Alpha Control: A Lost In Space Podcast

Sinopse

Welcome Galactic Castaways, this is Alpha Control the podcast about Irwin Allens classic 1960s Sci-Fi Adventure television series LOST IN SPACE. The vision for this podcast is to do a comprehensive review of the all three seasons, YES all 83 episodes of series, covering one episode per podcast and hopefully down the line well also be able to do some special episodes that cover specific subjects around the show, such as a deep dive on the Jupiter 2 spaceship, the Robot, the music, costumes, special effects, merchandizing & hopefully interviews with people directly involved in making the show. Alpha Control is an interesting, fun walk down memory lane with two fans who grew up watching the Lost in Space both during first run & syndication. They finally get the opportunity to share their knowledge and love of the show with a wider audience.

Episódios

  • 31 - Wild Adventure

    31 - Wild Adventure

    15/04/2020 Duração: 01h43min

    WILD ADVENTURE EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Out in space, Smith tries to change course from Alpha Centauri to Earth. The first time, he jettisons the reserve fuel by mistake; next, he heads the ship straight into the sun. Don only just gets it out of the gravitational pull in time, and they are fortunately able to replenish their fuel supply from a string of refueling barges that John remembers have been placed not too far from their path. But a charming Green Space Lorelei, who feeds upon atomic fuel, hypnotizes Smith out of the spaceship in the hope of getting fuel from him. Don goes out and rescues Smith, but now it is too late to head for Earth; they are speeding rapidly out of the galaxy and are once more lost in space. PRODUCTION OVERVIEW-Writer: William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter, Director: Don Richardson, Producer: William D. Faralla, Executive Producer: Irwin Allen. Film dates: 29-11 Jun-Jul 1966 (7 days spread over 8), Air date: Wednesday September 11, 1966 (May 10,1967) PODCAST SYNOPSIS: Intro-Welcome,

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: DR. JACOB SHAPIRO

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: DR. JACOB SHAPIRO

    01/04/2020 Duração: 41min

    SPECIAL - CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: DR. JACOB SHAPIRO EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome Astrologer to the Stars Dr. JACOB SHAPIRO to Alpha Control for a special interview. Since the mid 1960’s many famous denizens of Tinsel Town turned to Jacob for Horoscope readings, Back adjustments & guidance. His career spanned over three decades & during that time he managed to help, heal and handle a long list of renowned clients from a variety of professions; such as actors, producers, politicians, authors & musicians. JACOB’S BIO: Mr. Shapiro is originally from Philadelphia & attended Brandeis University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. After a brief stint as a travelling salesman for the Electrolux Corporation, he made a dramatic career change when he left the States to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree from Port Au Prince University in Haiti. After graduating, he returned to the States & set up a thriving practice in Southern California, near Los Angles. Following

  • 30 - Blast Off Into Space

    30 - Blast Off Into Space

    11/03/2020 Duração: 01h42min

    BLAST OFF INTO SPACE EPISODE SYNOPSIS: The planet on which the Robinson family had found refuge is about to disintegrate due to the blasting of a space prospector, Nerim, in his search for the valuable element Cosmonium. The Robinsons hastily prepare to blast off into space, and so does the prospector, but he is lacking a thruster control necessary to get his spaceship off the ground. Smith, greedy to get some of the Cosmonium, steals this instrument from the Jupiter and gambles it to Nerim for two bottles of the precious liquid, only to find that when they take off without the thruster control, their ship cannot escape the planet’s pull. PRODUCTION OVERVIEW-Writer: Peter Packer, Director: Nathan Juran, Producer: William D. Faralla, Executive Producer: Irwin Allen. Film dates: 21-29 Jun 1966 with pick up shots 8th & 11th of July 1966 (6 days + 2 partial days) Air date: Wednesday September 14, 1967 (May 3, 1966) PODCAST SYNOPSIS: Intro-Welcome, Production Notes, Show review, Next Week Preview, Outro. This

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF WARGO

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF WARGO

    29/01/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: JEFF WARGO EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome, Sci-Fi Fantasy Master Model Maker Mr. Mr. Jeff Wargo. Jeff is an extraordinarily talented scale model maker with expertise in both kit & scratch building techniques. Highly respected in the Pro-Modeling community; many of his dazzling creations have been the subject of several articles for modeling publications such as “Fine Scale Modeler" and "Sci Fi and Fantasy Modeler". Over the last several decades, Jeff’s produced scores of gorgeously crafted scale vehicles FROM A VARIETY of Sci-Fi Film & TV properties including; Fantastic Voyage, Thunderbirds, UFO, & Space 1999 & of course Irwin Allen’s Sci-Fi TV series among many others. Recently, his beautiful ‘studio scale’ filming replica of the Moon Bus from 2001: A Space Odyssey was on display in the London Design Museum, as part of their Stanley Kubrick Exhibition which ran thru SEP 2019. Jeff’s Moon Bus will be on display in New York at Museum of Moving Image’ Stanley Kubrick Exhibi

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: MARC CUSHMAN 2.0

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: MARC CUSHMAN 2.0

    25/12/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: MARC CUSHMAN 2.0 EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome Back to Alpha Control Author Marc Cushman. Marc is a Writer, Producer, Director and a Saturn Award Winning Author, which he won for his definitive 3 Volume Book set ‘These Are the Voyages’ a history of the original Star Trek TV series. He is the also the Author of an equally superb 3 Volume set of Books, titled ‘Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space; an Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series’. MARC’S’ BIO: Marc was born in San Diego, but grew up traveling the road with his father, making pit stops along the way up & down the West Coast, as well as Hawaii & New Mexico, before finally landing in L.A. His knack for writing became apparent early on & he wound up working for 30 years in TV & film. His TV writing assignments include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Diagnosis: Murder among many others. He also has numerous other TV & Film screen credits as producer, director, show runner, etc. In addition to his books on Star Tre

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: RON GROSS 2.0

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: RON GROSS 2.0

    17/10/2019 Duração: 01h05min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: RON GROSS 2.0 EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome back a special guest to Alpha Control; Lost in Space artist Mr. RON GROSS. Ron is an incredibly talented & prolific graphic artist who is skilled in both traditional and digital rendering techniques. Many of his beautiful creations employ a distinctive hybrid production methodology that he personally developed. Ron's Lost in Space related works include assorted box art illustrations for both Polar Lights and Moebius Models model kits dating back to 1998. As a scale model prototyping artisan, Ron scratch-built his own 1:70 scale Jupiter 2 model that eventually became the design basis for the classic kit marketed by Polar Lights in 1998, thus filling the void for this decades-long awaited product. Ron has shared his novel scratch-building techniques with a wider audience, writing multiple articles for publications such as "Scale Modeler," "Fine Scale Modeler," and "Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeler". In association with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Ent

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: DOUG HINES

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: DOUG HINES

    22/08/2019 Duração: 53min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: DOUG HINES EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome Mr. DOUG HINES.  Doug is owner/operator of GOTHAM CRUISERS, which is a fantastic company that he started in Dayton, Ohio that produces beautiful screen accurate replicas & conversion kits of the classic vehicles from the 1966 Batman TV series & Bat-cycle, as well as the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie! Recently, he secured a licensing agreement with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment to produce studio quality full scale replicas of the original Lost in Space Robot that are absolutely stunning. This is the first time in several years that a commercially produced complete B9 replica has been available for sale to the public, aimed at those interested in enjoying their own LIS Robot, without having to build one for themselves more affordable price point than in the past. Even better, the replica B9’s offered by GOTHAM CRUISERS will be available at a more affordable price point than earlier commercial versions.  DOUG’S’ BIO: A native of the

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: KEVIN BURNS 2.0

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: KEVIN BURNS 2.0

    01/08/2019 Duração: 44min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: KEVIN BURNS 2.0 EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome back; the Keeper…of all things Irwin Allen, Mr. Kevin Burns. Kevin along with his business partner Jon Jashni is an executive producer of the beautiful new Netflix Lost in Space series. The rebooted show enjoyed great success during its 2018 1st season & as of this recording will return for its 2nd season later in 2019 or early 2020. Recently, the 1st season of the new LIS was released on Blu-ray/DVD & the set includes some eye-popping special features designed to please fans of the original series.  KEVINS’ BIO: Kevin grew up in upstate NY & by the time was Will Robinson’s age, he was already a Big Fan of LIS, watching it during its first run broadcast. That started him on a journey that would result in personal friendships with the cast members of the original series, as well as Sheila Allen, Irwin’s widow a relationship which ultimately culminated in this fabulous new Emmy nominated Netflix LIS series. Kevin maintained his lov

  • Special - The Reluctant Stowaway -The Directors Cut

    Special - The Reluctant Stowaway -The Director's Cut

    19/07/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    THE RELUCTANT STOWAWAY – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT Oh No! A Summer Rerun! (Not quite.) At the urging of my brilliant Special Guest Star, I went back & listened to the original version of this show & found it could use some TLC. Since this is the first episode of our podcast many new listeners will sample; our review of ‘The Reluctant Stowaway’ really deserved to be upgraded from the original release with cleaned up commentary from the hosts, more music & show clips. The original version has been replaced by this ‘Director’s Cut’, but I’m also posting it here as a separate download to bring it to our regular listener’s attention. Even if you’ve already heard the original take, you may want to give this upgraded encore version a listen. Enjoy! EPISODE SYNOPSIS: In 1997, from the now desperately overcrowded Earth, the Robinson family & their pilot set off in the Jupiter 2 spaceship, as pioneers to colonize a distant planet circling Alpha Centauri. At blast off Smith, an agent of an enemy power, who has

  • Special - S1 WRAP UP - S2 PREVIEW

    Special - S1 WRAP UP - S2 PREVIEW

    11/07/2019 Duração: 02h07min

    SPECIAL – SEASON 1 WRAP UP – SEASON 2 PREVIEW SHOW EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Welcome Galactic Castaways to our long-awaited Season 1 Wrap-Up show. In this episode Kurt & I will reminisce about the highlights & low-lights of Season 1 of Irwin Allen's original 'Lost in Space'. We’ll talk about what new & exciting changes to expect for Season 2. We’ll also preview some things to look out for with Alpha Control podcast as we get ‘Lost in Season Two’. Finally, we’ll summarize the Cliffhanger that previews the premier of the New Season; Episode 30 titled ‘Blast off into Space’. That looks to be a fun one. So sit back, relax & join us as we review S1 & preview S2 of our beloved original Lost in Space! PODCAST SYNOPSIS: Intro-Welcome, Season 1 Review, Season 2 Preview, Episode 30 Cliffhanger, Outro  LINKS: http://www.jacobsbrownmediagroup.com/lost-in-space-collector-set.html  https://www.hulu.com/lost-in-space http://www.marccushman.com/books.html https://www.facebook.com/alphacontrolpodcast/ EMAIL: a

  • 29 - Follow the Leader

    29 - Follow the Leader

    20/06/2019 Duração: 02h49min

    FOLLOW THE LEADER EPISODE SYNOPSIS: John, caught in a cave by a rock fall, hears a voice coming from an old sarcophagus. It is the spirit of Canto, a former warrior from the planet Quasti, who wants to take over John’s body and thus live again. The voice tells him that it will gain the possession of his mind bit by bit, until John will be completely under his control. Back with the family, John bewilders them by acting like a ruthless dictator. With Canto using John’s voice, the family are forced to work night and day repairing the spaceship as he plans to return to Quasti in it. When the ship is ready, John, under Canto’s control, imprisons Maureen, Judy and Don in the cave, then wearing a helmet and mask, tricks Smith and Penny into believing he is an alien who will take them to find their father. Only Will isn’t deceived, so Canto makes John take the boy to a steep precipice planning to hurl him over. PRODUCTION OVERVIEW-Writer: Barney Slater, Director: Don Richardson, Producer: Jerry Briskin, Executive P

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF BOND 2.1

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF BOND 2.1

    06/06/2019 Duração: 01h11min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: JEFF BOND 2.1 EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome back Lost in Space Music expert Mr. Jeff Bond to Alpha Control for an exclusive interview. Jeff is an accomplished Author, Music Critic & Album Producer. He’s written several books on Sci-Fi related topics including The Music of Star Trek, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline & his latest title The World of Orville which was published in Jan. 2018. Notably for us, Jeff along with his colleague Neil Bulk was Album Producer on the beautiful LOST in SPACE 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Collection, released in 2015. JEFF’S BIO: Mr. Bond is originally from Ohio & graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Creative Writing after which he pursued his career as a movie magazine reporter. Jeff’s knowledge of film & TV music scores & their creators dates back to the 1990’s when he served as senior editor for Film Score Monthly. As a free-lance writer he has written articles for The Hollywood Reporter, Geek Month

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF BOND 2.0

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: JEFF BOND 2.0

    23/05/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: JEFF BOND EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome back Lost in Space Music expert Mr. Jeff Bond to Alpha Control for an exclusive interview. Jeff is an accomplished Author, Music Critic & Album Producer. He’s written several books on Sci-Fi related topics including The Music of Star Trek, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline & his latest title The World of Orville which was published in Jan. 2018. Notably for us, Jeff along with his colleague Neil Bulk was Album Producer on the beautiful LOST in SPACE 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Collection, released in 2015. JEFF’S BIO: Mr. Bond is originally from Ohio & graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Creative Writing after which he pursued his career as a movie magazine reporter. Jeff’s knowledge of film & TV music scores & their creators dates back to the 1990’s when he served as senior editor for Film Score Monthly. As a free-lance writer he has written articles for The Hollywood Reporter, Geek Monthly a

  • 28 - A Change of Space

    28 - A Change of Space

    10/05/2019 Duração: 02h27min

    A CHANGE OF SPACE EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Smith and Will discover an ultra-sophisticated spaceship which the Robot reports is capable of circumnavigating the universe at the velocity of light squared, but warns that there could be great hazards in such a flight. Will gets in, and inadvertently sets it in flight. He returns shortly with his intellect tremendously stimulated. Smith, wanting the same advantages, also takes a flight but he returns just a doddering old man. Will thinks that another trip, with the ships guidance system in reverse, might return Smith to the way he was. Smith says he is too old and frail to take the risk so Will agrees to try it first. The alien owner of the spaceship appears, angrily demands the return of his ship and seizes smith as a hostage. PRODUCTION OVERVIEW-Writer: Peter Packer, Director: Sobey Martin, Producer: Jerry Briskin, Executive Producer: Irwin Allen. Film dates: March 22-30, 1966 (7 days). Air Date: April 20, 1966. / Repeat August 19, 1966. PODCAST SYNOPSIS: Intro-Welcome

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: SANDY GIMPEL

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: SANDY GIMPEL

    25/04/2019 Duração: 48min

        CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: SANDY GIMPEL EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome a special guest to Alpha Control; Sandy Gimpel. Best known to fans of LIS as Bill Mumy’s stunt double, Ms. Gimpel has racked up an impressive 50+ year career in show business in a variety of on & off-screen roles. In fact, over the course of that career, Sandy has earned over 130 stunt performance & 37 acting credits on a multitude of television shows & feature films. In addition to her accomplishments in front of the camera, Sandy was the 1st & one of the very few stunt women in the industry to achieve the status of Directors Guild of America ‘2nd Unit Director & Stunt Coordinator’. SANDY’S BIO: Before we speak with her a little background information on Ms. Gimpel. Born in Los Angeles; Sandy worked her way into show business as a professional dancer performing in the Westinghouse show at a local attraction, Pacific Ocean Park. Her on screen break came when she was picked to work on a 1960 Fred Astaire film, ‘The Pleasur

  • 27 - The Lost Civilization

    27 - The Lost Civilization

    05/04/2019 Duração: 02h36min

    THE LOST CIVILIZATION EPISODE SYNOPSIS: John, Don, Will and the Robot are out searching for a fresh water supply. While Don and John are repairing the Chariot in a cave, Will and the Robot explore. They fall down a crevice and find a vast inland sea and jungle. There, in a clearing, is a young girl of Will’s age, fast asleep. The Robot directs Will to wake her with a kiss which he does. She tells them she is a princess, and takes them to her kingdom. On arriving, they find John and Don who, while searching for them have been taken prisoners. The Major Domo of the kingdom reveals that a vast army has been put into a state of suspended animation for generation after generation, waiting for the day when a traveler from another planet should arrive. He is to marry the princess. Then, the warriors will be awakened and will conquer the whole universe, starting with the planet from which the traveler came. Will tells the Princess that he doesn’t want to get married and, with her connivance, and the help of a planet

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control GARY FRANCIS  THE LOST JONATHAN HARRIS INTERVIEW

    Special - Calling Alpha Control GARY FRANCIS & THE LOST JONATHAN HARRIS INTERVIEW

    14/03/2019 Duração: 01h53min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: GARY FRANCIS & THE LOST JONATHAN HARRIS INTERVIEW EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome a special guest to Alpha Control; Gary Francis. A 50+ year Broadcast Radio Professional (on both sides of the microphone) in the New England area. Gary is here today to share with us a rare LOST Audio Artifact from Lost in Space; an in-depth extended one-on-one interview with the great Jonathan Harris, which he recorded on the occasion of the 1995 Lost in Space 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion in Boston, MA. What makes this interview rare & the reason that I’m dubbing it ‘The Lost J. Harris Interview’ is that it was never broadcast! We’ll discuss how Gary managed to snag this audience with Harris & what it was like to meet ‘His Self’, as well as why the recording remained ‘unaired’ for NEARLY 30 years!  WARNING: The 1995 J. Harris Interview is unedited & contains some Adult Language. May Not be suitable for younger listeners. GARY’S BIO: Gary Francis was born & raised in Lowell, Mass & r

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: PHIL HAMILTON

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: PHIL HAMILTON

    28/02/2019 Duração: 01h21min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: PHIL HAMILTON EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome a special guest to Alpha Control; Lost in Space artist Mr. PHIL HAMILTON. Phil is an incredibly talented 3D Computer Graphic artist & a life-long Fan of Lost in Space. His passion for the show is well-known to the online Lost in Space Fan community as a result of the numerous contributions that he’s made over the years to several online series forums, show related Facebook groups & his YouTube Channel. One of his signature works is his spectacular YouTube video titled; ‘Lost in Space: Virtual Tour of Stage 6 in 1965’. It’s a fascinating digital look at one of the three sound stages used during the filming of the 1st season episode ‘One of Our Dogs is Missing’. Combing still shots from the episode with painstaking research & Phil’s beautiful CG Animation, this short film allows viewers to go back in time & experience what it was like behind-the-scenes during the filming of a classic episode of the series.  Recently, he fulfilled

  • 26 - All That Glitters

    26 - All That Glitters

    14/02/2019 Duração: 02h13min

    ALL THAT GLITTERS EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Ohan, a galactic burglar, arrives, closely pursued by Officer Bolix of the Galaxy Law Enforcement Agency. Afraid of being caught with his loot, Ohan leaves a mysterious stolen object with Penny. Smith discovers its secret. It leads him to a hidden ring, just large enough to fit around his neck, which has the property of turning anything he touches into platinum. Smith betrays Ohan to Bolix in order to keep the ring. At first, he is enthralled by it, but when his food turns to metal before he can eat it he finds he cannot take the ring off, he is terrified. Too dangerous to the family to be allowed to stay with them, he wanders into the forest to die. Penny, finding Smith in the forest, forgets the danger of coming too close and is also turned into platinum. PRODUCTION OVERVIEW-Writer: Barney Slater, Director: Harry Harris, Producer: Jerry Briskin, Executive Producer: Irwin Allen. Film dates: March 11-18, 1966 (6 days). Air Date: April 6, 1966 / Repeat July 27, 1966. PODCAS

  • Special - Calling Alpha Control: GUY FOSTER

    Special - Calling Alpha Control: GUY FOSTER

    31/01/2019 Duração: 53min

    CALLING ALPHA CONTROL: GUY FOSTER EPISODE SYNOPSIS: We welcome Lost in Space colorization artist Mr. GUY FOSTER. Guy is well known to the online Lost in Space fan community for his beautiful colorizations of B/W images from the 1st season of the series. Guy discovered Facebook in 2013 and started colorizing experiments of standard definition screen grabs. Later after the 2015 release of the Hi-def. Blu-Ray set, he challenged himself to produce images that would hold up against images from the later seasons originally shot in color. With, time, effort & experience, in this humble host’s opinion he has managed get as close as possible to that goal. As the popularity of colorizing grew online, Guy decided in 2017 to create his own LIS Facebook Group, The Priplanus Polycolor Collective, dedicated to showcasing his works. The Group has expanded to feature other artists’ colorized images, as well as, some delightfully unique compositions such as LIS themed graphic novels & ‘take-off pieces’ based on well-k

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