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Lost in Space Wild Adventure (1965–1968) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Original Title: Wild Adventure
Director: Don Richardson
Writers: Irwin Allen,William Read Woodfield
Released: 1965–1968
Duration: 50min
Video type: TV Episode
Surviving a run-in with what looks like a giant steaming meatball in space (cosmic dust), Dr. Smith announces the sighting of a familiar star, which he'll only share if Prof. Robinson promises to use that information to return to Earth rather than venture on to Alpha Centauri. What Smith doesn't share is that the information isn't his and that the sun currently stands between them and Earth. In forcing the situation his way, Smith jettisons the ship's fuel, necessitating a stop at an Earth refueling barge they can now locate. Besides fuel, they unknowingly pick up a green space alien who feeds on it, a cooing green beauty swimming in space who begins singing a siren song to seduce Dr. Smith.
Episode complete credited cast:
Guy Williams Guy Williams - Prof. John Robinson
June Lockhart June Lockhart - Maureen Robinson
Mark Goddard Mark Goddard - Maj. Don West
Marta Kristen Marta Kristen - Judy Robinson
Bill Mumy Bill Mumy - Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Angela Cartwright Angela Cartwright - Penny Robinson
Jonathan Harris Jonathan Harris - Dr. Zachary Smith
Vitina Marcus Vitina Marcus - Lorelei

Reviews: [5]

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    The science is so bad, it's completely off the radar. Featuring an intelligent humanoid alien being who can move freely around in space with no obvious means of propulsion or protection and who can also audibly sing in the vacuum of space. There's also complete misunderstanding of the scales of sizes of solar systems and galaxies. With lines like "We've just passed Uranus and Arcturus" and then from Earth-based Alpha Control as the spaceship overshoots the home planet - "You're exiting the Galaxy, Good Luck".

    But, none of the above really matters as the show is just so enjoyable. Dr Smith really does screw up big time by firstly deviating the Jupiter 2 off-course, then jettisoning all of the fuel. If that's not enough, he then manipulates Penny in an underhand manner into again putting the craft into further peril and then later he needs an EVA rescue which again has serious consequences for the direction of the travellers and the future direction of the series.

    As always though, the ever-forgiving Robinsons always do the morally correct thing and undermine their own goals in order rescue Smith even though he most certainly doesn't deserve it. But, us long-suffering viewers somehow completely understand this by now and we, like them, also want him to be rescued, although we don't quite know why!

    It's such a novelty though, watching these "outer space" episodes after a whole series of the Jupiter 2 craft stranded on Preplanus. You've got to give it to the writers, they hadn't at all lost their sense of adventure, imagination or suspense at this point. Getting back into space again was somehow needed to boost the interest of the show for a while. It's also made so much more enjoyable by the use of colour, with the outrageously colourful clothing and scenery and great telescopic photos of nebulae from NASA giving a real out-of-this-world feeling to the episode.

    Overall a joy to watch and quite captivating. Just let down a little by the silliness of the alien subplot and just a complete disregard for anything remotely scientifically correct. But again, it seems more fun just to ignore all that and enjoy the show for what it is with its tensions, high drama and cliffhangers, and by no means to take it too seriously.
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    "Wild Adventure" other episode spends so much time with the Jupiter 2 spaceship flying through space, besides Season Three's "Space Creature." That is, of course, not a trait to measure the 'worth' of the episode. It is just an interesting trivia point to make note of. The Jupiter 2 is flying through space during the entire adventure, with the one exception of its brief landing on the F-12 fuel barge to refuel. Of course, however, this is a very solid story, with no real, real 'silliness' for the series set in yet. It will take more episodes than this before Season Two dips to the lower levels of humor, slapstick, and more silliness. I have never, ever disliked this episode..although it has never been a huge favorite of mine either. As a matter of fact, I consider it about average in the Season Two pack. More 'silly' episodes coming later are even much better..another reason why the silliness-meter of an episode is not necessarily an accurate model to grade the overall worth of an episode.

    Of course, let us discuss the one factor in this episode that most fans mention as being the downfall here..the green lady from "the people of the green mist." Do I have any problems with her? Of course not. Do I like her? Yes! When you get right down to it, this story/episode revolves around, and is really all about the Green Girl. Although terrible science (all around), the girl makes for an entertaining and enjoyable tale. I met Ms. Vitina Marcus in person at FrightVision 2001 in early April in Cleveland that year. Two things surprised my that I did not expect..she is a pretty short lady, and she has (or had) blond hair. A very nice lady she was..and attractive.

    There is a heck of a lot going on in this episode. Obviously, the most tense and exciting moment is when the ship is caught in the gravitational pull of the sun..ending the third or fourth act/segment. That was pretty good stuff..though illogical, of course.

    It was cool to see the Robinsons a lot in their 'sleepy time' attire..bathrobes and all. Ms. dear, dear Penny looked so cute! And we got to see "Mrs. Robinson's first meal in space." This was the second of only two (rare) LOST IN SPACE writing credits for the team of William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter. That may explain the very different 'feel' in this episode. Woodfield and Balter had previously done "Attack Of The Monster Plants" (another VERY different 'feel' episode) from classic B&W Season One.

    The most prolific LOST IN SPACE director of all, Don Richardson, only directed four episodes during B&W Season One, but now, in living color, his directed episodes start to arrive hot and heavy..and they begin right here, in the second episode on the young season.

    This is the first of several background incidental music scores from 'regular STAR TREK man,' Alexander Courage. Although I am not overly thrilled by any of his scores, this one works very well (as they all do), and is probably my personal favorite of the Alexander Courage entries.

    One other note.."Wild Adventure"ends very, very, very nicely, with dialog something like this..

    WILLIAM: Cheer up, Doctor Smith. Anyway, we're on kind of an adventure now.

    WILLIAM: Where are we going now, sir?

    JOHN: We'll know when we get there, son. We'll know when we get there.

    (With excellent closing music to boot.)



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    I feel "Wild Adventure" was on its way to being one of those pillars of the Lost in Space series, only to squander the excitement of one perilous incident after another (all caused by Dr. Smith, so desperate to get back to Earth that he would fool around with buttons that operate ship functions he knows nothing about, leading to the release of a reserve fuel supply needed to keep the Jupiter 2 from running out, or tampering with the astrogator using both a magnetic ring of his and the manipulation of Penny to change the course from the destination of Alpha Centauri), for a silly alien creature that does nothing but further illustrate the fact that the show couldn't help fall right back into the trap time and again regarding cheesy plots/characters/monsters formula that has given it such a poor reputation with sci-fi fans. The creature this time is an "alien from the green mist" that feeds on atomic energy, is costumed in a green leotard, with a plastic dome on her head, who coos Dr. Smith into a hypnotic state so she can get more fuel from the Jupiter 2. To be honest, her whole reason for existing in this plot is to throw the Jupiter 2 off course for destination Earth so that the Space Family Robinson would be lost in space—because if they make it to Earth (after a harrowing near-death experience being pulled towards the sun thanks to Smith's getting Penny to change the course through his usual cunning) the series is over. That said, kudos to Don for putting aside his distaste for Dr. Smith, going out to get him once the green alien lady that coos induces a trance that forces him into a space suit to follow her outside the Jupiter 2. Because of their humanitarian nature, John, listening to Maureen, moves the Jupiter 2 off its heading (which would have been right for Earth's orbit) to rescue Smith. This will alter the course for good, sending the Jupiter into the unknown of outer space. With scenes like Jupiter 2 heading into a big ball of cosmic dust which has the appearance of a flaming asteroid and the almost-cataclysmic doom of the sun, it's a shame this episode becomes a laughingstock with the inclusion of the green alien lady, including Smith's goofy looking expression while under her trance, outside the ship doing cartwheels, with googly-eyes. Still, I would have to say "Wild Adventure" is one of the more quality episodes of the corny second season, with a plot completely set in the Jupiter 2 and containing lots of action. Also includes a neat scene where we see that a number of "fuel barges" were sent out into space for ships to refuel, a saving grace for the Jupiter 2 after Smith's dumb ass mistake of pressing buttons and pushing switches in a moment of his usual stupidity because John and Major had "locked" the astrogator, keeping him from setting a course for Earth, so desiring to get to his home planet that he would cause the release of the reserve fuel supply.
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    After the events of last week's Blast Off Into Space, the Jupiter 2 encounters a floating green lady in space.

    The first half of this episode is loaded with outstanding Jupiter 2 miniature effects, funny lines from Smith/The Robot and all covered with moody/spacey Alexander Courage music. What more could I want?

    The quality returns in the final two minutes of the hour but the silly green lady does serious damage to the last half of the episode. And to make things worse, she returns in another season two adventure.

    But still, a must see hour for the first half and the ending!

    Note: Alexander Courage also did wonderful music for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea's The Cyborg and Leviathan.
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    This was a great episode. Yes there is a lot of bad science here, like sound does not carry in space, but who cares about that. The Green Lady and her interactions with Smith are great. To me this was more entertaining than a lot of the episodes from season 1. The green lady is much better than all of the Earth based (or apparently Earth based) characters from season 1.