An absolute brilliant science fiction episode of Lost In Space. The Robinsons encounter an alien spacecraft that brings them inside where they discover alien looking interiors with alien looking aliens!!!
No bumpy head aliens here, these things are not human, we can’t understand them, they crackle with electricity, their ship is strange and Don and the Professor spend most of the episode trying to work out the alien controls with only a little success.
Yes it’s over 50 years old but all of this is a breath of fresh air! Actual creatures we don’t understand and we don’t end up understanding at all. We do of course piss them thanks to Dr Smith.
The scene when Smith realises that it is an alien ship is quite good as well, the cogs are clearly constantly turning as a reevaluates everything continuously.
John Robinson is rescued by his wife but are both almost cooked when a comet comes past.
I’m really enjoying this, I know it gets silly later on but this is some damn fine scifi and I’m loving the weird designs etc.
Now this is the Lost In Space that I was expecting although I always imagined Dr Smith was played more for laughs but in this episode he’s pretty evil.
As one might expect there’s a bit of the footage from the pilot episode mixed in with all the new plot points including the addition of Smith and the robot. It’s all a pretty clever reworking of the original episode and would lay the groundwork of what was to come (based on what I know of the show).
The robot is programmed to destroy the ship and Dr Smith gets stuck on the Jupiter 2 whilst trying to sabotage it.
The ship hurtles through space at phenomenal speeds (in order to strand them) and they eliminate the “why don’t they just get back in their sleep chambers” plot with Mrs Robinson being unfit to reenter hibernation.
Don has a bit more personality in this episode, he’s probably the most noticeable character shift.
The robot wakes up and starts bellowing a familiar “destroy” and he starts smashing shit on the ship. He goes up stairs and starts hitting the cabin pressure control which apparently is a box that when you put a hole in it all the pressure leaves the cabin. Of course I suspect he could just punch a hole anywhere and the same would happen. They take out his battery and plug the hole with… well a plug I suppose.
Mr Robinson has to go out on the absolutely worst spacewalk in all science fiction history. He REALLY sucks at it for no apparent reason. He just keeps falling over until he eventually falls off the ship, the rope tears and we’re left with a cliff hanger I was not expecting.
I didn’t realise that these wouldn’t be standalone episodes, which is super interesting. I wonder if Mr Robinson will survive, how will they save him?!?! Will he get better at space walking??? Are there other basic things that he is going to suck at???
I’ve never really watched a lot of Lost in Space, I’m not 100% sure why as I “liked” the film (I’m aware of the problems the film has but I love the aesthetics and soundtrack) and I enjoyed the reboot series though I think it could have been heavily edited to tighten it all up.
So whilst conserving my bandwidth Lost in Space is one of the shows I have to work my way through and I’m really interested to watch it.
I know the story that Gene Roddenberry spoke to the studio about his ideas for Star Trek and that some of those ideas found their way into Lost in Space so I’m looking out for those too.
The unaired pilot is a dry affair, with very little happening in the first half and then a much closer to Swiss Family Robinson on an alien planet. There’s no robot or Dr Smith and the family have crashed on an alien planet and started to set up home. Growing crops, domesticating space emus and monkeys with pointy head pieces.
Whilst out doing science and discovering that the region they’ve settled in near the crashed space ship is about to become very bloody cold. The “men” encounter a cyclops giant who it appears is wondering who put this pointy science shit out where he could step on it (I assume it would have felt like a lego piece). The men flee into a cave and the giant doesn’t know what’s going on.
Finally one of the dudes sets off a flare under the giant’s foot which pisses it right off. Then Will Robinson wanders in and kills the giant with a laser gun.
Will Robinson is a stone cold killer.
The Robinsons pack up their gear get in a very cool looking rover thing (I don’t know anything’s names yet) and get the hell out of the freezing basecamp, abandoning their spaceship and killing another giant cyclops who was very poorly throwing rocks at them. He was probably sad his friend was killed.
They get out into the ocean and overcome some technical difficulties, finally arriving in the tropical paradise that was their target. Whilst setting up camp two beings sneak up, look at each other and nod. They look remarkably like the Talosians… I’m just saying.
This would have been a very different show had they continued down this path probably a much more Alien Planet Swiss Family Robinson affair with little planet hopping.
I actually didn’t mind it, it had a very theatrical feel to it – a little dated in the gender roles but a product of the time.
I was a little disturbed by the lack of care for alien life. By season end I suspect that we would have discovered that the Robinsons were the monsters all along bahahahaha.
After a break from drawing and a huge change in life circumstances I’m really enjoying doing this illustrations.
I may embark on a whole set of scenes and characters from my favourite films. I think with Trek because I do so many of them and have been doing so for so long I feel the need to “over do” them or try new things etc.
On this and yesterday’s illustration I just wanted to something simple that captured the essence rather than get too bogged down in details etc.
I like the simplicity of the scene as I’ve depicted it, simple watercolours and a fun Bruce the shark.
It’s nice to be enjoying these again.
I will note that the shark itself is definitely derivative of some of the Shaaark! cartoon sharks which I didn’t realise until looking at it finished so if you like the shark itself definitely go check out Shaaark!
If I’m completely honest Halloween was never really my bag, I was more A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th kind of guy but I do love the original film and Michael Myers is part of the 80s/90s horror trinity.
I also love how as soon as you know about it, you can’t unsee William Shatner’s face in the mask.
Interestingly in the notebook I was flipping through the pages and I occidentally drew this on a page much deeper into the book. So now it will be out of order LOL.
Once again I’m a huge fan of the original wolfman and the limitations they had makeup wise produced a look and feel that is very much to my liking.
So I was kind of keen to find a very modern werewolf pose and take the old look and work with that.
The paper is gorgeous it has a homemade feel to it with lots of fibres and texture. Despite the ugly shiny paper I love that the type and quality of the different recycled pages are influencing the scribbles.
The colour of the paper also lends itself very well to capturing that old wolfman movie vibe.
As I mentioned yesterday the flatbed scanner can’t scan because of the growing thickness of the page spine when folded back so now I’m relying on the iPhone to capture it – which was always the plan but it’s hard seeing everyone else’s beautiful crisp pictures and not wish I could do that too.
A couple of people have asked what I’ll be doing with the book when done, I think I’ll probably pop the whole book on the shop but I’ll make a decision on that closer to the end because I might hang on to it as a guide for some pieces I want to expand on them.