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
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 the 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.
In 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.
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 to 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.
Tricked 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.
“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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