Lost in Space Episode 34: Space Circus

General Information

Director: Harry Harris

Writers: Bob and Wanda Duncan

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, James Westerfield, Melinda Fee, Dawson Palmer, and Michael Greene

Composer: Herman Stein

Air Date: 10/12/1966

Production #: 9505

 

Overview

While putting on a show for the Robinson family, alien ringmaster Dr. Marvello (James Westerfield) invites Will to perform a clever magic trick. Impressed with lost-in-space-space-circusthe display, Marvello attempts to recruit Will for a special circus act—with a nefarious outcome.

Featuring a poignant farewell sequence between Will and his family, “Space Circus” will appeal to those of a sensitive disposition. This episode does, however, suffer from the antics of Dr. Smith—intent on captivating Marvello with a cringe-worthy sing-and-dance routine.

 

Pros

Lost in Space Space Circus 2In the opening scene, the Cosmic Monster (Dawson Palmer)—not to be confused with Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster—sneaks up on Dr. Smith after escaping from Marvello’s cage. Though unconvincing by modern standards, the appearance of the Cosmic Monster—a simian creature covered in white fur—may intrigue fans of the abominable snowman legend.

 

Cons

Hoping to join Marvello’s circus, Dr. Smith dons a hat and cane while dancing to the Robot’s off-key rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” In addition tolost-in-space-space-circus being thoroughly ridiculous, the shenanigans of Dr. Smith hamper the pacing of this episode.

(Spoilers beyond this point)

Despite kidnapping a child without hesitation, Marvello instantly releases Will when convinced of his love for the Robinson family—a bizarre reaction from a cruel and conniving businessman.

 

Analysis

lost-in-space-space-circusTricked into leaving the Jupiter 2 for selfless reasons, Will reveals his fondness for each family member before departing—a touching display that highlights the brave and self-sacrificing nature of Will’s character.

 

Concluding Comments

“Space Circus” is a goofy and slow-moving episode of Lost in Space. Nevertheless, Will’s demonstration of love for John, Maureen, Penny, and Judy will stir the emotions of compassionate viewers.

 

Overall Quality: 4/10

 

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2 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 34: Space Circus

  1. This is my number nine ranked episode for the classic down home, cozy and fun, colored mid season..my second favorite season of the series, despite its much maligned and unwarranted status.. :-]

  2. This is a lovely and warm story, precisely the best type for me. Here, the humor creeps in, but it is very limited. The great Season One survival theme and storyline is still there.

    I love all the guests, especially Dr. Marvello. As you can see from above, this is one of my top ten episodes of the season. It has that warm, cozy, down home feeling, high on family closeness. LOST IN SPACE, the way it is supposed to be..