Thursday, August 9, 2018

Billy Mumy And Marta Kristen: On Lost In Space Pilot No Place To Hide

"I think the pilot is arguably the best of what we ever did on that series. And Irwin directed all of that himself. It holds up very well."

-Billy Mumy, Lost In Space Vol.1: The Authorized Biography Of A Classic Sci-Fi Series (p.213)-

"It was a beautiful, beautiful show. That pilot to me looked very Fritz Lang. It was dark, with, you know, the shadows, the black and white, the way we were lit, and the way the shots were all done."

-Marta Kristen (p.213)-

This writer is returning to the world of the original Lost In Space and the science fiction classic that it remains and looks back at the series with the proper lens on the series that was missing my first time out. In truth, I really didn't give it the respect it deserved first time out.

Fully restored, remastered and on Blu-Ray, Musings Of A Sci-Fi Fanatic gets a second chance and will look back properly at one of television's science fiction greats. Our first rendering of the series was on DVD and too much contrast was paid to the television of today.

Lost In Space will be given a proper reassessed treatment as we begin by looking at Season One in its entirety.

I've come to realize some of the values on display in many of the earlier TV series from the 1960s and 1970s upon revisiting them have proven rather elusive in today's TV world and culture in general. That's unfortunate. So much of our culture is filled with ham-fisted messaging when many of the shows from yesterday had a grace to their efforts when exploring our world. Little House On The Prairie (1974-1983), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969), Space:1999 (1975-1977) and yes Lost In Space (1965-1968) are just some examples and all offer qualities missing and elusive in today's television say what you will of their shortcomings. They stand the test of time.

The values and qualities of these series have forever remained with me and TV may have left these shows behind, but for those of us raised and reared on them these remain as impressive and perhaps even more powerful in their quality today.

For those inclined join us aboard the Jupiter 2 and into the great unknown in gorgeous black and white as we explore with the Robinsons lost in space.

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