The Jupiter 2 lands on a junkyard planet and its departure is thwarted by a robot junkman eager for spare parts.
Irwin Allen may of been The Master Of Disaster in the 1970s but when it came to ending his 1960's TV shows he was The Master Of Grim. The last episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea began with the Seaview being blown out of the water, the last episode of Land Of The Giants was set in the Graveyard Of Fools and Lost In Space ended in the Junkyard Of Space. But this was not the intended end of LIS. Another season almost happened. And to correct another poster, The Robot was indeed going to be used if they got a 4th year!
We had a problem before Junkyard aired. The episode before Junkyard—the talking carrot show—has often been called the worst thing that Irwin Allen ever produced. So viewers were going into Junkyard mildly concerned that LIS had gone so far over the deep end that even the Seaview could not find it. Thankfully, Junkyard begins with a refreshingly new Joe Mullendore score that plays over footage of the space pod in flight. Then things start looking odd as we see the junkyard. No talking carrots in this hour...we are saved!
Many fans like the way the Jupiter 2 is hijacked in this story. The craft was also hijacked in the same season's "Target Earth," but now we have a full-on silver skinned alien at the controls of the Jupiter 2 and this makes for some thrilling adventures in space, helped by the Mullendore score. Granted, a lot of the stuff on the alien planet leaves a bit to be desired but most of the space action is rather pleasing. One can think of several better episodes to end the season with, but you could do a lot worse than Junkyard.
First run LIS episodes left the airwaves in early 1968 and many viewers simply jumped over to ABC's Land Of The Giants in September 1968. Giants may not of been as good, but I personally call Giants the un-official 4th and 5th seasons of LIS.
- Marcel Hillaire returns after previously playing Phanzig in "Condemned in Space".
- Bob May liked that the Robot could not destroy himself because of the love he felt for Will.
- Guy Williams returns for the final episode of the series after being banished for two shows by Irwin Allen for laughing during "The Great Vegetable Rebellion."
- The power core is seen again in this episode, very different than in its first appearance in "the space creature". It appears to be a redress of the room with the rear porthole on the upper deck
- When the robinsons are going to send Smith to investigate the cosmic cloud, they give him a helmet and gloves, but not the red garmet, so it would not be a complete space suit.
- When the space pod launches, pinkish red smoke can be seen through the pod door window. This is presumed to be from some sort of rocket motor, but this smoke is never seen when the pod is in flight
- Judy askes "How can you dock the space pod in the jupiter 2 while its still in orbit." In fact, orbit would be a perfect time to dock the pod.
- The episode appears to parallel the Season One Episode "The Space Trader". In both episodes, the First Family's food supplies are destroyed, and Dr. Smith trades the Robot for food with a mysterious merchant.