Lost in Space

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (117)

  • Don West: (about flying the spaceship) If you wake up and you find me driving you'll know you are in trouble.

  • 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.

  • Maureen: Now I say we turn back. Don't you have an opinion?
    John: No, I don't. Not until we've checked every component inside-out and know exactly how we stand.
    Maureen: And then?
    John: And then I'll let the computer make the final decision.
    Maureen: And will the computer also take into consideration a man's love and concern for his family? Or has all that been put into cold storage for the duration?

  • John: Let's get around to the other side, then.
    Don: All right, if you insist.
    John: Well, look at that thing! Where's your scientific curiosity?
    Don: All in one basket - Alpha Centauri.

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Notes (20)

  • Dr. Zachary Smith, the "villain" of the regular series, does not appear in this un-aired pilot.

  • This series pilot is known as No Place To Hide, though this title appears nowhere in the production. The original working title for the planned series was originally The Space Family Robinson.

  • Many of the special effects sequences for this black and white pilot film were actually shot in color so that they could be reused later.

  • 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.

  • Unlike other episodes, there is no opening trailer. The show starts immediately with the credits and theme. The title, writer, and director credits don't appear until the start of the second act.

  • Music: Greensleeves (sung by Bill Mumy)

  • Much of the footage in this episode (including the trip to the weather station, Mrs. Robinson doing laundry, and the escape in the Chariot) is reused footage from the unaired pilot. The line, "this must be what the Robot saw" is an obvious overdub, since the Robot did not appear in the unaired pilot.

  • This is the first episode to use entirely new footage. In the previous six episodes, footage from the pilot was used.

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Trivia (31)

  • The space ship that the Robinsons are launched in is called the Gemini XII, as an extension of the old Gemini space program. This will be changed to the Jupiter II in the regular series.

  • Maureen and John Robinson have a rare on-screen kiss.

  • The Gemini XII uses liquid oxygen or LOX, one of the physical forms of elemental oxygen, which is used by NASA to this day.

  • The song Will plays on the guitar is Greensleeves.

  • In this unaired pilot, the ship crashes as the result of a meteor shower, rather than from sabotage as in the second pilot/first episode.

  • Continuity Goof: The original trip of the Gemini XII was to take 98 years. The Robinsons left Earth on October 16, 1997, and landed on the unnamed planet in June 2001. Most of the story takes place in December 2001, six months after they crash land.

  • 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.

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Allusions (13)

  • Robot: There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
    Referencing Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2.

  • Title:
    Referencing the Book of Genesis 6:4, "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."

  • Will: Boy, now I know how that ole Dr. Frankenstein must have felt.
    Referencing the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. The story is about Doctor Frankenstein who creates a living being out of the parts of dead people, a being that turns against its creator.

  • Dr. Smith: Is that what you call a sound and fury which signifies nothing?
    Referencing William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5, "Life's but a walking shadow, ... a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."

  • Will: A White Rabbit.
    Referencing the 1865 novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (b.1832 - d.1898), whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Alice enters Wonderland by chasing the White Rabbit into his rabbit hole and falling for thousands of feet before landing in the strange reality.

  • Title:
    Referencing the 1942 British war film One Of Our Planes Is Missing, which tells the tale of six British airmen who are shot down in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and are forced to escape the country with the aid of sympathetic Dutch citizens.

  • Dr. Smith: And this is the way our world ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. This is an allusion to T.S. Eliot's poem, The Hollow Men.

  • The title alludes to the line in Shakespeare's Merchant Of Venice Act II, Scene VII "All that glitters is not gold."

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