Lost In Space: Season Two, Volume Two

Retro-kitsch fans, your ship has come in. Lost In Space: Season Two, Volume Two features 14 more episodes of the retina-searing, Ed Wood with a budget TV extravaganza sure to thrill sheltered children and the easily amused. Once again we follow the adventures of the star-faring Robinson family — two lacquered parents, two submissive daughters and virtuous tow-head son Will — as they attempt to get off whatever Styrofoam planet they've had the misfortune to crash on; strange creatures and space travellers make regular appearances just to keep things interesting. If you think that five characters (plus a pointless hanger-on named Bob West) could easily mix it up with the guest threats, you'll be surprised to discover that most of them are window dressing: the main relationship of the show is that of boy-man Will and conniving man-child Dr. Zachary Smith. The latter of whom brainlessly schemes to get himself into trouble so that the former might selflessly rescue him. The writers stick so close to this design that nine out of ten episodes are indistinguishable from each other beyond the costuming of the villains, and though a knowing camp informs the show it's not knowing enough to come up with decent jokes or variations on the theme. The sets and costumes sure are groovy though, and the family robot's exposition/colour commentary gives some nominal pleasure. The only extras are a pair of 1966 radio interviews: one with Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith), the other with parents Guy Williams and June Lockhart. They're mostly shallow promotional blather, upstaging their subjects with a hyperbolic announcer and his banal questions, though they're fascinating relics of a more innocent time. (Fox)