Director: Robert Douglas
Writers: Bob Duncan and Wanda Duncan
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Walter Burke, Fritz Feld, Larry Dean, Tiger Joe Marsh, and Dawson Palmer
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 1/25/1967
Production #: 9518
Encountering a mechanical catalogue, Will and Dr. Smith stumble into the workshop of Mr. O. M. (Walter Burke)—an eccentric toy maker who operates without permission from Mr. Zumdish. Meanwhile, Mr. Zumdish and his security guard (Tiger Joe Marsh) threaten to destroy the catalogue with Will and Dr. Smith still inside.
“The Toymaker” is a disjointed, albeit touching, holiday episode. Lost in Space viewers may therefore wish to avoid this offering, which pales in comparison to “Return from Outer Space”—a Christmas-themed entry from season one.
By combining scary monsters with an innocent, magical atmosphere similar to that of Babes in Toyland (Disney version), “The Toymaker” will likely appeal to holiday enthusiasts, child audiences, and Lost in Space fans of a sentimental nature.
While roaming the alien toy shop, Will and Dr. Smith discover a door that leads to Earth. Instead of immediately prying open the door (concealed only by a half-dozen planks) and jumping through it, Dr. Smith takes an inordinate amount of time to admire a glimpse of Christmas scenery before taking action—an unrealistic response from a man who desires nothing more than to return home.
Also worth criticizing is the characterization of the Robot, who behaves cowardly in one instance and over-sensitively in another. (Though capable of emotion, the Robot had never before valued his “feelings” over the welfare of his family.)
In order to rescue Dr. Smith from Mr. O. M., Will sacrifices his only opportunity to utilize the gateway to Earth—a poignant decision which indicates that, despite being a mere child, Will has no trouble making sacrifices for a friend in peril.
The second Christmas episode of Lost in Space, “The Toymaker” contains a series of fantastic, nonsensical events strung together with no coherent theme. This installment does, however, deserve praise for its heartwarming subject matter.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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