Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 24

His Majesty Smith (16 Mar. 1966)

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Doctor Smith delights that he is made ruler of an alien species until he learns that he is also their sacrifice.



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Episode cast overview:
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Dr. Zachary Smith / Daddy Zach


Once again, Dr. Smith's character flaws lead him into trouble. His avarice triggers a bejeweled crown, summoning an alien race from Andronica who ostensibly ask Will to be their king (since Will wears the crown when they arrive). Will declines and Dr. Smith thinks himself cleaver by cunningly veering their interest onto him instead, thereafter becoming into a royal pain (ready to behead Don for past grievances). Truth is, the crown is a baited hook seeking to latch onto the worst of all men. (Dr. Smith can't remove it from his own head till Will, pure of heart, lifts it off easily.) The Andronicans' interest has always been for Zachary alone. Their annual Festival of Sacrifice demands they find a most worthless man to crown as king, to be sacrificed for good luck and the betterment of all in the coming year. With the Robinsons bent on launching a rescue, the chief Andronican creates a Smith-duplicate, imbued with all the industrious and selfless qualities they admire (everything the ... Written by statmanjeff

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16 March 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Live coverage of the Gemini VIII splashdown meant that 1x24 episode "His Majesty Smith" was postponed. CBS received over 2000 calls of complaint that night. See more »


Dr. Smith, Will and the robot expect to find wild truffles on an alien planet. Truffles are an Earth species. See more »


Nexus: You place great premium on cunning, Dr. Smith.
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from The Enemy Below (1957)
Composed by Leigh Harline
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Good acting turn from guest star Hagen
4 July 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

This installment comes from the final half of season one of the show and it is another example of the change in format from adventure and survival to farce and fantasy. Dr. Smith (Johnathan Harris), Will (Billy Mumy), and The Robot (voice of Dick Trufeld) come upon a jewel-laden crown. When Smith decides to try it on, the act unleashes a lightning furry, and Will helps his friend remove the crown. To assure Dr. Smith that the crown is harmless, Will dons it. Suddenly, trumpets blast and humanoids aliens appear, announcing that the wearer of the crown is to be the "king" of their home world, Andronica. Though flattered by the offer, Will turns them down. However, after sending the lad and The Robot on their way, Smith tells the entourage's leader (Liam Sullivan) that he is descended from kings and would make a perfect ruler for their planet, suggesting that he be considered.

After Dr. Smith departs, the leader transmits a message to his superior, a hairy-faced alien (Kevin Hagen) that is a true citizen of Andronica. The ensemble that Smith and Will had met were nothing more than cybernetic creatures of the real Andronican.

Smith becomes King and is to be shortly whisked away to the planet. However, the Robot has detected something sinister from the Andronicans and submits his findings to the rest of the Robinson family. It is decided that a rescue attempt is to be made before Smith departs. The alien intercepts the conversation and decides to solve the problem by "making" a duplicate Smith and passing it off as the real thing.

The new Smith is everything the old Smith wasn't: hardworking, considerate, inventive, and self-sacrificing. The Robinsons suspect nothing. However, the real Smith discovers that an Andronican king is no more than a figurehead and is to be ultimately sacrificed during a planetary celebration. He manages to escape and return to the Jupiter 2 to the surprise of the rest, who thought all the time that the doppelganger was the "real McCoy".

When the Andronican humanoids come to claim Smith, the "false" one pretends to be the real Smith and goes off to the planet, leaving everything "normal" as it should be.

Of course, this is not one of the best of the first season, but it benefits from the performances of Hagen and, in a dual role, Harris.

Hagen had previously appeared on Irwin Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," and would later portray "Inspector Kobick" on the producer's "Land of the Gisnts." Though most television fans remember him as "Doc Baker" on the long running "Little House on the Prairie" show.

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