Mr. Adventure wrote:
The thing is every episode of Lost in Space at that point was just as minimalist, that one just happened to be a Western. The same technique was used in the next episode to represent Hades and a couple of episodes later a mad scientist's lab.
And, as mentioned, Batman
did the same thing. So, what people are regarding as innovative, I found to be simply evocative of those other shows.
If "Spectre" had used a studio backlot frontier town, it would have come across as just another Earthlike-alien-planet-of-the-week episode.
That's why I took care to say, "at least potentially", because that was indeed the obvious pitfall.