Stranded on a barren alien planet the space family Robinson is working on an irrigation project. Dr. Smith (Harris), Will (Mumy), and the robot are busy (well, the robot is busy) digging a drainage ditch for the pipe when Dr. Smith is suddenly "summoned" by a mysterious force which leads him away from the others. As Will runs back to the ship for help, Dr. Smith quickly finds himself trapped in a large cage and we catch our first glimpse of the Keeper (Rennie).
Even with the fairly talented cast of regulars Rennie manages to dominate every scene he's in with his screen presence, mannerisms, and perfect diction. I haven't seen him in many villain roles but he plays this one very well. Not many people can pull off being menacing, condescending, and polite all at the same time. Rennie does it effortlessly.
Bernard Herrmann that was also used in the film The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), that ironically also starred Michael Rennie. In No Place To Hide neither the robot nor Dr. Smith were part of the cast. And the story consisted of a compilation of scenes from episodes one, three, four, and five. Of course we all know that Dr. Smith was actually working as a saboteur for a clandestine organization, when he was trapped on board the Jupiter II as it lifted off from earth. And he was a thorn in the side of the space travelers right from the beginning. The verbal exchanges between Smith and Major West, as well as those between Smith and the robot are priceless.
I noticed a couple of little continuity errors that I never seemed to pick up on before. About ten minutes into part one the Keeper plants his staff in the ground before walking over to meet the Robinson's. When he turns around to walk back to it, he already has the staff in his left hand. You can just catch a glimpse of it as he's turning to walk away. Also about a half hour into part two, when the creature in the pit grabs the Keeper by the throat you can briefly see a flash of wire or fishing line used to control the creature's arm and claw.
It was fun to see all the famous guest stars that turned up on the show. Some I don't think I was familiar with at the time, but would come to know from my continued television and classic film viewing. Some of the more famous names besides Rennie included - Warren Oates, John Carradine, Hans Conried, Fritz Feld, Ted Cassidy, Marcel Hillaire, Al Lewis, Sherry Jackson, and many, many, many others.
So in case anyone was wondering where I've been, now you know. 83 episodes later and just catching up with some long "lost" friends ... (Yes, I did hear a collective groan)