Updated: March 16, 2022
BEHIND THE SCENES (THE MECHANICAL MEN)
Lost in Space "The Mechanical Men" (Season Two April 5, 1967)
When one of Dr. Smiths experiments almost injures the rest of the party, John is furious. Smith leaves the camp
in a huff and sulks. He lies down for a nap, and when he awakens, he finds that he has been taken prisoner by an
army of small robots, each of which is a minature duplicate of the Robinsons own Robot.
When Smith does not return by nightfall, the children are worried, but the adults think Smith is playing on their
sympathy. There is a sudden explosion in the camp and the force field generator is destroyed. Don blames Smith,
but Will defends him. The next day another explosion destroys the weather station. Don and John blame Smith, but
this time the Robot tells them that another force is at work. When John asks what force that is, the Robot refuses
to answer, saying that he cannot inform on his own kind.
That night a group of mechanical men approaching arrive at the camp. The purple robot demands that the Robinsons
hand over their leader, the Robot. When John refuses, the mechanical men demonstrate their power by detonating
several bombs. They then offer to exchange their prisoner, Dr. Smith, for the Robot. At the Robots insistence,
John relents and Will accompanies him to the mechanical mens cave.
The mechanical men soon discover that the Robot is completely unlike them; far from hating humans, he is peace-loving
and recommends cooperation with the Robinsons. The purple Robot decides that exchanging the personalities of
Dr. Smith and the Robot will give their leader the qualities they desire.
Will runs back to the Jupiter-2 to tell his family what has happened. They are about to go and rescue Smith when he
suddenly arrives, acting and speaking much like the Robot did. Shortly afterwards, the Robot arrives and, in the
voice of Dr. Smith, demands the Jupiter-2; if the Robinsons do not surrender it, his army will take it by force.
That night, the mechanical men stage a sneak attack. The Robinsons are warned by Will and Dr. Smith and fight back.
When John manages to disable the Robot with a shot from his laser, he is badly damaged. At the same time, the
proper personalities of Dr. Smith and the Robot are restored. With their leader gone and their plans in ruins, the
mechanical men retreat and leave the planet.
Considering that Dr. Smith was a stowaway and also that space on the Jupiter was always at a premium, where did he
get the chemistry set he is shown using in the opening of the program?
The tiny mechanical men are toy LIS robots put out by Remco at the time. These were then repainted to match the
colors of the full size robot.
As with most 2nd season LIS efforts, this one strains credibility almost to the breaking point in that regardless
of how powerful the tiny robots are made to appear (and the worst they do is blow up a tree) the Robinsons could
probably run them all over with the Chariot and repel the invasion that way.
The chemical lab of the tiny robots is used again as Dr. Smth's wine-making equipment in "The Prisoners of Space."
Why does the laser blast cause Smith and the Robot to regain their original personalities?
John claims they have no deutronium. In the episode The Girl From the Green Dimension, they had several canisters
of fuel, and they have not flown anywhere since then. So where did the deutronium go?
When the mechanical men attack, why does John send Maureen and Judy inside, but allow Will to remain outside?
How did the mechanical men manage to tie Doctor Smith onto that large piece of wood without waking him up?
The scene in which the Robot bids farewell to the Robinsons is quite melodramatic.
Will and the Robot walk together, discussing fond memories and good times. Robot mentions one such memory as being
the day we met, when we left Earth, heading for outer space. However, the day the Jupiter-2 left Earth, the Robot
was programmed for sabotage and was trying to destroy the ship and everyone on it! Ah, good times.
How did the Mechanical Men produce the trumpet music at the Robot's coronation ceremony?
If it was so easy for Will to get away from the mechanical men, why didn't he just go in that direction to begin with?
Smith and the Robinsons find the mechanical men to be scary and horrible. Why would that be? They look exactly like
smaller versions of the familys own Robot. There cute as buttons!
One mechanical man moves twice as fast as all the rest.
At the end how did John know the mechanical men would never attack again? They attacked previously without their leader,
why wouldn't they do so again?