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The 'Lost In Space' Reboot Might Not Be Terrible. Here's Why.

By Emily Cutler | Industry | October 10, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | October 10, 2014 |

Hear me out. Lost In Space is getting a reboot on the small screen after 50 years and one terrible movie adaptation.

The Robinson family and the rest of the crew of the Jupiter 2 are planning a return to television! Deadline reports that Irwin Allen’s classic series, “Lost in Space,” is getting a small screen reboot from Legendary TV and Dracula Untold scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Ok, I get it. This does not look promising. A short lived, low budget, hokey sci- fi series from decades ago doesn’t exactly seem like the best source material for a decent show. And the Dracula Untold credentials aren’t doing anyone any favors. But I believe this could work. And I believe that for one reason.

Battlestar Galactica.

Short lived? Check. Low budget? Check. Hokey? Good lord, check. But the 2003 reboot? Amazing. They made a terrible show awesome, and so can Lost In Space. But they will need to follow a few of the same methods.

1.) Make the bad guys actually scary.
I can only imagine these are the bouncers at Studio 54’s Space Night circa Halloween 1979.

I have just wet myself.

2.) Keep the sci- fi elements grounded in actual science.
Your audience is more technologically and scientifically savvy than previous generations. If only because we come into contact with more advanced technology and science on a daily basis. We will believe you have FTL engines as long as you don’t start using your technology as a catchall. Good sci- fi is a believable story set in unbelievable circumstances. Don’t do it that other way around.

3.) Remember where you are.
Watch this:

I’m sorry. I know that was painful, but I needed you to see it. Because Lost In Space cannot be a family sitcom set in space. Original Battlestar Galactica took the same mundane Brady Bunch plot lines, and expected the same mundane results. You should actually try to be Lost in space. You’ve been stranded far from home with no clear method of rescue or return. Moments of humor and levity will happen. Romance will happen. But no one will be registering at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Keep it relatively dark and desperate. The tone will work much better.

4.) Re-imagine your characters.
I don’t have to explain this one, right?
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Her name is Kara Thrace, and she might be the reason the Battlestar Galactica reboot happened at all. She is the Kobolian Omar Little; she’s everybody’s favorite character because she should be everybody’s favorite character. For many viewers, she was the hook that got them in. She was believable and badass and had an amazing character development facilitated by an equally amazing actress. And in the original, she looked like this:
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Huh. Well I can’t leave you with that image. Kara, any thoughts your predecessor?


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