Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Barney Slater
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Dennis Patrick, Ron Gans, and Bill Troy
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 12/28/1966
Production #: 9515
While investigating a spaceship, Penny encounters a belligerent, uncouth alien with the visage of a frog. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Keema (Dennis Patrick)—a charming, attractive humanoid sporting golden skin and clothes—arrives at the Jupiter 2 to request assistance in his upcoming battle with the frog alien. In contrast to Dr. Smith, Judy, and Maureen, Penny remains skeptical of Keema’s true intentions.
“The Golden Man” contains a worthwhile, if unsubtle, life lesson on evaluating the substance of a man’s character. Lost in Space fans should therefore commend this episode, low production values notwithstanding.
Similar to “My Friend, Mr. Nobody” from season one, “The Golden Man” deserves praise for giving Penny—an often underutilized and misunderstood character—the protagonist role. Specifically, Penny decides to trust the frog alien in spite of his rough exterior, thereby setting an example for her family to follow—an essential factor in the unraveling of Keema’s deception.
Even by the typical standards of Lost in Space, the props and special effects featured in “The Golden Man” border on absurd. For example, multi-colored beach balls are employed to represent the land mines that surround Judy at one point, effectively undermining the credibility of a life-threatening situation. Also problematic are the faces of Keema (in his real form) and the frog man, which resemble Halloween masks acquired from the discount section of a party store—hardly sufficient for depicting the attributes of two repulsive, misshapen aliens with grotesquely large heads.
A flawed but emotionally stirring episode, “The Golden Man” will appeal to viewers of a sensitive inclination. Especially poignant are Penny’s interactions with the frog alien, which indicate that quality friends can come in the most unlikely of packages.
Overall Quality: 6/10
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