John Robinson and Don West are transported onto a strange new world where their evil opposites exist and plan to change places with them. Will, The Robot and a reluctant Dr. Smith set out to find and...
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>
This series started out as a superb, thrilling action-packed sci-fi show. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to get silly at times. Even at its worst, it was a lot of fun to watch. It's too bad that so many people only remember the silly episodes like "The Great Vegetable Rebellion" and forget the wonderful ones like "The Hungry Sea", "Island In The Sky", "There Were Giants In The Earth", "The Anti-Matter Man", "Visit To A Hostile Planet", "Return To Earth", "The Sky Is Falling" and on and on. For every lousy episode, there were two that rocked.
The cast was one-of-a-kind. Guy Williams from "Zorro" and June Lockhart from "Lassie" headed the group. Jonathan Harris' talents were never as brilliantly displayed as they were in this show. Even the kids, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright, were already seasoned professionals when the series started. Bill Mumy had already been in Disney movies ("Sammy The Way-Out Seal" and "For the Love of Willadean") and classic "Twilight Zone" episodes before Lost In Space. Angela Cartwright had starred as Linda Williams on "Make Room For Daddy".
No matter what episode it is, the chemistry of this cast always shined. They genuinely liked each other, and it showed. Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright even got engaged years after the series ended. The surviving cast still gets together for lunch at 20th several times a year.
Even "Star Trek" seems to have borrowed some ideas from "Lost In Space". Remember the neck rings that choked Kirk? Check out the 1965 episode of Lost In Space called "Invaders From The Fifth Dimension". Breaking down matter and transporting it from one place to another was explored in 1965's Lost In Space episode called "The Sky Is Falling".
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