Lost in Space

Season 1 Episode 15

Return From Outer Space

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Dec 29, 1965 on CBS
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Will uses an alien transporter to send himself back to Earth. However, many people believe the Robinson family to be dead after hearing the ship went off course. Nobody on Earth believes him, and they lock him up with the intention of sending him to a boys' home.


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  • This episode is a lot of fun to watch and the fact that Dr. Smith takes a holiday really is appealing.

    NASA apparently started backing away from this series when they discovered the show's inability to get the science right. Carbon Tet (as they call it on the show) is a great solvent apparently to preserve food! However, all in all the usual gaping plot holes are handled very nicely here. The machine is in bad shape to begin with and is destroyed in the end sealing up that plot device. Will handles himself pretty well in a town that has an overwhelming amount of orphans that just seem to pop up everywhere. We now even have a planet name and a distance (however absurd both concepts are since the are apparently (LOST IN SPACE) Nevertheless, it's a great episode that doesn't depend on Dr. Smith's routine.moreless
Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw

Aunt Clara

Guest Star

Walter Sande

Walter Sande

Sheriff Baxendale

Guest Star

Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Phone Operator Rachel

Guest Star

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    • Dr. Smith: Stop. Stop. I can't go on. Your father's vicious desire for revenge has broken me. Zachary Smith has finally been brought to his knees.
      Will: It's not revenge, Dr. Smith. It's just that we've gotta gather these rock samples from all over... see if we can find another vein of radioactive ore.
      Dr. Smith: What about the Robot? He could carry all of this without any trouble.
      Will: He's gotta be free to use his sensors for any sign of radioactivity.
      Dr. Smith: This is ridiculous. Since when were human beings supposed to work for machines?
      (The warbling bloop places a large rock in Dr. Smith's bucket)
      Dr. Smith: Stop that!
      (The bloop continues to warble)
      Dr. Smith: That is the final indignity. Go and tell your father to vent his hostility on someone else. Zachary Smith draws the line at carrying rocks for animals.

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