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LOST IN SPACE-Blast off Into Space, Wild Adventure


Chase - Posted on 04 September 2009

BLAST OFF INTO SPACE

WRITER-PETER PACKER

DIR-NATHAN JURAN--which is why the action scenes are very good

MUSIC-LEITH STEVENS-(a standout score!)

 

NARRATION: Last week, as you recall, our space family's lost planet was rocked by a series of savage earthquakes. Little did they dream that in less than twenty desperate hours, a cataclysmic explosion would rip apart their planet's core and disintegrate their entire world into galactic dust.

 

TEASER


Maureen is watering flowers on one of the tables. Inside the ship, through the door we can see John working on the astrogator, which is finally back in place. Penny brings two buckets of water for her. Maureen mentions a pasture which sets Penny thinking, "You know it would be good to see a pasture again. Walking through the grass, looking for four leaf clovers..."  a quake hits and they shake away from the table. John comes running out and gets them both inside the spaceship, leaving the buckets of water to jostle or spill. Inside they shake around some more. It stops and John calls Don at the drill site. Penny's hair is very long and down over her shoulders. Penny is wearing her new outfit (red-orange in color are her shirt, pants, and boots, yellow stripes along shirt). John feels the quakes are happening at a depth that can crack the core of this planet. Don tells him they just got that last batch of deutronium---all they need. John asks if they felt the earthquake. Don asks, "Earthquake, what earthquake?"  John tells him to pack up and get back--it might hit there next. Judy goes up a ridge to call Smith and Will at Don's orders. "Dad just called--he said there might be an earthquake, right here in this very area!" Syndication versions of BLAST OFF INTO SPACE used to begin at this spot. Robot's head sensors are turning---and very fast. Smith is holding Will and Robot at attention in some kind of silly ceremony for the unveiling of a statue--the Spirit of Space--he made which Will comments doesn't even look like him. Smith tells them it is the artistic inner self. The statue is holding a golden globe. Will asks, "Now can we leave?"  Smith complains about the sanctity of this moment. Will says, "Didn't you hear what Judy said...we might be right in the middle of a..."  There's a blast and Will yells, "Hit the dirt!"  Smith tries to keep the statue from falling. Judy falls backward off the ridge. Pieces of wood and debris hit Don off the drill into the Chariot. Judy and Don gather themselves up and start out to go over the ridge to find Smith and Will. There is a blast near Smith and Will and a miner comes up from a smoking crater, amid a wind sound. He walks at them.

 

NOTE: New opening credit cartoon. Same theme song. In color. Cartoon has John, Maureen waving, Don laying down, Judy on her back, Will tied up with the line, and Penny on the end of the tie line, all linked together. Then a flying saucer arrives, opens, and has Smith fire a laser--all wear helmets.

 

NOTE: This differs from the first season cartoon slightly. The biggest difference is where Will bobs his head up from a bubble in a flying saucer and then Penny pushes his head down and comes up, then we see Smith pushing the craft, not on the line at all.

  

 

ACT ONE

The miner calls them Earth folk. He is Mr. Nerim and tells them they mistook his blasting for an earthquake. He examines the Robot (whose head sensors stop rotating). Nerim comes from the Southern Fish cattie corner form Omaha (?). Will has heard of this place (?). FURTHER NOTES: The Constellation of the Southern Fish is also called Pisces Austrini with a star in it called Formalhaut (with a large life zone but which will, if it is inhabited, will evolve quickly due to a massive sun with a diameter of 1.56 times our own Sun). Nerim blasts for cosmonium. Smith gets Will and he an invitation to see his mining quarters. Will tells Smith the blasting didn't look so harmless to him. The long drop down the hole to the underground operation has been partly degravitized. Holding hands, they follow Nerim down; Will liking it, "Wow!"  To Smith's dismay, Nerim shovels diamonds which falls from the ceiling, away. He gives a shovel to Smith who turns it over to Will. Nerim calls Smith, Zac boy."  When the cosmonium is gathered, Will tells him, "Gee, it looks like you've got little bits of sun there."  When Smith scoffs at this, Nerim tells Zac-boy that the boy is smarter than he is. It is the quintessence of the living force that thaws the ice and melts the snow. He has to do some more blasting which Will asks him if it isn't "kinda dangerous."  Nerim tells him no. To get out they have to blow out of their lungs and kicks off. They travel back up. Don is checking the Robot out. He tells them they have to get back to the ship. Smith calls the Robot back from going the wrong way, "No, no, this way, you blithering bumpkin!"  At the Jupiter II, John reads the earthquake seismograph, "That second quake you got up at the drillsite, gave us a reading twice as intense as the one we got here. I don't think this planet can stand much more."   Maureen asks, "Well, John, what will happen to it?"  Almost in answer, another blast rocks the ground, shaking the ship and throwing all of them around. Smith holds onto Will near the astrogater. Will gasps, "Is this what Mr. Nerim calls a little shaking?"  The controls spark. John yells, "Hit the circuit breakers!"  Don tries to. The quake rocks Penny and Judy to the window and then back toward the elevator again. Maureen, Don, and John hold onto the Robot. It subsides and Robot gives a report to John. The quakes are cracking the core of the planet. Smith tells them about Nerim but not about cosmonium. He believes Nerim's advice that the planet is not cracking up. John is convinced this miner doesn't know what he is doing, "...and he's made it impossible for us to remain here any longer."  The planet will disintegrate into cosmic dust or perhaps, John says, Dr. Smith would prefer gamma rays. Maureen asks if they can stop Nerim from doing more blasting but John tells her even if they could--Nerim's begun a destructive process that can't be stopped. Smith says, "Come, come, Professor, let's not throw everyone into a tizzy."  Don tries to explain it to Smith. John figures they have 12, maybe 15 hours before the planet goes. Smith asks, "And your destination is where?"  Don snaps, "Where's always been, Smith, Alpha Centauri."  Smith says, "Indeed."  He might have helped in their panic pressure if their destination were Earth. He asks Judy and Will to stand aside and goes down the elevator to take a nap. Maureen says, "Why, he doesn't understand a thing you've been telling him."  John says, "Now, we'll deal with him later."  He explains about a weight problem for lift off so they have to start throwing out everything they don't need. The women and Will go below on the elevator. John and Don go out and start to move a light system. Don asks if they are going to be able to make it. John thinks it will be touch and go. Another quake hits. Don pulls John away as a boulder falls down and crushes the light.

 

ACT TWO

Judy and Maureen take junk (Maureen has ropes and nets; Judy a strange winter hat and a pocket book) out and put it on a junk pile. Judy comments, "You never realize how much stuff you accumulate until you have to get rid of it."  Maureen asks for her help in folding up a table--they will need it. Penny and Will toss junk (tennis rackets, beach balls, baseball bat) onto the junkpile. Penny calls her's special junk. Debbie comes out with a tennis racket. Will tells Penny maybe if she left the Bloop behind she could take some of it. Penny picks Debbie up, "Will, how could you?"  Will says, "I was only kidding!"  A blast and shakes rock them all down. Debbie falls onto the junk pile; a table falls on Judy; and Will and Penny rush over to help get it off her. As they do, the quake continues, knocking the table back down on Penny and Judy. Finally it subsides, John and Don come running out to help them all up. John tells them it was the after effect of the other quakes--he studied the ore samples from the drill site--the inner shell of the planet is cracking--they are going to have to lift off sooner than they planned. Smith comes out with his clothes on and a night cap, complaining. John tells him they happen to have a deadline for liftoff. Don tells Smith, "Can't you get it through that thick skull of yours that this planet is cracking up and that we're getting off it before it does."  Don sends Smith to the drill site to pick up the left over drill equipment back. Smith goes, singing in the Chariot about cosmonium. Nerim is with his donkey Rover whom he thinks gnawed on his thruster control---he now needs another one--what with this planet falling apart. Chariot pulls up. Nerim says, "Oh, him again."  He is working under his rocket when Smith queries him about the planet's destruction. Nerim calls that fool nonsense---"you could lay a burning sun right on it and the planet would remain untouched."   Smith tells him about the others, "They're leaving for Alpha Centauri, of course, they'll never make it, in fact, I seriously doubt if their ship can even leave the ground."  Smith wants to be Nerim's partner and tells him his great, great grandfather was a 49er while his Uncle Thaddeus found the Com Stock load all by himself. Nerim, calling Smith, "Zackie,"  tells him he's been a loner most of his life. He would, however. gamble with his pension--the cosmonium to get a thruster control. Smith says, "The sky's always darkest just before dawn, ever cloud has a silver lining, and it's an ill wind that does nobody any good."  He leaves. Penny puts more junk on the pile at the space camp. Judy brings out tennis rackets and Maureen brings out fishing poles. They have three hours left to escape. Smith comes back and acts cheerful to Maureen, who tells him there is nothing shining about 3AM in the morning. Smith tells her, "This planet, like the Jupiter itself is here to stay."  Another quake hits and Maureen and Smith hold onto the Chariot; Judy and Penny fall on the other side. Maureen asks if Dr. Smith still thinks this planet is here to stay. He smiles, "Indubitably, Madam."  When he walks away, she puffs, "Madam."  Smith goes into the Control Room, "I'm afraid all the king's horses and all the king's will never put the Jupiter together again."  Don snaps, "Wanna bet!"  Smith lies--he tells them he lost his way in the dark. Don tells him he's been up there 100 times; Smith counters--never in the dark. John feels they need the drill site equipment for when and if they reach Alpha Centauri. Will volunteers to show Smith the way; John warning Smith he wants them both back within the two hours. Smith leaves backwards--he has the thruster control off of the central astrogater. In the Chariot, Smith lies again--telling Will his eyes have grown accustomed to the darkness. Smith drives to Nerim's and lies yet again--he tells Will he found the thruster control on the junkpile. Smith and the miner play cards for the cosmonium and the thruster. Nerim tells Will about his pension cosmonium and Will looks at Smith accusingly, "And you'd take it!"  The card game galaxies (a ten Smith has), planets, satellites, and asteroids (a two Nerim has). As they play the cave shakes and dust falls. Nerim calms Will, telling him it was just a little resettling. Nerim wins with the supernova in his hand. He grabs his cosmonium flask case and the thruster, tells Smith it look like his friends were right about the planet "bustin'" up, and leaves, his feet flying off away from Smith and Will. Smith frets but Will tells him they have to leave. Will finds two flasks of cosmonium Nerim left. Smith is in no hurry to give them back. Will urges Smith to leave and Smith does also when the quakes start again, blowing dust down on them. They kick off and fly up the shaft, dust following them and smoke hitting. They emerge out of the crater and fall onto the Chariot. Will grabs the rails on the front. Smoke subsides as the quake does. The pair see Nerim's space rocket blast off (footage of Hapgood's ship from WELCOME STRANGER but in color). Will says, "Let's get back to the drillsite."  Will helps when Smith sees his statue under a pair of cracked poles. Will tells Smith it can't last anyway. Smith says, "It will endure forever."  They pick up one pole lying on it but drop the pile which smashes one of the cosmonium flasks Smith put down on the statue. They try to lift it up again. Will tells Smith they don't have time to scoop up the cosmonium. They have to leave. Smith waves, "Adeiu."  He and Will leave in the Chariot. The statue smokes purple, white, and black smoke. After it clears, the statue moves the pole off itself, moaning and grunting---alive!

 

ACT THREE

Smith wonders why the Chariot has to be parked so far from the drillsite. Will tells him dad told him to conserve fuel. Smith wants to talk to John about their destination. Will tells him dad won't listen to him--he's made too many mistakes lately. Only lately? Smith says, "Must a man be haunted by a few trivial errors in his past?"  He screams loudly as the statue comes over a hill at them. Will moves the tool chest to it per Smith's orders. It kicks it. Will yells, "Let's get back to the Chariot!"  They run, Smith turns to look at it, holding Will in front of him, screams, and then runs again. John in his original early first season outfit puts on the parajet jump belt pack. Maureen tells him he has to find them even if it means...and he knows even if it means delaying their lift off. John lifts off over the weather station area and calls Will. Will and Smith run to the Chariot. Will closes the door but Smith panics and doesn't turn on the ignition. They run to the middle of the Chariot. The creature breaks the glass near them. Will yells at Smith, "Dr. Smith, he doesn't want my pocket knife--he wants your cosmonium--that's what--that's what must have brought him to life."   Smith throws it to him and it drinks it. But it puts its hands out for more. John lands and shoots it in the back, then again as it turns toward him. It moves off. Smith thanks the Professor and helps him take the parajet pack off. John tells them, "Let's go."  In the Control Room, Don and John fall against the viewport as another quake hits. John checks the reading, "I wasn't entirely sure until now. I don't need any proof after this."  He goes below. Smith comes out of his cabin, takes his motion sickness pill, and says, "Never fear, Smith is here."  Smith tries to get John to change his mind about going to Alpha Centauri--a place they cannot even be sure is habitable, suggesting they set course for somewhere they really know exists. John tells him to sit down. Robot tells John he is in magnetic lock. Smith says, "That's a thrilling bit of news, you bumbling bird brain."  John explains that they will orbit the planet, until, well, there is no planet. John goes to Penny who asks if Debbie will be all right. Debbie is in her own little cubicle (Will built it? Remember ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS) with seat belt. Will tells John not to worry about Dr. Smith--he'll watch him. Smith says, "What a comfort you are in my hour of need."  Debbie covers her mouth in a laugh but bloops (yes, John Peel, bloops--the series had...oh forget it). John rubs Will's hair and goes to Judy, "Judy...you look simply beautiful."  Judy calls him closer to her space couch and she kisses him. When he asks what that is for, she tells, "Because I'm so proud of you and because you've taken such good care of us and because I love you."  John moves on and sees Maureen, "Oh yes, there's something I forgot to tell you---you've been the most uncomplaining, patient partner a man could wish for while we've been here. Thank you, darling."   Maureen touches his hand, "There's been a very good reason for it--you."  He touches her neck and goes. Maureen straps in. A countdown is given. Spaceship Jupiter II lifts off, legs come up out of the crater and move into the spaceship. Below it are blasts and explosions, each following one, larger than the ones before. The fire and blasts are at the viewport. Smith, on the lower deck, says, "Disintegrate, indeed. Bah!"  Explosions rock the Jupiter as the planet starts to blow apart. John and Don give it a three second burst on five. The ship starts to roll; Don tells John, "We can't pull free of the planet's gravity!"  There is fire, falling rocks, and blasts, several of which seem to engulf the saucer shaped craft!

 

ACT FOUR

Don gets a heat feedback reading. He tries a five second burst but they lose control of the ship as a cloud of fire envelops it. Everyone shakes in their seats. Unstrapping his seat belt, Don falls out of his and goes to the astrogater. Maureen asks John via the mike what is happening. John tells her, "We have a short on our thruster control. Hang tight, we'll fix it!"  Will tells Maureen about the old thruster control on the junkpile. Smith comes clean, "It's all up for us now because of me."  He tells where he really found it. Maureen tells him to get right up there and tell them. She also makes Will go with him. "Yes, Mame,"  Will says. A blast bursts up from the ground to the ship. Smith and Will go to the elevator as the deck tilts and rolls under them. Smith tells Will to tell Don and John his giving the thruster away was just a vagrant impulse. Will says, "You'll have to explain that yourself, I don't know what a vagrant impulse means."  Will makes Smith tell Don, the three huddled at the astrogater. Don goes to hit Smith but another blast knocks him back. John turns from the viewport, "Hold on! The planet's blowing!"  A fantastic blasts shatters rock and stone. John yells, "We're losing pressure!"  Don gets a cap and caps a large black hole in the wall of the ship (?). Number five thruster works. John calls, "Maureen, you can relax now. I think we're finally on our way."  Maureen answers, "Good."   Short time later in the control room: John and Don talk to Smith. Maureen, Judy and Penny come up on the elevator. The girls go to the viewport. John tells Maureen, "Well darling, Dr. Smith's explanations are like a box of magic tricks."  Penny calls Mom and Dad over to the window to view a beautiful overflare shining at them. Maureen smiles, "It's like a rainbow after a storm."  John says, "After the storms we've been through, I think we're entitled to it."  Smith thinks he sees a familiar star out there. Will tells him its a red dwarf star. Don takes pleasure in telling Smith that whatever it is, they are moving away from it at 50 % of light velocity. Smith feels his motion sickness coming back and says, "The pain, the pain."  Indeed, a pain to sit through this. The Jupiter II flies past smoke (left over from the planet?).

 

CLIFFHANGER: Jupiter flies, once more in outer space. When Will thinks they are traveling at a million miles out in space, John says, closer to two million. Will looks, "Wow. We must be traveling at close the speed of light."  Don and John will look for a familiar star and get a fix on it to find out how to get to Alpha Centauri. Penny tells them that Smith is right--she can't tell one from the other. Will tells them Don and John know about astronomy."  Smith says, "That is devoutly to be wished."  He wants to star gaze also. When Don quips about that being another map, Smith tells him to remember they laughed as Copernicus. Maureen needs Will's help and takes him away from John and Don, needing help more badly. Will says, "Holy cow!" An alarm rings out. At the window is a huge red fire ball and the spaceship is heading directly at it. John yells, "We can't get around it! We've had it!"  Smith hugs the Robot to hide, "Ah, oh, we're going to crash!"   New cliffhanger music is played.

 

TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK SAME TIME SAME CHANNEL

 

REVIEW: What does one make of an episode like this one? The scenes with the family are fine and interesting, departing this planet is a welcome plot turn, and the effects at the end is exciting as the Jupiter II struggles to leave the exploding planet. The quake scenes are well done--naturally Nathan Juran is directing. But the big flaw: Mr. Nerim. As an alien guest star, the character is bland and boring. We are a far cry from THE KEEPER, THE SPACE TRADER, and most of the first season aliens. He doesn't even seem like an alien, just a old miner that seems like he came from Earth. No explanations. Strother Martin is a good actor and does what he can to make Nerim somewhat likeable...only the character isn't written likeable...nor menacing...nor anything. He also only shares scenes with Smith, Will and the Robot, something the series would indulge in more often this season...too often. Almost all the scenes with Smith and Nerim talking are boring--but it really is dull when Smith and Nerim don't share the screen with either Will or Will and the Robot together. NOTE: The Jupiter's outside (on the bottom of the ship) fusion core lights are not always activated.

 

Smith and aliens. Smith and goofy alien. This would also be a trend the show would indulge in this season, giving us the worst episode of all time: THE SPACE VIKING. Also giving us the really tedious THE GIRL FROM THE GREEN DIMENSION, THE QUESTING BEAST, THE TOYMAKER, MUTINY IN SPACE, TREASURE OF THE LOST PLANET,  A VISIT TO HADES, and ROCKET TO EARTH. Now these episodes are the worst of LOST IN SPACE's second season. THIEF OF OUTER SPACE, WEST OF MARS (both THIEF and MARS should be considered some of the worst also but since they get some of the characters off the planet, it ranks up a notch). While it can be said that there are some very good scenes in most of these (Will's battle with growing up and Smith's serious talk with him is the highlight of THE QUESTING BEAST and character wise, perhaps, of the whole series), THE SPACE VIKINGS has almost nothing good in it. MUTINY IN SPACE is also pretty boring and dull as well as silly. I would be hard pressed to find anything in THE SPACE VIKINGS and MUTINY IN SPACE to like. The other "bad ones"  listed above do have some value with some scenes but are mostly to be avoided at all costs.

 

By the same token a fairly decent second season episode like THE DREAM MONSTER could have some really silly things going on in it, despite a lot of action and interplay--and a bigger role for some under used members of the family (all the others but Will). Other gems this season: WRECK OF THE ROBOT, THE GOLDEN MAN, THE DEADLY GAMES OF GAMMA 6, CAVE OF THE WIZARDS, TRIP THROUGH THE ROBOT, THE PHANTOM FAMILY, THE COLONISTS, REVOLT OF THE ANDROIDS, and THE GALAXY GIFT. That is not to say that these episodes do not have some Smith foolishness in them. These have somewhat more serious alien storylines that kept the hour from becoming a slapstick. They were not without problems.

 

Those that fell in between: THE ASTRAL TRAVELER, SPACE CIRCUS, THE MECHANICAL MEN, FORBIDDEN WORLD (great first half, sucky second), THE ANDROID MACHINE, and THE CURSE OF COUSIN SMITH. Some of these start out wonderfully (such as THE ASTRAL TRAVELER with its ambience and spooky atmosphere, FORBIDDEN WORLD with its mood of being on a strange new planet, and THE MECHANICAL MEN with a mysterious saboteur loose--and almost all thinking it is Dr. Smith) but end up, in the second half, being a routine silly romp. A few others start out badly (such as SPACE CIRCUS) and have some truly horrendous Smith-Robot, Smith-aliens, Smith-Will scenes but by the second half something changes and the action and pace picks up, the characters are motivated and involved and it is fun and exciting again. Much of what I wrote about this season can be applied to the third season as well. Season three had some unarguable classics though. The same cannot be truly said of season two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILD ADVENTURE

WRITER-WILLIAM REED WOODFIELD and ALLAN BALTER

DIR-DON RICHARDSON

MUSIC-ALEXANDER COURAGE-another excellent stand out score!      (Unfortunately, not all of the score is on the CD--many   excellent parts have been left out!)

 

NARRATION: Last week as you recall, we left the Jupiter II and our space pioneers contentedly streaking through the Heavens, unaware that a giant space mass was even now hurtling out of the blackness directly towards them.

 

TEASER-fully recapped, different takes on first few scenes

 

Jupiter flies, once more in outer space. When Will thinks they are traveling at a million miles out in space, John says, closer to two million. Will looks, "Wow. We must be traveling at close the speed of light."  Don and John will look for a familiar star and get a fix on it to find out how to get to Alpha Centauri. Penny tells them that Smith is right--she can't tell one from the other. Will tells them Don and John know about astronomy."  Smith says, "That is devoutly to be wished."  He wants to star gaze also. When Don quips about that being another map, Smith tells him to remember they laughed as Copernicus. Maureen needs Will's help and takes him away from John and Don, needing help more badly. Will says, "Holy cow!" An alarm rings out. At the window is a huge red fire ball and the spaceship is heading directly at it. John yells, "We can't get around it! We've had it!"  Smith hugs the Robot to hide, "Oh, oh, we're going to crash!"  Jupiter II passes right into and through it. Will puts the matter analyzer on, telling Smith not to be afraid. He finds out the ball is just a big ball of cosmic dust. They come out of it. Smith admonishes John and Don--they should have switched on the matter analyzer before they hit the alarm--that way the women and children would have been spared a terrifying ordeal. John says, "You're right about that, Smith. We trusted our eyes instead of our instruments. In space that can be a dangerous mistake."  Smith says, "Try not to let it happen again, please."   Don dreams, "Some day."  John laughs. Jupiter II flies. Smith yells triumphantly at the astrogater where he and the Robot are. He's got it--their present position and their course for Earth. He starts to reset the astrogater---in 4 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes they will be back on Earth. John tells him their destination is Alpha Centauri; Smith snaps, "But we can find Earth thanks to me and that's exactly where we're going!"  As he and Don struggle, they pull the handles off the astrogater. It sparks and flames up. The ship shakes (FLUB TIME: Robot shakes before the ship does!). Below level, there was no warning---Will falls near the ladder; Penny falls into the galley, Maureen calls them, "John! Willll!"  John yells for Smith to stay away from it, then, "We're going out of control!"

 

ACT ONE

The Jupiter II tilts from side to side (kinda like a submarine I know). Smith yells as the computers on the astrogater spark, "Do something before we're all killed!"  John yells for Don to open a circuit and put a jumper cable on it. They stop the shaking and the sparks, ready to chastise Smith. Smith backs off from Don, ready to swallow their present course and destination setting for Earth. He blackmails John into giving his word that he will use it to get them back to Earth. Smith says, "I really have no interest in camping out again on some bleak cinder in space. Come, come, Professor, every second you delay takes us thousands of miles off course."  John agrees, provided the calculations are correct. He starts to go down after throwing the slip of paper to John. Smith sings as he descends, "We're going back to Earth again, of all I recall, the best port of call in all the universe."  Don tells John their orders were to go to Alpha Centauri. Robot tells them the calculations are his, not Dr. Smith's. When John starts to plot a course for Earth, the Robot stops him. Below, later, John says a dinner prayer, "And for this food we are about to receive, we give thanks."  Don asks Maureen what the computer has in store for their first meal in space. It comes out of the wall unit. Debbie spits it out; Smith says, "My sentiments exactly."  Judy says, "I'm going to miss our hydroponic garden."  Smith says he plans to go on a hunger strike until they reach Earth. John and Don tell the others about the fact that at this time of year, the sun is between them and Earth. Smith suggests they maneuver around the sun but John doesn't want to take that chance. WHY THE HELL NOT? Maureen seems sad. Smith knows they have been talking to that electronic junk pile. Smith goes from the table, telling them he will not go to Alpha Centauri. Don tells him anytime he wants, he will stop the Jupiter II and let him off. Will tells them Dr. Smith will probably like Alpha Centauri once they get there. Judy says, "Hmmm, if we get there."  Up above, Smith uses his magnetic ring to unlock the astrogater, a new star system hanging out in space over the window. Smith sets course for Earth. The Robot warns him (Smith calling him a goose) to refigure the fuel consumption distance ratio. Smith turns some pretty buttons and dumps the whole reserve fuel supply out into space (and we see a rare overhead shot of the Jupiter II). The ship starts to vibrate and the fuel jettison activator indicator, formerly the Robot power indicator, flashes above the gyroscope). The Robot tells him, "In a few hours, this ship will be out of fuel and helpless."

 

ACT TWO

In 20 to 25 hours, the ship will run out of power. Don and John run up to the Control Room, pushing Smith out of the way. Don finds the ring; John finds they are headed for Earth again. John chases him but leaves it to Don to threaten Smith, then orders him below. The Jupiter II is on the edge of the Ceribitus Galaxy. Before they lifted off, John recalls, a string of fuel barges was set up by Alpha Control and these are within 21 hours of the Jupiter's present position. He sets the course. As Don suits up, John picks up a whole series of blips around the F-12 fuel barge...blips about four to six feet tall--about the size of a man (or woman, you stupid male chauvinist pigs!). John says, "But it couldn't be men--there aren't any planets around here."  Don adds, "At least not that we know of."  He goes into the airlock--NOTE: New door sound effects--it will be the sound effects on the Spindrift door in LAND OF THE GIANTS. Will helps John land the Jupiter II on the barge. NOTE: Since BLAST OFF INTO SPACE, the whole console has been redesigned with wide backed chairs...all for the better. It looks great. Using the scanner screen, John and Will watch Don float to the barge. Don moves past the range of their monitor radius (they must have increased it later on for in HUNTER'S MOON, they are able to see Megazor and Smith some area away from the spaceship). Don connects the fuel line, finds the reading in one tank is down to one fourths but there is no fuel leak. Refueling complete, Don is about to start in, when he thinks he sees something...or someone. He returns to the airlock and comes in. Smith comes up to check and annoy Major West, "Bravo, bravo, Major, you've done it again."  When Don relays his story of seeing someone out there, Smith says he has been out in space too long. Don says, "I am sure that I think I saw something."  Smith says, "The Major is sick, sick, sick, sick."  Smith claims he wouldn't be fooled. Robot is to escort Dr. Smith to his quarters...he is to be confined there--John has had enough. As they go, Smith tells Robot, "I'll attend to you later,"  and below calls him a "flanking clod."  Smith opens the window shutters on the lower deck. Robot tells Smith that a robot has no mind of his own. Smith calls him a deplorable dummy. Robot cannot reset the astrogater for Earth as Smith wants. Penny comes out of her cabin to say good night to Daddy and Don above. Smith cons her, telling her he fell asleep on watch. Robot says, "Oh, Dr. Smith, you have made an incorrect statement..."  Smith pulls his power pack out. He asks Penny to reset the astrogater so the two men above won't find out he forgot to. Smith once helped Penny find her father's charts which she lost. Penny will tell Dad about it in the morning. She rides up saying, "But, but, but..."  Make of that what you will! Later, Smith bangs the power pack on the rim of the window, talking to the Robot. He then realizes the Robot has been deactivated and puts him back on, calling him a lily livered lummox. Penny returns and Smith ushers her back into her cabin. Robot tells Smith there are 37 ways to skin a cat. Smith says, "And I've used them all."  Robot insists Smith tell him a report about when his power pack was out--he needs to be in operation to record any dangerous scientific phenomena in outer space. Smith scoffs, "What could possibly be out there in all that nothingness..."   He screams at the sight of a green girl floating in space, wearing yellowish golden leotards, and a transparent dome for a hat.

 

ACT THREE

Smith tells the others on the lower deck. Smith calls the green girl pretty and looks embarrassed when Judy asked what she was wearing. Maureen has on a blue robe; Judy has on red and orange; Penny has on orange; Will's robe is multi colored blue-ish and black-ish with silvery lining. Don thinks Smith has flipped his wig. Will volunteers to stay to be a witness if the green girl comes back. The dummy kid sits with his back to the lower deck window as he and Smith play chess. Smith screams when the girl reappears outside but when Will turns around, she is gone. Smith tries to whisper the next time but the girl leaves again. Will tells him--quite forcefully-there was nothing there. He tells Smith a story about when he ate some fudge Penny made for a Space Scouts meeting a long time ago. He had bad dreams and they didn't stop until Mom told him it may have been due to a guilty conscience. When he told about the fudge, the dreams stopped. What is this? THE BRADY BUNCH? Smith sends Will off to bed...wouldn't you. Before Will goes, he puts his hand on Smith's shoulder, "Are you sure you'll be alright?"  Smith nods and says, "There's always that one."  He waves at the Robot. Will goes to bed. Smith finally finds his own heartbeat. The green girl returns, singing. Robot asks, "Opera or pop?"  Smith falls asleep but this time, the Robot sees the girl. "She does not compute."  Her language, he says, is a mathematical progression--she is of the People of the Green Mist and is in love with Dr. Smith--she relays to them. NOTE: If she doesn't compute, how can the Robot, well, compute her? Also--why can't Robot now tell the others about the green girl? She wants Smith to come away with her to the Green Mist. Alarms ring. John and Don rush out, in T-shirts. Don pulls Smith off the ladder and goes up first. Smith gasps, "How dare you!!!"  The temperature climbs outside the ship. John looks, "Well, we're heading for Earth again."  Don pulls Smith over to the window, squeezing his face, asking him if he knows what he's done---signed all their death warrants. Smith is sure he doesn't know what Don means. John grabs him, "It's that flaring star out there. It happens to be the sun, our sun, the sun that Earth orbits, it's temperature's so high, it can reduce the hull of this ship to butter and we're heading straight for it!!!!"  Penny confesses that she changed the astrogater and promised Dr. Smith not to tell when she helped him. John turns, "Well, Smith, you really hit bottom on that one."  John thinks they can plot a new course, extend it into the space time solution (WHAT THIS MEANS NO ONE KNOWS, WHY THEY CAN'T JUST GO AROUND TO EARTH AND WHERE SHE STOPS NOBODY KNOWS, OH, SORRY).

 

NOTE: This scene, while nice, makes no sense!

 

Will asks if the ship will melt, obviously scared by John's last few comments. John comments that (NOW) the ship's titanium hull will be able to stand the heat but "it's gonna get pretty bad in here."  Don tells Maureen the best they will do is a near miss and that they will have to cope with temperatures tontreds of degrees higher than normal. Maureen asks as the sun is seen at the window, "John, have we got a chance?"  Well maybe if you and the kids remove those heavy robes, you idiots! John holds her, "We haven't given up yet, dear."  The sun shines brightly at the window.

 

ACT FOUR

Don yells, "We've gotto pull out now or it'll be too late."  They pass over the sun. Smith gulps, "I knew it all the time."  Jupiter II flies. All discuss what happened at one time. John tells the family at dinner that "we've decided"---he and Don mind you---"...to head for Earth."  Smith gets carried away as usual. Three minutes after midnight, Don explains they will change course for Earth. Then they shall land on Earth tomorrow afternoon. Will gets up and does a batting stance, telling Smith about the World Series. Smith says, "Oh, yes, that."  Penny grabs Will by the shoulders, telling him there will be horseback riding, swimming, and bicycles! Oh boy! John suggest everyone go to bed early--they will have a busy day tomorrow. Judy laughs at Smith who is saying, "Oh joy, oh bliss."  All go to bed. Smith is called by the singing girl. He is in a trance and acts silly. AT THIS MOMENT WHO DOES NOT WANT TO TURN OFF THE TV SET? Smith calls, "I'm...com..ing."  Debbie looks out at him from her cubicle, laughs silently, and closes her door. Next: a serene Jupiter II scene as it flies on. We see from outside the window as John and Don work. 18 minutes to change course. As they pass by Uranus (no, your anus!) and Arturus, they should see Earth. They spot Smith in his spacesuit, spinning around in space with the green girl (called Lorelei in the end credits). Don says, "Looks like he was telling the truth."  John gets everyone up. Smith flips. When Robot tells them about the girl, Don realizes there were more of them by the fuel barge. She has followed them for their fuel supply. Penny calls her a fairy princess. Robot tells Don about Smith being in love and adds, "I have not been programmed for humor." 

 

NOTE: This next scene is pretty good and dramatic, featuring all the characters who won't have much to do in the next 50 episodes or so. NOTE ALSO: THE MUSIC is very intense and good and is NOT included on the CD of WILD ADVENTURE. Oh, the shame! In 12 minutes John will have to make the course change. Maureen says, "Then we'd better get Dr. Smith back on board."   Don says, "We can't. We're too far to shoot him a line."   John adds, "And if we did change course to move in closer, we wouldn't have enough fuel to make a second course change for earth."   Judy gasps, "But you can't just leave him out there!"  Maureen asks what would happen if they did change course. John says, "We'd miss Earth entirely. We'd shoot right out the other side of the galaxy. We'd be LOST IN SPACE again."  Maureen says, "Then that's the way it has to be. We've got to save Dr. Smith."  Don shouts, "Why? He's caused us nothing but trouble from the beginning, now why should we sacrifice everything just for him?"  Maureen says, "Because he's a human being!"  Don remains stubborn, "I say we go to Earth...let him stay out there."  Maureen says, "For the rest of eternity?"   John makes a course deviation. Maureen helps him; Don bangs on the astrogater and walks out a door in the back of them (later in season three, this room would be the Space Pod room; in season one and here, it appears to be some kind of storage room). He comes back in his space suit, "Well, somebody has to haul him back in."  Don floats out and brings Smith back into the airlock. Smith falls. Will shakes him. Smith answers, "Yes, mmmyy darlllingg."  Will shakes him, "Oh, wake up!"  John tells Smith that Don pulled him in. Smith tells Don it was thoughtful of him and that he is deeply in his debt. Don says, "Forget it."  Smith tells them only superior intellects are susceptible to hypnosis. Don actually laughs at this. Will hears the radio, "It's Earth! They've located us!"  All run to the console. Smith sneers, complaining, "Earth."  Then it dawns on him, "Earth!" Alpha Control calls, "You sound like the Jupiter II which was LOST IN SPACE over a year ago."  Smith grabs the mike from John, "We are the Jupiter II, you idiot! We're pioneers, heroes, save us!"  John grabs it back. Alpha Control can only track them with a radio telescope, they are beyond the range of telemetry, passing the Earth and departing this galaxy. John tells them the Jupiter is on auxiliary power and cannot change course...rocket fuel unavailable. NOTE: HOLD TIME: Wait a moment--they pass the sun, the Earth sun, can't change course a few times but can exit the galaxy with enough fuel to reach the next few stop overs for the next few episodes? WHAT THE HELL DID THE WRITERS AND PRODUCTION TEAM THINK ABOUT THIS? They really blew it with this--at least science wise. Alpha Control in their wonderful helping stance says, "You're headed for outer space. Good luck."   Smith is sad. Will tells him, "We'll be okay. Anyway, we're on an adventure now."  He turns to John, "Dad, where are we going now?"   John puts his arm around him, "We'll know when we get there, son, we'll know when we get there."  John, Will, and Maureen (remember her?) all turn to look out the window. We zoom in on space through the window. The Jupiter II moves through space. This end scene was very nicely filmed.

 

CLIFFHANGER: The Jupiter II flies through space (gee, they have enough fuel for this). Robot sings (badly) Santa Lucia while Will plays his guitar. Smith is awakened from his dream of the Isle of Capre while he leaned on the astrogater in the Control Room. He tells Will that dreams are the interpretations of our true desires. Smith tells Will he'd had enough of the Robot's sentimental nonsense and to erase everything that does not have to do with facts, figures, and dates. Will tells Dr. Smith the Robot is like one of the family but Smith tells Will, "Your family, not mine."  Robot calls Dr. Smith someone who is like his big brother, giving facts of Smith sneaking food when all personnel are on short rations, who chickens out when all hands are needed, etc. Smith tells Will to erase all references to himself in the Robot's memory banks, calling the Robot a lie dispenser. He also wants Will to get rid of the Robot's sentimental twaddle at the same time. Will can't, he tells the Robot, it would be like brainwashing his best friend, all Will wanted to do was give the Robot a little thinking room. They pick up a blip and then a voice calls them by name. The "Space Controller"  calling, a female voice, tells them to go to 8-5 compass heading and asks for an astral number. Smith tells Will the planet ahead is Earth--like everyone else who's ever been lost, they've been going around in circles and have returned to home port. Will doesn't think it can be Earth. Smith scoffs, "I suppose you think it's Alpha Centauri!"  Smith changes course (the astrogater sound effect here is the same sound once used for the Jupiter II door). Robot warns them-they are heading into a zone of high intensity radiation. Will runs to the Robot from the astrogater and Smith, "Dr. Smith, look! We're heading into a radiation belt!"  At the window is a curtain-like radiation zone of waves and blue-ish "stuff". The cliffhanger music is a new and original theme.

 

TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK, SAME TIME, SAME CHANNEL

 

REVIEW: Excellent music, special effects, model work, stunts, and character interplay. Having the Jupiter II in space was a novelty that enriched this episode. This was one of the only episodes that had the ship in space for the full hour. The scenes of the green girl (not named on the air) are quite silly and not really funny at all. There is some humor in the Smith antics here, however, on such a cramped spaceship, I have always wondered how it was possible for Smith to get away with so much plotting, telling the Robot his plans. If the others were in their cabins, they surely must have overheard him...unless, the cabin doors and walls were sound proof, which is possible. Smith also gets up to the upper deck without any one noticing him and without anyone there, a feat difficult enough without anyone keeping an eye on you. Certainly, they should have been watching him. WILD ADVENTURE can be entertaining if you don't think too much or too hard about it. For instance, Penny trusted Dr. Smith a bit too much to just wander up to the astrogater, change its course and worry about telling Dad in the morning. Didn't she know or wasn't she told of his earlier fiasco at the astrogater? Oh, and how does she get up to the upper deck WITH John and Don both there and not noticing, and then reset the astrogater without both men not noticing? The green girl sings in space but it could be telepathy she uses--she is not really explained much, except that she has followed them for their fuel and comes from the green mist. She is a fantasy character, not sci-fi. Several scenes of the Jupiter serenely flying in space, accompanied by stirring and relaxing music, give this episode of a nice, cozy atmosphere on board the tiny spacecraft. The end scene is most well done with a quite surreal and spacy feel to it. The pan out the window makes one feel sorry for the Robinsons having to be lost and evokes sympathy. But when you think about all the very bad science in this episode--perhaps course deviations would be very slow and fuel consuming---you have to take it on a level of fantasy, not science. The most exciting scenes...the sun, the landing on the fuel barge (which just happens to be near where the Jupiter ran out of fuel), the cosmic dust ball, and the decision to rescue Smith are well played, however, have almost no basis in real science. Why couldn't the Jupiter, if it were as close to Earth as its sun, just fly to Earth via some other course...no rocket fuel? If that were so, how did it have enough fuel to exit the galaxy. Maureen had a strong  presence in most of this episode--for once--and for once, she was the one who seemed to make the decision...and it was carried through by John. Of course, she is quite silent by the last scene as are Judy and Penny. This episode is most schizophrenic, having that green girl and dramatic scenes as mentioned above, all marred by bad science but if thought of as fantasy, quite superior to almost all the episodes in the second season.

 

NOTE: When the second season aired on WNYW, now a FOX station, the cliffhanger were all cut (with the exception of the one leading into WEST OF MARS...which cut the final TO BE CONTINUED words). WEST OF MARS was only shown every five runs of the second season for some reason. Also cut from every second season episode were the opening narrations (with the possible exception of CAVE OF THE WIZARDS). This was in the 70s. Also, about 1976, the first season STOPPED being shown. It did not air again until aired uncut in approximately 1985 on a UHF station, with the second and third seasons, all three season uncut.    

 

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