This series [TV-Series 1965-1968] is formulated on the old serial cliff-hangers. The stages are cardboard and Styrofoam. The props look like anything lying around in the ware house. From the dialog you would not realize that the actors can and are acting. As the programs progress the stories get weirder to holds your attention. There are also several notable guests including Robbie the Robot that always outsmarts "The Robot" (Bob May) The Robot's voice is Dick Tufeld.
We all know the basic story of a saboteur Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) is too smart for his own good and his sabotage backfires from the start throwing the spaceship into who knows where with him trapped inside. What is worse is he never learns from episode to episode. Prof. John Robinson (Guy Williams) is the good guy father that is always giving one hope of being found or getting back. Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart) is the stereotypical motherly type and is caught occasionally stopping John from beating Zackary's brains out. We have mischievous kids always wandering off to discover the new trouble. And a watered down love interest between daughter Judy (Marta Kristen) and Major Don West (Mark Goddard).
How will they survive?
What strange creature or disaster will befall them this week?
Some one may have modified the media somewhat. "Oh, the pain, the pain." However we buy what we can.
on 20 September 2008
Though I thought season two of Irwin Allen's classic season was the weakest of the show's three, I finally succumbed and purchased volume two simply because it contains some of my favorites from that year: "The Astral Traveler," "The Galaxy Gift," "Trip Through the Robot," "The Phantom Family," "The Mechanical Men," and "The Cave of the Wizards." Though these exhibit the same fantasy-oriented storytelling that dominated the season, they do have a better structured plot than the rest in the compilation.
Lesser episodes, but tolerable, are "Revolt of the Androids"(featuring the return of Dee Hartford as Verda the Android and also starring future "Land of the Giants" star Don Matheson) and "The Colonists," with a rather sexist view of the roles of men and women, something that, unfortunately, permeated all of Allen's series.
However, a waste of celluloid are "The Questing Beast," "The Toymaker," "Mutiny in Space," "The Space Vikings, "Treasure of the Lost Planet" (with Albert Salmi returning as space pirate Alonzo Tucker), and "Rocket to Earth."