Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 20

War of the Robots (9 Feb. 1966)

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After repairing a damaged robot, it first helps the Robinsons and then plots to capture them.



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Episode cast overview:
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)


Will and the robot come upon a dead "robotoid." Will wants a crack at fixing it while the robot wants it left alone or destroyed. In fact, something quite strange is happening with the Robinson's robot: he's developing beyond his programming, becoming more than just machine. Thanks to Will's repairs, the robotoid comes to life, but while it quickly presents itself as a subservient boon to the Robinsons, it secretly softens them up for capture by its distant alien masters, who are on their way. Written by statmanjeff

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9 February 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The guest star was Robby the Robot from the movie Forbidden Planet (1956) and was used as a model for designing the "Lost in Space" robot. See more »


Near the end of the episode, after the Robot says, "There is much we have to discuss," the Robot proceeds to move forward, out of frame. The tow cable attached to the rear of the Robot at ground level then becomes visible (the Robot was apparently towed backwards into frame, with the motion reversed in editing). See more »


Robotoid: My efforts have been successful. The Earthlings are harmless.
Dog-faced Alien: We shall leave immediately to get them.
Robotoid: I will send out a homing signal which will lead you to the planet.
Dog-faced Alien: That is very good. We will need the homing signal to find you and the planet.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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The Meeting of Two Stars
5 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Robby the Robot from "The Fantastic Planet" meets Robot from "Lost In Space".

The meeting was actually arranged by none other than Will Robinson, of course.

Check out the beginning, as well as the cliffhanger from the previous episode, where Will backs into Robby.

From there, Robby works his way into the Robinson family and eventually imprisons them to take to his alien masters (a lion looking figure whom we see on a monitor and that's it).

Robot, himself, has been banished thru a series of misunderstandings and now he returns with a diabolical plan set up by Will.

A battle ensues.

Strangely absent from this episode is Angela Cartwright, Penny Robinson.

However, she does turn up at the end in the cliffhanger with that silly monkey thing, Betty and a mirror.

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