Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Danger!
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Some of the television series with the most enduring impact include "Star Trek," "Dr. Who," and our subject here.
"Lost in Space" was a science fiction television series created by Irwin Allen that ran from 1965 to 1968. While there have been various remakes in film and television, this page is about the classic television series that began it all. Here we have Classic Lost in Space coloring pages free and downloadable.
The "Lost in Space" cast members were Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bob May (Robot), Jonathan Harris, June Lockhart, Guy Williams, and Billy Mumy.
"Lost in Space" was loosely based on the 1812 novel "Swiss Family Robinson" by Johann David Wyss. That was about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean and forced to survive on a deserted island.
"Lost in Space" was set in outer space, not the Pacific Ocean, but otherwise it was fairly similar to its source material. The Robinson family, sent into space to colonize another star system, is prevented from reaching its destination. They must learn to survive in uninhabited places while they try to either get home or to their destination.
The Robinsons are aided by their robot, which does not have a name (or at least is not called by any name during the series other than "Robot").
The Robot's purpose is to help the Robinsons adapt to their environment and to protect them. He is capable of electrical blasts from his two retractable robot arms that discourage attacks.
The Robinsons travel in a spacecraft called the Jupiter 2. This spacecraft is often grounded, but there are times when the Robinsons manage to get it into space and travel to other worlds.
However, the Robinsons are truly lost. Thus, while they can travel through space in the Jupiter 2, they don't know where to go. They wind up wandering aimlessly and landing on new worlds where they once again must adapt to alien conditions.
When exploring their new home, the Robinsons use the Chariot. This is a treaded vehicle that is able to overcome a variety of hostile environments.
The most challenging situation the Chariot faces is when it is caught in a giant ocean whirlpool.
There are lots of futuristic gadgets on "Lost in Space." Some of these were real-life technology at the time. These included the jetpack used by Professor John Robinson, the expedition's leader.
John Robinson used the jetpack to search for lost crewmembers.
One major difference from "Swiss Family Robinson" was the presence of a villain. This was a stowaway, Dr. Zachary Smith.
Dr. Smith was a saboteur who tried to destroy the Jupiter 2 but wound up trapped on board. He fails in his mission and survives to become a constant source of problems for the Robinsons.
Maureen Robinson, John's wife, handles domestic chores aboard the Jupiter 2.
She is largely responsible for Dr. Smith being given full crew privileges aboard the Jupiter 2.
Dr. Smith develops a strong bond with the Robinsons' son, Will Robinson.
Dr. Smith, Will Robinson, and the Robot engage in a lot of adventures together.
The Jupiter 2's pilot is U.S. Space Corps Major Don West. He is the second-in-command and, like Dr. Smith, is not a member of the Robinson family.
Major West romances the Robinsons' older daughter, Judy.
While the Robinsons rarely encounter alien civilizations, they do often get unwelcome visitors.
The Robot helps Professor Robinson and Major West defend the Jupiter 2 in those situations.
Dr. Smith sometimes helps to defend the Jupiter 2, especially in the early episodes.
However, Dr. Smith usually is the source of the Jupiter 2's problems in the first place.
Dr. Smith's origins are murky. He is a member of Alpha Control, the organization that sent the Jupiter 2 into space.
However, while posing as an Alpha Control doctor, Dr. Smith actually is an agent for an unidentified foreign power.
The Robinsons have a younger daughter, Penny.
Penny is in that awkward stage that Britney Spears would call no longer a girl, not yet a woman.
John and Maureen remain a loving couple despite everything that the universe can throw at them.
This includes at least one instance when John tries to kill Maureen. But, he was possessed by aliens, so it doesn't really count, sort of.
Judy get the least airtime of everyone, so let's rectify that a little bit right here.
I can't remember which episode featured Judy wielding a laser pistol, but it was probably the only one.
In one of their earliest adventures, the Robinsons encounter one of their most impressive adversaries.
This is the Cyclops. He's called Cyclops because he has only one eye. That's what creatures with one eye are almost always called.
While there are some great possibilities with the Cyclops, nothing much happens with him. Eventually, he just falls over.
But, he's a great character anyway.
The real action usually takes place with the Robot and Dr. Smith. They are frenemies.
When they aren't trying to kill each other, the Robot and Dr. Smith invariably are encountering aliens who want to kill them.
However, Professor Robinson always comes along to save the day in his colorful outfits.