The Great Saticons From Wreck Of The Robot Return!
It is a battle of the aliens all over a magic belt. The alien Saticons will return Smith to earth if he hands over the item in question.
The two episodes before this one, The Mechanical Men and The Astral Traveller, were of such poor quality that some viewers of 1967 were probably giving consideration to giving up on LIS all together, thankfully The Galaxy Gift shows signs of improvement...once you get past the opening minutes that read like a school play. Episode 30 brings back the thing that made year two okay: interesting aliens! And these aliens hate each other which makes it even better! It is alien John Carradine (yes, that John Carradine) Vs the graveyard-voiced Saticons who all wish to own the galaxy gift magic belt...and will do ANYTHING to get it!
It is rather nice to see the Robinson women get involved in the action for a change but the attention grabbing aliens steal the hour and the season as always. Despite the simple costume, those Saticons are very chilling and 60% of the credit must go to the under-rated and under-used (in Hollywood) voice artist Mr Jim Mills. In this century, Hollywood can spend millions of dollars on expensive alien make up in sci-fic block busters, but we all know it is pretend, but you can't do a good pretend out-of-this-world voice. The computers can't do that yet. A good voice comes from this thing called human talent with experience. So take note of The Galaxy Gift, Mr Hollywood.
This episode marks the end of year two and at the end Carradine makes a helpful comment about having foolish Dr Smith removed from Planet X all together, considering Smith's actions in year two, viewers like myself were wishing the women (and Will) would stop protesting and just let Carradine do it. But LIS changed for the better in year three...so all was not lost.
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