Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 4

There Were Giants in the Earth (6 Oct. 1965)

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Due to the planet's orbit, the Robinsons are going to freeze to death unless they head south.



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Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)


After Will averts the Robot's murderous intent, the Robinson party comes under threat by native creatures at extreme size ranges. Parasitic microbes in the soil await catalysts to infest and grow into monstrous proportions while a giant cyclops roams the area. Adding to that, the weather takes an extreme turn for the worse, forcing them to abandon ship. A cave containing the remains of a civilized people provides temporary sanctuary but also a danger for the curious. Written by statmanjeff

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6 October 1965 (USA)  »

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The title is a biblical quote from Genesis. See more »


Will Robinson: Can you lend me a hand for a few minutes?
Dr. Zachary Smith: My dear boy, I would be doing you a disservice if I offered assistance. Little set-backs are good for the young. They build character.
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Another wonderful episode!
31 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best of "Lost In Space". In these early episodes, we clearly see what "Lost In Space" can be when it is handled properly.

This episode features one of the best-looking alien monsters they ever had: The cyclops.

This episode has wonderful interactions between John and Will. In an attempt to fix the robot, Will activates it one night. Hearing a strange noise (that we later learn is the cyclops), the robot takes off to investigate. John catches Will just after the robot has left. The resulting lecture that night and the second lecture early the next morning are very well done.

The Robinsons are forced to head South because the temperature at the Jupiter 2 will fall far below zero. Smith refuses to leave the comfort of the Jupiter 2. The robot remains behind with Smith. In truth, this is done so that they can use footage shot during the unaired pilot which had no Dr. Smith and no robot.

During the episode, there are 2 encounters with the Cyclops. The special effects of those scenes are quite compelling. In the initial encounter, Will proves his bravery.

The episode also features superb acting by Jonathan Harris as Dr. Smith. While alone aboard the Jupiter 2 with the robot, he becomes conflicted. Realzing his now lonely vigil, he sometimes misses the Robinsons and sometimes is glad they're gone. He also alternates between being afraid to be alone and being glad that the Robinsons are no longer with him.

This episode, and the one following, "The Hungry Sea", show a change of heart on the part of Smith.

The episode ends with the Robinsons seeking shelter in a cave from a fierce lightning storm. In the cave is solid evidence of a civilization that once existed there, including heiroglyphics. It ends with Will, Penny, Don, and Judy trapped in a room as a planet-quake erupts.

Nice special effects, a great-looking cyclops, and wonderful scenes of the Trona Pinnacles are featured in this episode. That and the fact that there is a conflicted Smith makes this a superb episode.

The only flaw in this episode: John, Don, and (later) Will are all seen making an apparently harrowing climb to get to the weather station. It's obvious during parts of that climb that they could never have taken any weather station equipment on that path, so how did they get the equipment up there?

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