Lost in Space: Season 2, Episode 29

The Astral Traveller (12 Apr. 1967)

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Will and Dr. Smith find a cave that transports them to earth, 19th century Scotland.

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Will and Dr. Smith find a cave that transports them to earth, 19th century Scotland.

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The Astral Traveller
20 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dimensional portal caused by a time warp (it is a revolving door!) opens in a cavern allowing Will to visit what he believes to be a Scottish castle on Earth, but it turns out to be a limbo-type prison for a beheaded Scot *ghostie* named Hamish and his Uncle Angus (who was turned into a constantly shrieking sea monster who lives in the lake near Hamish's derelict ancient castle). Once returning to his family, Will has a hard time getting anyone to believe what he just experienced. That is until Hamish finds himself on their planet, human with a bad case of gout in his foot. Smith gets the idea of using this portal as a means to return to Earth, not knowing what the place really is, Hamish particularly amused of what awaits him. Angus loves to eat people, and perhaps Smith is on the menu! More camp in the second season. A fun Sean McGlory, often sounding the bag pipes, like other supporting guest stars during this season, makes the most of his stereotypical role (he has a long red beard and wears a kilt), more of a contemporary Earth character than a science fiction alien (but this has always been the case with Lost in Space). The castle, with its torture chamber devices and chamber, stone-walled rooms (not to mention, a hooded executioner), is rather neat, but it should belong on a different show, but finds a home on Lost in Space because it isn't conventional, serious science fiction. As was often the case, Will befriends another character, this time Hamish, talking some sense into him when he attempts to have Smith beheaded (!) because his ancestor was responsible for the ghost's condemned fate. West is successful in creating a warp that can produce the portal in the cave but the gateway won't always open and close so Will can't keep going back and forth from one dimension to the next. Of course, Jonathan Harris lays on the ham when Smith is frightened out of his wits when seeing Angus for the first time and at the beginning when trapped in the cavern initially with Will, believing he was doomed to die there. I think the opening of the episode, prior to Hamish's appearance, with Will exploring the castle, the Angus monster looking for him, is really the best part, but McGlory, I must admit, is a joy to watch.


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