injured Dr. Zachary Smith, in order to board his Jupiter shuttle and escape again. After the emergency situation on the Resolute and the subsequent crash-landing on an unknown planet, she continued to pose as psycho-therapist "Dr. Smith" until Don West discovered the truth. After the group escaped the planet, she was able to board the Resolute. There, she altered computer records to give herself the official identity of Dr. Smith and attacked Captain Radic, the only member of the ship's command crew who knew the truth. She then continued to pose as Dr. Smith before seemingly making a sacrifice to protect the children's vessel. However, it was later revealed that she had, in fact, survived. After helping to save Alpha Centauri from the Robots, June turned herself in to face punishment for her crimes. She was imprisoned, though it was implied that she had not been given a life sentence.
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 and her father favored Jessica (her 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, Earth suffered major environmental damage and 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 go to the new world, and decided to give most of her possessions to June as she can't use it on Alpha Centauri. Unwilling to stay in a dying world and unable to enjoy her riches, June drugged Jessica and surgically removed the ID chip out of her arm. She left Jessica tied up in her own house while June boarded the Resolute for a fresh start. However, things didn't work out as planned.
Arrested for Murder & The Robot's Attack
June successfully masqueraded herself as Jessica, and all was well until a security guard made sexual advances. The guard was having an affair with Jessica and quickly realized June was an imposter. He tried to stop her, but in the struggle got himself locked into an airlock with the venting sequence active. Afraid to get arrested, she hesitated long enough for the airlock to open and suck the guard out into space, but she was ultimately arrested despite this. While being interrogated, the robot attacked the Resolute, attempting to recover its stolen technology. While walking through the panic, she found an injured Doctor Zachary Smith and took his jacket with his ID. Posing as Dr. Smith, she escaped on Jupiter 18, pretending it was her own ship, along with Don West, and crash landed onto the foreign planet.
Escaping the Resolute & Crash Landing
With the Robot still causing chaos in the Resolute, June (now Dr. Smith) had Don West help her 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, Debbie, and an injured pilot that ejected from her seat. During their journey, June made up a story of how Don reminds her of her brother, lost in a car accident. During a shrapnel storm, June and Don took refuge in a cave. Using the excuse that Don needed to look after the injured pilot, June volunteered to continue the search for help while leaving behind the last remaining 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 Robinsons rescued June and claiming to be a lone survivor, she left Don and the injured pilot for dead. Unknown to her, Don found refuge in Dr. Hiroki Watanabe's Jupiter 11.
Survival & Resurrecting Robot
After the rescue, June took the time to bond with and study the Robinsons, while figuring a way out. She realized if she returned to the Resolute, she'd likely be arrested and possibly executed for her crimes. Either way, her future looked 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 Robinsons rejoined with crash survivors from other Jupiter spacecraft, June plotted to have the Robot be exposed to the colonists and to remove the pacifist command that Will Robinson had applied to it. She seized her opportunity when Will, seeing the effects of the Robot on the colonists, ordered to march off a cliff. June thought she could repair the Robot, but she couldn't. During this time, Don West and some of the other survivors figured out that June was 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 Will that she could save the family by bringing back the Robot instead of having his father take the risk. Will decided to comply and help her escape, only for June to tie him up, and escape with Dr. Smith.
June knocked out Maureen 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 revealed her true nature and expected Maureen to cooperate despite playing a role in her husband's demise. Accidentally, the Robot connected to the ship and initiated repairs, being restored. No longer loyal to Will, his new allegiance was to Dr. Smith.
During this time, Will figured a means to extract concentrated biofuel 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 the Jupiter spacecrafts 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 and take her back to the Resolute, but Maureen wanted to rescue her husband, John. June wanted to force Maureen to give up on John and Don so they could return to the Resolute, due to their limited fuel. However, Maureen refused to bend to her will and locked June and the Robot within the commons of the ship. Using a harpoon, the Robinsons tried to rescue John, when June broke free and had the Robot stop them. Although angry at John, she uncharacteristically decided to help, and re-fired 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 harm Will, when he remembered his friendship with Will, and saved him. The robots took the fight into space while the rest of the Robinsons reclaimed their ship, and had June quarantined.
The group then prepared to return the Jupiter 2 to the Resolute, when it veered off course. The Robot's starship engine was brought aboard the ship and began melding with the Jupiter's core engine room. It created a warp gate and swallowed everyone aboard into another system, leaving the Robinsons lost in space.
The Robinsons were marooned on a watery planet, along with Don West and June. They lived on the planet for months, eking out an existence from a greenhouse they created, while Maureen kept June locked away in a room. A failure in containment resulted in the plants of the greenhouse being exposed to toxic gases and dying, causing the group to risk everything on a risky voyage across the sea to a lightning storm that could power up the Jupiter 2, allowing them to escape the planet. The voyage proved highly hazardous and when John Robinson was injured, Maureen reluctantly enlisted the help of June, who stated that she knew how to sail. Her words proved true and they managed to make it past a powerful monsoon and rocky waters. ("Shipwrecked")
Blood Brothers and Escape
When Don West was poisoned by toxic kelp, he needed a blood transfusion and she turned out to be the only compatible donor available. Although he did not want to have anything to do with her, she called them "blood brothers." She enlisted his cooperation by stating that if he tried to sell her out, then she would reveal his illegal smuggling activities and other illicit behavior. ("Precipice")
A New History
When the Robinsons boarded the Resolute, June took the opportunity to escape and make a new life for herself. She quickly went to work. She hacked into the ship's systems, altering the profile of Dr. Zachary Smith to show her own photo, the name "Dr. Zoe Smith" and her occupation as being a therapist. She also hacked into the vessel's security feed, deleting the footage of her murdering the security officer. Finally, she discovered the real Zachary Smith in cryosleep and cut his identification chip out his arm, inserting it into herself. ("Echoes")
She was reported to Captain Radic by Penny Robinson, but put on a show, claiming that she had no idea what he was talking about and that he was mistaken. She spoke of helping the Robinsons and showed him the Lost in Space memoir that had been written by Penny. He was confused as to how it would help her case, but it turned to have inside it a piece of the same toxic kelp that had poisoned Don West. With Captain Radic out of the way, she then set herself up as a therapist in one of the offices of the Resolute. Afterwards, Penny Robinson attempted to find proof of her betrayal, only to instead find only the torn scraps of a note left for her - "CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT." She then visited Penny in class and mocked her, asking if her note that she found in the Dumpster was worth it. Penny claimed that she didn't know what she was talking about and she replied that curiosity may have killed the cat, but cats don't make it obvious when they're following someone. Penny told her she wouldn't get away with it and she replied that she was trying to protect her, in case she started making wild accusations that were easily disproved by the facts. Penny told her that no matter what her name was, she was who she was. ("Run")
With the Resolute under attack by an army of robots, June tried to escape in a Jupiter craft but was stopped by the Robot. June asked the Robot for just one word that would get her to stop and he responded with "family." The Robot succeeded in getting June to stop and as she wandered through the corridors, seemingly stunned, she witnessed the children preparing to evacuate and caught a ball one dropped. As the trapped robots prepared to break free, June locked Maureen in a room, donned a spacesuit and went to stop the robots from cutting the power lines and escaping herself. June explained to Maureen that the Robot's word caused her to understand something: June's mother is dead and her sister hates her. As a result, the only real family she has is the Robinsons and she isn't willing to let them die. June struggled as the intense magnetic pressure in the room threatened to crush her in her suit, worsened by her scratching her helmet on a robot's finger, causing it to begin to crack. June moved the power wire but discovered that another robot was close to cutting a different wire that she couldn't reach in time. With her helmet on the verge of breaking, June told Maureen that she at least bought them some time before closing her eyes, accepting her fate.
Moments later, Maureen lost contact with June. Though there was no sign of her body, Maureen saw June's shattered helmet and chest piece floating out of the airlock and into space. Maureen remarked on the fact that June surprised her yet again. Her help, along with that of Scarecrow, bought the children the time they needed to escape. Later, the Robot finds the rubber ball June picked up as well as the scarf that she was wearing when Maureen last saw her inside of a container in the children's Jupiter.
June ultimately survives and stows away on the children's Jupiter. June reveals her survival and presence by rescuing Judy Robinson after she is nearly left behind in space when the ship's autopilot makes an emergency landing. Along with the children, she becomes stranded for a year in a distant star system where the long-lost Fortuna is found. According to the Robinson children later, June does a good job in helping to keep everyone safe during their year stuck on the shattered planet, working as a teacher for the younger children. June later realizes that someone has been sabotaging their titanium supply and believes that it was Will, but he realizes that it was actually Robot who was trying to protect him.
As the children prepare to depart for Alpha Centauri, they run into an issue due to a lack of sufficent oxygen. Previously, June didn't cause everyone to suffocate with her presence because she was the margin of error, but the addition of both June and Grant Kelly to the crew means that there isn't enough oxygen. June quickly deduces that Judy intends to put her into Grant's vacant cryotube and she tries to argue for being allowed to remain out while Grant is put back in, afraid that she will simply be defrosted in a police station. In a moment of vulnerability, June admits that her real fear is that no one will want to wake her up with all of the terrible things that she's done. When Judy can't give her more than her word, June starts to draw a tool that she had grabbed as a weapon before a noise interupts them from Will messing with the Robot Builders' control panel. Changing her mind, June helps Judy to rescue Will, sacrificing the tool in order to hold a door open long enough for Will to get through.
After returning to the ship, she tries to take Will's camera with her into the cryotube, knowing just how important it is to him as an insurance policy in order to ensure that she is woken up upon arrival at Alpha Centauri. However, Will offers June a deal instead: when they arrive on Alpha Centauri, Will release June himself if she will distract his family while Will and Robot sneak off. Returning Will's camera, June accepts the deal, noting that she's finally had some influence on him. June knows that Will and Robot intend to do something foolish and heroic, but Will states that it's not foolish. Shortly thereafter, Will and Judy put June into cryosleep. Will notes that June looks peaceful and Judy quips that "she should be unconscious more often."
When they go back for their parents instead of going straight to Alpha Centauri, Will secretly takes June's cryotube and awakens her early. June acts as a distraction for Will to depart on the Fortuna with Robot, before an attack by SAR forces the two ships to divert their course to the boggy planet instead of Alpha Centauri. After they discover that SAR knows the location of Alpha Centauri from a scan of Don West, June argues for running away and abandoning Alpha Centauri. However, after they discover that Will is in trouble, June is worried enough about him to rush to Will's rescue with the rest of the Robinson family instead of remaining behind. Noticing Robot's distress over Will's state, June acknowledges his feelings on the matter and convinces Robot to get them to Alpha Centauri where Will can be saved.
Defending Alpha Centauri
When the Robinsons finally reach Alpha Centauri with a critically-injured Will, June asks Judy what the family plans to do with her. Judy tells June that they've decided to just let her go and have karma deal with her in the end. June visits the house where she will live, but has an unsettling encounter with Robot or another one of his kind who ultimately leaves her alone. After receiving an alert that the threat has passed, June prepares a lethal injection and heads to the hospital. ("Contingencies on Contingencies")
After speaking with Maureen about the likelhood of them winning against SAR and his forces, June prepares to kill the still-comatose Captain Radic in order to ensure her own future. However, the Robot spots June and stops her telling her "help. Dr. Smith." At first June thinks that the Robot is asking for her help before finally understanding that he is trying to help her instead by keeping June from doing something that she can't ever take back and will regret for the rest of her life.
June and Robot then steal a Jupiter and pick up Will near the crash site of SAR's Spaceship. On Will's order, June flies the ship to Robot's homeworld where June and Will observe Robot try to convince his kind to be free of their programing without any success. As Will's mechanical heart continues to fail from the stress that he is putting it under, June, visibly upset over Will's condition, asks Robot if he can do anything to save him. Robot ends up sacrificing himself to save Will, distressing both June and Will due to their bonds with him. The two discover that Robot has left a piece of himself in Will's new heart before the other Robots, inspired by Robot's sacrifice for his friend, provide them with a command to broadcast so that they can reprogram the Robots on Alpha Centauri.
Upon their return, June joins the Robinson family, Don West and Grant Kelly in broadcasting the command signal at SAR in an effort to stop him from destroying the planet with the alien engine. When it fails to stop SAR, Will allows SAR to stab him in the heart once again, causing SAR to absorb the piece of Robot in Will's heart. SAR's body is taken over by Robot who shuts down the alien engine, saving the planet and stopping the war. ("Trust")
June later visits a recovering Captain Radic in the hospital where he warns her that even though June has destroyed all of the evidence, he still knows what she did. In response, June provides Radic with a real written confession and turns herself in to finally face punishment for all of her crimes rather than continuing to get away with the things that she's done. Maureen later visits June in prison, having found the name Jessica Harris on the passenger list for the maiden voyage of the Solidarity from Earth, authorized by Dr. Zoe Smith. June tells Maureen that Jessica is technically her sister, but that Jessica has disowned her. June admits that she doesn't know who she is anymore, but Maureen reassures June that she does. Maureen tells June to look her up when she gets out of prison. ("Trust")
Personality & Character
- "Come on, Maureen. There's a little good and bad in all of us. Nobody's hands are completely clean. Not even yours."
- - "Dr. Smith," pleading with Maureen to put in a good word for her - "Echoes"
June Harris was born into a family of wealth and influence, but she became a career criminal. She once told Don West that she ruins people for a living and makes a very good living at it. She loves to show her teeth at all times. Despite having a privileged life, she never had the affections of her parents. She lost her father at a young age and lost the affections of her mother. 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, who inherited the family business and fortune. When Earth suffered catastrophic damage, Jessica decided to give the remainder of the Harris fortune to June as she was leaving for Alpha Centauri. Unwilling to die with a fortune she couldn't enjoy because of her dirty resume, June drugged Jessica, stole her identity, and then escaped Earth on the Resolute, taking her chance to start a new life, with no boundaries.
Posing as Jessica Harris, she almost succeeded in her deception except for the fact that Jessica had an affair with a security guard on board the Resolute. The guard realized that she wasn't Jessica and tried to arrest her, but June ended up killing the guard, venting him through the airlock. Arrested for murder, June escaped interrogation during the Robot's attack. She found an injured Doctor Zachary Smith and stole his identity in order to gain access to the Jupiter 18, for emergency escape. After she crash landed on the mysterious planet, she continued to pose as a family therapist, and took refuge with the Robinson Family. Taking advantage of the fact that none of the survivors knew about Dr. Smith, she manipulated the Robinsons and the survivors in an elaborate plan to attain the Robot's power in order to protect her from harm when she returned to the Resolute.
June is a consummate survivor and a psychopath. 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. She enjoys playing people off of each other and will use any scrap of information she can find to try to plant seeds of doubt. Despite all the evil that she's perpetrated, she's convinced that she's no different than anyone else and that all her actions up to this point have 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 her 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.
However, over time, June becomes more compassionate and caring, especially towards the Robinson family and she starts to show signs of remorse for her actions. After murdering Samantha's Father, June has trouble facing the young girl and takes to avoiding her as a result rather than being unbothered by her crime. In a more vulnerable moment, June admits to Judy that she fears being frozen in a cryotube forever more than being dead because, with all of the terrible things that she's done, June knows that almost no one would be willing to set her free again. Despite arguing for abandoning Alpha Centauri and finding a safer location, June doesn't hesitate in running to Will's rescue along with the Robnisons and Don when they realize that he's in trouble. Upon noticing Robot's distressed state over Will's critically-injured condition, it is June who gets him to focus and fly them to Alpha Centauri by acknowledging Robot's conflicted feelings in a way that suggests that she is equally upset and that rather than being an emotionless psychopath, June is simply very good at hiding her true feelings to the point that it seems like she doesn't care, similar to Robot. After Robot stops her from killing Captain Radic, June admits to Will that she's glad that he saved her from doing something that she couldn't come back from and shows real distress over Will's deteriorating condition and Robot's sacrifice.
After saving Alpha Centauri, rather than taking the chance at a fresh start since the Robinsons have decided to let her go, June decides to own up to the things that she's done, providing Radic with a real confession and allowing herself to be imprisoned for her various crimes even though she could've gotten away with them instead. June admits to Maureen that she isn't even sure who she is anymore. A further sign of June's change for the better is her, possibly as a way of making up for some of her wrongs, ensuring that her sister will make it to the colony on the Solidarity after having left Jessica behind to die so that she could save herself.
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Notes & Trivia
- The name "June Harris" is likely in honour of original series cast members June Lockhart and Jonathan Harris.
- Dr. Zachary Smith, the identity June Harris steals in "Impact" is played by Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson in the original series.
- Sheila Harris, June's Mother is played by Angela Cartwright, who played Penny Robinson in the original series.
- Although it was implied that Dr. Smith may have perished in the second season finale, no attempt was made to conceal the character's presence in the third season, as she both appeared in the trailer as well as in a character poster released prior to the season's premiere. Prior to this, it was widely speculated by fans that the character had, in fact, survived.