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"No Place to Hide" has action scenes that cropped up in the first six regular episodes but is missing several of the show's trademark aspects, most notably that infectious theme from Johnny Williams (later, John Williams of Star Wars fame) and the scheming presence of Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris) and his alternately menacing and comical robot ("It does not compute"). As the series progresses (or degenerates, depending on your taste), Harris's Smith changes from pantomime villain, a saboteur who is trying to kill the family, into pantomime idiot whose foolishness, cowardice, and avarice are an endless source of plots. It mostly makes do with the regular cast plus an array of shaggy-suited, snarling aliens, but you do get sterling ham from visiting astronauts such as Warren Oates ("Welcome Stranger"), Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet ("War of the Robots"), and a very young Kurt Russell ("The Challenge"). Stories about surviving on an alien world give way to lifts from fairy tale, myth, and old movies as Smith gets hold of a wishing cap, becomes a giant, is chosen as a sacrificial king, turns the children over to an alien zoo, squeaks in fright as a werewolf approaches, or is cursed with a platinum Midas touch. --Kim Newman
I remember watching it as a kid and loved it.
Arguably for me the first season was the best of the three; but having said that there are some great episodes from seasons 2 & 3 regardless.
I will anticipate seeing the quality the picture and sound on DVD as I own the complete set of 84 episodes on VHS.
I grew up with this series and enjoyed the first season the most with this episode being the most dramatic. Reminds me of the old "Day the Earth Stood Still".Published 9 days ago by Tom F
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I agree. The first 5 episodes were just great but then the show slipped into the "Dr. Smith Show" (which I still pretty much love, but it was NOT the original intention and the show was SO MUCH BETTER when it was done as a serious Sci Fi show) Those first 5 had everything going for them... Read More
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