Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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Smith finds the course back to earth, but a space female lures Smith out of the ship. Saving him would again leave the crew of the Jupiter 2 lost in space.

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Maureen Robinson
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Judy Robinson
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Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
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Penny Robinson
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Lorelei
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Surviving a run-in with what looks like a giant steaming meatball in space (cosmic dust), Dr. Smith announces the sighting of a familiar star, which he'll only share if Prof. Robinson promises to use that information to return to Earth rather than venture on to Alpha Centauri. What Smith doesn't share is that the information isn't his and that the sun currently stands between them and Earth. In forcing the situation his way, Smith jettisons the ship's fuel, necessitating a stop at an Earth refueling barge they can now locate. Besides fuel, they unknowingly pick up a green space alien who feeds on it, a cooing green beauty swimming in space who begins singing a siren song to seduce Dr. Smith. Written by statmanjeff

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21 September 1966 (USA)  »

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The sun appears red and smoking, which it is not and does not. The smoke drifts swiftly, even thought the immensity of scale would cause any such emission to take hours or days to move from one part of the sun to another. Furthermore, it is all drifting upwards, even though there is no overriding gravity upon the sun from another body to cause it to move in one direction. See more »

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Dr. Zachary Smith: [singing] "We're going back to Earth / To wonderful wonderful Earth / Of all I recall / It's best part of all / In all the universe. / Oh, we're going back to Earth..." We're really going back to Earth! "Of all I recall / It's the best part of all / in all the universe."
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Sancta Lucia
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Traditional Neapolitan song translated by Teodoro Cottrau
Performed by Bill Mumy (as Will) and Dick Tufeld (as the Robot).
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Enjoyable episode with awful science
12 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

The science is so bad, it's completely off the radar. Featuring an intelligent humanoid alien being who can move freely around in space with no obvious means of propulsion or protection and who can also audibly sing in the vacuum of space. There's also complete misunderstanding of the scales of sizes of solar systems and galaxies. With lines like "We've just passed Uranus and Arcturus" and then from Earth-based Alpha Control as the spaceship overshoots the home planet - "You're exiting the Galaxy, Good Luck".

But, none of the above really matters as the show is just so enjoyable. Dr Smith really does screw up big time by firstly deviating the Jupiter 2 off-course, then jettisoning all of the fuel. If that's not enough, he then manipulates Penny in an underhand manner into again putting the craft into further peril and then later he needs an EVA rescue which again has serious consequences for the direction of the travellers and the future direction of the series.

As always though, the ever-forgiving Robinsons always do the morally correct thing and undermine their own goals in order rescue Smith even though he most certainly doesn't deserve it. But, us long-suffering viewers somehow completely understand this by now and we, like them, also want him to be rescued, although we don't quite know why!

It's such a novelty though, watching these "outer space" episodes after a whole series of the Jupiter 2 craft stranded on Preplanus. You've got to give it to the writers, they hadn't at all lost their sense of adventure, imagination or suspense at this point. Getting back into space again was somehow needed to boost the interest of the show for a while. It's also made so much more enjoyable by the use of colour, with the outrageously colourful clothing and scenery and great telescopic photos of nebulae from NASA giving a real out-of-this-world feeling to the episode.

Overall a joy to watch and quite captivating. Just let down a little by the silliness of the alien subplot and just a complete disregard for anything remotely scientifically correct. But again, it seems more fun just to ignore all that and enjoy the show for what it is with its tensions, high drama and cliffhangers, and by no means to take it too seriously.


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