Dr. Zachary Smith
Little is known of
Smith's background. We know he had a Great Aunt Maude and cousin
Jeremiah Bouleregard Smith (CURSE OF COUSIN SMITH), a Great Uncle
Thaddeus, possibly a first Uncle Thaddeus, an Aunt Matilda (all three
from GHOST IN SPACE).
One of the
Thaddeus's found the Comstock Load all by himself (we don't know which
Uncle this was - Great Uncle or just Uncle). Smith's great-great
grandfather was a 49er miner. There might only have been one Uncle
As a youth, Smith
spent many summers on his Uncle Thaddeus's farm where he won first prize
at the County Fair but not for the tomatoes (and the Robot seems to know
this in THE GOLDEN MAN). Aunt Maude died under mysterious
circumstances, Smith was at her bedside; Jeremiah gave her medicine
shortly before she died but a coroner's inquest found him not guilty of
Maude left a will
which gave the last remaining Smith her fortune. The last time the
cousins (there were ten of them at that time) tried to settle this
peacefully, Jeremiah tells John (and he could be lying) it looked like a
bloodbath that made the St. Valentine's Day Massacre seem like a picnic.
On his mother's side
the name is Ruthven -- at least partly Scottish. One of the Smiths was
a Ruthven who, in 1497, bore witness against Hammish Lu Glamis, 9th
Laird of Glamis. Hammish was subsequently executed for high treason
against his liege lord and master James Steward, king of Scotland (from
THE ASTRAL TRAVELER).
In THE GALAXY GIFT,
Smith claims to Penny that he has an aunt who lives on Knob Hill, not
far from San Francisco's China Town. This might be an aunt on his
mother's side, a surviving Smith not known to anyone else, or perhaps a
figurative aunt (close friend to the family?) or someone else entirely -
a great aunt maybe.
Smith also has a
gambling addiction. A look-alike for Dr. Smith, the space outlaw and
desperado Zeno of Casseopia, once made an illegal visit to the planet
Earth. Smith wears a large ring on his left hand. He also seemed to have
his grandfather's timepiece on him or with him since THE RELUCTANT
STOWAWAY all the way to THE SPACE PRIMEVALS where a caveman alien guard
snatched it from him.
Dr. Smith always
loved food and lazing about. Smith also recalls walking hand in hand
through nature's wonderland on nice days on Earth but he also claims to
abhor nature (THE GREAT VEGETABLE REBELLION) -- it always makes him
sneeze (and he does so in DEADLIEST OF THE SPECIES and THE DREAM MONSTER
cliffhanger into THE GOLDEN MAN where Penny has flowers near his nose).
Smith claims to have
been a medical doctor, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, an expert gourmet
as well as a doctor of environmental space psychology. He claims to have
known a famous British female cook.
Smith gave teachers
apples when he was in grade school, snitched on fellow school mates
(such as Johnny Sorenson), played the ukulele (which he used to hide
stolen test papers in when in high school and college), sold stolen test
answers for 100 dollars, once wore a sportsman shirt with a C on it, and
a baseball cap.
Smith may have
taught NY Dodger baseball player Sandy Kofax the dipsy doodle throw
(which he professed he did to Will and Penny by the time of the
cliffhanger before ROCKET TO EARTH). Smith seemed to disdain the
mention of baseball in WILD ADVENTURE ("Oh yes,THAT!"). He also
professes to have been taught a thing or two about pitching from Satchel
Page, a Cleveland Indians baseball player who had struggle up in the
league because he was black (this was just after Jackie Robinson).
Smith also mentions Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth. All this
despite Smith claiming to dislike sports in DEADLY GAMES OF GAMMA SIX --
"they seem so healthy."
Smith hit and may
have killed a guard on the Jupiter II in THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY (in the
original script it was a stun needle on his ring - or some kind of
poison), was fairly selfish and evil minded in most of THE RELUCTANT
STOWAWAY, THE DERELICT (where he kills or injures a few of the bubble
aliens - which he feels sorry for (somewhat) in PRISONERS OF SPACE),
and ISLAND IN THE SKY (where is at his meanest - forcing Don and Maureen
to abandon John on the planet, using the Robot to threaten to crush
their skulls, and sabotaging not only John's rockets but the Jupiter's
as well!). He did lament having to do away with Will, a somewhat fit
companion in all this nightmare.
After the crash
landing, he plots with the Robot, who he has given orders to check on
his safety every hour on the hour, to kill all the others with the
exception of Major West. When they learn what they needed to know from
West, he, too was to have been eliminated.
Smith regretted only
having to kill Will. Smith was a bit more open minded in THERE WERE
GIANTS IN THE EARTH and THE HUNGRY SEA even though still hoping the
Robinsons would be killed as they ventured across the planet by
lightning, earthquakes, monsters, deep freezes, and excessive heat.
Yet, he warns them, not once but twice, feeling perhaps that he needed
human companionship - the Robot was still pretty mechanical and
Smith was selfish in
WELCOME STRANGER, continued to spy on Penny in MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY,
offered Will up to the INVADERS FROM THE 5TH DIMENSION in what must be
one of his most evil acts, and continued to plot against the entire
group in THE OASIS.
In OASIS it is
apparent that John, Maureen, and the three kids have begun to feel
something like respect and even love for Dr. Smith and it could also be
that the fruit Smith ate, affected his mind for a bit. He certainly
plots the end of the others when he thought he was going to die.
He was not too nice
to Will in THE SKY PIRATE and THE QUESTING BEAST, offering Will up as a
hostage in both and not caring if the Robot killed Tucker or
accidentally hurt Will in THE SKY PIRATE.
He did seem to care
that Penny would be hurt in MY FRIEND MISTER NOBODY. He spied on Judy
and Penny in THE MAGIC MIRROR since his greed made him want the full
length alien mirror the two girls were propping up for use. Smith once
called Penny, "Penelope" when he thought she was using this mirror to
He once told Penny
her garden would whither and die if the Robinsons left him on Priplanus
(ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS) and in the same episode used Judy's
vanishing as blackmail on the family so that Don would take him back to
He also spied on
Judy and Don as well as John and Maureen in THE KEEPER. Getting back to
Earth, riches, power, food, and self were Smith's chief obsessions. He
plotted many a time to steal some alien or visitor's spaceship (THE
KEEPER, THE SKY PIRATE, THE QUESTING BEAST, ROCKET TO EARTH, and many,
Smith may have not
admitted it often ("your family my boy, not mine" in WILD ADVENTURE's
cliffhanger into THE GHOST PLANET) but he may have considered himself
one of the family by the time of THE GIRL FROM THE GREEN DIMENSION.
Smith was always cautious of the aliens and often misjudged the good
ones - such as in THE SKY IS FALLING and WISH UPON A STAR and was good
at getting the others or some of the others to his way of thinking (THE
SKY IF FALLING where he has Judy and Penny thinking he is right and has
Don so on edge that Don nearly curses at him and tells him to shove off
Smith also misjudged
the bad aliens - as in THE SPACE TRADER. On occasion, his frantic
warnings proved to be correct (THE RAFT, WRECK OF THE ROBOT, and others)
but more often than not, he sounded the alarm for no good reason (as in
ONE OF OUR DOGS IS MISSING).
Smith used the Robot
in the early episodes as his companion and protector but by WAR OF THE
ROBOTS, he was treating the Robot quite badly, even admitting this at
the end and making up for it by giving the Robot a rubdown with oil for
BY GHOST IN SPACE,
Smith's mind may have completely been changed into a less evil but still
silly and selfish man. The takeoff in THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY may have
affected his personality and mind since he was not protected as the
Robinsons were from the acceleration (but that doesn't explain future
Smith was also
traumatized in THE MAGIC MIRROR which he refused to believe wasn't his
own nightmare world. Smith left Will in the bog in GHOST IN SPACE, left
Will green in THE GIRL FROM THE GREEN DIMENSION, left Penny alone with
Ohan in ALL THAT GLITTERS, and did various other inane things, screaming
at any remote danger or appearance of anything remotely alien.
Smith sometimes was
kicked out of camp (WISH UPON A STAR, ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS, THE
DREAM MONSTER, and THE MECHANICAL MEN). Due to being ostracized with
the silent treatment, he also removed himself in MUTINY IN SPACE. He
removed himself before this at another time in THE DREAM MONSTER where
no one protested his leaving.
There was some
question as to whether or not he would leave the planet with them in
ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS but most of this seems to be a ploy to get
Smith to behave or a joke from Don - which Judy thinks is cruel.
Smith is also left
to wonder in CAVE OF THE WIZARDS if the Robinsons would have returned
for him if they had been aloft when they spotted him fleeing the alien
cave and its influence over him. John seemed to think he would have to
remain out in the wilderness thinking about this (another exile?).
Don wanted to leave
him on the Xenian space probe and voiced at least three times in
KIDNAPPED IN SPACE. Smith realized they were always threatening to
leave him somewhere in THE TIME MERCHANT ("They were always threatening
to leave me somewhere.") In the same episode, Smith's inherent goodness
came through and he couldn't allow Judy, Penny, and his dear William to
perish, rushing back onto the Jupiter II to save their futures, even
though it meant his being lost in space again.
Smith threw in with
Sesmar in THE DREAM MONSTER, but worked with Don to escape and get the
Robinson's emotions back.
Smith lost his mind
when the Jupiter landed on Earth in the year 1947 through a time warp in
VISIT TO A HOSTILE PLANET, capturing Will and Robot, trying to force the
others to stay on Earth in this time to be the masters of it.
Smith may or may not
have had medical experience (he seems to know what he is doing in THE
RELUCTANT STOWAWAY, but Don seems to chide him for not having it in
KIDNAPPED IN SPACE but perhaps Don meant mechanical medical history and
experience as the patient was robotic).
causes the ship to crash in ISLAND IN THE SKY, FORBIDDEN WORLD, and
HUNTER'S MOON (as Robot says, "A familiar behavior pattern is noted.").
He also caused it to go off course some time before TIME MERCHANT and in
WILD ADVENTURE made it lose the auxiliary fuel supply, changed its
course toward Earth several times, caused it shake uncontrollably and
almost caused a fire! In the same episode, he set it toward the Earth's
He also, in the
cliffhanger, places the ship in a deadly radiation belt which endangers
it for its ride, also thanks to him to the dangerous GHOST PLANET! Smith
was sort of taken over again in SPACE DESTRUCTORS when he wants to rule
the world using an alien machine that makes cyborgs. It seemed to bring
out his more evil side. John almost exiled Smith for good after Will was
almost turned into a cyborg for all time. Smith's true apology to John
made John give him another chance.
came out in THE QUESTING BEAST when he regretted every lie he ever told
when Will wouldn't believe the truth he told now. Smith also wanted to
save Will's youth and innocence in that episode, one of the first times
he acted totally unselfishly and he admitted to Will that rushing to
grow up isn't all that worth it.
The other time Smith
was somewhat evil was when he was being used by the SPACE CREATURE.
Smith was turned into a hippie (THE PROMISED PLANET), a celery stalk
(THE GREAT VEGETABLE REBELLION), and a super strong Samson type
(COLLISION OF PLANETS).
Smith also tried to
take over the A DAY AT THE ZOO and keep Judy, Don, Will, and Penny as
well as the Robot (whom Penny talked into helping them) as specimens in
the cages. Don used his laser to threaten Smith in ZOO and THE FLAMING
PLANET, something Smith once almost did to Don in THE RELUCTANT
Smith abhorred guns
as early back as WELCOME STRANGER but took one any way. By the time the
show ended he wouldn't really carry one or even hold one.
Smith tricked Judy
into becoming a SPACE BEAUTY in Farnum's fashion contest unaware it
would have dire consequences for her and sold the Robot to THE SPACE
TRADER and the Junkman of JUNKYARD OF SPACE for food both times.
He lied to Maureen
in RETURN FROM OUTER SPACE about the omelet, wanted to see the future in
THE GIRL FROM THE GREEN DIMENSION, conned Will and Penny and Don and
almost every member of the Jupiter II at one time or another, and made
countless errors which endangered everyone - not on purpose most of the
time (MUTINY IN SPACE, TRIP THROUGH THE ROBOT, THE MECHANICAL MEN).
Smith's double Daddy
Zach (who was made out of all the inherent goodness of Smith) sang I'VE
BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD a song Smith sang in THE PHANTOM FAMILY.
Although the most
cowardly member of the group, Smith's bravery can be seen in THE SPACE
PRIMEVALS (where he saves Don and bonds with the Major, calling him Don
for once), THE FLAMING PLANET (where he does save the Robot's sensory
tapes), THE TIME MERCHANT, and THE RAFT (where he does pull Will away
from the dangerous plants).
At first, wildly
evil (THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY, THE DERELICT, ISLAND IN THE SKY, THERE
WERE GIANTS IN THE EARTH, THE HUNGRY SEA) he began to mellow by THE
HUNGRY SEA, and although slipping back to being malicious self centered
(ATTACK OF THE MONSTER PLANTS) and greedy (MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY) as well
as truly evil minded (INVADERS FROM THE 5TH DIMENSION), Smith really
didn't think until it was too late (he cared about the fate that befell
poor Judy in VISIT TO HADES, worried about what he did to Will in GHOST
IN SPACE, SPACE DESTRUCTORS, and worried about the Robinsons being
hypnotized into leaving Penny and Will with monster aliens on THE
PROMISED PLANET), and generally was sorry for the harm he would cause.
Smith lied about
changing his ways in ISLAND IN THE SKY (Saint Zachary). After what he
thought was A VISIT TO HADES he promised to become St. Pious the third.
He also made similar promises in ALL THAT GLITTERS ("I'm going to
finally be the man that you all want me to be!") and THE GALAXY GIFT
(but by this time Maureen didn't count on it). He also wouldn't promise
John he would try to change in SPACE DESTRUCTORS (the worst reversal of
his behavior pattern to date - where he wants to rule the universe with
cyborgs). Both men knew he couldn't change.
Smith also prayed
that he would be a hard worker and a noble man in honor of Will, whom he
thought was dead in GHOST IN SPACE. By TWO WEEKS IN SPACE and CASTLES
IN SPACE, Smith did seem to be changed somewhat, more an ally than a
reluctant castaway, even though he would still dupe anyone anytime to
get back to Earth or to get riches.
He did try to save
Will from Chavo in CASTLES IN SPACE, was unaware of just how dangerous
Judy winning the beauty contest would be in SPACE BEAUTY, went with
Robot to find Will and the real Professor in ANTI-MATTER MAN, helped
Will overcome the duplicates in TARGET: EARTH (although here he told
Earth once he left the Jupiter II they could blow it up! Will and Robot
were still on board!), and cared for Don in FUGITIVES IN SPACE, not
wanting to abandon the hurt Major.
By JUNKYARD OF
SPACE, he was not the same man, not entirely different (he did sell the
Robot to the Junkman). He told Don in THE SPACE PRIMEVALS, he was
trying to find a way out of the cave FOR BOTH OF THEM by enticing a
caveman with is grandfather's time piece. This appeared to be true.
Smith saved Don's
life in the same episode. Despite haggling both Don and John and
harboring some ill thought at them for their being lost - he didn't
really blame them (THE PROMISED PLANET) and looked toward them for their
expertise (asking John about plans for escape in KIDNAPPED as well as
other episodes; asking Don about hope in the crash landing in HUNTER'S
MOON). He appeared to trust in their abilities to lead...most of the
time. Other traits include Smith not being very good at math (VISIT TO A