Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Robert Hamner
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Fritz Feld, Richard Krisher, Eric Matthews, Edy Williams, and Carroll Roebke
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 12/13/1967
Production #: 1515
In order to evade capture, four intergalactic thieves disguise themselves as human tourists and brainwash Mr. Zumdish into acting as their guide. Upon arriving on the planet currently occupied by the Robinsons, the aliens are accommodated by Dr. Smith, who, without permission, transforms the Jupiter 2 into a luxury hotel.
“Two Weeks in Space” is marred by the antics of Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot. For this reason, Lost in Space fans of a serious nature would be wise to avoid this effort.
When the alien imposters roam the Jupiter 2 at night, stock footage of a full moon is played along with the howling of a wild animal—a combination that creates an eerie, atmospheric setting reminiscent of a black-and-white horror film by Universal Studios.
Though necessary for the events of Robert Hamner’s narrative to unfold, the Robinsons’ decision to leave Dr. Smith—a buffoonish, incompetent man—in charge of the Jupiter 2 is never explained.
Also problematic is the copious amount of slapstick violence featured in this episode, which often parallels that of a typical Three Stooges short. For example, Smith is repeatedly bonked on the head with a shuttlecock, prompting Non (Edy Williams), an alien posing as an attractive human female, to comfort the good doctor—a comedic device that will likely appeal to only the youngest of Lost in Space fans.
Combining low-brow humor with a tired series trope (i.e., a beautiful woman seducing Dr. Smith, who responds in a strangely apathetic manner), “Two Weeks in Space” may evoke criticism from viewers. This episode does, however, benefit from an eerie sequence in the first act.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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