Director: Harry Harris
Writer: Carey Wilber
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Albert Salmi, and Jim Boles
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 3/1/1967
Production #: 9521
With the help of scallywags Deek, Smeek (Jim Boles), and Izralim, Captain Alonzo P. Tucker searches for the lost treasure of Beelibones. Having discovered a doodlebug (actually a talking, disembodied head), Dr. Smith is kidnapped by Tucker’s motley crew and forced to cooperate with them.
“Treasure of the Lost Planet” is an underwhelming sequel to “The Sky Pirate.” Specifically, Carey Wilber’s narrative lacks an adequate balance of humor, action, and adventure—all essential factors in a pirate-themed episode for children.
The comedic nature of Captain Tucker serves to complement the campy, lighthearted tone adopted by the second season of Lost in Space—in contrast to Tucker’s presence in “The Sky Pirate,” which clashes with the dark and serious subject matter featured throughout most of season one.
Also worth commending, Will and Tucker share a natural chemistry with each other this time around—another improvement over “The Sky Pirate,” which fails to sell the audience on Will’s unlikely friendship with Tucker.
In addition to its plodding and uninspired execution, “Treasure of the Lost Planet” is marred by one major flaw. Notably, none of the characters in Tucker’s gang possess interesting, let alone human-like, qualities with which the average person can relate. Therefore, the majority of viewers—including those from a young age group—may struggle to invest in the motivations (i.e., treasure hunting) of all four crew members.
Never trust a pirate.
Though mildly amusing, “Treasure of the Lost Planet” should be avoided by pirate enthusiasts and science fiction fans alike. The interactions between Will and Tucker do, however, deserve praise for showcasing the talents of Billy Mumy and Albert Salmi, respectively.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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