Lost in Space Episode 83: Junkyard in Space

General Information

Director: Ezra Stone

Writer: Barney Slater

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Marcel Hillaire

Composer: Mullendore

Air Date: 3/6/1968

Production #: 1524

 

Overview

When the Robinsons land on a planet known as the Intergalactic Junkyard, Dr. Smith encounters an alien Junkman (Marcel Hillaire) and agrees to tradelost-in-space-junkyard-in-space many of the Robot’s vital components for a supply of fresh food. Thereafter, the Junkman begins to assume the Robot’s personality; but fails to develop the most important trait of all.

The final episode of Lost in Space, “Junkyard in Space” combines childish camp with a heartwarming story. Those of a sensitive nature may therefore wish to view this offering, which benefits from a poignant subplot involving Will and the Robot.

 

Pros

lost-in-space-junkyard-in-spaceDuring Will’s final moments with the Robot, Mullendore’s musical arrangement conveys the powerful sense of loss felt by the Robinson boy.

 

Cons

“Junkyard in Space” operates on a premise (i.e. Dr. Smith secretly dealing with an eccentric alien and exchanging the Robot for food) recycled from season one’s “The Space Trader,” an equally lackluster contribution from Barney Slater.

 

Analysis

A touching episode, “Junkyard in Space” should be commended for exploring Will’s friendship with the Robot in a thoughtful, if occasionally sappy, manner. Specifically,lost-in-space-junkyard-in-space the unbreakable bond shared by Billy Mumy’s character and his mechanical companion is never depicted with greater solemnity than when Will—now moved to the point of tears by the prospect of his friend committing suicide—bids farewell to the Robot for supposedly the last time. (Nevertheless, the above display is cheapened—at least somewhat—by a silly, groan-worthy revelation concerning the Robot’s “heart.”)

 

Concluding Comments

Though grossly underwhelming as a series finale, “Junkyard in Space” is a decent standalone effort. It should be noted, however, that the Jupiter 2 winds up in a junkyard at the end of this episode—an ironic and fitting conclusion to the overall disappointing adventures of the Space Family Robinson.

 

Overall Quality: 5/10

 

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