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Parker Posey may be known more as an indie darling than an action star, but there’s something else almost no one knows her as: a bonafide Lost in Space fan.

“As a five- and six-year-old, I woke up before the sun would come up on Sundays and I would wait [for Lost in Space],” Posey said during io9's visit to the set of the new Netflix series. “I remember the black-and-white static shift to color bars when Lost in Space came on. It was part of my Sunday thing.”
https://io9.gizmodo.com/parker-posey-talks-about-oh-the-pain-of-playing-the-ic-1825358325
 

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As far as Robot is concerned.

I would just bet Robot is hanging onto the outside of the ship or it will quickly come through in the other Robot's ship. There is no Lost in Space without Robot.
The robot and Will have to be reunited in the second set of Netflix episodes. Anyone who watched the original series will remember that the robot was on a destructive rampage at the beginning and that Dr. Smith constantly co-opted him for his own devious purposes. But in the end, it was Will's relationship with him that defined their characters. Wow. I'm making it sound like Shakespeare.
 

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Wow. I'm making it sound like Shakespeare.
It is derived from the comic book, Space Family Robinson, which was loosely based upon The Swiss Family Robinson, a German novel, with several very different English adaptations, which was itself loosely based upon Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, in turn, partly based upon a real shipwreck survivor's life, Alexander Selkirk. However, the comic book series doesn't have a robot, though it does have telepathic alien tripods. So, almost Shakespeare!
 

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That leader definitely has the "I think I'm the smartest guy here despite the fact I'm as thick as a brick" syndrome.
That's probably the most believable part of the whole series. :LOL:

I got a jolt of WTF in (I think) episode 2 when Maureen referenced them being 'trillions of light years away'. With the visible universe being 3 orders of magnitude smaller than that, I couldn't help a face-palm.

And yes, the actual universe might be larger, but how would she be able to make any kind of an estimate?

Regarding Dr. Smith, they've made her too competent. The character is supposed to be the black sheep sibling, not the evil genius sibling. Posey's character so far seems to be always in the right place, always making the right guesses, always coming to the most efficient conclusions. A little more 'winging it' would be more believable.
 

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when Maureen referenced them being 'trillions of light years away'
That line bothered me more than anything else in the whole season. That was from the smart one. It tore me out of the scene. Did they do it on purpose? Did they just not look it up? If they really wanted to use those types of numbers they could have set it up by telling us that at some point they found out the universe was bigger than anyone had thought. That would not have been ideal but it would have worked and shown they had at least thought about it.
 

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I got a jolt of WTF in (I think) episode 2 when Maureen referenced them being 'trillions of light years away'. With the visible universe being 3 orders of magnitude smaller than that, I couldn't help a face-palm.

And yes, the actual universe might be larger, but how would she be able to make any kind of an estimate?
I took this as merely a throw-away statement, and she simply meant "a long ways away".
 

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That line bothered me more than anything else in the whole season. That was from the smart one. It tore me out of the scene. Did they do it on purpose? Did they just not look it up? If they really wanted to use those types of numbers they could have set it up by telling us that at some point they found out the universe was bigger than anyone had thought. That would not have been ideal but it would have worked and shown they had at least thought about it.
I think sometimes, we overthink things.

Have you never said, "I've a million things to do!"?
 

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Regardless it still broke my suspension of disbelieve. The same way it does when they mis-quote warp times in any of the Treks series (except discovery, they did it right). I can do rough warp speed calculations on the fly so when they say things that break the laws of the universe as they have set the down it bugs me.

Also, if I were asking the leading scientist on my ship how far we had been thrown off course I would expect more than a flippant answer.

I still liked the show. That just bugged me. I'm very bugable.
 

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The reason those kinds of statements bug me is that they are an indication of the writers' skill, knowledge, and/or level of research. If they're willing to sneak that in, and the director is willing to let it play, it raises questions about ongoing plausibility.
 

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Episode 3: The graphics were once again beautiful. Especially that scene of
The ship breaking free of the ice.
The aliens were cool too! How they were attracted to the Methane was a good point, so the planet must have a HUGE abundance of it. We are beginning to see Dr. Smith's evil ways, but like all three dimensional characters there is some good in her. How often that comes out will be revealed in the future.

This show continues to hold my attention. No looking at the phone during this show. IDK, something about the cast perhaps? Or the atheistic? It's all just beautiful. Also this was I think the first episode with the actual theme song in the beginning as well as in the middle of the ep.
 

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I'm actually with @Cathbad on this point. I've heard many people say "I've got a billion things to do today" and I have never taken them to task over the mathematical validity of their statement.
I actually heard a similar statement when I was serving on a jury. The defendent was asked if he had ever been in a particular neighborhood retail store. He answered: "Only about a million times!" We acquitted him. :)
 
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The plot of the new Netflix Lost in Space reboot isn't bad. The villain is well done. Acting is fine.

But shouldn't sci-fi have a responsibility to accurately portray the SCIENCE in the show???

Water freezing almost instantly? Every year all life on the planet dies from radiation which somehow doesn't affect seeds, and yet we have huge trees and animals. Are those huge beasts born from radiation-proof eggs every year? Using poo as rocket fuel? Seriously?

Also, in the name of equality, wouldn't it be nice if the male characters were a little stronger? All three women in the family seem to come off as very strong, smart and competent, but the father is a grunt who is mostly good at taking punches and the boy is really weak. Will we see them evolve? I hope so.
 

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But shouldn't sci-fi have a responsibility to accurately portray the SCIENCE in the show???
It has, to a point, beyond that it's drama that rules the game. If we would write just Hard SF and not even put in speculative things then there would be no new ideas.
 

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I don't think I'd much enjoy a show, claiming to be Sci-Fi. that strictly adhered to our current understanding of science. Where's the "Fiction" in that?
 

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