In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
Originally titled "Space Family Robinson", but changed as CBS was concerned that the title was too close to the title of the Disney film Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Also, Gold Key comics had been publishing a comic book called Space Family Robinson with a different Robinson family who were lost in space some time before the TV series began. Interestingly, after this occurred, the comic book added the words "Lost in Space" to its title although its characters remained the same, suggesting that the TV show producers may have allowed this tie-in with their show by the comic book in order to avoid a possible plagarism suit. See more »
The Robot is mounted on tracks. Yet in close-ups when it moves with a normal walking action and it is possible to see the actors legs move in the lower parts of the suit. See more »
This was one of the dumbest sci-fi shows. When the Lost in Space debuted in the 60's I eagerly waited for each show. As it progress the shows lack of writing talent made each episode inane and I quickly lost interest in it. Thank goodness Star Trek came along. The episodes disintegrated in nonsensical stories of regurgitated fairy tales, fake-stupid looking monsters and women actors who did stupid things and could not defend themselves. The show became dominated by the antics of Will, Dr. Smith and the robot. If Dr. Robinson and Don had given Dr. Smith a good right across the jaw it would have enhanced the show greatly because that's what we all wanted to do! On the side there was Penny much like 'Elly May' and her critters which added nothing and the undeveloped romance between Major West and Judy. Lost in Space had potential but became a comical circus show.
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