Director: Sobey Martin
Writer: Jackson Gillis
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Malachi Throne, and Ted Cassidy
Composer: Robert Drasnin
Air Date: 11/9/1966
Production #: 9509
While inspecting a mineral drill, Will encounters an Arabian space thief (Malachi Throne) searching for a long-lost princess. Shortly thereafter, a towering slave (Ted Cassidy) forms an alliance with Dr. Smith—mistaken for the former master of the slave.
“The Thief from Outer Space” is marred by juvenile humor and one-dimensional antagonists. Science fiction buffs should therefore avoid this offering, which will likely appeal to only the youngest of Lost in Space viewers.
Additionally worth praising is the climactic sword fight between Professor Robinson and the eponymous thief, which, though brief in duration, showcases the remarkable fencing talents of Guy Williams—known for starring in the Zorro series produced by Disney. (See also: “Follow the Leader” and “Space Destructors”)
“The Thief from Outer Space” deserves criticism for its stereotypical villains: an abusive, mean-spirited thief and his obsequious slave—neither of whom present the depth, nuance, or credibility to pose a serious threat to the Robinson family.
This episode also suffers from a silly twist ending, where the princess turns out to be a plump and unattractive old woman.
Combining space travel with Middle Eastern tropes, “The Thief from Outer Space” benefits from a unique and original concept. Nevertheless, this episode is hampered by fat jokes, cardboard characters, and childish fantasy elements.
Overall Quality: 2/10
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