Lost in Space: Season 3, Episode 7

The Haunted Lighthouse (18 Oct. 1967)

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The Robinsons take a boy home to his planet and come across a spaceship that is a space lighthouse. The boy gets angry when they tell him they don't have enough fuel to get him home.

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The Robinsons take a boy home to his planet and come across a spaceship that is a space lighthouse. The boy gets angry when they tell him they don't have enough fuel to get him home.

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When the Jupiter 2 docks with the lighthouse the lighthouse computer identifies it as Jupiter 2 with launch date September 18, 1997, but the Jupiter 2 launched (established at the beginning of the series) on October 16. Furthermore, after the announcement of September 18, Will says that it's correct. See more »

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Starring Guy Williams And Composer Joe Mullendore
25 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

On a lost planet, the Robinson's find a lost boy, pointed eared J-5, and take him on board the Jupiter 2, which then blasts off into space. Once on board it becomes obvious that J-5 has strange powers that deeply concern Will Robinson.

It can be a bit hard to review LIS at times because I usually have two reactions to each episode - my 1970s childhood reaction and my grown up adult 2007 reaction! When seen in childhood the footage of the lion almost attacking Will Robinson was mild horror but today mild horror is the last thing I would call it. Perhaps I should centre on the two things I have ALWAYS liked about this hour - Guy Williams and Joe Mullendore's attention grabbing score that plays a mighty big role in the tone of the hour.

In my IMDb LIS reviews I have not said much about Guy Williams as John Robinson but this review will change that. I like John's confused reactions to the old man "running" the spacecraft/lighthouse. I am not suggesting that Guy Williams was any big talent but at least the actor could show more acting range than the James Darrens/David Hedisons of the Irwin Allen universe. The Darrens/Hedisons would respond with "But Irwin never gave us any characterisation" however I have seen these guys in other shows and I just don't think they had much of an acting range. Guy Williams was given more air time in LIS year three, more than he got in year two that is, and this is just one of the things that make year three so good.

Joe Mullendore might not be known to students of film music but listen to The Haunted Lighthouse. From the teaser to the closing frames of a sad Penny Robinson saying goodbye to J-5, the music partly tells the story in this one. Also the closing frames of act one when the Jupiter 2 collides with something, it is all told with music that is so perfectly matched to the story. The Haunted Lighthouse score was never re-used in LIS or any other Irwin series so this is your only chance to hear it.

However, Mullendore would display his under-rated talents by scoring Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea's year four episode The Return Of Blackbeard. Some of this Voyage/Sea score was also a knockout.


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