Lost in Space...
- Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot
- Space 1999 (yes, I now own both seasons on DVD, season one was so much better than season two – they should never have had Victor disappear)
- Star Trek (this needs no link! I am in the process of collecting them now, I was a big fan of Voyager, The Next Generation and recently “Enterprise” – never got into DS9 however)
- Battlestar Galactica (haven’t started the “new” series, have heard it is really good – might pick it up)
You might be noticing a trend here… SciFi was the word of the day. Anything SciFi related – I would watch. It is what I read as well (lots of the Robot books by Asimov – well, all of them really. I just re-collected and re-read all of them).
Anyway, iTunes has started selling Fox shows and Fox owns the rights to one of my all time favorite “campy” SciFi shows – “Lost in Space”. It was great – I watched them all over and over whenever they came on TV.
I’ve downloaded both premieres – yes, it had two. The first one didn’t include either of Dr. Smith or the Robot! The two premieres tracked very well together – many of the same scenes. Minor changes to some things – for example the Jupiter II was originally called the Gemini. I liked seeing the state of mind in 1965 (my year of birth coincidentally) when the series was released. To introduce Dr. Smith – they spun him as a “spy” – pegging him as a spy from a country “that would go to any length of sabotage” (wonder who they might have been referring to in 1965?).
In 1997 (the year the Jupiter II/Gemini took off in the show ), we have a desperately crowded planet – yet there were ashtrays everywhere in mission control. Seems that would help with the overcrowding issue.
I love the computers in the show – who needs a graphical interface when you have lights and mechanical “click/click/click” processing (sounded like cards being processed). Everything is on TAPE.
Best of all – the lack of gravity in one scene. All you need to simulate the lack of gravity is some string on pony tails – if the pony tail is floating in air – you must be weightless. They did a little “whole body floating around” – but I really liked the pony tail effect.
Anyway, I now look forward to getting the rest of the series – something to watch in hotels when I’m on the road. Cannot wait for the color versions of the series to come into play – but black and white is interesting as well. I watched most of the series in black and white originally.