LOST IN SPACE-War of the Robots, The Magic Mirror
WAR OF THE ROBOTS
NARRATION: Last week, as you recall, we left Will Robinson, Dr. Smith and The Robot idly fishing in an alien pool unaware that within a few yards of them, stood the frozen figure of an incredible, mechanized monster.
(All are in clothes from GHOST IN SPACE). Smith (in his white-beige shirt), Will, and the Robot fish off of a rock embankment near moss and some trees. Smith relives his youth of a barefoot boy fishing off a warm river bank with bees in a blue sky and his cheeks of tan. Robot catches a big fish on his line; Smith takes it and tells Robot to be, "Quiet, you mumbling mass of metal." He will have their finny friend in a moment. Will and Robot continue to warn him but Smith loses the fish. Will and Robot mention how Smith didn't catch anything. Robot says, "As you've said the proof of the pudding is in the eating." As an insulted Smith prepares to leave, Will says, "Oh, we didn't mean anything, Doctor, honest we didn't." Smith sticks his chest out and head up, "He did not get away--I released him." Will smiles and Smith leaves first. Will and Robot leave also and if you look you will see A FLUB as Will trips and almost falls into the water. As they carry the lines and Robot carries the fish they caught, Robot suddenly acts funny which is the way Will puts it. Robot drops all their fish, "Warning! Immediate Danger! My sensors will not accept the possibility of its existence!" Will drops the poles, "Golly!" He moves past rocks, looking upward as he backs up. Behind him, unseen by him as yet, are trees, vines and a small nitch---which contains some kind of alien robot monster. Will starts to turn and sees it. Robot warns him as the Gort music from DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL plays. Robot tells Will this is a Robotoid. Will puts a loose retro stat wire back together. When that doesn't revive the new robot, Robot says to consider this failure a success. Will says, "Thanks a lot." Robot tells Will he is using wisdom by leaving it alone. When Robot and Will move away, the Robotoid lights up, whines, and shoots a ray laser from under its chest, burning a bush to ashes.
Robot music as he and Will return to camp. Maureen is making a space salad and will use the last of their flour to make hot biscuits. Will asks if dad is around and John returns just then. He tells Will, "We have a robot of our own," when Will tells him about the alien robot. John will take Will and Robot to investigate; Robot wishes to remain at camp to clean the fish. Maureen tells them the biscuits will be ready in 30 minutes. John tells her he will back in 25. John and Will go to the robotoid. Will wonders who left the robotoid here. John says, "As Smith would say a mass of metal fit for naught." They find the robotoid inactive, its memory probably erased--John says. He wants to get back--he can smell the biscuits from where they are. Will asks if he can work on the robotoid. John tells him if he can handle that plus his normal chores. Will tells him he will do them double fast. John says, "Never mind the double fast. Just get them right." Later, Will and Robot work on the Robotoid. Will has to repeat everything to the Robot twice and is getting mad at the Robot. Telling him doesn't get him anywhere. Robot says, "I am a Robot. A Robot is a machine which performs as programmed. A robotoid is a machine which goes beyond programmed--it has free choice." Will calls the robot jealous but Robot tells him, "Jealousy--a human emotion. I am a machine." Will tells him after he is done with the Robotoid, he will do a tune up on the Robot. Robot turns on the energizer for Will and tries to convince himself by saying over and over, "I am not jealous, it is a human emotion." Night--Control Room--John and Don play chess (the astrogater is gone as it has been since WELCOME STRANGER). Maureen brings coffee. Judy says, "We already have one Robot," to Will. The Robot is gone. Will tells them he is with the Robotoid--he just knows it somehow. Don says, "Now we have a runaway Robot on our hands." Maureen and Judy finish the chess game as Don and John leave with Will; Don will get Dr. Smith. They look for the Robot. Smith calls him a miserable mass of metal. Robot is not fooled by the Robotoid's silence and tells him so. It has been aware for two days--ever since Will had the fusion unit refined. Robot picks up a hammer, "I destroy!" Smith stops him; Robot drops hammer and tunes Smith out. Smith calls him a metallic murderer. Robot won't talk to Smith who threatens to remove his power pack for a month. John doesn't want him to do this. Bible misquote via Smith, "Spare the punishment and spoil the Robot?" John tells him, "We're not dealing with a child." Will says, "The way he's been acting lately, I'm not so sure." John says, "Will, this is a piece of scientific equipment, not a creature of flesh and blood." Don wants to ask the Robot some questions; Smith says, "Indeed," figuring if the Robot won't answer him, he certainly won't answer Don. Don says, "We'll see," and asks. Robot answers some of Don's questions. In regard to the robotoid, Robot says, "I do not like it," over and over. Smith says, "Just you wait, you tin plated fraud." When Will asks if Robot will return to the spaceship, Robot asks him if it is an order. Smith tells Robot it is an order. Robot says, "I comply and obey." They leave. Robotoid fires a ray at the sledge hammer, destroying it completely.
Day--Will turns Robot on outside the Jupiter II. Will wants to connect the central computer to the master relay on the robotoid. Robot warns him not to. Will says, "Dr. Smith sure must have made a mistake in your programming---you don't like robots." Robot corrects him, "Robotoid." Will wonders if reconditioning the robotoid's memory banks would help. Robot says, "I do not compute." Will calls him stubborn. Robot admits it may be an error in his programming. As Will starts out, Robot says, "Stop William Robinson, I am a little bigger than you." He will go to watch over him as he works on the robotoid. Will tells him he can come and, "...from now on why don't you call me Will--we've known each other long enough to drop the formalities." Robot is pleased and they go. Will connects the Robotoid but it doesn't work at first. Robot will disconnect the fusion wires--the parts on the robotoid will come in handy in the future though. Suddenly, the robotoid bleeps before the Robot can put him out of commission. Will makes it say, "Hhh-ell-o." He commands it and it walks with him back toward camp. "Fol-low." Sil--lee. A close up on the Robinson Robot who says, "Bad. Very bad."
Later, Smith and Will feel as if they cannot feed the robotoid any more information. Smith calls Robot a clumsy has-been. Will tells Smith not to talk about him like that, "He hears you and has a reaction." Smith calls it thin skinned. Will says of the robotoid, "He scares you the way he learns so fast." John and Don come outside. Smith has told the Robot to behave or he will dismantle him and use him as a motor vehicle of some kind---he may do it anyway. Good old caring John says, "Before you go tearing apart one robot, you'd better make sure this one works." Maureen and Judy come out. Smith takes Maureen's watch and steps on it. Judy is mad--it was an anniversary gift from dad. Robotoid waves three fingers over the watch and restores it, cleaned and polish--it even has a new crystal. Don wants it to help with the Chariot; Judy to darn socks (?!)--what a geek. Robot comes, carrying garden vegetables in a basket.
Night--Robotoid goes to a rock and lays a circular device on it. On the device an alien being with the face of a wolf appears, telling the robotoid it has been many decades since they left the planet. The wolf seems to be white haired and its mouth does not move. Other than the mouth not moving, it is an effective mask and quite scary. It is the robotoid's Master. They still require subjects for their tests. Robotoid will communicate with them again and they come to the planet and take the humans off the planet. Maureen and John watch the Robot out the window of the Jupiter II control room. Maureen wishes Will never activated the Robotoid. John says, "You and Will, a couple of real softies." Will told John today that he was sorry he found the Robotoid. Maureen says, "So am I." John says, "Well, that's a fine how do you do. The next thing you know, you'll be in tears." Maureen says, "Don't you give me that big strong masculine stuff, John Robinson. You feel the same way about our Robot as I do." John laughs, "I guess you're right." Duh. Then why let Smith threaten to take it apart, oaf. Robotoid goes to the Robot and tells him to leave. They verbally spar. Robot has 110 computer units, "I will not give up my family." The fight escalates until the Robotoid fires a ray from below his chest that knocks the Robot out. "That is a small reminder of what is in store for you if I am further provoked."
Smith and Will find the robot the next morning. Smith tells him to get up, calling him an inept gold bricker. John and Don come; Don finds a burn mark on the Robot. They straighten Robot out; Smith not helping. Don asks, "What's the matter with you Smith--are too light for heavy work or too heavy for light work?" Robot will not answer John about what happened. Smith calls him a fugitive from a junk heap. Robotoid has the Chariot engine plans. Don and it will work on the Chariot together. It tells him it does not need assistance but his presence is welcome. Don and the Robotoid go, Robotoid calling Don, "Sir." Robot asks, "Can I help anyone?" Will asks John who is going to check on some weather station equipment--a far too complex job for the Robot (?). Will tries to cheer up the Robot, "There'll be plenty of things you can, plenty of em'." Will promptly leaves with John. Smith is very cruel to the Robot, telling him to go after Robot says, "No one requires my services any more." Robot tells Smith to say goodbye to the others, especially Will, "Farewell, Dr. Smith." Robotoid, Will, John, and Don are near a table. Robotoid retires. At the outside table, Judy asks, "How did we ever get along without the Robotoid?" Maureen says, "I hate to admit it I'm almost a lady of leisure." Don admits the Chariot will be doing speed records thanks to the Robotoid. Will says, "I don't like him." When Don tells Will there is no comparison between the Robot and the Robotoid--the Robotoid is superior to our old machine, Will goes ballistic, "You oughta be ashamed of yourself talking about our friend that way!" Will asks to be excused and apologizes to John and Maureen for the way he yelled. He goes. Don shrugs, "I didn't realize Will felt so strongly about our Robot." Double Duh. Hasn't he been paying attention for the whole first half of the season? Maureen says, "He's not wrong you know. We owe him a great deal." John adds, "We owe him our lives." NOTE: I am trying to figure out when he thought this? What has the Robot done to save their lives up to now? If anyone can think of anything let me know---he's certainly threatened their lives several times--THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY, ISLAND IN THE SKY, THERE WERE GIANTS IN THE EARTH, MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY, and even as late as THE SKY PIRATE---all due to Dr. Smith. Judy worries that the weather will destroy the Robot outside. Maureen says, "I know Robots aren't supposed to have any feelings but it's almost as if when he found out he wasn't needed anymore, he left to destroy himself deliberately."
Night--Will comes up the ladder and sees the Robotoid by the gun rack near the doorway in the Control Room. He tells him to stay away from the guns even though the Robotoid tells him he was going to clean them. "You do not like me, do you, Mister Robinson?" Will tells him the robotoid he doesn't like it, would never like him if he stayed with them for 100 years, and to stay away from him. He also adds, "Don't call me anything, don't even talk to me." He tells it to do things for the others, not him. Will goes out after the Robotoid does. Robot calls Will over to a rock. Robot has been trying to overload his power cells and burn out his memory banks---what Will calls the equivalent of suicide. Robot found he is too heavily protected by circuit breakers, "One more human quality I have been cheated out of." Robot tells Will he is hiding from his enemy--Dr. Smith--who is coming. Will would never let Smith dismantle Robot. Will tells the Robot to stop talking defeatist. Robot leaves warning Will, "Beware of the Robotoid." They say goodbye and Smith arrives. Smith and Will talk. Robotoid is supposed to give Smith a massage and didn't show up. Smith won't hear one word said against the Robotoid--that friendly servant of man. Robotoid calls the wolf alien being again--if necessary he will destroy Will Robinson.
Day--John realizes the mistake they all made when the weapons are found missing; Don realizes it when he finds the Chariot out of commission. The energy projector on the forcefield is missing. Maureen, Will, and Judy come outside. Smith declares he is not responsible for any of this. They figure it is the Robotoid. Judy says, "We were all taken in by him." Maureen says, "Except our Robot--he knew something was wrong from the very beginning." Robotoid arrives, telling John, "I am in command here. I give the orders now." To show it will not be threatened, it fires a ray blast and blows up a rock.
The Robotoid does not want to harm any of them, however, it will not tolerate any hostile act against it. "There are those that have need of you, I will inform them and they will come." Smith tries, unsuccessfully, to con the Robotoid. It orders them into the spaceship. Will overhears Don and John planning an attack and runs just as they make their move. Maureen moves at the Robotoid which turns toward Will and she yells at it, "Don't you harm him!" John roughly pulls her back as he and Don rush it and are punched down. "I have the strength of a hundred like yourselves." Will finds Robot whose memory banks are pleased to see him. Robot knows he is worried. When Will tells him what's happened, The Robot tells him it is no concern of his, he does not have a heart, only cold metal parts. Will says, "But the Robotoid has everyone a prisoner on the Jupiter II and he's sending for some aliens to come and take them away." Robot says, "It does not compute," and that they are no longer his family. Will asks, "What about Dr. Smith. I know you want to help him." Smith's rejected him most of all. Robot's electric deenergizer could be used against the Robotoid but he needs recharging--his force beam is low. He demonstrates this to Will. He will have to get extremely close to the alien robotoid. In the spaceship, John stops an idea by Don: to rig up an electrical field in the Control Room to blow up the Robotoid. John feels that plan could blow up the whole spaceship. "He really played us for patsies," Don says of the Robotoid and tells Maureen at least Will is free to roam around. She says, "I'd rather have him here." The watch as the Robotoid contacts his Master. The wolf aliens will leave for the planet. Robotoid has to send a continuous homing signal. Will and Robot plan. Will brings Robot to the Robotoid. Robot tells him, "My loyalty is not to these Earth people. They are not of my own kind." He wants to serve the Robotoid, who sends Will to join the others. Robotoid computes the Robot but his memory banks cannot scan him. Robot gets closer; the Robotoid warns him not to get any closer. Smith watches from the window the Jupiter II control room. Robotoid tells Robot he will destroy him if he gets any closer. The Robot's small compartment which was used for testing the soil in ISLAND IN THE SKY, opens up; a small pipe comes out and smoke emits from it, blinding the Robotoid. The others come out to the ramp and watch, wondering what happened to the Robot as they hear a force ray--the sound of the Robotoid's ray. Then they hear an electrical charge from the Robot. The Robotoid says, "You have destroyed me." Will tells the others this was the Robot's idea. Don says, "And I thought the Robotoid was superior." They run to the Robot. John tells the Robot, "There's something more too, something that doesn't make any sense but you're more than a machine." Maureen says, "We'd like you to come back to us." Robot does. One week later---Will comes out of the spaceship and asks Smith if he'd like to go fishing. Smith can't--he's admitted to treating the Robot, their mechanical friend, very badly indeed and now to make it up--he has to give the Robot a rub down. One week has passed of this and Smith is going to do it for a total of two weeks--one week more. Will laughs as Smith rubs down the Robot--goofy music. Will leaves. When Robot gives Smith orders, Smith says, "I compute, I compute."
CLIFFHANGER: It looks like dusk as John is covering the hydroponic and other tables. There is lightning and a storm. Maureen calls John inside and a table falls over. They see a radiation meter--there is cosmic radiation in the storm. Maureen opens the door for Judy who runs across the camp to the ship door, "I made it." Don tells them, "Good thing Smith installed those arresters last week." As Don goes below to check on the kids, Judy tells John (AND WE SEE A BRIEF BUT FULL CLOSE UP ON HER) she those the arresters under some brush this morning. John goes to Smith who is checking his heartbeat as the lightning blasts outside. He asks Smith if he installed those arresters he asked him to about ten days ago. Smith says a man of his years cannot do all this manual labor. He never gives an answer that lets John know Smith knows what he is talking about--the arresters. Don comes up, "Will's below but Penny must be outside." Maureen says, "Oh John." John pulls Smith outside as tumble weeds fly by. Maureen follows. Don closes the spaceship door! Maureen yells, "Penny!" Penny makes faces in the mirror--an alien mirror turned on its back with strange animal--ram like--faces on it. Penny calls Debbie silly, "It's just a mirror." A mirror with some cracks in it. Smith calls and finds her as she returns his call. Penny picks Debbie up on her arm as they hurry to avoid the cosmic storm. Smith stops and looks at the mirror--"An alien mirror, abandoned by some other space traveler perhaps." It is solid platinum. Smith tells Penny not to bother dad about it--it's worthless he tells her. She urges Smith to come on and go. Lightning blasts again and Smith falls back, the wind picks up. "Under here!" Penny hides under the mirror and Smith follows with Debbie. A lightning blast hits the mirror with blasts. The ram face lights up and smoke emits from its nostrils.
TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK SAME TIME SAME CHANNEL
REVIEW: A fairly straight forward adventure, Robot vs. Robotoid. Smith treats the Robot most unkindly here (almost totally uncaring this time) but makes up for it--both rare things. Robby the Robot of course, plays the Robotoid. This lead to all sorts of errors made by people who knew little about LOST IN SPACE--saying Robby starred AS THE ROBINSON ROBOT. This is simply not true. Perhaps Robby inspired the Robinson Robot but I feel of the two Robots (who, together, hosted ROBOT WEEK ON THE SCI-FI CHANNEL IN AMERICA recently), the Robinson Robot is the superior design. Here, the Robot begins to establish his own personality free from Smith and the others, not merely taking orders or waiting to be turned on---he is an intelligent being capable of emotion and rational thought beyond simple programming. He would now know Smith's plans could never work out and would not be a part of these plans--although forced to sometimes (see or rather don't see THE SPACE VIKINGS where he is forced to create a fake Thor hammer; also forced to make a fake copy of the GALAXY GIFT for Smith to give the fake to the alien Saticons; also in SPACE CIRCUS the Robot knows of Smith's plan--and gives it away this time).
Another error, made by JOHN PEEL of the insidious, infamous and very badly put together THE LOST IN SPACE FILES, is that the music for this episode came from FORBIDDEN PLANET. WRONGO. The Robotoid--Robby the Robot came from FORBIDDEN PLANET but the music here is pure LOST IN SPACE stock mixed with music from THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. That computer type music from FORBIDDEN PLANET, is, thankfully, NOT USED on LOST IN SPACE ever. Peel also makes the mistake of saying this about Penny's absence, "Penny is missing from this entire episode without any explanation, this is very odd but this would happen throughout the series to give the actors a rest, or to enable them to do guest spots on other shows." EXCUSE ME but this is also WRONG. Penny is not in this episode, that is true--and Will and the Robot are not in the next--THE MAGIC MIRROR but that is all for the first season. For season two, John is only heard via radio in THE ASTRAL TRAVELER with explanation; also John and Don are only seen in a Chariot snow scene--briefly in THE GALAXY GIFT; although gone for the war in THE GOLDEN MAN, John, Will, and Don are in the end scene, back from a trip--explanation. This hardly means they were missing for the entire episode without explanation. Maureen and John were away in THE PHANTOM FAMILY but return for most of the second half, John and Don even having a fight with Lemnoc. Point being: John Peel doesn't know much about LOST IN SPACE. Third season: John does not appear in A DAY AT THE ZOO. John, Maureen, and Penny are only seen briefly at the Chariot and at the end of the episode CASTLES IN SPACE. John and Maureen appear at the beginning and end of PRINCESS OF SPACE, having some time alone for once. Don and Maureen only appear via a specially filmed section of THE TIME MERCHANT--Judy and Penny are missing from this episode except for flashbacks to THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY. John, Maureen, Judy, and Penny are missing from FUGITIVES IN SPACE. John and Maureen are missing from SPACE BEAUTY. This and their absence from the earlier filmed FUGITIVES were supposedly due to their bad behavior during the silly GREAT VEGETABLE REBELLION. So I hardly think the many missings in the third season constitutes "many times throughout the series."
John was pretty fickle about the Robot before this--not really making up his mind that he was more than just a machine--and sometimes reverts back to this (TRIP THROUGH THE ROBOT). The family should have had more loyalty to their Robot but at least this episode establishes their loyalty. Smith and the Robot are constantly at odds after this---something which made the series both better...and at times, worse. It became overbearing with just the two of them to the exclusion of all else and all seriousness. It was just used a bit too much. Adding that to all the problems the show had--scientific inaccuracies, increasingly goofy aliens (starting with THE SPACE CROPPERS), goofy music, logic in the plotline and overall continuity, this brought LOST IN SPACE down so much, it hardly ever recovered--however, it stayed in the ratings. From here on LOST IN SPACE can and should be considered total fantasy, not science fiction in any sense of the word--and I pretty much feel that way about all the Irwin Allen series--they are pure entertainment, fantasies, not serious science fiction...and in many ways, they are more fun because of what they are than because of what they aren't. I would have liked a bit more seriousness kept in LOST IN SPACE but, with a few notable exceptions, this was not to be.
THE MAGIC MIRROR
NARRATION: Last week, as you recall, a terrifying cosmic storm threatened our space family, a storm whose strange and incredible power was soon to force open a mysterious door to another world.
TEASER-fully recapped--different takes and shots from the last week's cliffhanger abound in the teaser--almost as if it was refilmed--especially when John goes to wake Smith up.
It looks like dusk as John is covering the hydroponic and other tables. There is lightning and a storm. Maureen calls John inside and a table falls over. They see a radiation meter--there is cosmic radiation in the storm. Maureen opens the door for Judy who runs across the camp to the ship door, "I made it." Don tells them, "Good thing Smith installed those arresters last week." As Don goes below to check on the kids, Judy tells John (NOTE: NO CLOSE UP ON JUDY) she those the arresters under some brush this morning. John goes to Smith who is checking his heartbeat as the lightning blasts outside. He asks Smith if he installed those arresters he asked him to about ten days ago. Smith says a man of his years cannot do all this manual labor. He never gives an answer that lets John know Smith knows what he is talking about--the arresters. Don comes up, "Will's below but Penny must be outside." Maureen says, "Oh John." John pulls Smith outside as tumble weeds fly by. Maureen follows. Don closes the spaceship door! Maureen yells, "Penny!" Penny makes faces in the mirror--an alien mirror turned on its back with strange animal--ram like--faces on it. Penny calls Debbie silly, "It's just a mirror." The mirror has some cracks in it. Smith calls and finds her as she returns his call. Penny picks Debbie up on her arm as they hurry to avoid the cosmic storm. Smith stops and looks at the mirror--"An alien mirror, abandoned by some other space traveler perhaps." It is solid platinum. Smith tells Penny not to bother dad about it--it's worthless he tells her. She urges Smith to come on and go. Lightning blasts again and Smith falls back, the wind picks up. "Under here!" Penny hides under the mirror and Smith follows with Debbie. A lightning blast hits the mirror with blasts. The ram face lights up and smoke emits from its nostrils. John comes running during the storm's worst calling for Penny who yells, "Daddy!" More yelling, more wind, and lightning and then it is over. John pulls Penny out from under. Smith comes up, "I'm alright, Professor, the child's safe, I saved her." John asks about the mirror, telling Smith, "See, we have no idea of knowing what cosmic bolts do to strange metals with alien materials all sorts of strange changes can occur, mysterious forces released." The storm is breaking a bit. The four leave. The mirror lights up and beneath the reflection is a large, eye (surrounded by eyelids).
Jupiter II campsite--longshot--tent (brief stock shot): in the control room, the utility room door slides open--previously (and later in season three) this was a walk in hall to somewhere else (the lower deck?). Smith looks in and takes a hammer, drill, and diamond saw but jumps as Don yells. Don says, "We missed you at breakfast." Smith complains about his back, "The pain, the pain." He lies about looking for his heating pad which he leant Mrs. Robinson who he says mislaid it. Don has a cure--a shovel. "Last night, Dr. Smith, we almost lost our lives because of you." He tells Smith to start putting in the arresters or he will dig a hole...for Smith to be put in. Smith tells him there is no necessity to be ghoulish about it. John and Don take out the hydroponic garden replacement tops; Maureen is supervising and John knocks her off the ramp on purpose, teasing. She says, "Oh! Oh you." He laughs. "Oh just look at this mess," Maureen looks at the mess. Smith comes out with the arresters, almost hits Maureen in the head as she asks about Penny, "Really Madam with all I have to do, I simply don't have the time to tend to the children too." Then he realizes she asked about Penny; he turns and almost hits Maureen again with the poles, then Don and John, "Excuse me! I'm very sorry." As Smith goes, John says, "I see it but I don't believe it." Don shrugs, "I wish I knew what I did." Smith hits into a rock and drops the arresters on accident, "A man of my talents, forced to be a beast of burden." He sees and spies on Judy and Penny picking up the full length mirror to stand up straight, "Get away from my mirror," he says menacingly. Judy fusses with her hair and asks Penny to help her decide on how to change it as promised. Penny says, "Oh no, not again." Judy wants to change but Penny says, "I'm gonna cut all mine off like Will." Judy says, "Go ahead, be ugly, who cares?" Then Judy hugs her from behind, realizing she hurt Penny. Penny asks, "What's wrong with boys?" Judy just doesn't like to see Penny running around like a boy when she's so beautiful and wants Penny to realize this. Judy tells Penny she is growing up. Penny cries; she wants to stay this way forever. Penny runs off and Judy follows, both watched by a mysterious faced Boy from inside the mirror. Debbie, the bloop, takes Smith's tool bag. Smith goes to the mirror, chasing her, calling her a simian simpleton. The mirror starts to smoke. The Boy lures Debbie toward the mirror with a banana. Smith sees Debbie go right inside the mirror image--and vanish. Not long after, Debbie emerges out of the mirror--Smith realizing the monkey like creature was not merely behind it. Debbie has a banana and a bell. Smith faints.
Don comes out of the ship to Judy; Maureen comes from the hydro ponic garden. They go to a table where Judy is putting her up in front of a small mirror. Don asks what is wrong with Penny--he just passed her and she seemed lost to the world, answered his question with a totally irrelevant comment ("Oh I must have left it in the control room"). Judy asks if she was crying, commenting about their disagreement about her acting like a tomboy. Maureen says, "You said something about it." Judy has tried to make it up to her. Maureen tells her, "At a certain age, it isn't easy to be a girl--then again it never is." Maureen starts in to talk to her. Don doesn't understand. Penny comes running out of the spaceship with Debbie and a bell, happy, "Look what I've got--a silver bell!" When the two go to Smith near the mirror, Smith is upset, sick-like. He calls Debbie a blithering bloop and an improbable bell ringer. Debbie shows Penny the mirror and in order to show her she is wrong about there not being someone on the other side--pushes Penny--who falls back into the mirror and out of the planet world! Smith sees this and yells.
On the other side, Penny finds herself in a strange otherworld, not realizing it yet. She moves down steps. There is a small pond with an eye coming up to the surface, a roar hinting at more of the beast beneath. Around her are Egyptian type statues, ram-men statues, a giant eye statue. Penny drops something in the pond and the eye of the thing goes away. She hears a laugh. Penny runs up the steps to see the mirror from her side. Outside it is Dr. Smith--but he can't see her. Inside is the crystal-like world with curtains and webs. A voice tells her to jump across the pond and she does. There are dog, lion, unicorn, and fish statues. The boy takes the bell Penny still holds away from her--it's his. Penny asks him to stop answering every one of her questions with a question. Boy tells her this is his whole world, it has no way out, and he watched her from her mirrors. Up high, he takes her to another mirror out. Penny climbs up cabinets and a pile of junk to look out it. She calls it a hole, thinking she is in a cave of some kind. She sees mom fixing lunch. Don and Judy talk near the mirror Judy has on the outside table and bureau. Boy tells Penny, "You'll be here forever." Don and Judy talk about Judy's hair, Don trying to guess what she's done to it--cut it maybe? Maureen comes to the two teasers, "Why don't you hit him?" Judy jokes, "Oh, I will." Maureen, after Judy and Don move off, looks into the mirror--right at Penny--whom she doesn't see. "Maybe I oughta do something to my hair--maybe John will notice." She waves her hand in aggravation at the silly idea, "Ohhh." Throughout this, Penny has tried to get the attention of Judy, Don, and her mother--to no avail. "Mom! Mom! I'm in here!" While she does this, Boy explains, "Penny, don't you understand? Haven't you ever wondered what's on the other side of mirrors? Well, this is--here." Penny gives up and sits down as Maureen waves her hand at her, "Mom."
Penny sits and mopes. Boy tells her they can share riddles. He avoids her wanting to get out of this place. Penny tries again to call out of the mirror to Judy and Don and sees Maureen fixing lunch. Boy says, "That's not real out there anyway--this is what's real." He tells her they can have fun forever and look out at any mirror anywhere. Penny asks, "Even back to Earth?" Boy tells her more, that he watches people sometimes, "Not that I go in for that type of thing," and tells her people want to have fun all the time. He tells Penny he even cleaned up his house a little for her for the first time ever. Penny sees a giant worm thing with teeth and spikes. Boy slingshots at it and it goes.
Maureen uses smelling sauce on Dr. Smith in the Jupiter II control room. She takes the thermometer out of Smith's mouth. Smith tells her to tell it to him straight, not to bear any "false kindness" on him. She tells him he is fine. He thinks he has cosmic fever--hallucinations and bad dreams. John comes him and Debbie soon follows. NOTE: John calls Debbie a he but Debbie is a she. He saw the arresters. Smith calls Debbie an absurd little animal and tells John he feels strain to the lumber region. Maureen tells him they will have lunch soon. Smith gets up, declaring he is not sick, "I'm as sane as I ever was." He calls Debbie something like a hirsute horror. He will get the arresters but first has another job, "Oh yes, I'll get Penny, oh yes." He now sounds wacky or out of his mind, even dastardly again. John looks at Maureen as Smith leaves in this peculiar way. NOTE: In syndication, the LOST IN SPACE logo pops in here as a commercial break starts, accompanied by five or six notes of music. Penny asks Boy where all the things come from. He says, "You see when anything gets lost or anything that anybody doesn't want any more--it always ends up in here. This isn't really a world. I just said that. See everybody's got a world but this is a dimension, which is much better than a world." They pass large candle holders and arrive at curtains and shelves--Boy's home. Penny says, "I thought you said you cleaned it up a little." He did. Boy lays down on a couch--he doesn't have to wash his face, brush his teeth--only have fun--no goop. Penny says, "Oh yes, I hate goop like Judy and Don." There is an elephant statue, smaller candles, a drum, and a grandfather clock. They hear a warning bell. Penny wonders if it is the glob things but Boy tells her the glob things can't hurt you--they are good for hide n' go seek. Boy has all these things and most of them don't work. There are hundreds of clocks all ringing. Boy used to have a she-cat but she met a tomcat. She used to bring all kinds of things back into this dimension. He can't see the cat now. For human beings, people, there is no way out. Boy looks for his cannon which shoots cosmic particles. The thing coming is "that hairy thing that lives down below." Penny gripes, "Oh, this is a dreadful place." Boy never saw all of the thing at one time. We see an eye come over the curtains and shelves. Boy hides Penny in a grandfather clock.
Smith and Debbie are at the alien mirror. Smith, coyly, calls for Penny, calling Debbie a dreadful creature. He thinks Penny made him think he was sick. Smith gets mad, calling for Penny more forcefully now. He yells, "Penelope, I'm warning you!!!" NOTE: This is the first time Smith or anyone calls Penny Penelope and also the last time. Smith takes a shovel, "This mirror is mine!" He hits the mirror but the shovel bounces off it. Smith, from the force of the bounce, falls right into the mirror as Debbie watches.
A painting. The eye. Boy lets the monster chase him--he's not really afraid. Penny tells him to be careful, "please." There is a bird statue. Boy swings at the chandelier into the monster which has one eye on an eye stalk, three or four large fangs and probably more, is hairy and has two arms and two legs. "Run Penny," Boy says calmly. Penny gets out of the clock. Penny runs to Dr. Smith who says he is not angry and holds her. He won't run from his own nightmare. They are near some kind of old fashioned globe. Smith believes this is his dream--that he created Boy and this world. boy says, "He's goofy." He wants to leave Smith who imagines he imagined the beast. Smith looks at a dragon statue, "It's a new dimension, isn't it? Behind all the mirrors of the universe there lies a new dimension and we've entered it." Penny tells him, "We're locked behind the mirrors forever." Boy tells Penny that Smith is in "loony land" and Smith tells him, "I did a sloppy job creating you, young man." The monster comes from behind a curtain. Penny tells Smith it is real but he continues to go on about it being a symbol of all his childhood fears carried into adulthood. Boy laughs as Smith looks for his "hairy friend". Penny runs as the monster comes up behind Dr. Smith and puts its arms around him. Boy tells her she ran the wrong way. Penny finds the cannon but Boy doesn't want her to kill the monster. Penny breaks away, "No, no, it's gonna hurt Dr. Smith!" Boy tells her they can play games, have fun, and stay just the way they are now--always. Smith screams; Penny runs with the found cannon, "I'm coming, Dr. Smith!" Penny shoots the cannon and the creature moves off Smith. Smith takes the gun from her and he and Penny back off together. The monster keeps circling them from various other points--from behind other objects. Smith shoots it each time but its reflection shatters like a mirror. The gun is useless, Smith says and tells Penny, "It must be a product of your dream." He inadvertently fires it down into his own reflection in the pond and vanishes. The gun falls to Penny's feet. Penny passes a totem pole and runs up the steps to see Smith outside. She wants to get out the same way Dr. Smith did but Boy takes the cannon away. Penny tells him he can live with them, "You'd love my whole family and they'd love you." She goes on to tell him he can't live in this awful place forever. He tells her she is talking goop--she's just a girl. Penny says, "That's what I am." Boy tells her she even upset the hairy beast. Penny says, "He can't come of course." Penny continues to plead with him that her family wouldn't make him do chores, study, wash his face, or do jobs--not at first; he wouldn't even have to grow up a little bit at a time.
Smith sees the mirror as a "glare that sets people dreaming."
Boy asks her to stay with him forever, "Forever isn't such a long time."
Smith shakes the mirror.
Penny gasps, "Oh Dr. Smith, don't do that!"
Boy laughs, "Yea, yea, he'll break it and no one'll get out." NOTE: Near Penny and Boy is a giant rock face; also a few horse statues are seen.
Smith uses a rock on it.
Penny says to Boy, "I don't want to stay young forever." Boy tells her everybody does, "I watch them through the mirrors." Penny insists, "They just say that because they know they have to grow older." He gives her the cannon and Penny instructs him on what to do--how to get out. She will go first and he will follow. Boy starts to say something, "Penny..." Penny shoots into her reflection. Boy looks down at the pond, "I can't---I don't have any reflection."
Penny is on the ground outside the mirror. She wakes up. Smith uses a shovel on the "dream" mirror now and cracks parts of it off. He yells loudly at Penny to be still when she protests and screams. Maureen and John come running and find her. Penny says, "He's still in there. He wouldn't come. He could've but he wouldn't." John asks, "Smith, what's going on here?" Smith says, "It's all over. A little girl can fall asleep and dream can't she?" Maureen says, "Penny." Penny looks at the mirror.
CUE SAD MUSIC: Later Penny sits in her room in the dark when Maureen opens the door and asks how she's feeling. Penny asks her what will happen to him. Maureen says, "I don't know him well enough to say." Penny insists, "But it did happen just as I said--it wasn't a dream." Maureen says, "I'm sure it happened just the way you said it did." She asks Penny if she will come out and play a game of space chess with Will. Maureen says, "It might be fun." Penny says, "Fun?" She opens her mirror near her bunk and looks in, "Mom? Mom, what'd you suppose my hair would like if I put it up like this?" Maureen asks, "What brought that on?" Duh. Penny says, "Well, we do have to grow up some time, don't we?" Maureen, sadly, says, "Yes. C'mon dear." She kisses her and they go out. The mirror is zoomed in on slowly and we hear the sound of a bell ringing. A sensitive ending to a nice, bittersweet episode.
CLIFFHANGER: In his dark colored shirt again, Smith runs a wire out to Will and says his new alarm system will work like a witch doctor's charm. Don and John arrive and see this. Don asks, "Smith, don't you ever get tired of tooting your own horn?" Smith wants to catch a thief--some thing that took garden vegetables. John suggests it is a small animal but Smith wonders what an animal would want with the Major's hunting knife. He tells them he is correct--Don did not misplace it. NOTE: And, for once, he is right--it is not an animal. Smith has a laser rifle which he accidentally puts right in John's face by accident, Beg pardon." When Will tells John he wants to sleep outside the Jupiter II perimeter to await the arrival of the thief with Dr. Smith, John wonders if that is a good idea. Will pulls the old "mom said it was alright," and John allows it. Smith says, "The boy is perfectly safe with me." Smith gives Will both bed rolls and pack to carry. Don asks John if he thinks Smith is right. John doesn't think so but he wants to be prepared to act and be outside should Smith's alarm system go off. NOTE: WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE FORCEFIELD IN THIS CLIFFHANGER IN THE FOLLOWING EPISODE, THE CHALLENGE? Was it broken or needed recharging or replacements? John and Don go into the spaceship. Later that night---the alarms go off. One of the alarm system pieces looks like a BLAKE'S SEVEN laser gun. Will and Smith are asleep nearby on sleeping bags. Will wakes Smith up who says, "Call me when breakfast is ready." NOTE: This kind of humor would happen whenever someone was waking Smith up---they stir him into a semi conscious form and he'd utter something in his sleep or delirium. Real funny--once in awhile but not all the times it happened. Will gets Smith up fully and pulls him back toward the front of the Jupiter II windows. 25 seconds after the alarms, a light was supposed to come on. Something stirs on a large rock form in front of the camp and Will and Smith. The lights go on. Smith aims his laser rifle at the form but Will moves the rifle up and stops Smith, "It's not an animal!" A boy jumps down off the rock in alien clothing and points a spear dangerously close at Will and Smith, continuing to charge it would seem!
TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK SAME TIME SAME CHANNEL slides out.
Replaced with SORRY! TO BE CONTINUED TWO WEEKS FROM TONIGHT. SAME TIME SAME CHANNEL. This time, Dick Tufeld's voice announced, "Opps, sorry, LOST IN SPACE to be continued two weeks from tonight!"
REVIEW: The dragon statue would reappear in VISIT TO HADES; the eye monster would reappear in PRISONERS OF SPACE; the mirror world seemed blurred by vaseline on the lenses. The scene with Judy and Maureen worrying about being overlooked by their mates is chilling and the whole Peter Pan syndrome of not growing up is neatly handled here. The whole fantasy dimension gives this episode's mirror sequences an unearthly feel to it, played out against the more gritty survival scenes during the storm and having to work at being pretty and installing arresters to prevent lightning from hitting. The cosmic storm is a bit unbelievable but fun. Remember, LOST IN SPACE is pure fantasy at this point. We don't know where Boy, the hairy beast, the worms, the whole other dimension, all came from and I am not sure as a viewer, I want to know this. It was a very mysterious episode with lasting impressions. Penny is indeed growing up--she looks very different from the early first seasoners--especially from the first eight or so episodes. This episode takes her growth from MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY a step further. Michael J. Pollard is suitably werid as the Boy without going overboard, something which should have been a lesson to later aliens and strange characters. He also evoked sympathy. This is the last time the white beige shirt of Smith's would be seen on him. It is later given to Ohan in ALL THAT GLITTERS. This episode is fondly remembered by many fans, casual viewers, and non-fans of the series. The music comes from MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY as well as other early first season episodes giving this even more of an otherworldly feel to it. And the inside mirror set was fantastic with lots of neat stuff in it.
SPECULATION: One wild theory is that the Boy somehow did get out of the mirror and became his true self on this side of the mirror---that of an alien boy called Quano in the...