Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 0

No Place to Hide (1965)

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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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The Giant in the very first, Pilot episode is played by the 6-foot-7 former defensive end Lamar Lundy who was part of the "Fearsome Foursome" with the Los Angeles Rams from 1957 to 1969. This episode, never aired. 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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Very good start to the series
10 September 2010 | by (North West England) – See all my reviews

Well, this pilot may have been unaired, but there was certainly enough excitement in this action-packed episode to make four really good season 1 episodes from it. Most of the special effects sequences and stunts were later put to good use in the series proper. In fact most of the footage from this episode was eventually aired, but re-edited, spilt up and with some noticeable changes made in places.

It's interesting to note some of the differences between this pilot and the actual aired series, most famously the absence of Dr Smith and the Robot. This really just highlights how much those two characters were needed in order to get the balance just right.

Interestingly, Don West is a scientist in this one rather than a military man, again you'd have to agree that changing him into a military officer did help to get the balance right in making the dynamic between the characters more interesting.

Overall though, its a great introduction to the series and very ambitious to have interstellar flight, giants, alien creatures, high sea drama, a lost underground city and aliens, all in one episode. Of course it would become something even better even than this thanks to the changes made in time for series one which allowed for greater character development.


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