Yeah, The Black Hole does come into this category. It was a very dark story - I mean the Cygnus
crew had basically been lobotomised and turned into mindless slaves. Some found VINCENT and Old BOB to be cutesy robots, but they served a purpose, and were a contrast to the silent and intimidating Maximilian.
As a kid I was confused by the fact that near the climax they were floating in space with no ill effects - wasn't until the novelisation that I found that the Cygnus
's gravity shield also held in the atmosphere - would have made more sense if a couple of lines of dialogue had mentioned that!
Another thing that bothered me was they had to use computer records to recognise the Cygnus
. She was the only ship of her kind, sent on a grand mission, and Booth even covered her launch - her identity should have been fairly obvious to everyone.