Lost in Space

The Reluctant Stowaway

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/15/65
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  • Episode Description
  • As the Robinson family prepares to leave Earth to colonize Alpha Centauri, a spy from a foreign country, Zachary Smith, becomes trapped aboard while trying to sabotage the space vehicle. After liftoff, the ship is whisked off course and into a meteor storm due to Dr. Smith's extra weight upsetting the navigational computers. In and attempt to save himself, Smith revives the crew early, resulting in the Robinson family with Smith becoming Lost In Space.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • June Lockhart

    Maureen Robinson

  • Hal Torey


  • Jerry Briskin

  • Don Forbes

    TV Commentator

  • Mark Goddard

    Don West

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • review

    By noman, Dec 02, 2013

  • Re-shot Pilot

    By SFBarbear, Oct 31, 2012

  • The best of the best

    By jimbotc2004, Mar 23, 2006

  • Three cast member listings for this episode are incorrect.

    By ssosmcin, Jan 24, 2008

  • Good scifi shows always have good(ish) science behind them, Lost in Space isn't one of them.

    By mddawson1, Nov 11, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Narrator: This is the beginning. This is the day. You are watching the unfolding of one of history's great adventures. Man's colonization of space. Beyond the stars.

    • Narrator: Here now is the Jupiter 2. The culmination of nearly 40 years of intensive research and the most sophisticated piece of hardware yet devised by the mind of Man. Bold in concept, brilliant in execution, this most delicate yet most colossal of instruments makes possible Man's thrust into deep space, and will soon set out on its quest for a new world. This super spaceship stands two stories high. The upper level contains a fantastic sophisticated guidance control system. An electronic elevator connects both floors of the intergalactic vehicle. The upper and lower levels are operationally self-contained. Here on the lower deck, pulsating with unbelievable force, are the great atomic motors that will power the ship to new world.

    • Dr. Smith: Send us back to Earth. Every second you waste sends us thousands of miles in the wrong direction. What are you doing?
      Don: Waking up the Robinsons.
      Dr. Smith: No, don't wake them.
      Don: Why not? It's their lives too, and since I'm the only one who can pilot this ship, I'll make the decisions.
      Dr. Smith: Have it your way, then. Make it a family outing. Why not?

    • Maureen: (surprised to discover that Dr. Smith is aboard the Jupiter 2) Why, Dr. Smith, you shouldn't be here at all!
      Dr. Smith: Precisely the point I'm trying to make, Madam. Without much success, I might add.

    • Dr. Smith: (speaking to Will about the Major) Well, that's the military mind for you. Kill or be killed. That's all they understand.

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    Notes (1)

    • This is the first episode with the familiar theme song and opening sequence from the first two seasons (the unaired pilot had no theme music). This theme was composed by John Williams, famous composer for such movies as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies.

    Trivia (4)

    • Before becoming lost, the Jupiter 2 would have reached Alpha Centauri, a distance of approximately 4 light years, in about 5 years. However, the spaceship was written off by Alpha Control and declared beyond the limits of the Milky Way, but the closest edge of our galaxy is 25,000 light years showing this to be impossible.

    • Dr. Smith states he has won three GM (Grandmaster) titles at the Oxford University Chess Society. In fact this goes against the actual rules of the world chess organization FIDE (World Chess Federation) that state a chess title is won for life.

    • In this episode, the first of the regular series, it's heard that the Robinson's voyage has taken five years so far. This differs from the 98 years that had been stated in the unaired original pilot.

    • Dr. Smith holds the rank of Colonel.

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