Episode 3

Island in the Sky

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Episode 3 begins with yet more repairs under pressure to the outer hull of the Jupiter 2. Later we witness Smith playing chess with the robot during which the Michelin Man (official mascot since 1894 of the Michelin tyre company) shaped machine quotes both Shakespeare (1564 – 16016) and Samuel Butler (1835 -1902).

Smith is accused of tampering with the para jets which causes Professor Robinson to run out of fuel and crash land on a barren planet. Don places Dr Smith in cold storage inside one of the freezing tubes (suspended animation) for his trouble. Will again imitates Smith’s voice to control the robot who is still programmed to take commands only from Dr Smith.

Revealing the full depth of his sinister, mega-bad intentions, Smith gives voice to plans to eliminate each member of the Robinson family plus Major West one by one, making each death look like an accident. At this early point in the series, besides knowing he’s working as a saboteur for a foreign goverment, we’re not exactly sure what Smith’s problem is. But we can bet its hard to pronounce.

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  • First appearance of the chariot
  • Debut of the Robinson’s winter gear – fur-lined hoodie parkers (used to admire these greatly as a kid)
  • Penny adopts her pet chimp with the huge, upright ears (known as The Bloop after the only sound it ever made) and names her ‘Debbie’
  • The jet pack gets its first work out
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That’s my wife and daughter in the far left frame. Just need to put them both front seat of an all-terrain space chariot (with over-sized tracking guidance radar thingy positioned in the centre console) and they’ve got the look down pretty much perfect. If I really put my mind to it guess I could give it a go one weekend using something suitably low-tech like a toilet roll sticking out of a cardboard box atop of the middle armrest of our Mazda CX-5? Let’s see what the neighbours think of that one..

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DID YOU KNOW? 

The interior of the Jupiter 2 spaceship was the most expensive set for a television show at the time, costing about $350,000. This was more expensive than the set of the USS Enterprise in STAR TREK (which came a year later).