Oct. 9, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST
ha ha ha first haters
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:07 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST
I just hope they bring back the giant talking carrot from the original series
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:14 a.m. CST
That's just stupid. Dr. Smith provided a nice foil to the Robinsons, and I don't see why eliminating the character is a good thing. C'mon, Whedon-philes, Dr. Smith could be, written correctly, the gay Spike of the show.
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST
She's such a sweety
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:26 a.m. CST
by Big Bad Clone
It's all about fusion...
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:31 a.m. CST
When I was a boy I used to watch the show and loved how dr smith would wrinkle up his forehead. I wished that when I grew up, I would be able to wrinkle my forehead just like him. My wish came true so I've got that going for me. Now I'm working on Thufur Howat's bushy mentat eyebrows.
Oct. 9, 2003, 10:37 a.m. CST
WTF Tarzan, Lost in Space, remake (and destroy) all the classic movies. Hell Tru Calling is exactly like those two time tripping sitcoms from last year. Does anybody remember those? Yeah, me either. These people are morons.
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:30 a.m. CST
And true, he is similar to Spike in that he's part of the team, but due to his past, he ain't exactly 100% part of the team, ya know?
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:31 a.m. CST
She's the chick with the creepy voice that played Penny in the *bad* LiS movie, right?
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2003, 12:02 p.m. CST
I read this in a magazine when I was getting my hair cut but couldn't finish it because I got called to my appointment early. I'm not sure who she is supposed to play, but I am assuming it is Mrs. Robinson. Personally, I think Anne Bancroft would make a perfect Mrs. Robinson. I also heard they are going to make most of the cast black to "urbanize" the Robinson family the way they are "urbanizing" the Honeymooners. How creative! This would allow the new Lost in Space ample room for butt jokes and rapidly-annoying catchphrases like, "What up, my space homey, welcome to the space hood". Can't you just see that printed on a tee shirt? Bill Cosby can play the new Dr. Smith and will be very grumpy and potentially constipated in every episode. Now that I think of it, maybe Delta Burke was going to play the robot. I should have read that article more carefully.
Oct. 9, 2003, 12:08 p.m. CST
1. Judy Robinson must be an absolute babe. 2. The design of the Robot must be cool. That is all.
Oct. 9, 2003, 12:19 p.m. CST
I think No Dr. Smith allows for much better story telling, rather than having to always write in Smith's character as some kind foil in every story.
Oct. 9, 2003, 12:45 p.m. CST
I think it's a really foolish idea to take out the character of Dr. Smith from an updated version of Lost In Space. If they portray him right, and get the right actor for the job, he can be a rather formidable antagonist for the Robinson family. They could slowly change his character over time to the anti-hero type, like Spike became in BtVS. In the right hands, he won't have to become the simpering, whiny, obnoxious, "alleged" comic relief they turned Jonathan Harris's Smith into. Say what you will about the cinematic version of LiS, but I thought Gary Oldman was a perfect Dr. Smith. He had the subtle touches of what made Harris' Smith endearing to the fans, but he also added a deeper villainous side that fit the character perfectly. If they don't have a Dr. Smith in the new series, it won't feel right...that's just my opinion, anyway.
Oct. 9, 2003, 1:12 p.m. CST
I salute you, you magnificent bastard. Fer real.
Oct. 9, 2003, 1:23 p.m. CST
I salute you, you magnificent bastard. Fer real.
Oct. 9, 2003, 1:33 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2003, 1:51 p.m. CST
Make him an Avon type of guy, a self-serving mercenary whose behavior is only predictable insofar as you can tease out his complex motivations. Also, get him out of the velour simper-suit and into a black outfit, preferably with metal studding galore. Finally, he should bat for both teams and cause all kinds of romantic tension on the Jupiter. It just - might - work.
Oct. 9, 2003, 1:55 p.m. CST
Sorry, I clicked on the Talkback, walked away from the computer and came back and saw a waiting talkback and couldn't remember what the story was about. So AICN catchphrases was all I had. My bad.
Oct. 9, 2003, 2:04 p.m. CST
I understand wanting to avoid the shit that Dr. Smith devolved into, but the whole idea was this bad guy gets them LOST IN SPACE! Dear god don't tell me they'll explain it all away with technobabble. Even the crappy LiS movie was okay when it came to Dr. Smith...even with the shitty time travel parts. They're taking out an important element here, creating new problems while trying to solve old ones. Try NOT making Smith a good guy! There's plenty that could be done with Dr. Smith, throwing him out is not the answer. Hell, make Smith female if you have to! But don't throw out your villain.
Oct. 9, 2003, 2:10 p.m. CST
Dr. Smith was a great adversary in the beginning. Yes, he got campy and slightly flamboyant, but it was fun. And really if you think about, his character was really complex: because he was not a super, always-evil bad guy- he did have his moral flaws, cowardice. And- if you really think about it, he just got reverse Stockholm Syndrome over his adventures on the Jupiter 2.
Oct. 9, 2003, 2:14 p.m. CST
If you are going to amplify him to make him this-malevolent supreme bad ass-- you may as well go all the way amp up the 'flamboyance-factor' and have him successfully seduce Major West or John Robinson. That is if you going to really modify his character.
Oct. 9, 2003, 2:16 p.m. CST
But Dr. Smith as a female- does pose some very interesting possibilities. Get an uber-hottie, like Natasha Henstridge... Mmmm.
Oct. 9, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST
by Deep Blue Sky
Oct. 9, 2003, 3:19 p.m. CST
They even had the evil female Doctor Smith and had to bring in Tim Curry for true Smithlike hamminess. But unless they can get talent like Clancy Brown, they're certained to join the ranks of the unemployed. And speaking of Clancy Brown, where's the Carnivale talkback?
Oct. 9, 2003, 3:21 p.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
Ick, the guy has been stinking it up on this side of the ocean (though I loved the hell out of Face/Off), and I can almost forgive him for his movies, but his tv projects have been horrible, seeing his name attached to a tv project is not at all encouraging.
Oct. 9, 2003, 4:19 p.m. CST
Despite being a huge fan of "Lost in Space" as a kid, I'll have to skip this one since I'm not in the "Buffy demographic" of gay men and teenage girls. What a shame for me, since this is gonna be, uh, really great. I'm sure the ambiguously-oriented Robot (a.k.a. "Miles with tank-treads") will go over big, though, with his witty bon mots and cutting comebacks. Is the WB even capable of doing anything that doesn't suck?
Oct. 9, 2003, 4:26 p.m. CST
I think it's perfectly obvious that Dr. Smith was secretly banging Will. 7 1/2 months till radio becomes really interesting . . .
Oct. 9, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST
Have you guys seen the ads for this thing? It looks so generic and bland, easily confused with the Space: Above and Beyond or even worse--the Wing Commander movie. Even if the show is somehow good, the ads make it look so forgettable. I hope a new Lost in Space wouldn't be that bad at least.
Oct. 9, 2003, 5:29 p.m. CST
Way to be crass Herc, I'm sure Eliza appreciates such a vote of confidence said to millions potential viewers before they've even seen the first episode. In fact maybe one of her fans will send a link to this little gem so she can see what a butthead you can be.
Oct. 9, 2003, 5:40 p.m. CST
Carl Barks. Yes, that's right, the artist-writer of the Best Donald Duck comic books. He's the one who originally came up with the idea of a "Swiss Family Robinson" in space.
Oct. 9, 2003, 5:50 p.m. CST
oh well. at least now her schedule is clear to do that "faith" spinoff. hot diggity.
Oct. 9, 2003, 6:02 p.m. CST
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Oct. 9, 2003, 7:13 p.m. CST
Yankee's suck....... (sports reference, sorry)
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:28 p.m. CST
First the original was announced for DVD now this. If they do it right it could be really good. Mimi Kennedy could do it and after Matt LeBlancs spinoff is cancelled he could do it too.
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:31 p.m. CST
I thought Petrie would lean more towards Carnivale, Miracles, Brimstone type material. (off topic) I hold out hope that someday network TV will produce another sci-fi anthology series that doesn't regurgitate "The Twilight Zone," or "Outer Limits." (on topic) Doug Petrie was my fav. writer for "Buffy," but Lost In Space?? Be a miracle if this works... good luck though, Doug.
Oct. 9, 2003, 11:33 p.m. CST
by Darth Brooks
No casting choices yet? Billy Campbell IS John Robinson. Mrs. Robinson is Liz Vassey. Judy Robinson is Leslie Bibb. Major West is Jason Priestly. Penny Robinson is Caitlin Wachs (look her up - she was in "Ya Ya Sisterhood"). Wil Robinson is an open call audition. And what's wrong with Dr. Smith being portrayed by Steven Root? ---- I'd tune in every week. So would most of North America.
Oct. 10, 2003, 12:38 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
R.I.P. Johnathan Harris. :(
Oct. 10, 2003, 1:03 a.m. CST
Get Bill Mumy to write a few episodes. He's a great writer, and he wrote a limited LIS comic series in the 90s that was creepy as all Hell. Since Doug Petrie is involved I'll probably give it a looksee, if it ever comes into being.
Oct. 10, 2003, 1:18 a.m. CST
by The Ghost of Scrappy Doo
Lost In Space without Dr. Smith is like a Tarintino movie without kayo syrup. HELLO, WB, GIVE THE PROJECT TO SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY WATCHED THE FREAKING RERUNS IN THE SEVENTIES INSTEAD OF ONE DAY AT A TIME AND ALICE. Oh the pain, the pain...
Oct. 10, 2003, 5:17 a.m. CST
by The Founder
Who's phiucking bright idea was it to do away with the Dr Smith character??? After hearing this I WILL not watch a version of Star Trek thta will be called Lost in Space featuring a family. This will be like Voyager. WB is really phucking up, I mean it's like the suit in a can or Krypton not blowing up. I'll pass.
Oct. 10, 2003, 7:40 a.m. CST
by Zefram Mann
Character conflict = Good story. So what do these guys do? Cut out the backstabbing evil machiavelian character that would otherwise be responsible for at least half of the shit that happens to the family. Brilliant fucking move.
Oct. 10, 2003, 9:28 a.m. CST
...Just like Jack Nicholson's idea for having Jack Napier as the Wayne's killers. Anytime a writer or contributor "changes" a basic concept, they get PAID.
Oct. 10, 2003, 9:33 a.m. CST
Remember everyone vote for the Buffy musical episode at http://www.channel4.com/film/newsfeatures/microsites/M/musicals/vote.jsp We don't want any old crap getting in there. And it is already on the list.
Oct. 10, 2003, 1:27 p.m. CST
by Kauzi Sezso
What's up now?
Oct. 10, 2003, 4:52 p.m. CST
And who will Don get mad at now? Goddamn Penny!? Son of a bitch Billy!? Sneaky Bastard Judy!? No, you gotta have the "SMITH" to keep it tense and funny.
Oct. 10, 2003, 5:59 p.m. CST
by Gandalf Lives
Ohhhhhh Dear Boy !
Oct. 10, 2003, 7:26 p.m. CST
that's kinda dumb.. i guess the producers don't want to fall into any expectations of campiness, but that's not how the earliest episodes worked, including smith.. sigh..
Oct. 10, 2003, 8:42 p.m. CST
Congrats on the best talkback of the day. Thufur Hawot! So funny I nearly plozt!
Oct. 10, 2003, 8:44 p.m. CST
I meant plotzt. Damn it.
Oct. 10, 2003, 10:43 p.m. CST
by Noriko Takaya
No Dr. Smith = teh suck. It's kinda like doing a Superman movie with no Lex Luther. It just puts a damper on things, ya know? As for the Lost In Space movie, I thought I was going just great until that goddammed CGI monkey showed up. From then on it crashed and burned faster then Gray Davis' political career. I hate when that happens 'cause it's like you get your hopes up for the first few minutes or so, things are going along just great and then all of a sudden they yank it out of your pussy and shove it right up your ass. Fucking Hollywood. Toppu o Nerae!
Oct. 12, 2003, 4:09 p.m. CST
by Nicky Butane
What the hell are those WB knuckle heads up to now? I know it's already been said but Dr. Smith is the reason the Robinsons were Lost In Space. WB assclowns here are some of the "gotta haves" 1. Dr. Smith, (cold, evil and smart) 2. Totally hottie Maj West (I'm saying he's shirtless by episode 3) 3. Kick ass ROBOT 4. Sense of urgency (the Earth is ficking doomed if the Robinsons dont' find their way home. 5. Pay John Williams a shit load aof money and have hime revamp the theme (not that techno shit from the movie). 6. Dr. Smith, gay but not some big mincing queen( No disrespect to the late mincing queen Jonathan Harris)
Oct. 12, 2003, 6:16 p.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2003, 5:42 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Yeah, he did. With that big ole talking carrot. I needed some anal lube, and only the Carrotman could provide it. MOISTURE! I NEED MOISTURE! Then POP went my ass cherry. Or so I was led to believe...Micheal Rennie was THE BOMB as the Keeper, too, but he didn't ass-rape me.
Oct. 17, 2003, 11:18 a.m. CST
The only way I will even consider watching a reemake of one of my favorite boyhood shows of all time is if Will's son and Dr. Smith's son play the main characters. Just think of the intrigue and mystery the audience will have when we tune in to perhaps discover who their mommies turned out to be on that ill fated trip. I mean, afterall, there were no other women. Oh yeah, and the giant carrot's baby carrots join there still ongoing journey through space! Now that's entertainment!