Posted on May 15, 2015
This week’s Failure to Launch examines an attempt to reboot 1965’s Lost in Space for the early 2000s. As with any reworking of a series with a strong, loyal fan base, it’s important to carefully examine the source material, find the elements that made the show work, then make those elements the core of a modern, exciting retelling, that pays loving homage to the original series.
Thing is, the element they took from the original was Dad Knows Best™. And what Dad reckons sounds best is uprooting his family and dragging them across killer alien-infested space to start a new life on a farming colony, even though his family’s opinion on the matter ranges from “I’d rather not” to “I will never forgive you for this”, and there’s no particular reason to go beyond Dad Knows Best™. Dad may be legitimately insane.
Reviewers: James Ferris, Harry Brimage, Alex Malone
Soundboard: Andrew Cherry