Lost in Space

Season 1 Episode 9

The Oasis

Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Nov 10, 1965 on CBS

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  • A really bad installment, not nearly enough story to fill out an hour of television and the campiness doesn't help here.

    Drought on the planet causes the group to collect alien fruit, however it causes Debbie and Dr. Smith to grow to colossal size.

    There is really very little to recommend here, the opening scene of an avalanche goes no where other than create a cliffhanger before the commercial. There is a chuckle when Dr. Smith takes a shower with the last water collected by the Jupiter 2's reclamation units, his selfishness is nicely comedic. However, then, the episode just doesn't have any material. There is a long search down a dry stream bed, Smith stumbling out of camp in a huff twice, interminable scenes of the Robinson women feeling sad and guilty that he's gone, and Smith's predictable rants when he grows to great size.

    The dialog is pretty deadful and hopelessly stretched out, Dr. Smith's tantrums are mostly pointless and tedious, and there is so much repetition that's it's hard to continue to pay attention. By some miracle with no explanation, a rainstorm solves all the installment's problems.

    "Lost in Space" has a lot of cheesy episodes, some can be fun to laugh at for a variety of reasons. This entry doesn't even meet those standards as it spins its wheels with no story to tell.