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Yes, it all looks quaint and innocent by present-day standards, and it's painfully obvious that series creator Irwin Allen didn't know what to do with the Robinson clan, a wooden variant of Ozzie & Harriett in V-necked velour, with June Lockhart playing happy homemaker while patriarch Guy Williams spent most of his time repairing damaged equipment. It's just as well, since season 2 is dominated by the scene-stealing duo of Dr. Smith (played by Jonathan Harris in the role he was born to play) and the sarcastic Robot B-9, who plays a scolding R2D2 to Harris's duplicitous, flamboyantly feckless C3PO, the latter delivering alliterative insults (like "you ingot of ingratitude!" and "you nickel-plated nincompoop!") in virtually every episode. Guest stars like Albert Salmi, Al "Grandpa Munster" Lewis, and John Carradine are in on the game, adding weekly flavor to a series that shares much in common with such later kid-stuff as H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost. Some may find it hopelessly ridiculous in retrospect, but Lost in Space still offers fun aplenty for those who enjoy its anything-goes approach to low-budget fantasy for the young and young-at-heart. Unfortunately for devoted fans, vintage 1966 radio interviews with Lockhart, Williams, and Harris are the only extras in this well-mastered four-disc set. --Jeff Shannon
- 14 episodes on four discs
- Rare 1966 interviews with original cast members June Lockhart, Guy Williams, and Jonathan Harris
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The change in format resulted in changed characters. Dr. Smith started out as a sinister but intelligent villain but is nothing like that in the second season. In fact, he has become the star of the show. He is venal, selfish and not very smart but he is lots of fun to laugh at. Will is the other star of the show. He was always depicted as exceedingly intelligent but he seems to have a soft spot for Smith and the Robot, the third of the first tier stars. The rest of the group are little more than background characters. Penny has a few prominent roles but Judy might as well not be there. Sometimes she utters less that a dozen words in the course of an episode.
All of these stories are exceedingly silly and the "science" aspect is truly laughable. Pseudo scientific terms abound and are quite meaningless. All science fiction requires the suspension of disbelief but this series requires something more. It requires disbelief to be locked away safely where it has not the slightest possibility of intruding. In spite of this, the series works. It works because it does not take itself seriously. It is all done in fun and no one, even a child, could take any of it seriously. This is true in terms of story, special effects and, especially, aliens. Mostly, it is a vehicle to let Smith be a pain in the backside.Read more ›
This volume opens with 4 stinkers yet in their own way, they are charming. From "The Questing Beat" through "The Space Vikings", we are treated to space fantasy at its most absurd. There is absolutely no real danger in these episodes and though they can be enjoyed for their own merit, you have to wonder how the series made it for a 3rd season.
The rest of this volume is a mixed bag but we do have some highlights. "Rocket to Earth" is yet another close call in getting back to Earth with the always fun Al Lewis. "The Cave of The Wizards" features some genuine emotion from Smith toward his feelings for the Robinsons and a teaser about a possible lift off from the planet. And two great Robot episodes, "Trip Through the Robot" and "The Mechanical Men".
Despite some of the worst episodes of the series, Season 2 did continue to strengthen the bond between Will, Smith and the Robot, one of the best trios next to Kirk, Spock and Bones. With the aforementioned "Cave of the Wizards", we see that Smith was really more of a father figure to William at times more then his Dad. As a result, Judy and Maureen took a far back seat to everyone else with Penny being a distant third.
Lost in Space Season 2, Volume 2 is the weakest of the two volume set. And despite the weaker or duller stories, in the right mind, they were still a lot of run to watch. It is a worthy edition and not just for completists.
The color looks great and there is also the lead in third season trailer at the end of "The Galaxy Gift".
I can hardly wait for season three volume one coming out in 2005! Thank you 20th Century Fox for putting these out on dvd. They look great!
In spite of the silliness of these fourteen episodes, there are some moments of fun and ingenuity. Hans Conried makes an appearance as a night chasing a dragon in "The Questing Beast." This episode is enjoyable from beginning to end, and Will (Billy Mumy) learns a valuable lesson. "Treasure of the Lost Planet" offers Albert Salmi in his second appearance in this series as a pirate. The pirates are appropriately blood-thirsty and the search for the treasure casts Dr. Smith at his worst. The "Trip Through the Robot" was hokey at best, but was still a lot of fun. I kept wondering why everything in the robot was right side up though the robot was on its back. Sean McClory is excellent as a Scottish ghost in "The Astral Traveller." In the final episode of the season, "The Galaxy Gift," we get to see John Carradine, who was an outstanding character actor, as an alien.
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.Read more ›
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Another stroll down memory lane for me. It survived the transfer to DVD quite well. Fine quality for your classic TV fix. I had a severe crush on Penny Robinson. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Panzerfaust 54
This was a very fun program which could have gone further if it had not become tangled on a tangent known as "Dr. Smith. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ClarityOfMind
It is a great Lost in Space DVD. We watched it and have put it on our shelf and will watch it again later.Published 8 months ago by sandra
Great family TV!! Highly recommend! Well worth the price!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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