Director: Sobey Martin
Writer: Peter Packer
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Lou Gallo, and Don Eitner
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 10/25/1967
Production #: 1507
Upon traveling 270 years into the future and arriving on a mysterious planet, Will and Dr. Smith discover a statue dedicated to the Robot. Following the space pod to the planet, Professor Robinson and Major West quickly uncover the explanation for a supposed lapse in time.
“Flight Into the Future” benefits from a serious, atmospheric tone to complement the ominous tropes featured in several key sequences. There are times, however, when logical inconsistencies weaken the credibility of Peter Packer’s premise.
While exploring a cave, Will and Dr. Smith encounter a human female sporting retro-futuristic attire. In spite of being mistaken for Judy, the woman turns out to be a distant granddaughter of Will’s eldest sibling—a surreal display that strengthens the concept of Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot becoming anachronisms in a world maintained by their descendants.
After landing on the planet, Will and Dr. Smith locate what appears to be the Jupiter 2 in a state of extreme disrepair. Though potentially unsettling, the same narrative device had been employed to a more haunting effect in “The Cave of the Wizards” from season two.
In a later scene, Horatio Smith (a space historian wearing a recycled outfit from Destination Moon) reveals himself to be the great-great-great-great grandson of Dr. Smith. Despite having no children in the present, Dr. Smith fails to react incredulously toward Horatio’s claim.
Similar to “Spectre of the Gun” from Star Trek: The Original Series, “Flight Into the Future” highlights the importance of trusting one’s instincts when confronted with dubious circumstances.
For its intriguing use of an ostensible time travel story, “Flight Into the Future” should be commended by fans of this series. Worth noting in particular is the futuristic journey of Will and Dr. Smith, which parallels the final act of Stephen Hopkins’ Lost in Space movie.
Overall Quality: 7/10
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