Lost in Space (1998) (part 2 of 6)

Meanwhile, John is bringing Don aboard the Robinsons’ spaceship, the Jupiter 2. The design of this ship is actually pretty cool, and of course, the next few lines are devoted to letting the audience know this. Unfortunately, the design is also very impractical. It’s disc-shaped, which means there’s going to be lots more air resistance when it takes off than if it was a typical rocket shape.

Here we meet the last member of the Robinson family to be introduced: Judy, played by Heather Graham. Graham is probably the least miscast out of all the actors in this movie, although she also seems to be the most aware of what utter crap she’s in. As such, she just sleepwalks through the role. Don, meanwhile, is busy spewing out excuses for not going on the mission. This also updates him, since the original Don West was pretty much indistinguishable, character-wise, from John. In a scene that wouldn’t be out of place on Friends (anyone want to bet that’s how it got put in?), Don makes an obvious pass at Judy in front of John, without realizing she’s John’s daughter. He shows no reaction when he discovers that she is. Don then says, “It’s gonna be a long flight.” Hey, it’s been long. Would you people just get lost in space already?

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Lost in Space (1998)

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