Lost in Space: Season 2, Episode 25

The Colonists (15 Mar. 1967)

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A female alien meets the Robinsons and use them to help erect an arch to bring her people to colonized their planet.

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The Colonists
28 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Francine York makes mincemeat of the scenery as man-hating female warrior alien forcing the male species of the Robinson party into slave labor, the job for them to do is clear an area and prepare a launch pad and arch for the arrival of her planet's colonists. York's Noble Niolani has a force field set up so they cannot escape, soon informing John and Don that the intention for them is to always work as slaves. So John and Don attempt numerous times to escape, but their efforts fail, often because of Dr. Smith who has deviously won over Niloani's good graces and believes she might be his ticket back to earth. John and Don know that they need to get past the force field because weapons are available in a hidden spot and the arch must be destroyed before the colonists arrive. Will and Robot might have to assist…that is unless Smith turns whistleblower. This is all about York. That stunning figure in a tight, black outfit, her ordering the men around, detesting their very appearance, lifting her voice in a manner most foul to them, using her scepter to hurt and destroy objects as a means to get their attention, hostilely referring to men as useless other than to work and obey her every command. Even Penny begins to believe her planet's ideology, ordering Will to place a bracelet back on her wrist she purposely dropped. Smith's repulsion towards labor motivates him to get out of hard work by returning to his artist shtick. It works, and before you know Smith is in charge of ordering John and Don around. Plastic explosive, in the form of a sculpture might just do the trick… Feminism makes its way into Lost in Space, although I felt it was portrayed as ignorant, really laying on thick using York's over-the-top performance that an attempt at reversing the roles in society with the women in charge of the men would be akin to a totalitarian dictatorship. Will's arguments with Penny over boys and girls, Smith as a delicate *artiste* too flimsy for hard labor, and York spending most of her time quarreling with an unruly Don all factor into this episode. The opening had the Robinson party setting up relay stations so they could communicate across the planet. The prop dept bring out the telescope from "Girl in the Green Dimension" and use it as a piece of equipment by Niloani to send a signal to the Colonists relating the coordinates where to land on the planet…leave it to them not to let a giant prop sit in the warehouse very long, even if we realize that it was something else entirely just a few episodes back in the second season. Don's got plenty of ammo in this episode, his barbs with York are entertaining; she sure earns his ire and he isn't afraid to snap back little comments that test her patience with him.


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