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The Return of the Phantom 

Captain Krueger returns and once again wants Captain Crane's body. He threatens to kill everyone on the Seaview if Admiral Nelson doesn't shoot Crane and deliver his body to him.

Director:

Sutton Roley

Writers:

Irwin Allen (created by), William Welch
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Basehart ... Admiral Nelson
David Hedison ... Captain Crane
Alfred Ryder ... Krueger
Vitina Marcus ... Lani (as Vitina)
Allan Hunt Allan Hunt ... Riley
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Kowalski
Richard Bull ... Doctor
Robert Dowdell ... Chip Morton (as Bob Dowdell)
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Captain Krueger returns and once again wants Captain Crane's body. He threatens to kill everyone on the Seaview if Admiral Nelson doesn't shoot Crane and deliver his body to him.

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Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Being as this episode follows directly from "The Phantom Strikes" (Ep 16), the events thus take pace before "The Sky's on Fire" (Ep 17) See more »

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During the funeral ceremony at the beginning, everyone salutes in the normal American style (palm facing downward) except Admiral Nelson, who salutes like he's in the Royal Navy (palm facing outward). See more »

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Cribbing from George Pal?
17 February 2019 | by cpotato1010See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about this episode.

As pointed out, it makes a bit of a mockery about Kruger's last appearance.

But it has the delightful Vitina. I only wish she had been better used, her apparition seemed to be more robotic than scary.

There is also what I consider a bit of a goof, perhaps to use stock footage. Chip is supposed to destroy the island with a missile. Given that the Seaview carried nuclear missiles, it seemed appropriate. Instead they show two torpedoes.

The following big explosion is taken from the 1961 George Pal movie, "Atlantis, The Lost Continent". It is at the end of Atlantis, as it is sinking (note the churning water around the explosion), when the water hits the energized crystal atop the pyramid.

The rest of the island "destruction" is cheap Irwin Allen sets.

Most of the rest of the series was either silly monsters, or silly aliens.

The only "alien" I ever found truly frightening was "Zar" from season 1. It did not look as if humankind would survive.

It seems that in may ways both the first season of VthBotS and Lost In Space were better than the following seasons. Maybe the cost of going to color caused cutbacks elsewhere?


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