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Crush, Kill, Destroy Ö Sure, the second season of LOST IN SPACE is when the show turned silly and the storylines seemed to be designed to appeal to a more juvenile audience, but the presence of Jonathan Harris as the (formerly villainous and now) cowardly and lazy Dr. Smith always made the show fun to watch. Harris had a gift for a certain kind of comedy that played out brilliantly anytime Dr. Smith and the Robot (voiced by Dick Tufeld and performed by Bob May) were sharing the screen. Watching Smith trade barbs with his mechanical foil gave the show plenty of appeal, even when the storylines where threatening to insult the intelligence of your average ten year old.

For those unfamiliar with TV classic LOST IN SPACE, the showís basic premise follows an American family named Robinson that had been selected for a mission to colonize a habitable planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. However, the Robinsonís find themselves and their spacecraft, the Jupiter 2, hopelessly lost in space, after a reluctant stowaway tries to sabotage their mission. The cast of LOST IN SPACE also features Guy Williams as Professor John Robinson, the mission leader and head of the clan, June Lockhart is Johnís wife Maureen and matriarch of the space family Robinson, Mark Goddard is the Jupiter 2ís pilot Major Don West, Marta Kristen is the eldest Robinson daughter Judy, Bill Mumy is Robinsonís only son Will and Angela Cartwright is his sister Penny.

LOST IN SPACE: SEASON TWO, VOLUME TWO ($40) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the following fourteen episodes that were aired in the second half of showís sophomore year: The Questing Beast, The Toymaker, Mutiny In Space, The Space Vikings, Rocket To Earth, The Cave Of The Wizards, Treasures Of The Lost Planet, Revolt Of The Androids, The Colonists, Trip Through The Robot, The Phantom Family, The Mechanical Men, The Astral Traveler and The Galaxy Gift. Season two featured more than its share of goofy episodes, but this reviewer remains particularly fond of Revolt Of The Androids, Trip Through The Robot, The Mechanical Men and The Galaxy Gift.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made all fourteen episodes that comprise LOST IN SPACE: SEASON TWO, VOLUME TWO available on DVD in their proper full screen aspect ratios. While the visual quality for the episodes is generally good, these DVDs are not demonstrative of what could have been achieved if the shows had been given new high definition transfers. Sharpness and detail are perfectly adequate, with some sequences looking crisper than others. Colors can be a bit inconsistent, sometimes appearing vibrant, sometimes bland and sometimes in need of a bit more color correction. Blacks are pretty accurate, and the whites appear stable. For a television production, contrast is fine, but it could be better. The film elements from which the episodes were mastered donít show excessive signs of age, as blemishes and scratches remain fairly minimal. Even with four episodes per side of a DVD, digital compression artifacts are never much of a concern.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks for the episodes are perfectly acceptable for mid-sixties television show. Sonic fidelity has the expected limitations in, but the musical component of each episode never sounds harsh or brittle, even with a bit of amplification. Dialogue is always clean and completely understandable. French and Spanish language tracks have also provided, as have English, French and Spanish subtitles. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode/scene selection and set up features. No supplemental features have been included with the set.

LOST IN SPACE: SEASON TWO, VOLUME TWO maintains the same quality level as did the previous sets. Sure, many of the episodes are pretty goofy, but if you grew up watching the show, you know itís all good nostalgic fun that youíll want to add to your DVD collection.



Lost in Space - Season 2, Vol. 2


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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