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The Ten Least-Convincing Aliens of LOST IN SPACE

26 Jun

06.26.16 - Lost in SpaceIrwin Allen’s 1960s sci-fi shows tended to start out pretty well, with imaginative scripts, impressive sets and lots of action. But before long, things would start falling apart.

Lost in Space has always been the most popular of his shows. While it was never a big hit in the ratings, it lasted for three seasons and pulled better numbers than the far more respected Star Trek. Afterward, it did well in syndication throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. That’s probably due to the casting (usually a weak area for Allen): Billy Mumy as the likeable boy hero with whom young viewers could identify, Jonathan Harris as his mincing adult sidekick, and a big friendly robot. (Even CBS chief William Paley, who hated the show, liked the robot.)

The concept was solid (it’s essentially The Swiss Family Robinson in space), and early episodes offer some imaginative adventures. But even during its first season, when the show was definitely at its best, there are some real clunker episodes. By the middle of the third season, almost every episode is just completely stupid, as if the producer had decreed that every script had to be tailored for an audience of eight-year-olds. Although the budget increased substantially, much of that went to pay salaries, leaving the show looking nearly as low-rent as Space Patrol had a generation earlier.

Nothing illustrates its decline better than the various aliens and space monsters encountered along the way. Again, during the first season these can look pretty good. But toward the end, they’re just laughably bad. Here are my picks for the ten absolute worst-looking aliens on Lost in Space.

10. Episode 3:20: “Fugitives in Space,” 1/31/68

10. Episode 3:20: “Fugitives in Space,” 1/31/68

9. Episode 3:19, “The Promised Planet,” 1/24/68

9. Episode 3:19, “The Promised Planet,” 1/24/68

8. Episode 1:12, “The Raft,” 12/1/65

8. Episode 1:12, “The Raft,” 12/1/65

7. Episode 3:16, “Target: Earth,” 1/3/68

7. Episode 3:16, “Target: Earth,” 1/3/68

6. Episode 2:04, “The Forbidden World,” 10/5/66

6. Episode 2:04, “The Forbidden World,” 10/5/66

5. Episode 3:14, “Castles in Space,” 12/20/67

5. Episode 3:14, “Castles in Space,” 12/20/67

4. Episode 3:22, “The Flaming Planet,” 2/21/68

4. Episode 3:22, “The Flaming Planet,” 2/21/68

3. Episode 3:12, “A Day at the Zoo,” 11/29/67

3. Episode 3:12, “A Day at the Zoo,” 11/29/67

2. Episode 2:17, “The Questing Beast,” 1/11/67

2. Episode 2:17, “The Questing Beast,” 1/11/67

1. Episode 3:23, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion,” 2/28/68

1. Episode 3:23, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion,” 2/28/68

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in 1960s Shows

 

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7 responses to “The Ten Least-Convincing Aliens of LOST IN SPACE

  1. Barry I. Grauman

    June 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Janos Prohaska reused the same “bird” outfit he wore in “Forbidden World” in the “BEWITCHED” episode “Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds” as year later.

     
  2. Lightning Baltimore

    July 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    #8 was also used on an episode of “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” where it was a huge undersea creature, bigger than the submarine.

     
  3. Randall Ensley

    July 2, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The alien from The Raft episode did scare me…

     
  4. jay042

    July 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Wasn’t #9 reused on The Time Tunnel?

     
  5. Brian Edwards

    July 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I’m surprised Chavo only rates at 5 but number 3 isn’t a monster, just a mostly harmless ringmaster in a mask.

     
  6. William Freedman

    July 6, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Veggies for the win! There was one correct answer, and you nailed it!

     
  7. Anthony Forkush

    July 31, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    OMG! How can you leave out the Will Robinson/Dr. Smith hybrid boy spat out of the giant copy machine? You know the one I mean. The one where Guy Williams fences with an army of Dr. Smith zombies made out of Easy Bake oven dough.

     

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