John Robinson and Don West are transported onto a strange new world where their evil opposites exist and plan to change places with them. Will, The Robot and a reluctant Dr. Smith set out to find and...
In the year 1997, Earth is suffering from massive overpopulation. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, their children (Judy, Penny and Will) and Major Don West are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. They are to go there on a ship christened the Jupiter 2. However, Doctor Zachary Smith, an agent for an enemy government, is sent to sabotage the mission. He is successful in reprogramming the ship's robot, but in the process becomes trapped on the ship, and because of his excess weight, the ship and all on board become hopelessly lost and it now becomes a fight for survival as the crew tries to find their way back home. Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
(title: "Lost in Space" (1965)) Ed Shifres book Space Family Robinson: The True Story precipitated the arrangement for writer/director Ib Melchior to be given screen credit in the Lost in Space (1998) movie produced by Prelude Pictures and distributed by New Line Cinema, and Melchior worked as special adviser to Mark W. Kochin the film because Melchior was the creator of the original Space Family Robinson, a 1960 screenplay which became Irwin Allen's Lost in Space (1965) TV series. Allen's original pilot No Place To Hide (1 January 1965) is almost a carbon copy of Melchior's Space Family Robinson 1960 screenplay. Melchior was never credited for the creation, until the details were exposed in Ed ShifresSpace Family Robinson: The True Story(Windsor House-1996) and re-published as Lost in Space: The True Story (Windsor House - 1998). The book was extremely controversial and earned Melchior a monetary settlement and recognition as the creator of what became Lost in Space. The book was critically acclaimed with excellent reviews from Hollywood notable writers. To satisfy Melchior, Prelude Pictures hired him as a consultant on their feature film adaptation. Melchior's contract also guaranteed him 2% of the producer's gross receipts, a provision that was later the subject of a suit between Melchior and Mark W. Koch of Prelude Pictures. Although an Appellate Court ruled partly in Melchior's favor, on November 17, 2004 [ironically the exact month/day of the Second Revised shooting Final Irwin Allen pilot script in 1964], the Supreme Court of California denied a petition by Melchior to further review the case. See more »
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An excellent example of a neglected genre, namely...
SPACE FANTASY... STAR TREK certainly utilized elements of whimsy but not to this degree ...I think especially of an example such as the space circus episode,or the wonderful episode in which Dr. Smith turns slowly into a stalk of celery (an acting tour de force, by the way...)...Stunning use of archetypes such as the innocent young lad, the brave companion and the cowardly uncle...many have complained of the cardboard quality of the so called "main characters" of this series, but what an interesting use of them. The so called adult "stars" being only paper backdrops, intentionally made so, so as to throw into relief the richness of these archetypes and the genuinely mythic adventures in which they find themselves.The "special guest star" status of Jonathan Harris is one of the great ironic tricks of network television. A very underrated series.
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