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Lost in Space - Season 2, Vol. 2

4.3 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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14 episodes on 4 DVDs.

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As its second season progressed, and as these 14 episodes from 1967 attest, Lost in Space continued to swap science fiction for comic fantasy, and the show's ratings went into orbit. While Star Trek satisfied a smaller audience of serious sci-fi fans on NBC, Lost in Space (airing Wednesday nights on CBS) delighted a younger audience with the cheesy adventures of "Space Family Robinson," stranded on an isolated planet that nevertheless played host to an abundance of alien visitors. Here they include operatic Vikings, a disembodied mechanical head, a spacefaring buccaneer, a Scottish bagpiper in a haunted castle, and, in the deliriously entertaining episode "Revolt of the Androids," a silver-painted super-being whose primary purpose is to "Crush...Kill...Destroy!!" It's all harmless family fun, offering equal amounts of tongue-in-cheek whimsy and some scary highlights that kids, then and now, will find instantly unforgettable.

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


Special Features

  • 14 episodes on four discs
  • Rare 1966 interviews with original cast members June Lockhart, Guy Williams, and Jonathan Harris

Product Details

  • Actors: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy
  • Writers: Irwin Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: CBS Television
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 717 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XVQNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lost in Space - Season 2, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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By John A Lee III on June 22, 2005
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LOST IN SPACE began as a serious attempt at an exciting science fiction TV program. It was starting to degenerate into something quite different by the end of the first season and in the second season, the change was full blown. No longer was it a serious show. Indeed it was quite silly. "Campy" is the most common description.

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.
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Volume 2 of Lost in Space, Season 2 features some of the strangest and worst episodes of the entire series. The series was in full fantasy / adventure mode and most of this volume showcases this. Even with that said, there is a lot to like here.

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.
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the reason to watch this series is for Dr. Smith. the second half of season two has much better plots and less of the cheezy monsters that mar the first half of the season. Dr. Smith becomes more sypathetic to the crew, ecspecially the Robot and Will Robinson. the highlights are seeing the Robot in a dress and Smith always complaining about his back. plus the second green girl episode where she is saying "handsome pretty handsome Dr. Smith"
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This was a very fun program which could have gone further if it had not become tangled on a tangent known as "Dr. Smith." Hey is dear to our hearts in a strange way in regards to his character, but we love him just the same. The rest of the cast did their damn best to make this series work. I was a pre-teen when this show was telecast and I saw great potential which was not realized due to the tacky monsters and stories which almost always revolved around Dr. Smith. I was under 12 years of age and even then I thought this show was wrapped around Dr. Smith's little finger. I felt the show should have been renamed "The Dr. Smith space special" which predominantly ended up revolving around Jonathan Harris do I do admire for building this character tremendously although I felt he was a selfish actor in that his associates could not shine since he was blazing with craziness from episode to episode. I believe that "Star Trek" was a much more serious sci-fi show although it's ratings when telecast were significantly lower than "lost in space"… Surprisingly enough. Just the same, I purchased all seasons because I still enjoyed the tenderness and caring that seem to come through in many shows as well which was a predominant factor that attracted people unwittingly. We enjoy witnessing good behavior indicating how we feel about many things in our culture… i.e. Hard work will be recognized and rewarded (ha ha). We claim to these values and try to perpetuate them although we witness contradictory situations compare to what we hope for and witnessed in this classic. I love the show regardless of "The detractor." Enjoy!
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