Lost in Space: Season 3, Episode 16

Target: Earth (3 Jan. 1968)

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Landing on a planet some shapeless beings duplicate the Robinsons and take the Jupiter 2 with the intent of conquering Earth. Will gets aboard to stop them.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Jim Gosa ...
Gilt Proto (as James Gosa)


Landing on a planet some shapeless beings duplicate the Robinsons and take the Jupiter 2 with the intent of conquering Earth. Will gets aboard to stop them.

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3 January 1968 (USA)  »

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This episode is unique in that there is a brief commercial break in the fourth act. It starts with Will being thrown out of his hiding place in front of the John and Don duplicates. Next comes a freeze frame with the message DON'T GO AWAY - BACK IN A MINUTE. The action unfreezes after the break. See more »


When the aliens return to their home planet in the Jupiter 2 after the trip to Earth, the Space Pod is seen outside of the building even though the aliens had docked the Pod earlier. See more »


Gilt Proto: [to John and Don] Do not resist, it is futile.
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Probably as "serious" as the show could get following the campy 2nd season
14 August 2010 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

When "Lost in Space" tried to revert back to a more "dramatic" tone in the third season following the over-the-top antics of season 2, the writers came up with a show that had a true split personality. "Target: Earth" is one of those installments that, for the most part, took itself seriously.

Plot-wise, the members of the Jupiter Two find themselves among an alien race that is seeking to break away from its "uniformity" by donning the appearance and characteristics of the Robinsons, Major West, and Dr. Smith. Some interesting plot developments arise and there are some witty-for-Lost-in-Space exchanges between Will (Billy Mumy) and the head alien (Jim Gosa) as well as between the alien versions of John (Guy Williams) and Don (Mark Goddard).

Like always, the show makes effective use of John Williams' stock music score from season one.

Even Jonathan Harris's "Dr. Smith" is kept a little under wraps, not "hogging" all of the screen time.

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