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Lost in Space: Season 2 V.1 [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Guy Williams , June Lockhart    Universal, suitable for all   DVD

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Lost In Space ~ Vol. 1-Season 2

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4.0 out of 5 stars Danger! Campy as the danger may be. 28 May 2006
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
Season 1 of "Lost in Space" was presented as a single collection of eight DVDs. Season 2 was split into two volumes. Season 2 was originally shown in 1966-67, and though I no longer recall the contrast between "Star Trek," which I watched contemporaneously with "Lost in Space," and this show, the contrast had to be significant. Though some of the first sixteen episodes of season 2 attempted serious subjects, as the first sixteen episodes progressed the series became increasingly campy, with "The Girl from the Green Dimension" being the silliest of the bunch. I have to believe that Harry Raybould, who played Urso, looked back on his role in this episode and groans.

On the other hand there are the episodes such as "The Golden Man." This episode attempts to show that beauty is only skin deep. While the acting is more than a little over the top, with veteran actor Dennis Patrick barely visible behind his golden makeup, the show does an excellent job of making its point.

I found the episode "A Visit to Hades" to be very interesting. Veteran actor Gerald Mohr does a nice job of playing a character with more than a passing resemblance to Satan, though we learn he is not. Wally Cox takes a turn as a character with more bluff than bite in "The Forbidden World." Peter Brocco, a veteran of more than 200 film and television appearances, makes his mark in "The Deadly Games of Gamma 6."

You can count the number of science fiction television shows that left a lasting impression on viewers on your fingers. As campy as "Lost in Space" sometimes was, it left an impression that is nearly as strong for many people as the impression that "Star Trek" left. Of course "Star Trek" was a much bolder show, and tried to present some of the infinite possibilities that exist in the universe. "Lost in Space" reached only a brief distance into the future and was the first non-animated television show that focused on a family of space pioneers. There are plot holes galore. Dr. Smith has to be one of the most obnoxious central characters in a television show ever. And yet, I retain my fondness for this show.

I think it is easy in this age of sophisticated digital effects and a chain of quality and classic science fiction television that extends back to at least the original "Outer Limits" to look down on "Lost in Space" as unworthy of appreciation. However, the series was influential and it was memorable. Had Irwin Allen been allowed to maintain the serious nature of the show, it is possible that "Lost in Space" would have been the landmark television show that "Star Trek" became. I know I watched both, and I know I enjoyed "Star Trek" when it came out the year following the debut of "Lost in Space." I considered myself lucky that two such wonderful shows were on at the same time.

I look back on "Lost in Space" with fondness, and I absolutely enjoyed watching every single episode in this collection as well as those in season 1. I know I will enjoy the remaining episodes in season 2 and those of season 3. Perhaps my fondness is all nostalgia. If so, I will revel in my nostalgia and just maybe I will watch all the episodes one more time.

As a side note, after being a little boy and watching "Lost in Space," I admired Will Robinson a lot. I credit Will being a role model for my later years when I studied electronics and physics in college. This show may have been campy, but I am glad that I was encouraged by a show like this one. Perhaps we should all wish for more campy science fiction shows to encourage children to become scientists and engineers.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Set! 4 Nov 2004
By Michael S. Admire - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one great series that I have watched since I was a kid in the 70's during it's rerun period. The color on these episodes looks great! And the sound as crisp as ever.

I can Hardly wait for season 2 vol. 2 later this month!

This is highly recommended for all Lost in Space fans out there!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Smith and the Robot go camp 30 Dec 2004
By James M. Meehan - Published on Amazon.com
the second season vol. 1 is not as good as vol. 2 which has better stories and less cheezy monsters. but i really enjoyed it anyway. the color is magnificent, the stories are passable, the highlights are Dr. Smith & the Robot. it's funny, the first half of the second season, Dr. Smith is still willing to desroy the Robinsons without a concience. in the second have the doctor is a bit more sympathetic towards Will and the Robot, there are a few tearful farewells when Smith and the Robot are supposed to be leaving for good. all the while the rest of the Robinsons, except Don, let Smith do anything he pleases and barely say anything. the Robinsons are way too serious, the Robot, Dr. Smith and Will carry the camp. i can't wait for season three since this show is becoming as addictive as it was when i was a kid.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous 3 Sep 2004
By J. Bock - Published on Amazon.com
5 stars is for content. It's FOX's braindead deicision making that is Ridiculous. The fact that the UK release as well as the Japanese release feature the ENTIRE second season in one box while the US gets to be the lab rat on this "brainstorm" is ridiculous. I saw LIS season 1, selling off the shelves at Wal MArt, Sams, Costco, Target...exactly WHAT chain are they trying to lure in with these half-season sets? Dollar General and Eckerds?? It makes no sense whatsoever when the likes of Punky Brewster, Knight Rider and FOX's own 24 are being released in full season sets. They're experimenting and we are the ones who suffer. My advice, find a cheap multiregion DVD player, they're cheap these days, and buy the COMPLETE UK version, it has classy packaging as well, UNLIKE VOL one in the U.S....and it was released back the first week of July! Full season 2, and released 2 months earlier...in the UK where the fanbase is much smaller. Go figure.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Farcical Fantasy 22 July 2005
By Brian A. Wolters - Published on Amazon.com
Lost In Space Season 2 picks right up where Season 1 ended, by introducing us again to "comedic villain" of the week. And despite an almost 3 episode stretch where you can feel a slight return to pure adventure, it takes the "comedic villain" of the week formula and adds on farce and fantasy. Thus, you have season 2.

Season 2 Volume 1 is the first half of a season that tried to reinvent the series but it then crashes (literally) head first into farce. That doesn't mean it wasn't often charming and fun, but the Lost in Space of early Season 1 would never return. The opening episode, Blast of Into Space is an episode that rids us of the villain early to focus once again on the plight of their situation. "Wild Adventure", the best of Season 2 and one of the strongest of the series, is a great space bound adventure getting them close to Earth. And while Ghost Planet was silly at times, it wasn't a planet that they were stuck on.

However, from the middle of Forbidden World on, the adventure element was nearly gone and we had fun, comical episodes wish some dashes of danger. The first half of Season 2, featured in this volume, is arguably the best. "Prisoners of Space" gave us a break from the visiting villain and while a flashback show, it was fairly riveting for the series. After that, we enter a stretch of bland yet still entertaining episodes. "The Golden Man" featured horrible masks and beach ball bombs but it was one of the stronger shows of the season. As volume 1 ends, we start hitting some of the worst episodes of the series.

The DVD transfers are crisp and colorful but one expected them to be just a little better. I understand the marketing reasons for splitting the seasons up but for fans of the show, it isn't a great idea.

Volume 1 is an essential part of your Lost in Space Collection. While it doesn't approach the storytelling strength of Season 1, we do have some of the oddest collection of aliens to ever be seen on the screen.
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