Director: Sobey Martin
Writer: Peter Packer
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Lou Gallo, and Don Eitner
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 10/25/1967
Production #: 1507
Will and Dr. Smith travel 270 years into the future and arrive on a mysterious planet, where a statue dedicated to the Robot has been erected. Following the space pod to the aforementioned planet, Professor Robinson and Major West quickly uncover the explanation for a supposed lapse in time.
“Flight Into the Future” benefits from a serious, atmospheric tone to complement the ominous tropes featured in several key sequences. There are times, however, when certain logical inconsistencies weaken the (already somewhat dubious) credibility of Peter Packer’s premise.
While exploring a cave, Will and Dr. Smith encounter a human female sporting retro-futuristic attire. In spite of being mistaken for Judy, the woman turns out to be a distant granddaughter of Will’s eldest sibling—a surreal display that strengthens the concept of Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot becoming anachronisms in a world maintained by their descendants.
After landing on the planet, Will and Dr. Smith discover what appears to be the Jupiter 2 in a state of extreme disrepair. Though potentially unsettling, the same narrative device had been employed to a more haunting effect in “The Cave of the Wizards” from season two.
In a later scene, Horatio Smith (a space historian whose outfit had originally been showcased in Destination Moon, a science fiction film from 1950) reveals himself to be the great-great-great-great grandson of Dr. Smith. Despite having no children in the present, Dr. Smith fails to react incredulously toward Horatio’s claim.
Similar to “Spectre of the Gun” from Star Trek: The Original Series, “Flight Into the Future” highlights the importance, if not necessity, of trusting one’s instincts when confronted with phenomena of a bizarre or highly incongruous nature—a worthwhile message that works especially well in a science fiction setting.
For its intriguing use of an ostensible time travel story, “Flight Into the Future” should be commended by fans of this series. Worth noting in particular is the futuristic journey of Will and Dr. Smith, which parallels the final act of Stephen Hopkins’ Lost in Space movie.
Overall Quality: 7/10
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