Episode 3

The Ghost Planet

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The Jupiter 2 is forced to land on a planet after it is magnetically drawn into it’s orbit. A welcoming female voice transmits through the ship’s intercom frequency, requesting the Earth visitors disembark and “proceed through gate 115”. Professor Robinson is wary but Smith is certain the voice they have heard is “as American as deep-dish apple pie.”

Instead they first send out the robot to check on atmospheric conditions. The robot is disabled by an invisible force. Smith still believes it’s all a surprise party to welcome them back to Earth. He goes out himself, passing the immobile robot – who he refers to as an “incompetent idiot” – on his way thru gate 115.

Smith now sees that the voice he was sure was “as American as deep-dish apple pie” in fact belongs to a robot. ‘She’ requests Dr Smith to relinquish all of the ships’ weapons. For his cooperation Smith is promised “the riches of the universe”.

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Professor Robinson determines their new hosts are alien and hostile and prepares the Jupiter 2 for lift-off.  Using the same invisible force used on the robot, the aliens prevent the Robinson’s ship from leaving.

As requested, Dr Smith delivers all the Jupiter 2’s weapons to the aliens. For his reward he is forced to work on a circuit board assembly line as a human slave. He learns that his captors are “an alien species devoted to elevating cybernetic organisms to their rightful place as supreme beings of the universe”.

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Dr Smith didn’t see the fun side to working on an assembly line.  Lucille Ball, in the famous 1952 episode of the television series I LOVE LUCY (1951 – 1957) – the one where she takes a job in a chocolate factory – most certainly did!

Is it odd a clip from another show would make it onto a site dedicated to all things LOST IN SPACE? What if I said Lucille Ball (1911 -1989) was on public record as singing the praises of the 1960’s science fiction show? Would that make it a little more right? Would it? I’ll take that as a definite maybe. But I promise no more clips from other shows from now on… unless it’s 100% necessary. Kind of.

Will and the robot meet the alien’s leader, known as “The Supreme Prototype”. The creature reminds the Robinson’s robot that he is the superior being compared to humans. The robot assumes the position of foreman, overseeing Will and Smith’s work on the assembly line. Will and Smith both refer to the robot as a “Benedict Arnold”.

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That thing that resembles a giant rissole with tentacles sticking out of it is in fact the big boss ‘Decision Daddy’ leader, like… of the universe! 

When the time is right however, the robot overpowers the aliens. Will and Dr Smith  escape, now understanding their robot had been playing along all the time with the aliens in an effort to make them think he was on their side.

As the Robinson’s finally blast away in their spaceship, they hear on their communication channel the alien’s voice pleading with them to “Come back. Come back!”. “Another time Charlie” is Professor Robinson’s retort.

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Ps. The actress who provided the uber sultry, smooth-as-honey voice of the female robot was Sue England. 

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She appeared in such movies as TEENAGE CRIME WAVE (1955) – THE WOMEN OF PITCAIRN ISLAND (1956) – FUNNY FACE (1957) – and CLAMBAKE (1967).

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Sue England passed away only last year.