Lost in Space (1998) (part 4 of 6)

On their screen back on the Jupiter, Penny and Maureen see the fleshy blobs sprout legs and start moving. The design of these creatures is totally impractical. The blobs are triangle shaped, with each corner sprouting one leg, each of which splits into two. Their faces are on one of the edges, meaning that in the real world, the legs sticking out of the back would pretty much just impede any kind of movement. Will speaks into his Robot control, saying, “Mom says ‘Get the hell out of there!'” This makes Robot say it too. The show was pretty goofy, but I don’t think it ever sunk to having Robot say “Mom” and “Dad”. Suddenly some of the blobs, which, based on their current appearance, I guess I now have to call spiders, come right up to our heroes. Don shoots one, but the blast bounces off. The camera violently jerks around, making it hard to tell that this is what’s happened. Everyone runs, with Robot taking pot shots at the spiders, even though these have no effect. Will yells that his handheld control is too slow, so he gets into some kind of virtual reality hologram thingee that lets him control Robot with his own body. They have this thing on the Jupiter because… ?

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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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