Director: Ezra Stone
Writer: Barney Slater
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, John Carradine, and Jim Mills
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 4/12/1967
Production #: 9530
Mr. Arcon (John Carradine)—a blue-skinned, bald-headed alien—entrusts Penny with a powerful amulet. Plotting to steal the object, the Saticons (the main adversaries from “Wreck of the Robot”) bribe Dr. Smith into exchanging the amulet for a passage to Earth. Despite his initial satisfaction with the agreement, Dr. Smith discovers that betrayal often comes at a terrible cost.
For showcasing the talents of John Carradine in a humorous, family-friendly setting, “The Galaxy Gift” should be commended. Even by the standards of Lost in Space, however, the production values of this offering leave much to be desired.
Though covered in make-up, the face of John Carradine remains visible throughout the duration of this episode—an aspect that allowed him to make use of his features while portraying Penny’s new acquaintance. Viewers may thus find amusing many aspects of Mr. Arcon, whose animated expressions serve to complement his eccentric personality.
Instead of dwelling in the shadows to avoid exposure, the Saticons now conduct their business in broad daylight—in contrast to the first Saticon trio, the elusive qualities of which often heighten the ominous, unpredictable nature of all three aliens.
Upon arriving in “Chinatown,” Dr. Smith and Penny are stalked by a two-legged creature sporting a giant insect head (originally showcased in the 1958 version of The Fly). Unfortunately, the alien monster lacks a pair of grotesque, claw-like hands to match his bug-eyed visage, thereby hampering the realism of a potentially terrifying threat.
In the penultimate scene, Mr. Arcon prepares to send Dr. Smith to a dead star as punishment for his actions. Unable to accept such a cruel verdict, Maureen and the others compel Arcon to show mercy on the not-so-good doctor, explaining the importance of forgiveness to him—a sequence that will appeal to those who enjoy Lost in Space for its exemplary, heartwarming values.
“The Galaxy Gift” is an enjoyable, if heavily flawed, episode that benefits from a poignant moral lesson. Especially terrific is the performance of Carradine, which will surely entertain fans of the late actor.
Overall Quality: 6/10
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