Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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The Robinsons, Earth's first family of outer space, head to colonize Alpha Centauri in their flying saucer, the Gemini 12, but crash land on an uncharted planet where they deal with its challenges and dangers.

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The original pilot episode, which never aired, did not feature either the robot or Dr. Smith (who was added later by 20th Century Fox as an antagonist). Much of the original footage was re-used in the first four televised episodes. Written by Jeffrey Delano

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This pilot was never aired during the initial broadcast run or in syndication (presumably because Dr. Smith and the Robot were not included in the original cast). It was considered to be lost until it was accidentally discovered in the mid 1990s. The SciFi channel had a special called "Pilot Playhouse" where they aired the first episodes of various science fiction TV shows. It was during research for this special that the original pilot was located and broadcast for the very first time. See more »

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Time values for the space journey conflict. Alpha Centauri is 4 light years from Earth (4.37 to be precise). The Gemini 12 spacecraft (renamed Jupiter 2 in the televised series) will travel there at the speed of light, taking "a century" rather than 4 years (or 4.37 years). The trip is also referred to as taking 98 years. Finally, during the meteor storm the ship is said to be moving at 18,400 miles per hour which is far less than the speed of light (186,0000 miles per second). See more »

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Edited into Lost in Space: The Hungry Sea (1965) See more »

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Closer to believability than the later series
8 June 2012 | by (Southwest USA) – See all my reviews

What? A measly 8000 miles per second? That's the mean velocity 100 years to Alpha Centauri comes out to. But actually, that's not an outrageous estimate compared to what science fiction usually dupes an audience with. LiS, of course, did so also. In the pilot that was actually shown as episode #1, wasn't that 100 years (98 years suspended animation) changed to 5 years?-- meaning travel very near the speed of light? And in this pilot, there was nothing about a "hyper-drive" that would fling them to anywhere in universe. Which means that the planet they land on must be in this solar system-- an earth-like planet not known before. As unlikely as that is, I think it's still more likely than the near-light and hyper-drive junk that sci-fi so thrives on. However, if there would be such a planet in our solar system, obviously in the habitable zone, there is no it could be anywhere other than directly opposite the sun to us-- our real twin with an orbit right on our own elliptical pattern. Considering the extreme cold in this pilot, it should not be such, but should be a planet with a more elongated orbit. But with that, there is no way we could not see it. But anyway, it's all summed up by saying this pilot is definitely closer to something quasi-scientific than the later pilot and the series. If anyone thinks ratings don't follow logic, I submit this as exhibit A.


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