Director: Sobey Martin
Writer: William Welch
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, and Jonathan Harris
Composer: Johnny Williams
Air Date: 10/13/1965
Production #: 8505
Upon escaping from an alien cave, the Robinsons return to the Chariot and continue searching for a warm climate. When Dr. Smith sends a warning message from the Jupiter 2, however, Professor Robinson and Major West disagree on how they should proceed.
The closing chapter in Lost in Space’s initial five-part story arc, “The Hungry Sea” earns its reputation as a series classic. Specifically worth praising is the compelling narrative for this episode, which combines sci-fi/disaster elements with a human-centered conflict.
Featuring hurricanes, whirlpools, and planet quakes, “The Hungry Sea” should be commended for its riveting adventure scenes. Especially intense are the climactic sequences, where the main characters seek shelter from a vicious, unexpected heat wave and repair the Chariot’s solar battery during a terrible sea storm—with a near fatal outcome for Major West.
Viewers will also enjoy “The Hungry Sea” for its realistic human drama, which adds an additional layer of tension to the Robinsons’ plight. In a moment of possible redemption, for example, Dr. Smith attempts to warn the protagonists of the increasing temperatures across the planet—an action that leads to great animosity between the Robinsons and Major West, the latter of whom refuses to accept Dr. Smith at his word.
Despite bickering throughout most of the episode, Major West and Professor Robinson proceed to apologize, shake hands, and make amends upon returning safely to the Jupiter 2—a touching display which indicates that both characters, though occasionally stubborn, share a great deal of respect for each other and would form a strong working relationship throughout this series.
Blending science fiction tropes with heartfelt character exchanges, “The Hungry Sea” is an outstanding entry of Lost in Space. Those of a serious nature may, however, take issue with this episode for its silly cliffhanger involving Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot.
Overall Quality: 10/10
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