Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Robert Hamner
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Grant Sullivan, and Carol Williams
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 9/20/1967
Production #: 1506
Informed of a medical emergency, Dr. Smith—enticed by a handsome reward—agrees to operate on a mystery patient. Arriving at the Xenian Space Probe (the exterior of which resembles the alien spacecraft from “The Derelict”), the not-so-good doctor is required to perform surgery on a computerized brain ruling over a humanoid race—a task that Dr. Smith finds himself unqualified to complete.
While benefiting from an intriguing science fiction premise, “Kidnapped in Space” is marred by juvenile comedic devices. The sinister attributes exhibited by the Xenian people do, however, strengthen the credibility of Robert Hamner’s narrative conflict.
Though quite silly in appearance, the silver-colored aliens featured in this episode convey their intentions (i.e., to conquer the universe through temporal manipulation) in a menacing fashion, specifically by threatening to kill Dr. Smith should he fail to “heal” the android leader—a factor that reinforces the existential threat facing Dr. Smith, the Robot, and other members of the Jupiter crew.
Hoping to restore his youth, Dr. Smith utilizes alien technology to reverse his biological clock. Moments later, Smith continues to speak in an adult voice despite being trapped in the body of a small child—an embarrassing and cringe-worthy display, even by the typical standards of Lost in Space.
When stating his credentials, Smith claims to be a doctor of intergalactic environmental psychology as opposed to a trained physician. Astute viewers will nevertheless note that in “The Reluctant Stowaway,” Colonel Smith performs an examination on Will after sabotaging the Jupiter 2—a continuity error that series enthusiasts may find difficult to overlook.
Similar to “Time Merchant” from later in season three, “Kidnapped in Space” employs an iconic science fiction trope (i.e., time travel) to offer a commendable cautionary tale, namely that technology—normally a useful tool for the enrichment of mankind—can become a dangerous weapon when used to “play god” by interfering with human fate.
“Kidnapped in Space” is a mediocre episode of Lost in Space. That being said, this entry deserves praise for its insightful and thought-provoking sci-fi concepts.
Overall Quality: 6/10
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