Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Robert Hamner
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Fritz Feld, Richard Krisher, Eric Matthews, Edy Williams, and Carroll Roebke
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 12/13/1967
Production #: 1515
In order to evade capture, four intergalactic thieves disguise themselves as human tourists and brainwash Mr. Zumdish into acting as their guide. Upon arriving on the planet currently occupied by the Robinsons, the aliens are accommodated by Dr. Smith, who, without permission from the others, transforms the Jupiter 2 into a luxurious hotel.
A juvenile, groan-worthy episode, “Two Weeks in Space” is marred by the antics of Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot. For this reason, science fiction fans of a serious temperament would be wise to avoid this effort.
When the alien imposters roam the Jupiter 2 at night, stock footage of a full moon is employed in conjunction with the howling of a nearby animal—a technique that generates an eerie, suspenseful atmosphere reminiscent of a classic horror film.
Though necessary for the events of Robert Hamner’s narrative to unfold, the Robinsons’ decision to leave Dr. Smith—a buffoonish, incompetent man—in charge of the Jupiter 2 is never explained.
Also problematic is the copious amount of slapstick violence featured in this episode, which often parallels that of a typical Three Stooges short. For example, Smith is repeatedly bonked on the head with a shuttlecock, prompting Non (Edy Williams), an alien posing as an attractive human female, to comfort the good doctor—a comedic device that will likely appeal to only the youngest of Lost in Space fans.
For combining low-brow humor with an oft-used premise (i.e. a beautiful woman seducing Dr. Smith, who responds in a strangely apathetic manner), “Two Weeks in Space” should be criticized. This episode does, however, benefit from a compelling sequence that, at least on a surface level, resembles an old, black-and-white monster movie not unlike those distributed by Universal Studios.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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