Episode 14

The Dream Monster

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This episode begins with a voiceover –

“Last week, as you recall, we left our space family suffering in the grip of a blistering solar heat wave. All were unaware that an alien Dr Frankenstein, with his golden monster, was soon to disrupt their peaceful world.”

While out watering plants, Penny meets Sesmar and his android creation Raddion. Penny explains to the man Sesmar what feelings are. Sesmar says it would be good if he could inject some of them into his creation Raddion. He begins plotting how he can transfer some of Penny’s human emotions and nice character traits into golden automaton.

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Meanwhile on the Jupiter 2 John and Don are repairing the ship’s air-conditioning unit. Feeling irritable from the heat, Don and Dr Smith not for the first time have an argument. Dr Smith then leaves camp. While out reading on his sleeping bag, Dr Smith is captured by Sesmar’s two dwarf lab assistants and transported to his headquarters.

Describing himself as a biophysicist, Sesmar begins to ‘operate’ on Smith to remove his feelings and transfer them to his android Raddion. However he halts the procedure, realizing that Dr Smith may not be the best subject to draw character traits from. Instead Sesmar tasks Smith with the job of capturing good human qualities from members of the Robinson family with use of a camera-like ‘transporator’ device.

Smith is instructed to focus the ‘transporator’ on each member of the Robinson family without them being aware of what he is doing. He returns to the Jupiter 2 and one by one goes about ‘capturing’ the human qualities from each of the Robinsons.

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Smith returns to Sesmar with his job now completed. Sesmar inserts the ‘character transporation plates’ captured by Dr Smith into Raddion. Sesmar then convinces the family to come back with him to his lab where they will meet his life’s work.

Raddion shakes each member of the Robinson’s hand and in doing so further ‘sucks out’ their characters.  The next day back at the Jupiter 2 all the members of the family are very listless and unwilling to perform any of their regular work tasks. They are mere shells of their former selves.

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Meanwhile Raddion is acting completely childlike, skipping rope and admiring the loveliness of flowers. Sesmar realizes his mistake has been to transplant only good qualities into his creation. Understanding he will need to give Raddion cunning and aggressiveness to overcome his enemies, Sesmar then recaptures Don and Dr Smith to get those qualities for Raddion.

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Don and Smith uncharacteristically work together to trick Raddion. They remove and destroy all his transporation plates. The moment this happens the Robinsons ‘revive’ and assume their normal personalities.

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THE DREAM MONSTER was directed by Don Richardson (1918 – 1996).  He was a director and acting coach for more than fifty years. His directing credits extend to helming over 800 episodes of a great many tv shows.

These include 26 episodes of LOST IN SPACE (easily the most by any one individual, with Sobey Martin coming in 2nd with 14 episodes) as well as two episodes of GET SMART.

Richardson had a two-year relationship with one of his acting students, Grace Kelly which began in the Autumn of 1948, despite the disapproval of her parents.

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