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"Lost in Space" Two Weeks in Space (1967)

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A Very Colourful Bunch Of Guest Stars (Guest Aliens)

Author: StuOz
25 July 2011

Smith turns the Jupiter 2 campsite into a resort for aliens.

To me, Irwin Allen's Lost In Space/Time Tunnel/Land Of The Giants shows demand a good guest cast so you can imagine how thrilled I would be with this bunch in Two Weeks In Space.

From the sexy/amusing female goddess Edy Williams, to the super-silly Fritz Feld (Mr Zumdish), and finally the two alien guys who go a bit funny at night!

I like everything about Two Weeks In Space: the alien costumes, the inside of the alien spaceship, the combination of comedy and drama, Smith fainting towards the end, the climax, the stock music lifted from season one's The Derelict.

The hour begins with a totally straight teaser, then moves into lighter elements in act one. Then it soon goes back to straight drama for a while. A knockout!

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Strange casting and story makes this one stand out!

Author: Reginald D. Garrard from Camilla, GA
2 July 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

As fans of "Lost in Space" know, the first year tried its best to be more of a family adventure, lapsing occasionally into fantasy; season two capitalized on the popularity of the competing-in-the-same-time-slot "Batman" and had The Robinson Clan involved in farce and unbelievably comical situations, equally garnering praise and condemnation. "Two Weeks in Space" is probably the single episode from season three that tried to be a combination of the storytelling techniques found in the previous two.

This installment finds Dr. Smith (Johnathan Harris), Will (Billy Mumy), and the Robot (voice of Dick Trufeld) tending to the spaceship as the other members of the group are off to that always-in-need-of-repair weather station (or something to that sort). In the meantime, a quartet of intergalactic bank robbers have commandeered a spaceship, hypnotized the craft's sole inhabitant (Fritz Feld), and have decided to use the Robinson's planet for their sanctuary. The ruse that the desperadoes use is that they are intergalactic vacationers in search of a haven to spend their "hard-earned" booty. Dr. Smith crafts an idea to turn the Jupiter 2 into a resort, hoping to satisfy his constant need for wealth. Unknown to him, as well as Will and the Robot, the alien visitors are not what they appear to be, hiding their true hideous appearance in order to appear human.

The story unfolds with comic situations as Will and The Robot are forced to work endlessly to cater to the every whim of their guests, much to the delight (and pocketbook) of Dr. Smith. However, the story turns "dark" when the others return and the aliens decide to eliminate the women (June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, and Marta Kristen). However, John (Guy Williams) and Major West (Mark Goddard) arrive just in time to do the routine "fight scene" and vanquish the villains.

Like most shows of the series, the episode is built around the Dr.Smith-Will-Robot triumvirate, with the other males providing the necessary fisticuffs at the show's end. The installment, like most Irwin Allen productions, makes use of John Williams' first season music, along with repeating the same set design for the alien ship.

This marks Fritz Feld's third (and final) appearance as "Zumdish".

But the most interesting bit of casting is that of Edy Williams as one of the female aliens. Williams, who would later become famous for her porn films and marriage to director Russ Meyer, is an Oscar Awards mainstay, always making an "entrance" and turning heads with her jaw-dropping attire.

Just to think that one such as she appeared on this "kiddie show" is another indictment of "Lost in Space's" place in the "theater of the absurd."

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