Lost in Space: The Space Trader (1966)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV], Space Adventure  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Veteran movie heavy Torin Thatcher guest stars as The Trader, an intergalactic con artists who arrives on the Robinsons' planet in a ship full of attack dogs. As a means of drumming up business, the Trader conjures up a storm which destroys the Robinsons' food and water supply. Recognizing a kindred spirit when he sees one, conniving Dr. Smith persuades the Trader to take him in exchange for supplies; the deal is that Smith will become the Trader's slave--but only after a period of 200 years! Unfortunately, the good doctor hasn't read the fine print of the Trader's iron-clad contract. This episode marks a reunion between actor Torin Thatcher and director Nathan Juran, who'd previously worked together on the 1957 fantasy film The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.