Lost in Space Original Unaired Pilot
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- Run Time: 52 minutes
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy & Angela Cartwright|
|Directed by||Irwin Allen|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Irwin Allen|
|Director of Photography:||Winton C. Hoch|
The castaways determine that the planet's orbit will result in a potentially lethal winter, and then discover a race of one-eyed giants, standing 50-feet tall and living in the mountains near where the ship crashed. Professor Robinson and Don West (Mark Goddard) are trapped in a cave by one of the creatures (Lamar Lundy), but are rescued when Will Robinson (Billy Mumy) arrives with a laser pistol. The travelers abandon their spaceship in the face of the coming deep freeze, and along their journey discover an ancient ruin with the mummified remains of something non-human before crossing the inland sea to safety. The latter segment contains a whirlpool scene -- the work of L.B. Abbott and Howard Lydecker -- that is still chilling. The program ends with the Robinsons setting up a new camp, not realizing that they are being observed and evaluated by a pair of aliens.
With the exception of the ending, all of this action will be familiar to longtime fans of the series from its usage in episodes one, four, and five, although some shots and scenes here run longer than they were in the finished program. Perhaps the best of these is the extended version of John Robinson's rocket-pack ride over the alien landscape in search of his missing daughter Penny, a scene set to Bernard Herrmann's hauntingly beautiful, yet moody, seascape music from BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF. As John Williams had not yet been engaged to write the score for the episode (or a title theme), all of the music here is tracked in from Herrmann's scores from various 20th Century Fox feature films, including THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF. Although less overtly suspenseful than what Williams would write, Herrmann's music gives all of this material a strangely beautiful, poetic quality -- perhaps not as suspenseful as the network wanted, but quite lovely in its way.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 245 ratings.
I liked this unaired pilot more than I liked the finished product. In the aired series, the story line was always the same: sensible young Will Robinson manages to save the day despite Dr. Smith, a man with more moral defects than most of us. The episodes teach ethical lessons to youngsters but are not so interesting to adults. The universe in this pilot is without a Dr. Smith, but contains some science fiction action (which, of course, is not as realistic as TV special effects today). A budding romance appears to be beginning between Judy and Major Don. (What would one expect between two attractive people isolated from others of their age group on a distant planet.) Naturally, sending a family into space (inkling two youngsters) is not very realistic. So, this is still a children’s program, but one that adults can also enjoy.