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    skippercollecto

    [1]Aug 11, 2012
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    I have started to watch the third season on DVD. I am wondering if the show had been renewed before the end of filming of the second season, because the last four or so episodes seem updated compared to the rest of third season. Judy started wearing a hair band. In "The Phantom Family," you see the first use of what I guess could be called green negative film, as you see the characters get zapped and the whole scene changes color. Also, the equipment in the lower level living quarters is more vibrant and elaborate and looks new.


    At the start of the third season, the characters wear their silver space suits and Penny wears her hair long, but minus bangs. Although there's never a mention of it, Don and John must have gotten enough nutronium to allow a sudden liftoff. Then they go to the space prison, which has a bright blue elaborate complete setting--the black backgrounds of the interiors of previous alien ships is gone. There is also, of course, the new opening credits, the one everyone likes better because it is more exciting.


    The second episode is "Visit to a Hostile Planet," when the crew goes back in time to 1947 Earth. Much of the episode is filmed outdoors, rather than the alien planet soundstage scenes. The crew still wears their silver suits, except for a brief scene when you see the new outfits and Penny's hair is pulled into a bun. This episode "feels" like it should have been the season opener.


    I am wondering if the episodes were switched. In the opening of "Space Prison" the Jupiter 2 lifts off but then is thrown into an erratic course because of a comet and a supernova. In the opening of "Visit" the Jupiter is traveling at the speed of light but it is a chaotic ride. Perhaps the original scripts had the comet and supernova creating the erratic course?

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    [2]Aug 19, 2012
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    So far, this is what I've noticed about the third season:


    1. Everyone has on lavendar! Even Dr. Smith's dark turtleneck has lavendar chevron stripes on his sleeves, which is actually a very attractive color combination. They also have new silver space suits. I'm assuming they ordered these new outfits from the Intergalactic Department Store? Although the purple knit outfits are the ones that are the most famous, they are worn least of all. In some episodes the crew wears the space suits, and the third season has fewer episodes.


    2. Some of the episodes have been filmed outside, rather than on a sound stage.


    3. At the end of "Visit to a Hostile Planet," you wonder if the crew is still in 1947 or if they've found their way back to 1999. You get your question answered in "The Haunted Lighthouse," when they meet up with Colonel Fogey from Earth, who is in 1999 himself.


    4. In the episode "Space Destructors," which takes place after "The Space Primevals," Don and Dr. Smith are at each other's throats again. Their temporary truce in "Primevals" didn't last long!


    5. I realized after watching the DVDs, and having read much about the series in the past three decades, that, with the exception of "My Friend, Mr. Nobody," and "A Visit to Hades," that all of my favorite episodes are from the third season: "Visit to a Hostile Planet," "The Space Primevals," "The Haunted Lighthouse" and "Space Princess."

    Edited on 08/19/2012 2:04pm
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    [3]Feb 17, 2013
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    As I mentioned before, the third season must have aired in no particular order. In one episode, the Robinsons are stuck on a planet; in the next, they are traveling in space; then in the third episode, they are stuck on a planet again. I also think that "The Haunted Lighthouse" should have been the final episode. Someday I will have to rewatch all of the third season and create what would make a sensible timeline for the episodes.

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    [4]Apr 5, 2014
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    I DID watch all of the third season again, and this is the order I have decided on, and why.


    Visit to a Hostile Planet. The scenes of the Robinsons launching from Gamma Six could easily be added to the opening of the episode. The Robinsons return to space at the end.


    Condemned of Space. Takes place in space. The launch from Gamma Six at the beginning could easily be replaced with something else.


    Kidnapped in Space. The Robinsons are still in space.


    Hunter's Moon. The Robinsons crash land on an ancient planet.


    The Space Primevals. Still on the ancient planet.


    Space Destructors. Still on the ancient planet.


    Flight Into the Future. Launch scenes could be added to the beginning of the episode, but then the Robinsons land on Kromah.


    Collision of Planets. Still on Kromah, but launch at the end and then the planet is blown up.


    Space Creature. In space.


    Deadliest of the Species. The Robinsons land on Planet 23.6


    A Day at the Zoo. Still on Planet 23.6.


    Two Weeks in Space. Still on Planet 23.6.


    Castles in Space. Still on Planet 23.6.


    The Anti-Matter Man. Still on Planet 23.6.


    Princess of Space. On a planet that could be 23.6.


    The Time Merchant. On a planet that could be 23.6.


    The Promised Planet. Would need footage of a launch. Start out in space, land on Gamma, then leave it at the end.


    Fugitives in Space. Would need footage of the landing. This is a cold planet, not 23.6.


    Space Beauty. Still on the cold planet. It snows at the end!


    The Flaming Planet. Need a launch sequence. The men land on Sogram but presumably leave at the end.


    The Great Vegetable Rebellion. Need a landing scene. Can't be the cold planet--too many plants! Need a launch at the end.


    Junkyard in Space. In space.


    The Haunted Lighthouse. This episode answers the question about what year it is in the Robinsons' universe, since they were seemingly stuck in 1947 in Visit to a Hostile Planet. Lighthouse confirms that the travelers have made it back into their own time. The episode also indicates that the Robinsons wish to continue on their journey, rather than stay and wait for a rescue from Earth.


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    [5]Apr 7, 2014
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    My comments about the third season:


    Condemned of Space. Everyone has new silver launch suits, and new velvet outfits. The Jupiter 2 blasts off from Gamma Six.


    Visit to a Hostile Planet. The Jupiter 2 lands on Earth, in Manatou Junction, Michigan, near Lake Superior, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 1947, at 2:35 a.m. central time. The ship takes off again at the end of the episode. The background music is similar to that of F Troop's. According to Google, Oct. 14, 1947, was actually a Tuesday, and it is the day that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in his Bell X-1.


    Kidnapped in Space. The Jupiter 2 is in Space. Woman 1220 looks like Maleficent. Note that Penny and Judy share a cabin. Who is the boy why plays 9-year-old Zac?


    Hunter's Moon. The Jupiter 2 crash lands on an ancient planet.


    The Space Primevals. Penny's hairstyle keeps changing from episode to episode. Dr. Smith gives away the gold hunter watch that his grandfather had given him. A hunter pocket watch is a round watch with a lid that snaps open. Why wasn't the detonator stabilized in the chariot? Why does Don carry a lighter if he doesn't smoke? Who or what was the gold man at the end of the episode?


    Space Destructors. The plot is similar to that of Wish Upon a Star. The clone-making machine is a very elaborate set. Will can fix Dr. Smith's hand by using his brain power, yet another episode about Will's extraordinary mental capabilities. How many times during the series was Dr. Smith banished from the spaceship? How many sword fights did John get into the series? The Robinsons have umpteen gadgets and a robot, but why do they still do their travel plans via a paper map and manually do the math (calculus and trigonometry) to figure distances?


    The Haunted Lighthouse. The Robinsons blast off from the ancient planet. Note that J-5 has pointy ears. The lighthouse's name is Space Light Ship F-12, and it has been stranded in space for at least 11 years. Colonel Cyrus J. Foget is the sixth stranded Earthling that the Robinsons encounter. According to the episode, the Jupiter 2 launched from Cape Kennedy on Sept. 18, 1997, which is completely different from both opening episodes, and has been in space for two years, five months and six days. How did Fogey or the ship's computer know about the Jupiter 2 if it hadn't been in contact with Earth for more than a decade? I'm assuming the ship was still receiving transmissions from Earth, even if Fogey couldn't access them. Also, how come none of the Robinson learned about its existence while they were on Earth? As in the previous episode, if so much of the episode is digitized on computers, why weren't the maps in the computers? The closing credits have different names mentioned, and the music is out of key.


    Flight Into the Future. The signals from the planet create space rapture even far out into space and affect Don. The Jupiter 2 lands on the planet, which we learn later is named Kromah.


    Collision of Planets. The planet on which Flight Into the Future and Collision of Planets takes place is named Kromah. The planet is blown up at the end of the episode, after the Robinsons have launched. The subplot with Dr. Smith is a parody of Samson and Delilah.


    Space Creature. This is the scariest episode of the series, especially if you are a child watching it on a black-and-white TV! The Robinsons are in space. The creature has the same voice as Mr. Nobody.


    Deadliest of the Species. The Jupiter 2 lands on Planet 23.6, Gamma Range.


    A Day at the Zoo. They are still on 23.6. Note the bed in Don's and Judy's cage.....One of the families visiting the zoo is Ferengi. The net that captures Penny--where is it hanging from?


    Two Weeks in Space. Another mention of using nutronium as currency. On Planet 23.6 Where did the cash register, sporting equipment and wicker furniture come from?


    Castles in Space. On Planet 23.6 Will and Judy sing a slightly different version of "Sloop John B."


    The Anti-Matter Man. On Planet 23.6 The scenes of the characters crossing between dimensions are creepy, particularly if you are watching them in black-and-white! How did John get his clothes back?


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    [6]Apr 7, 2014
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    Final comments:


    Princess of Space. On unknown planet, probably still 23.6. Penny's fairytale book has Disney's Cinderella's Castle on the front cover. The aliens are looking for a girl about 13 years of age, which is what Penny's age would be.


    Time Merchant. On Planet 23.6. Kronos mentions that the Jupiter 2 launched on Oct. 16, 1997, in the evening. The Oct. 16 date was from the original pilot, not the one that actually aired. If the guest actors seem familiar, Kronos was played by John Crawford of The Waltons and Sgt. Rogers was played by Hoke Howell of Here Come the Brides.


    The Promised Planet. In space. The Robinsons land on Gamma Planet, but in the end launch again. During the discussion between John and Penny, John nearly swears. Note the aliens' antennae made of knitting needles! Why does John have a lighter?


    Fugitives in Space. On a cold planet. Another episode about Don and Dr. Smith forced together.


    Space Beauty. The Robinsons are on a planet, but not the same one as A Day at the Zoo. The ending is reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Note that the reptilian contestant looks like Gundemar and the dictator looks like Mort. What happened to Oggo from A Day at the Zoo?


    The Flaming Planet. The Robinsons are in space. The men land on the planet Sogram in the pod, and presumably leave at the end.


    The Great Vegetable Rebellion. In space, but land on a planet. Presumably they launch at the end. Will has a black eye which Bill Mumy had gotten in real life.


    Junkyard in Space. In space, but land on the Intergalactic Junk Yard. Will still has traces of his black eye. Where is the giant magnet hanging from, and where is Maureen?

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