Lost in Space Episode 28: A Change of Space

General Information

Director: Sobey Martin

Writer: Peter Packer

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, and Jonathan Harris

Composer: None (Stock Music)

Air Date: 4/20/1966

Production #: 8528

 

Overview

While searching for precious metals with Will, Dr. Smith discovers a bulbous, compact alien vessel. Finding himself trapped inside the spacecraft, Will lost-in-space-a-change-of-spaceembarks on a journey that transforms him into a super genius. Thereafter, Dr. Smith—attempting to duplicate the result—pilots the ship into outer space, returning to Priplanus as a decrepit, elderly man.

A scientifically dubious offering, “A Change of Space” would best be avoided by Lost in Space fans of a critical mindset. This episode should, however, be commended for its effective use of Peter Packer’s comedic dialogue and subject matter.

 

Pros

Hoping to discuss “multidimensional excursion vehicles” with Will, Dr. Smith prepares to manipulate the Robinson boy into sharing the secret behind hislost-in-space-a-change-of-space intellectual growth spurt. Immediately detecting the ulterior motives of his companion, Will describes Dr. Smith as “phony,” “transparent,” and unable to communicate on a high level of intellectual maturity—an amusing twist on the conversations between both characters, which normally consist of Dr. Smith easily persuading Will, an innocent and unsuspecting child, to participate in activities of a dangerous or unethical variety.

 

Cons

According to the Robot, the alien ship—revealed to be the property of a scaly, inarticulate humanoid—contains the ability to alter the molecular structure of its passengers. Given the random nature of the transformation process, lost-in-space-a-change-of-spaceviewers may question how Will and Dr. Smith manage to survive the extra-galactic spaceflight; let alone benefit from its chaotic effect on them.

 

Analysis

Prompted by Maureen, Major West brings the old Dr. Smith a bowl of hot soup and makes an effort to raise his spirits—a touching gesture that, though unappreciated by Smith, serves as a testament to the kind, compassionate qualities possessed by Don and the Robinson family.

 

Concluding Comments

The second Lost in Space episode wherein Dr. Smith endures a grotesque, seemingly irreversible modification to his physiology, “A Change of Space” offers a tongue-in-cheek twist on the concept originally featured in “The Oasis.” Therefore, viewers of a serious temperament would be wise to avoid this campy, if mildly entertaining, effort.

 

Overall Quality: 6/10

 

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