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"Lost in Space" Return from Outer Space (TV Episode 1965) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The story is set in "the future" of 1998 (a year after the Jupiter 2's flight), but the technological level of the town appears to be in the past, even from the perspective of 1965.
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Character error 

Even though Will has always been a pretty honest, level-headed, and trustworthy fellow, everyone readily takes the word of the inveterate liar Dr. Smith over his.
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Penny is visibly trapped in the maser beam, shouting unheard as she beats against the impenetrable beam before disappearing. When she's brought back, she has no memory of being away, or of being trapped in the beam, or of being startled and driven back upon the maser launch pad by electrical explosions from the alien machine.
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Will says the distance between Earth and Alpha Centauri is 5.3 light years. It's 4.37. He also says a parsec is 19,150,000 miles. It's 19,173,528,100 miles.
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Will meets plenty of townsfolk who know about the tragic loss of the Robinson family, presumably from media coverage. Yet apparently none of those reports included pictures of the Robinsons, as no one seems to recognize Will as one of the Robinsons.
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Will tells the others that his mother is located on a planet in another galaxy when the correct term would be solar system.
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Continuity 

When the Taurons left they took the matter transfer unit along with them along yet now it shows up again.
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Factual errors 

The Robinsons are lost in space. The Tauron transporter machine works on a completely different system than what the robot can understand, yet under Will's directive the robot can directly beam Will across the galaxy to Earth. Three hours later - and despite the rotation factors of two different planets - the robot is able to have the machine bring Will back.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

It is often considered to be a Goof that the town Will lands in is somewhat backward in appearance and that no one recognizes Will as one of one of the Robinson's. This backwardness of the town is necessary for the plot to work. Because the town is somewhat remote and cutoff from the rest of the world, it hasn't progressed like every other town and has been left behind. This backward and remote town also helps explain why the townspeople, who have heard of the Robinsons, do not recognize Will and therefore do not believe his story.
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