Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Barney Slater
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Wally Cox
Composer: Robert Drasnin
Air Date: 10/5/1966
Production #: 9504
Having sustained considerable damage while escaping from the ghost planet, the Jupiter 2 lands on a mysterious world occupied by Tiabo (Wally Cox)—an eccentric humanoid who threatens to attack the Robinson family—and a giant bird monster. Thereafter, Dr. Smith ingests a liquid explosive, posing a grave danger to those around him.
By showcasing the versatile abilities of character actor Wally Cox, “Forbidden World” will likely appeal to the youngest of Lost in Space enthusiasts. Viewers in search of a coherent and logical science fiction piece, on the other hand, are advised to avoid this episode.
During the pre-credit sequence, Professor Robinson and Major West attempt a highly dangerous, unorthodox maneuver in order to evade a powerful missile. Despite recycling footage from “Island in the Sky” (the third episode of Lost in Space), the opening scene should be commended for its riveting execution.
Hoping to create the illusion of an extensive army residing on the planet, Tiabo employs a variety of silly disguises while communicating with Will and Dr. Smith—a juvenile comedic device that cheapens a potentially serious, existential threat to the main characters.
Fearing that Smith will endanger the Robinson family if allowed to remain alive, the Robot connects a detonator to the not-so-good doctor and prepares to ignite the volatile substance in his body. Though intended to be amusing, the Robot’s decision to eliminate Dr. Smith may disturb those of a sensitive nature.
Desperate to save Dr. Smith, Will places his life in jeopardy by approaching Tiabo and asking him for a neutralizer—a poignant gesture that serves as a testament to Will’s kind and courageous, if somewhat foolish, character.
“Forbidden World” is a disjointed and grossly underwhelming final chapter of season two’s initial story arc. The performance of Cox may, however, appeal to fans of the quirky, campy humor by which many Lost in Space episodes are defined.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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