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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Captain Alonzo P. Tucker: Oh, now, you are a rascal.
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The Sky Pirate
13 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Character actor Albert Salmi made one of two appearances on Lost in Space as "space pirate" Captain Tucker, bonding with young Will Robinson (Bill Mumy), while taking him as a hostage (well, he was gonna take Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris) as hostage but the rat bastard talked him into taking Will instead just to protect his own cowardly hide) so that the Robinson family would supply him parts to fix his hyperdrive ship. Meanwhile, Tucker has in his possession a "forecaster", a device that looks like a space rifle, but essentially forecasts the future of certain people the operator of said device thinks about. This forecaster came from Cygnet Four and an angry alien creature is after it, landing on the planet looking for the forecaster, perhaps placing the Robinson party in grave danger. Definitely aimed solely at kids, Salmi talks, is costumed, and acts just like a pirate from an Errol Flynn movie, and his chemistry with Mumy really is the glue that keeps this episode together. Will really thinks the world of Tucker, and they take a "pirate's oath" (it is a means for Tucker to sleep without worrying about Will sneaking off) which the boy accepts with great regard. Tucker's just a rascal, really, and feeds Will a load of hogwash about his pirating ways and a treasure, but their friendship is truly the strength of this particular episode. The bittersweet conclusion has Tucker deciding to burst Will's balloon and tell him the truth because he cares enough about the boy to no longer lie to him, the exaggerations of pirating revealed. The monster is basically a giant rug right out of a bad sci-fi movie like "The Creeping Terror" or something. The alien monster and the forecaster pretty much take a back seat to the bond that develops between Tucker and Will, the emotional core of the episode. Of course, anytime a ship that could return Smith to Earth, you know the scoundrel will be coming up with some conniving plan to steal it if he can, the forecaster "calling him out". Accompanied by a "tin parrot", Salmi fulfills his stereotypical pirate duties, even letting out "Arghs" after practically every sentence, but he brings a humanity to the role, a credit to the actor that he has the talent to rise above such an obvious caricature. Tucker, in a conversation with the Robinsons, admits that he is over 140 years old, an American who was picked up by aliens, kept in cryogenic stasis until needed for further study.


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