Once the Sheriff is involved, Will is scheduled to go to a home for Boys, but he only has a short time left to retrieve the Carbon Tetrachloride and get back to his matter-transmission point…
The family was seen on TV…every personality involved (except for Smith). It is therefore a little difficult to believe that no one in the town would recognize Will on sight.
It’s even more difficult to believe that no one would find a magazine photo or newspaper illustration that could prove Will is exactly whom he claims to be. His story is easily verifiable, even in a world without the Internet, given the global fame of his family
Will can’t accomplish his mission not because of any failings on his part, but because of a stereotype or bias of society-at-large.
They refuse to understand his nature as a genius, and as someone who cares deeply for his family. He is forbidden to use the Tauron machine or even go near it. Basically, he’s as disbelieved, as written off, by the Robinsons as he is by the denizens of Vermont.
How do the Robinsons know that the aliens who left behind the maser matter-transporter are known as Taurons?
And how come Penny, when she uses it, returns with no memories, but Will returns with his memories intact?
Perhaps more troubling than any of these ideas is the possibility not raised by the episode.
Okay, assume there isn’t enough power to send all the Robinsons back. Then why can’t the Robot report that he has enough power to send Penny and Will back to Earth?
We have seen in episodes such as “Welcome Stranger” that John and Maureen are looking for any way for their children to be returned to Earth and safety, even if it means separating the family.
Shouldn’t the Robot and Will report that the device is operational?
There is no consistency or logic to the story. The only possible reason for such a story, in my opinion, would be to explore Will’s character. How does he feel, always dismissed, despite his intellect…just because of his age?
What would it be like to return to the creature comforts of Earth after so many months on Priplanus (the name of the Robinsons’ planet, as revealed in this episode)?