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Lost In Space ~ Vol. 1-Season 2
While Lost in Space may never enter the pantheon of great television programming, the 1960s sci-fi show certainly has its charms, all of them in evidence on this first volume of episodes from the second season. Produced by Irwin Allen, who would later be responsible for blockbuster disaster films like The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, these 16 episodes from 1966-67 (spread out over four DVDs) find the show undergoing some changes, both technically (from black & white into color) and in terms of tone (more campy and tongue-in-cheek, especially as the season goes on). The latter is due in large part to the performance of Jonathan Harris as Dr. Zachary Smith, who puts the "arch" in archvillain (it was his meddling that got them all lost in the first place). Harris's portrayal of Smith as cowardly, duplicitous, pompous, and not a little fey often goes right over the top, but the other characters (including Guy Williams as Prof. John Robinson, June Lockhart as his wife Maureen, and young Bill Mumy as Will) are so bland and generic that Harris, the family robot, and guest stars like Strother Martin and Wally Cox offer the only available relief.
The Lost in Space storylines are predictable (almost always involving some alien-related jeopardy prompted by Smith's greed and foolishness) and the special effects and production values won't excite anyone used to the wonders of the digital age. Still, this is television, where budgets are smaller and schedules much tighter, so lowered expectations are in order anyway. Some users may feel shortchanged by the absence of extra features, or by the fact that the set doesn't include the entire season (the second part is available separately). But the transfers are good and the DVD menus easily navigable. But on the whole Lost in Space devotees--and there are many of them--should be well satisfied. --Sam Graham
All is good brings back Childhood Memories and I seem to remember every thing that happened but I enjoyed seeing it all over again,Brilliant and it really was a series ahead of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dragondack
Classic old LIS Series from my childhood with features in colour. Kind of corny but entertaining and how they perceived the future in the 60's.Published 23 months ago by Jeff
I can't beleive that Fox is releasing only half of the 2nd season of LIS. It seems that they are releasing only half to test the waters in terms of sales, not to make more money... Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I am Damien Valentino, and I love watching LIS since I was a small kid back home - Singapore. I bought the Full First Season... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Damien M. Valentino
I agree with both sides of the issue.Buying 1/2 a season at a time would be financially convenient.But the not knowing when they'll release vol 2 may produce a lower sales figure... Read morePublished on July 16 2004
The anti-matter episode mentioned by ken325 is going to be included, hopefully, in the season 3 release of LIS. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Louis DiBellosso
Too bad I can't give it a big -ZERO-!
These big corporations sit on their thumbs whining about "piracy" when their sales drop. Just look how they treat their customers. Read more
I love the non-campy, serious episode when John and Don are tinkering with some machine and out of nowhere, the evil "anti-world" John Robinson appears from that machine, and then... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by KEN