Lost in Space Episode 73: Castles in Space

General Information

Director: Sobey Martin

Writer: Peter Packer

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Alberto Monte, and Corinna Tsopei

Composer: Gerald Fried

Air Date: 12/20/1967

Production #: 1513

 

Overview

When Dr. Smith discovers an alien woman known as Princess Reyka (Corinna Tsopei), Chavo (Alberto Monte)—a bounty hunter with silver-colored skin and a Mexican lost-in-space-castles-in-spaceaccent—demands that the girl be handed over to him. Major West refuses to comply, prompting Chavo to kidnap Will and threaten the Robinsons with a nonexistent army.

“Castles in Space” combines juvenile camp (a defining aspect of season two) with stereotypes of an offensive nature. All but the most dedicated fans would therefore be wise to avoid this effort, which earns its reputation as one of the worst Lost in Space episodes ever made.

 

Pros

lost-in-space-castles-in-spaceFor portraying Major West—an often underutilized character—as a strong and heroic leader when John and Maureen are absent, Peter Packer’s narrative should be commended.

 

Cons

Despite opening on a serious note, “Castles in Space” contains a number of comedic devices (e.g. the Robot’s “bullfight” with Chavo and Dr. Smith’s horrifying imitation of Princess Reyka) that can only be described as appalling.

 

Analysis

Though ostensibly derogatory, the ethnic appearance and dialect of Chavo may be excused given the lighthearted, innocuous environment in which his character islost-in-space-castles-in-space employed. That being said, “Castles in Space” deserves criticism for offering no in-universe explanation, logical or otherwise, behind Chavo’s resemblance to a human being of Hispanic descent—much in contrast to season one’s “Welcome Stranger,” which provides a sensible and detailed backstory for a cowboy (also a concept unique to Earth) whom the Robinsons encounter on a faraway planet.

 

Concluding Comments

A dreadful, incoherent episode, “Castles in Space” will likely induce cringing from the majority of viewers. The serious, if not thoroughly engaging, tone of the first act may, however, appeal to those of a mature and serious inclination.

 

Overall Quality: 2/10

 

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2 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 73: Castles in Space

  1. This is my number sixteen ranked episode for the psychedelic and far out, all over the place, highly inconsistent and relatively overrated, shortest final colored season..

  2. Surprisingly, I probably like this one more than the average (or usual) fan. I consider this kind of a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ episode. No episode changes so dramatically from the first half to what we have by the end. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the first half. It is played pretty serious, and I love the old Season One feel of the camping out in the wilderness. But, as we know, by the episodes end, we all know what transpires. Still, I have this one higher ranked than most perhaps. Please see my personal season ranking shown above. Oh, also, the music is very acceptable here, and it has a cute wrap. I do like several things here..