Updated: May 05, 2012
MONSTERS PHOTO GALLERY #05
By Bruce Fedow:
Monsters and aliens played a co-starring role in most episodes of Lost in Space. From the
second episode "The Derelict" where the Robinsons come face to (slimy) face with "a shipload
of non-human colonists" in John's own words to the final episode "Junkyard of Space" featuring
the intergalactic junkman, these denizens of space sometimes helped the Robinsons or be
friended Will and Penny but the majority of them spelled trouble for our galactic castaways.
Perhaps the most famous of these creatures was the one-eyed Cyclops, first seen in the episode
"There Were Giants in the Earth" but so popular it was re-used in "The Keeper" and "Flight Into
Another monster was basically a bear costume, complete with claws, that Irwin Allen and his
assistant Paul Zastupnevich cleverly recycled for many episodes. Actor Charles Dierkop glued
some fur to his face and first donned the suit in the episode "One of Our Dogs is Missing"
and a shaggy head with horns and light-up eyes transformed the costume into a new monster for
"The Keeper's" menagerie. Remove the horns and eyes and you've got Officer Bolix' space watchdogs
in "All That Glitters." Add a single ugly eyestalk and the Hairy Beast from "Magic Mirror" is born!
A large windup key in his back and you've got "The Toymaker's" furry enforcer. A pirate outfit and
the beast was ready to search for the "Treasure of the Lost Planet." Of course there were aliens
as well as monsters. The bubbleheaded aliens in the unaired pilot became the "Invaders From the
Fifth Dimension." In later episodes the same headpiece changed Vincent Beck into Megazor in the
"Hunter's Moon" episode and created a family of aliens who enjoyed their "Day at the Zoo."
One of the more interesting alien life forms were the Saticons, a trio of troublemakers with
glittering faces, hands, derbies and a burning desire to rule the universe! They were used in
two episodes, "Wreck of the Robot" and "The Galaxy Gift."
Several creatures, while interesting to look at, were merely masks with immobile mouths like
Mr. Keema and the Frog Alien in "The Golden Man" and Lemnoc in "The Phantom Family." Allen's
penchant for reusing most monsters extended to his three other series as well. A purple Lemnoc
reappeared in the Time Tunnel episode "Town of Terror." The alien amphibian in "A Change of
Space" popped up in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episodes like "The Mermaid" and "The
Menfish." And even the Cyclops-minus his shaggy skin-was in the Land of the Giants episode
So if you're watching an episode of Lost in Space and you think you've seen that monster or
alien somewhere before-you probably have!