I just wanted to express my appreciation to everyone who has posted a review here. I’m really flattered and happy to see the first season LIS DVD box doing so well. Of course I can’t be objective about it, but the first season is definitely my favorite. It was a wonderful experience for me to make the show as a kid and it’s a wonderful experience now to watch it with my kids and to see that it still excites and pleases people all over our woe begotten beautiful planet. So, on behalf of my fellow LIS cast members (who are still in touch with each other regularly and are still very much a “family”) Thank you all for the kind words. Enjoy! Bill Mumy
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I’m 44 years old and was 5 years old when this series ran on TV. I can still remember the horror and fascination of space in the mid-1960s, which at the time was completely new terrain. Giant blobs, tentacled creatures, plastic ray guns, laser beams – it didn’t matter what tricks the producers employed, it was all NEW STUFF as far as I was concerned. Of course, if you compare the props, effects and plots with today’s sci-fi, you’d probably burst out laughing and scoff at how primitive it was back then. Then again, you don’t buy this DVD set for realism, or for cutting-edge special effects or even for the acting. Neither do you buy it because it pioneered the scores of space adventures that came later, like The Invaders, Flash Gordon or Star Trek. Instead, you buy it because you want to remember how it was when you were 5 years old and you sat in your parents’ living room, hunched over a black-and-white TV set, scared out of your wits, yet thrilled to bits at the harrowing adventures of the Robinsons. You buy it because maybe even at that young age, you had a crush on Penny Robinson (Angela Cartwright) and you want to try and grasp that feeling again, which at the time was also NEW STUFF to you. So this is first and foremost a trip down memory lane and it won’t appeal to anyone who never watched the show as a kid. For fellow reviewers who have expressed disappointment and have said they felt let down, I ask you – what the hell did you expect?
Like many of the posts here, I was about 8 when I first saw ‘Lost in Space’ and it opened up my imagination like nothing ever had. ‘Star Trek’ at the time didn’t interest me as much as the adventures of the Space Family Robinson, the reluctant stowaway Dr. Smith, and the faithful Robot, who any boy (or girl) would have wanted as a best friend. It remained my favorite shows for years and I taped most of the episodes in reruns and also spent quite a fortune with Columbia House buying the better quality videos they offered. Season One is by far the best of the 3 seasons, but even though the series went campy (‘The Great Vegetable Rebellion’ anyone?) I’m looking forward to rewatching some episodes of Seasons 2 and 3 that I never did get to tape and haven’t seen for many years. I think Fox will make a nice profit off this series, so hopefully seasons 2 and 3 won’t be too far along.