No Place to Hide
This unaired pilot gives the greatest insight into Irwin Allen's vision of what the series could have been.
October 16, 1997: The best hope for mankind's survival on an overcrowded planet is deep space. Alpha Centauri
will be the site of a new colony of man. These are the selected volunteers who will be the crew of the Gemini-12:|
The humor is more subtle too - As John reads from his journal as a voiceover, Will chases an alien ostrich. The shot is reminescent of a similar scene in Disney's Swiss Family Robinson (Disney had threatened to sue over Irwin Allen's proposed title for the show - Space Family Robinson). And what is Angela Cartwright's (fresh from Danny Thomas's Make Room for Daddy series) first line in the pilot? "Just wait until Daddy gets home."
The pilot was sent back for reworking - studio executives felt it needed more conflict. A robot and a villain were introduced.
The rest is science fiction television history...