Bolix reports that Ohan has stolen the universe’s greatest treasure, and that he has been sent to retrieve it.
Why? One of the guest characters is named Bolix (pronounced “bollocks”). And this episode -- the fourth in a row to highlight a blundering Dr. Smith in a central role -- is absolute bollocks indeed.
Even more importantly, why don’t the Robinsons -- when confronted with a police officer -- ask to be taken to his home world, so they can either return to Earth or continue on their original journey?
In short, how come they don’t ask for any help at all, when they so clearly need help?
There are so many “sci-fi” ideas that could have been used here instead of platinum, but Lost in Space is unnecessarily Earth-centric in its thinking. All aliens we encounter are mere variations of people we know on Earth (pirates, hillbillies, cops and robbers, traders, etc.), and anything of value is something we already know about on Earth. It’s disappointing to say the least.
A certain percentage of Lost in Space episodes play not as science fiction, but as fairy-tale based/fantasy morality plays. Certainly -- at least in its use of the legend of King Midas -- “All that Glitters” falls into that category. It substitutes Smith for Midas, and platinum for gold, but we absolutely get the idea. Be careful what you wish for. Wealth isn't all it is cracked up to be. You can't eat platinum.