Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 29

Follow the Leader (27 Apr. 1966)

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An evil spirit possesses John Robinson who plans to fly the Jupiter 2 back to his home world even at the expense of Will's life.



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Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)


Professor Robinson, after being trapped in a cave over night seems to come under the spell of an alien entity. The alien is desperate to leave the planet and guides the professor through the repair process. But others see the change, and question the mental health of John Robinson. Will they manage to save the professors humanity, or will he be successful killing all those who threaten his plan. Written by glen_chapman

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27 April 1966 (USA)  »

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This episode exists with two different cliffhangers at the end. One is in black and white and is the segue for Lost in Space: Attack of the Monster Plants (1965), which began the first season repeat cycle during the series' initial run on CBS. The other is in color and is the segue for Lost in Space: Blast Off Into Space (1966), the first episode of the second season, which is in color. In syndication, the black and white version was used for many years, even though "Blast" usually followed "Follow" in repeat airings on local stations. The color version is used in the DVD release and during current (2013) airings on MeTV. See more »


When the alien Canto approaches the Jupiter 2, the robot alerts Will that he is coming. As Canto walks toward them, his shadow can be seen on the artificial background scenery. See more »

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Season One Ends With A Winner
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An alien spirit, Canto, possesses John Robinson.

When seen in my 1970s childhood this episode scared the hell out of me. I don't have the same reaction as an adult today...but I still love Follow The Leader.

The voice artist for Canto - Gregory Morton - would have to be the most under-rated and under-used voice artist in Hollywood history!

I can think of many 1960s sci-fi TV hours that would of been given a lift if Morton was employed.

An so ends the 29 episode season one. The first 17 episodes were mostly outstanding, the ones that came after were mostly good, and just two stinkers (The Oasis, A Change Of Space) in the whole 29 episode run. Not bad at all.

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