The second volume of Lost In Space Season 2 is pretty much like the first. I’m still not sure I like the idea of splitting seasons. The reason given was that stores were refusing to carry a higher priced season set. This set does contain one of my favorite of the entire show. “Trip Through The Robot” is an obvious “Fantastic Voyage” rip-off but is a terribly entertaining romp. The stories continued their slide into even sillier tales and lower budget monsters. Gene Roddenberry often told the tale of how CBS pi…ked his brain about how to achieve sci-fi looks with a TV budget. The story goes they feigned interest in his Star Trek pilot to pick his brain. It doesn’t look like they got as much out of the deception as Roddenberry might have thought.
Season 2 features an upgraded Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track. Due in part to its preservation for syndication the audio is much better on this set. The music at times warbles. I believe this to be the result of age more than anything else. Dialogue is quite clear.
Lost In Space Season 2.2 is presented in the expected full screen format. This season adds color to the mix, and oh, what vivid colors they are. Bright yellows and oranges leap from the 60’s costumes in quite a stunning display. There is the anticipated grain. Blacks are not nearly as deep as more modern shows exhibit, but for its time this is a nice print. Fans should not be disappointed. It’s been years, if ever, since the show could be seen looking this good.
There are two radio interviews on the final disc. The better interview is with Jonathan Harris. The other entry is with June Lockhart and Guy Williams. Production and publicity slides accompany the audio presentation.
Season 3 has already been announced and will follow this same format. Expect pretty much the same. At least for now: “Never fear. Smith is here”.
Special Features List
- Rare 1966 interviews with original cast members June Lockhart, Guy Williams, and Jonathan Harris