Box art for the 1999 kit.
Lost In Space was an American science fiction series that aired on television from 1965 to 1968 from Irwin Allen the creator of similar
series during the period, one of the more famous being 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea'. The basic premise of LIS was modeled after a 1812 novel where a family is shipwrecked on a tropical island and their efforts to survive there called 'The Swiss Family
Robinson'. In this updated retelling of the story, the Robinsons are marooned in space due to the nefarious actions of a saboteur, Dr. Zachary Smith, who is also stranded on board although the Robinsons are unaware of his part in their plight.
Though I love science fiction, I was never a big fan of this series, primarily because it got pretty silly as the five season show progressed.
Initially, Smith was a very threatening (albeit cowardly) character and if they had maintained that tone, I probably would have enjoyed the various episodes more that I had. As it turned out, Smith became a pompous buffoon who the B-9 robot (nicely designed
by the man who brought us Robbie the Robot from 'Forbidden Planet' Robert Kinoshita with others) eventually evolved into becoming the straight man for Smith. On a side note, the series' music was composed by a 'Johnny' Williams who would later be nominated
for fifty-one (!!!) Oscars and winner of five for some of the most iconic film scores in history, not the least of which is 'Star Wars' trilogy.
In any case, when I stumble across this kit by Polar Lights featuring the aforementioned duo, my mind burned with the idea to show a scene that I had longed to see but, alas, never came to be. That scene would be B-9 dispatching
Dr. Smith in some fashion or another in flagrant disregard of Issac Asimov's First Law of Robotics. As much as I would have liked a gory end to the good doctor, I settled on a cheap and efficient strangulation. We are talking about a robot killing someone,
now aren't we?