Lost In Space – Date Announcement Trailer

Lost In Space–a television series originally created by Irwin Allen–apparently has more lives than a cat.

The original series came in 1965 and ran till 1968.

It was a series I grew up watching , which I recall it being wildly uneven.  Clearly low budget–though not as low as British series like Doctor Who, another long-running series–I was glued to the television when the adventures of the Robinson family aired.

The problem at least for me was while time advanced, visually the show never really did.

Though in 2003 a new series based on the original series, The Robinsons: Lost In Space made it to pilot stage (directed by John Woo) but never developed into an ongoing series.

It wasn’t terrible, but seeing that’s Woo’s strengths lie in Asian action movies, the pilot followed a similar route, which was a significant change from the original series.

It was eventually relaunched as a movie in 1998.

The Lost In Space movie (directed in workman-like fashion by Stephen Hopkins) was actually pretty accurate to the original series, which is probably why it wasn’t particularly well-received and somewhat boring (with the original series you didn’t have much in the way of options on a Saturday afternoon if you were looking for your science fiction fix.  A feature film?  The options were somewhat greater).

Though you’d be excused if you thought that that was the end for the crew of the Jupiter 2 because Netflix recently dropped a trailer for another reboot.

And it’s an odd bird in that you don’t see much (the Robinsons are boarding what I assume is the Jupider 2 (against a very obvious green screen) while a voice over tells of humanity eventually leaving an earth that apparently can no longer keep us safe.

The implication is geological collapse, though there’s a scene of black and white footage where an African-American receives a injection that was a bit off-putting (Tuskegee Experiments and all that), though that might have just been me.


Trailer for ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’

The trailer for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” has come out, and it looks interesting, though isn’t that the point of a trailer?

I thought that the first Mission Impossible film was OK; not so much the second, despite being directed by John Woo.  The third, by J.J. Abrams, felt a bit more in the spirit of the original television series as well as  less staged and more kinetic that the first two films, though–like the others–it bothered me that it was less an ensemble film than ‘The Tom Cruise Show.’

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