Lost in Space

Season 2 Episode 4

Forbidden World

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Oct 05, 1966 on CBS

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  • Another solid aventure, a 4.9 on my scale, and ranked at #23 on the season..

    "Forbidden World" is my lowest ranked of the four Season Two episodes so far, but not by a whole lot really. The episode has one of the very best (perhaps #1) and most intense opening teasers of any episode. Of course, it slows down after that somewhat, but not at all in a bad way. The episode is played quite straight and serious, in keeping with the B&W Season One feel so far. For some reason, "Forbidden World" seems to get kind of a 'bad rap' a lot, and you know the reason.."Big Bird," "The Parrot Creature," "The Chicken Monster." Well, I have seen all three of these terms used. The great costume designer Janos Prohaska designed that bird, and I am assuming it was him in the costume as well. Janos Prohaska designed and played like three creatures in STAR TREK, one from each season, as I recall. Overall, "The Parrot Creature" (take your pick and call it what you will) is not really bad at all. There is nothing really bad or overly 'silly' about the creature. He is kind of cute, actually. These are alien worlds in the sci-fi universe, so who is to say what is out there? Besides, the creature does not talk with a female voice like the pink dragon Gundemar. So, you have got to give him/it credit for that.

    "Forbidden World" is Barney Slater's first script this season, and he would be very active this year. Also very active by this time in the series was director Don Richardson, and this was his second input of the season. Guest star Wally Cox as "Tiabo," although nothing to get too scared about, was basically a serious character who meant business. He was just a scared and loner type quirky hermit. Really, LOST IN SPACE is still serious at this point..but it is about to gradually, gradually delve into the BATMAN style more comedic "LIS Lite" episodes.

    Robert Drasnin is the guest composer here. The music is obviously not up to Johnny Williams style standards, but it is not bad and it works well with the story and with the quirky guest characters. This is another middle-of-the-road Season Two adventure for me, but slightly down into the lower half here. Season One and Season Two are now both officially 'grounded,' as far as an alien planet goes. But, as you know, the Jupiter Two will clippity-clop all across the heavens during its shorer run. Speaking of 'clippity-clop,' this is the very first episode where we hear the infamous Robert Drasnin "clippity-clop weeeeeeeeee" music at the very end.




  • The Forbidden World is a very good episode, underrated by many and one of the strongest of the second season.

    On the Robinson's flight away from the plant, the Jupiter 2 is suddenly being targeted by a hyper atomic missile launched by the recently departed planet in protest to their leaving. They are then forced to alter their course immediately or else they will be destroyed.

    After initially moving out of the missiles path, the danger is not over as it altered its course due to a homing device. The missile compensated for any evasive action so John orders Don to wait until the missile is about to hit the ship before using the main thrusters to move out of its way. They successfully achieve this but as they were so close to the planet the missile made the planet explode. The Robinsons are then caught in the gravitational pull of the planet so John orders Don to use all the power they have to get away. Don refuses to as the navigational system has been damaged but Dr. Smith, wanting to get away, attempts to apply all power however as a result they suffer a crash landing. When they land the ship is a mess and the conditions outside are foggy. Smith orders the Robot outside to test the conditions even though John warned him not to because the conditions could corrode his metal. While outside the Robot goes missing and when John finds out Smith ordered the Robot outside he forces him outside to locate it. While searching, Smith is overcome by fear at the sight of an alien creature and he collapses. After realising he too is missing, John and Don search for Smith but to no avail. After everyone had gone to sleep, Will takes it upon himself to search for Smith. When outside he too confronts the alien and is taken away by Captain Tiabo, the inhabitant on this mystery planet. Tiabo takes Will to his home where he meets up with Smith and the Robot. While there Tiabo contacts his superiors and Will, Smith and the Robot discover that Tiabo and his army have a weapon that they intend to unleash on them. This is because they thought the missile that was attacking the Robinsons was meant for Tiabo's planet. While at Tiabo's home Smith finds a most delicious drink but the Robot discovers that the drink is an explosive and Smith will detonate at any time. Knowing this, Tiabo lets them escape with the hope that Smith will explode in their spaceship. Desperate to find a neutraliser for Smith, Will makes his way back to Tiabo's home where he discovers that Tiabo has been pretending to contact his superiors the whole time and that he is alone on this planet. Tiabo admits to Will that he just wants to be alone and that he fears more people will continue to arrive on his planet. Will assured him they had no choice and are only here temporarily so Tiabo gives Will a neutralizer which cures Smith just in time.

    All in all a very good episode, underrated by many and one of the strongest of the second season.