Director: Don Richardson
Writers: Bob Duncan and Wanda Duncan
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Dee Hartford, Don Matheson, and Dawson Palmer
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 3/8/1967
Production #: 9524
Having been selected for disassembly by the Celestial Department Store, Verda returns to the Jupiter 2 and seeks shelter from IDAK (Don Matheson)—an android hunter whose initials stand for Instant Destroyer and Killer. Meanwhile, Dr. Smith befriends IDAK and trains him to complete his mission more effectively.
A sequel to “The Android Machine,” “Revolt of the Androids” is marred by excessive camp. By offering additional insight into Penny’s friendship with Verda, however, this installment will no doubt satisfy those of a sensitive inclination.
For portraying Verda in a graceful and delicate manner, Dee Hartford should be praised. Especially worth commending are Verda’s interactions with IDAK—a cruel, aggressive android who, upon observing the human-like attributes (e.g. love, kindness, and courage) possessed by his target, experiences a poignant (if extremely sappy and predictable) change of personality.
An amusing parody of Superman, the character of IDAK may appeal to fans of the superhero genre. There are times, however, when the Robot’s tongue-in-cheek references to the Man of Steel (i.e. “I do not think he is going to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” and “He is not more powerful than a speeding locomotive, either”) may elicit groaning from the audience.
In order to test the fighting abilities of his new protégé, Dr. Smith attempts to engage IDAK in combat. Though intended to be comical, the goofy execution of IDAK’s training session with Dr. Smith—an incompetent, poorly coordinated mentor—will likely fail to entertain all but the youngest of viewers.
Juvenile subject matter notwithstanding, “Revolt of the Androids” contains a thought-provoking lesson on the importance of standing up to bullies. Specifically, the outcome of Verda’s confrontation with IDAK—a greatly imposing individual—demonstrates the value of courage when dealing with enemies of a superior nature.
“Revolt of the Androids” is an enjoyable, heartwarming episode of Lost in Space. The slapstick humor, Superman-related puns, and hackneyed character transitions featured in this offering should nevertheless be criticized.
Overall Quality: 6/10
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