Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 18

The Sky Pirate (26 Jan. 1966)

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Will becomes fast friends with Captain Alonzo P. Tucker, an Earthling who escaped his alien captors to become a wandering space buccaneer. But Tucker's roguish charm hides a secret that could destroy them all.

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To the planet comes a one-man spacecraft bearing the self-professed pirate Alonzo P. Tucker. He and his mechanical parrot capture Will and Dr. Smith. He releases Smith over Will (thanks to Smith's self-serving negotiating skills) then bargains with the Robinsons: Will's safe return in exchange for repairs to his ship. Will, however, is really in no danger and has, in fact, bonded with Tucker over Tucker's tall tales of adventure. Nevertheless, John accepts the terms, Will is returned, and Tucker's ship is examined. To John and Don's astonishment, it's a hyperspace vehicle that could shuttle them all back to Earth. The future looks rosy indeed for both the Robinson party and for Earth's space program except for one thing - Tucker has failed to mention he's on the run from a boulder-sized alien blob who's none too pleased with his past plundering behavior, putting them all in apparent danger. Written by statmanjeff

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The Robot: Warning. Warning. Situation dangerous. Red alert. Red alert.
Will Robinson: Captain Tucker! What's that?
Captain Alonzo P. Tucker: That's the thing from Cygnet Four.
Maureen Robinson: John? I think I understand now why there was only darkness when Will thought of us. This is the end, tonight, here. Right now. There won't be any tomorrows.
Prof. John Robinson: Not yet. We've still got the Robot.
[to Smith]
Prof. John Robinson: Tell him to go out there and try to stop that thing.
Dr. Zachary Smith: It's no use. We're all doomed.
Prof. John Robinson: Do it!
Dr. Zachary Smith: Come here! That thing out there - what is it? What can you do about it? Can you ...
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Chapter 2 Of Lost In Space Begins
29 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

A space pirate drops in on Planet X and he forms a friendship with young Will Robinson.

To me, LIS had three chapters, the best chapter was the first 17 episodes, The Sky Pirate sees the beginning of the just okay 42 episode chapter (which concludes with The Galaxy Gift) where the aliens/monsters steal the series, the final improved chapter is the final season.

I like the general look of The Sky Pirate, the alien ship, the blob monster at the end and things are less silly than they would become in year two. But a lack of action damages the hour and the story/acting is just not compelling enough to hold the viewer the way it should. I guess the location of this episode is the main problem area, after 17 episodes that were mostly very good it is a little hard to watch this low-key, too low-key, hour.

But things would improve in coming weeks with The Space Croppers and Follow The Leader. And episode 30 - Blast Off Into Space - is one of my top three LIS episodes of all time. I have reviewed other LIS episodes on this site such as The Ghost Planet, The Space Circus, The Golden Man, The Colonists, The Galaxy Gift, Condemned Of Space, Kidnapped In Space, The Space Creature, The Time Merchant, etc.


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