Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Carey Wilber
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Gerald Mohr
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 12/7/1966
Production #: 9513
Dr. Smith enters an infernal prison and becomes acquainted with Morbus (Gerald Mohr), who bears a strong resemblance to Satan. Despite bargaining for his freedom and allowing Morbus to escape, Dr. Smith causes a rift between Major West and Judy—captivated by Morbus and his devilish charm.
Employing juvenile slapstick at the expense of Don and Judy, “A Visit to Hades” deserves criticism for its awful character portrayals. The concept of Dr. Smith going to Hell, however, may appeal to viewers with a dark taste in humor.
Upon arriving in Hades, Dr. Smith reviews footage of his past transgressions: tattling on a fellow student, stealing exam papers from a teacher’s desk, and helping himself to a generous portion of Penny’s birthday cake. Though quite silly (Jonathan Harris even plays the child version of Dr. Smith), the premise of Dr. Smith facing punishment for his “crimes” will amuse those with a tongue-in-cheek sense of justice.
Also worth noting is a brief cameo from the Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth), who appears during a comedic encounter with Dr. Smith.
Similarly, Major West—often depicted as a competent fighter—makes a fool of himself during a boxing match with Morbus.
“A Visit to Hades” provides a just and hilarious fate for Dr. Smith. Lost in Space fans may nevertheless condemn this effort, which undermines Don and Judy for comic relief purposes.
Overall Quality: 4/10
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