Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Space Family Robinson


That was the original title of the Gold Key Comics series that started in December, 1962. I had one or two of the issues, but who knows where they went with all my family's moves over the years. Anyway, before I get too sidetracked, the comic inspired the series, Lost in Space, that fired up in 1965.

Seems we've had a fascination with the Robinsons ever since, leading to a more rugged, updated Lost in Space series launched by Netflix in April or 2018. I went to visit my buddy, Cran, yesterday, and we had ourselves a mini-marathon of the new series. Watched six episodes yesterday, and usually I'm ready to throw in the towel after so many episodes of a single show, but if it hadn't been for the fact that it was getting late, we'd have watched the remainder of the first season. I think there were 10 episodes for season 1.

Gotta give a tip o' th' old space helmet to Netflix, the writers, and cast of this new series. There's a lot to like here. I won't go into a whole lot of detail on it yet, but a lot of the first episode is told through flashbacks.

First off, the Robinsons are a tad dysfunctional, which makes them a whole lot more interesting. John Robinson, the father, is a Navy Seal, and has been estranged from his family for two years. Maureen, the mom, is pretty much a super-genius, and has been running the family while he's been gone. But one of the things I especially like is, unlike the original series (and I still love the original's campiness and just pure fun), all the female members of the Robinson clan are serious professionals in their own right.

Penny has the standard teenager amount of complaining, but I gotta tell you, when it's crunch time, she gets the job done. Doesn't matter if it's being talked through performing emergency surgery by her doctor sister, Judy, assembling the chariot, or off-roading the chariot after she's put the thing together, she may gripe about it as she's doing it, but she completes the mission every time.

Okay, enough on that for now. More later. If you get a chance, watch the new Lost in Space series.

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