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“Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!” Join the Robinson family, Major Don West and the scene-stealing Dr Smith (Jonathan Harris) as they try to find their way back to Earth in Season One of Irwin Allen's Lost In Space.
Episodes: The Reluctant Stowaway, The Derelict, Island In The Sky, There Were Giants In The Earth, The Hungry Sea, Welcome Stranger, My Friend Mr. Nobody, Invaders From the Fifth Dimension, The Oasis, The Sky Is Falling, Wish Upon A Star, The Raft, One Of Our Dogs Is Missing, Attack of the Monster Plants, Return From Outer Space, The Keeper – Part 1, The Keeper – Part 2, The Sky Pirate, Ghost In Space, The War of the Robots, The Magic Mirror, The Challenge, The Space Trader, His Majesty Smith, The Space Croppers, All That Glitters, The Last Civilization, A Change Of Space, Follow The Leader.
Review by DVD Verdict
"Lost in Space is a much maligned series, but the first season is truly a great work. If you keep in mind the era in which it was made – the effects are amazing for TV (look at the Chariot and the Robot!), it's a well-rounded series for the whole family (wholesome, adventure, a bit of romance) and the early scripts are truly well-written.
The Sky is Falling is one of my favorites – a story which goes against the traditional 60's style of aliens are all bad. Here, a family of aliens are sick with worry over their missing little boy, while the Robinson's feel the same about their own son. Each family thinks the other is responsible for kidnapping the other child and it is the children in the end who bring a resolution to the hostilities.
In 1965, the United States was sitting on the razor's edge of a technological explosion and metaphorically, that's what Lost in Space seems to be about. Man ventures into the unknown, technology that appears to be his friend, fails him and he's lost in a world he cannot understand. But if you recall, it wasn't the technology that failed the Robinson's, it was Dr. Smith's overwhelming greed and therein lies the moral.
If you get a chance, give Lost in Space: The Complete First Season a try. Just remember to watch it through 1960's colored glasses and you'll get along just fine."
Review by thedigitalfix.com
“A highly entertaining series of episodes… For fans of classic 60s cult shows this is probably an essential purchase, especially as these black and white episodes are not repeated nearly as often as the later colour episodes.”
Review by Mike Long
“…Clearly, Lost in Space is simply "The Swiss Family Robinson” set in outer space, and series creator (and disaster film expert) Irwin Allen must be given credit for this ingeniously simply idea. However, Lost in Space grew to be more than that. Each week, the Robinsons & co. would meet with a new alien life-form – some evil, some friendly, some benign – but all highly alien. These meetings would typically result in a moral and/or physical challenge for the family. Thusly, the primary focus of the series was the plight of the stranded astronauts, but it was kept fresh with the never-ending parade of strange creatures. (Far Out Space Nuts would attempt to copy this formula years later, with less than stellar results. I said lunch, not launch!) While Lost in Space wasnt an anthology series like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, it certainly deserves to stand beside them as one of the groundbreaking science-fiction shows of the 1960s. The show never veered from its main focus and, if nothing else, it certainly brought a great deal of special effects makeup to prime-time.
Along with the shows stories, the performances made Lost in Space memorable. Especially that of Jonathan Harris as the morally corrupt Dr. Smith. Harris plays Smith as a walking case-study of anti-social personality disorder as this evil, narcissistic, fey, and cowardly man will do whatever the situation calls for to save his sorry hide. The character has become a staple of TV history, along with the Robot, whose Danger Will Robinson! Danger! call is the stuff of legend. Young Bill Mumy also stands out, as many of the episodes are centered around his curious character. Yes, much of Lost in Space comes across as hokey today, most notably the special effects, but the show is still engrossing and a sense of dedication which is lacking in many of todays shows." 8/10
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