This is the conclusion of last weeks adventure. The Robinson's make across the inland sea and survive the massive heat wave and frigid temperatures. Now they head back to the Jupiter 2 in hopes of leaving this dreadful planet someday.
In spite of a few problems, this episode is a sci-fi TV classic. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! The episode starts with a dramatic, earthquake-filled rescue of Don, Judy, Will, and Penny, who are trapped in a room with a mummy. It continues its relentlessly exciting pace as the Chariot crosses a frozen sea of ice. The robot and Smith, who stayed back at the Jupiter Two, figure out that the planet's strange orbit will soon imperil the Robinsons not with freezing cold, but with overbearing heat. The Robinson's, especially Don, refuse to believe Dr. Smith when he radios them and pleads with them to turn around at once or they won't survive another hour. We get the first glimpse of a much more heated exchange. After Don cuts off Smith, John tells Don that it wouldn't have done any harm to have listened to what Smith had to say.
In a last-ditch attempt to warn the Robinsons of their plight, Smith sends the robot to them. Upon seeing the robot, Don shoots him with the laser and knocks the robot out of commission. Will gets mad at Don this time. The real explosion comes when John pulls the robot's tapes and looks at the data about the orbit of the planet. That's when Don and John really blow at each other. Don insists that they keep heading South while John says they only just have enough time to build a shelter right now or they'll be fried to death in a matter of hours. After the heat crisis, they decide to head back to the Jupiter. John is impatient to return, so he orders Don not to re-align the solar batteries. This error in John's judgement nearly costs them their lives when they encounter a terrible storm on the Inland Sea and lose power. In an exciting scene, Don makes the connection and is then swept overboard by a huge wave. He manages to climb back up the latter and is rescued. With restored power, everyone returns safely.
Illogical points: 1) The most glaring illogical part of the episode is the scene where Don is washed overboard. They clearly show Don clinging to the top of the ladder. They're in a glass-enclosed Chariot with the curtains tied back. John, Maureen, Will, Penny, and Judy, any one of whom could easily have seen Don on the ladder, simply bemoan the fact that he's gone and that's that. They should have shown Don clinging to the bottom of the ladder, not the top! I know they were in a storm, but, even so, Don would have been clearly visible. 2) When Smith orders the robot to head out to the Chariot, he tells the robot that the journey would be about 80 miles. The Chariot had been gone for at least 2 days. It's hard to believe that it would have managed only 80 miles in that span of time.
The last of the pilot footage episodes which would also end a series of nice touches to the series. Professor Robinson would no longer write in his diary. The characters would no longer have dramatic tension between them -- that would all fall on Dr. Smith and Don and Judy would no longer have a love interest. Too bad actually because these elements brought a lot of dramatic tension. A nice moment of set design is the chariot crossing the frozen lake. The set is nicely laid out and still looks good even by today's standards. The black and white help it out a lot. There is also a nice dramatic segment with Major West and Don arguing. There is also the aforementioned diary segments which are great. Of course there are the silly moments. I found it almost laughable that Maureen commented how harsh John seemed to be at Don -- nobody would be nice under those conditions. Isn't John allowed to have a temper? Then there is also Penny's comment about Mars. Did she forget that the Robinson's had left the Milky Way galaxy or did Will have a special version of the Hubble Telescope that could see another planet inside of a galaxy. Then finally there is also the time sequence. How can a planet have such rapid changes in temperature while orbiting the sun? What kind of orbit is that? In our own Solar system, Pluto exhibits the closest parallel to that orbit but it takes a lot longer than a few days for that to happen and going that close to the sun would burn up the atmosphere. Oh well, Allen got to use the pilot footage. The next episode is the actual first episode of the series using no pilot footage and sets the course for the writing which is the introduction of camp.
A very enjoyable episode, even with its inconsistencies. The Chariot\'s trek across the frozen inland sea is fascinating to watch, as is the scene where the blazing hot sun scorches the planet\'s surface while the Robinsons take cover. Does the planet orbit its sun THAT FAST? Within hours it traverses it\'s flat elipse from the farthest (coldest) point to its closest (hottest) point. What the Robot would later say about \'Post Planus\' applies even more to this planet\' Pre Planis\': \"The orbit of this planet is highly eccentric.\" To say the least!! And how would the planet\'s two moons keep up with such a swiftly moving planet? Assuming that the two moons have gravitational pulls of their own, how could the planet manage to travel that rapidly?
Why would the Jupiter 2 have to struggle to keep a survivable inside temperature (53 degrees) even though the outside temperature is -125 F and falling rapidly? The temperature of deep space is absolute zero (-476 F), but never do we find it a struggle for the Jupiter\'s support systems to maintain a comfortable inside temperature (warmer than 53 degrees!_ during its travels. It makes the Robinson\'s journey south in this episode seem unnecessary.
In the previous episode \'There Were Giants in the Earth\', Maureen remarks that the outside temperature could fall below zero and they wouldn\'t notice it inside the Jupiter 2.
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