[glow=red,2,300]Certainly it'd be nice to know where the show was originally headed, the reasons for the season 2 changes, the kinds of restrictions placed on the show by paramount (I have heard that there was alot but I'd like to see confirmation) etc [/glow]
[glow=red,2,300]Come on, Lost In Space is good like an Ed Wood movie, enjoyably bad. [/glow]
Oh I think 'Lust in Space' was better than that.... It was sooooo tongue in cheek! It was not 'Space Family Robinson' it was 'Gilligan's Island' in Space.... It even had similar story lines! All it was missing was the canned laughter. I know the early episodes were probably played totally straight but it was strictly for laughs later on...... And the measure of success is its contribution to our language... "Danger Will Robinson!" It even had my mother saying "Does not compute!" The film version tried to be too clever by three quarters and somehow the CGI effects seemed more obtrusive than the obvious polystyrene rocks and the chimp with the funny earpieces.
On the other hand it demonstrated just how little feel Irwin Allen had for science fiction. Just be thankful that there was never an Irwin Alan version of the War of the Worlds.....
"Oh no! The Martians are firing their evolution reversing rays!" (Stock footage of monsters from Irwin Allen's 'The Lost World') "Oh no! They've set the Van Alan Belt on fire!" (Stock footage from Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) "Oh no! The Martians have sunk the Thunderchild! (Stock footage from Irwin Allen's 'The Poseidon Adventure')
I thought it was complete crap, but that didn't stop me watching for all 40 in the hope it would get better. The tripod scout ship (Roswell) was one of the more stupid parts, as was the drug the martians tried to give to everyone. It wasn't even a good attempt at a modern day TV series. I would have thought that the martian invasion would have scared mankind a little more. Best part for me was when the army guy kicked that barrel that wasn't even in his way in the credits. My roomate and I watched it pretty much drunk and named a football team "War of the Worlds" in it's honor. A real vomit on George Pal and HG Wells.
Post by EvilNerfherder on May 26, 2005 9:11:13 GMT
For a series beset by internal wranglings and general apathy from the studio, it could have been a lot worse. I believe it ran into trouble occasionally because it pushed the boundaries a few times of what was then acceptable on TV. I agree, the second season was jarring in it's abrupt change of style and by then it was plain that no one had the slightest idea what they were doing on that show. A missed opportunity, but I'd like to check it out again on DVD as the first season had some interesting bits in it. Seeing the Manta Ray reactivated at the end of the first show was quite a moment I thought.
No, that is an actual quote from the second series!
I wouldn't be surprised if they said,
"Anne organizes a birthday party for Rick but to her horror the leader of the aliens arrives wearing the same dress. Luckily the party ends early when one of the aliens comes down with a bout of human extermination"
Id probally do one Season, around 7 Episodes... each from a different person, different country, different experience during the War.
"Memoirs of the Martian Invasion"
First episode - England. One man struggles to make his way through england, from the site of the first cylinder crash, to London, and his only hope of survival, a plane from the burning country. (Book nod, obviously)
Episode 2 - Paris, France. As the Martians Invade and ravage the capital the military begins a mass evacuation, with tales of destruction and military failure across the globe the army begins to fight back, to hold off the Martian advance into the city... will they succeed in buying more time for the evacuation, or is all hope lost?
Episode 3 - Washington... As Martians destroy America, the capital is left untouched. With the army mobilizing for all out war a plan is devised to destroy the Martians once they are free from their cylinders. A plane, The Thunderchild (One from the film) will carry a payload of nukes... will the plan succeed?
Episode 4 - Australia. When one woman is caught my the Martians, she is taken to the vast pit where they first landed. Their, a large, miles wide Blood Farm is being built. Can she escape, or is she doomed to the same fate as those she watches fall to the Martians?
Episode 5 - Washington DC. The Thunderchild is ready to be deployed, in one last, desperate strike against the invades mankind hopes to destroy them using Nuclear Weapons. As the dead city begins to sound with the hum of Martian Flying Machines, the military begins to mobilize until the Thunderchild can escape. As the last grea city of man is laid to waste, one soldier must lead the assault on a downed fighting machine, and learn the secrets of the alien inside it.
Episode 6 - Mankind is destroyed, with our last hope oof destroying our Martian superiors lost the mass populous begins to flee to the hills, underground into the sewers, anywhere. A soldier, as helpless as the rest must lead a small group of evacuees through the hills north of (Insert place with hills here). With Martians in hot pursuit, can they find somewhere to hide, to survive, or will they be destroyed by the Invaders?
Episode 7 - Martians around the world begin to die, their bodies crumble under our earthly bacteria, and their fighting machines become nothing more than powered signs of victory. One woman recounts how she saw this first hand, and how those of the Invaders still unaffected by the bacteria made one last, desperate attempt to take earth for thier own.
So, yeah, their just my thoughts, threw them together really quick. Like, just now. More time, better ideas. Each Episode about 45 minutes, with mention of the other episodes in each, like, cross over characters, mentions of the war in Paris, etc... etc...
Still dont think I can beat that Birthday Surprise thing though. Wow.
"Theirs a Heatray in the Cake... NOOOOO!"
One day. One plan. One army of Browncoats. On June 23rd, we aim to misbehave.