Episode 5

 The Hungry Sea

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Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not. 

Anon British

Yep, this episode is all about the weather. Extreme hot. Extreme cold. And earthquakes. Lots of  earthquakes.

With subarctic temperatures about to envelop one side of the alien planet, the Robinson’s head south in the chariot, leaving Dr Smith and the Robot, who both prefer to take their chances where they are, behind in the Jupiter 2.

Smith instructs the Robot to warm a thermos of tea by zapping it with his electrical circuits but later laments, “I could get more companionship from a cuckoo clock.”

The Robinson’s must endure a potentially lethal heat wave on their side of the planet and erect solar shields to protect themselves from it. They cross an in-land sea in the all-terrain, amphibious chariot.

When the two parties reunite back at the spaceship and with the robot still programmed by Smith to bring harm to the Robinsons, Don blasts it with a lazer. This incurs the ire of Will which in turn causes the first argument between Don and Professor Robinson. This disharmony also causes tension between Don and Judy. Professor Robinson later apologizes to Don to heal their rift.

The episode ends with a scene around a campfire. The Robot is playing guitar while Dr Smith sings. Will describes the resulting music as “creepy”.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Producer Irwin Allen pitched his idea for the LOST IN SPACE series to CBS programmer  James Aubrey, who promptly snapped up the idea. A couple of weeks later Gene Rodenberry pitched his idea for STAR TREK to Aubrey, who turned him down as he felt that LOST IN SPACE was the more commercial of the two.