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Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

 

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Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

Referring to my previous post announcing the return of the classic 1960s TV sci fi series, here is my take on Lost in Space – Review,

Jean & I binged watched all the episodes over two nights. In our humble opinion Netflix have done well with this reboot. I watched the original series when a youngster. It was good to hear the original & iconic theme music, especially when the Robinson family’s spacecraft Jupiter 2 took to the skies.

In these introduction episodes, there are a  few changes from  the original plot and storyline as of course can be expected as reboots usually vary a little bit from the original.

The Robinson family are part of other  colonists, including other families too, each with their own Jupiter designated spacecraft. The Jupiters’ are docked in the much larger  mother ship called ‘The Resolution’, which has a mysterious and  secret faster than normal human technology space drive.

This mysterious drive is the key to the unfolding story.

The Resolution is taking the colonists to an exo planet near the Alpha Centauri star system.

A catastrophe occurs and the family have to flee the mother ship in their Jupiter(2) & land on an unknown planet which can sustain life.

Quite a few media critics who saw the first two episodes on preview,  were lukewarm in their comments .

As I have found with other reboot  TV series such as the excellent ‘Star Trek Discovery’, the whole series has to be watched to get a truer opinion. At the end of its first run after initial criticisms, ‘Discovery’ won over the majority of it’s critics and die hard Star Trek fans. The characters are seen to evolve over the series as does the story line.

The (different from the original) bickering and a touch dysfunctional Robinson family finally  come together in adversity as these critics would have seen had they kept with the series.

Jean & I liked the evolving characters and exciting story, there was some funny humour and excellent CGI, overall a good reboot. We hope it will return for series two.

We currently await to see if Lost In Space will be renewed by Netfix for a second series. The viewing figures are apparently good  and we should know soon.

Jean said that this reboot gives a different connotation to:

Danger, Will Robinson!

All in all, we highly recommend this series for an exciting watch for the whole family!

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Netflix recently confirmed that there will be a second series, possibly airing later in 2019 or early 2020. 🙂

 

 

Lost In Space (Netflix Tv Series Reboot)

Lost in Space Reboot 2018, Netflix

Genre:  Sci Fi, Family in Peril in Space

Released Date: 18 April 2018 in the UK

Cast:

  • Toby Stephens as John Robinson
  • Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson
  • Ignacio Serricchio as Don West
  • Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson
  • Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson
  •  Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson
  • Parker Posey as Dr Smith

 

Lost In Space (Netflix TV Series Reboot)

I am happy to see this classic TV sci fi series Lost in Space return for a deserved 21st century reboot.

I remember rushing home from secondary (high) school to watch the original series (seasons), running for 83 episodes  from 1965 to 1968.  The first series was made in black & white as colour TV was two years away. The second series introduced colour. Along with ‘Voyage to the bottom of the sea’ and ‘Dr Who’ (1963 to present)  & ‘Star Trek’ (1965 to present , were and still are my favourites  as with my friends.

Lost in Space is based on the classic 1812 novel  ‘Swiss family Robinson’, about a family ship wrecked and castaway in the East indies. The Robinson family learn  how to survive and become self reliant.

1965-1968 Family, Don West with Dr. Smith & Robot            The 1998 Movie cast

The 1965 modern sci-fi reiteration sees a family of would be forerunners of planet colonisers along with the co pilot Major West and an unwelcome stowaway, enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith. Smith was sent aboard to sabotage the Jupiter 2 space craft. He succeeds but gets trapped as the spacecraft is lost in space. Smith brilliantly played by Jonathon Harris  continually tries to thwart the family. In later episodes Smith becomes toned down & more comic. His bantering with the robot assistant (who becomes regarded as part of the family) is popular.  The Robot’s frequent utterances of “Danger, Danger, Danger Will Robinson!”  Smith gets into all sorts of escapades with aliens etc., dragging the family with him.  My male school friends & I liked Penny Robinson as she was our age.

The 1998 movie generally keeps the same characters & roles, but is  darker than the 1960s innocent TV show. Gary Oldman is excellent as Dr. Smith. technical evolution of SFX (special effects) and CGI (computer graphic imaging) add to the story.

Now the 2018 series approaches and the show’s trailer shows what looks like brilliant SFX and CGI  now de rigeur for a successful screen sci fi  creation. This time some tinkering with the characters. A mixed race daughter, a reformed rogue finding a family he never had character which replaces that of upright major Don West. Dr. Smith is now portrayed by a woman, which will be interesting as we see how the characters develop.  The popular human constructed family robot is replaced by a  mysterious  alien robot found on planet they land on.

2018 Space Family Robinson

The New Dr. Smith

 “Danger, Will Robinson!” Alien robot – friend or foe?

My only regret is that they did not keep the original classic shape I like for the Jupiter 2 spacecraft. I am looking forward to the series.

Jupiter 2 Spacecraft

Original 1960s version

Movie version

Netflix 2018 series version

Itazura Na Kiss & Versions

Itazura Na Kiss & Versions

Itazura Na Kiss is a a Japanese manga which has spawned version after versions across Asia.

The drama has proved popular that it has also been made into films.

The currently popular A Love So Beautiful is purported to have the same framework of the Itazura Na Kiss.

It is a story of a high school girl who finally found the guts to confess her love to a super handsome fellow student with an IQ of 200 via a love letter.  She ambushed him one day and tried to give him her love letter but he refused to take it.  Her undying admiration continued on fuelled by the boy’s hot and cold treatment of her.

Versions from different countries varies a bit but not much.  So you think if you’ve seen one, you have seen them all.  But that is not really the case as every version has its own charm and hook.

The first adaptation was a Japanese drama made in 1996.  It was made up of 9 episodes which can be seen in youtube.  It is said that this is the best version as it remained really faithful to the manga version.  It is even called Itazura Na Kiss.

It started with a Kiss (2005) & They Kissed Again are Part 1 & Part 2 of the Taiwanese version, starring Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng.  This in my opinion has the real heart.  It looks and feels real.

Playful Kiss (2010) was the Korean version and my favourite.  I am shallow, I just adore the impossibly gorgeous tandem of Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min.  They have a cute chemistry and Hyun-joong is just oozing with sex appeal.

Mischievous Kiss Love In Tokyo 2013 & Mischievous Kiss Love in Okinawa 2 (2014) are the Japanese remake.  The Okinawa was when they went on their honeymoon.

Kiss Me (2015) is the Thai version.  Among the various versions, this one is the most different.

Miss In Kiss (2016) is a Taiwanese remake.  The girl in this version is the plainest amongst all the girls.  But having said that she is still rather endearing.

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

 

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince


Also known as Coffee Prince

This drama is a good starting point to watch if you have just heard of that ever so gorgeous Korean actor Gong Yoo

Cast:

  • Yoon Eun-hye as Go Eun-chan
  • Gong Yoo as Choi Han-kyul
  • Lee Sun-kyun as Choi Han-sung
  • Chae Jung-an as Han Yoo-joo
  • Lee Eon as Hwang Min-yeop
  • Kim Dong-wook as Jin Ha-rim
  • Kim Jae-wook as Noh Sun-ki
  • Kim Chang-wan as Hong Gae-shik
  • Kim Young-ok as Han-kyul and Han-sung’s grandmother
  • Kim Ja-ok as Han-kyul’s mother
  • Choi Il-hwa as Han-kyul’s father
  • Han Ye-in as Go Eun-sae , Eun Chan’s younger sistr
  • Eun-chan’s younger sister. Eun-sae has dreams of becoming a rich and famous music star.
  • Park Won-sook as Eun-chan’s mother

This is about a romance between a playboy, Han Kyul, and a tomboyish woman, Yoo-joo.

Yoo joo had to pretend to be a boy in order to secure a job in an all male coffee shop, which is a project given to the playboy chaebol, Han Kyul by his family to teach him a lesson for being spoilt and layabout.

Han Kyul treated Yoo joo well, just like a little brother.

But as time went by, he started feeling more than brotherly love for  Yoo Joo.

He started questioning his sexuality.  He was pretty sure that he was not gay as he was not attracted to other men.

But he can’t really deny himself any longer and just went for Yoo joo, who at his time had a massive crush of Han Kyul herself.  This is in episode 10.   🙂

If you had not seen this cute drama, then treat yourself to a binge-watch over the weekend!

I just rewatched episode 10 now and I miss them so much that I had to rewatch the whole thing.

So worth it! 🙂


 

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

AgathaDame Agatha Christie is a popular British author; Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the bestselling author of all times.  She had written 66 detective novels, 14 short stories, and even had time to write 6 romantic novels under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.  I think she would probably be best known for her creation of the brilliant but rather busy-body Jane Marple and the Belgian Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie’s play called The Mousetrap is the longest running show of the modern age.  It opened in the West End in 1952 and it had continued to run eversince.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back – that the essence of life is going forward.  Life is really a one – way street.

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Farewell Leonard Nimoy

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One of our Star Trek Commemorative Plates of the man or should I say Spock himself

Being an avid Science Fiction (sci fi)  fan, I have read many novels seen moves and TV and radios  series of the genre.

I prefer to read, watch or listen to sci fi that has potential to become science fact and indeed has happened!

One such TV series is Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960s and there was not much sci fi on TV. I listened with my parents to some sci fi plays such as  the classic ‘Quatermass’ on BBC radio every Sunday evening. When ‘Dr Who’ came along on BBC TV in 1963  (now the longest running continuous sci fi tv series in the world). I was so happy and despite the black & white viewing  and sometimes wobbly stage sets and  minimal primitive special effects (sfx), the excellent actors and stories ultimately enchanted millions of viewers.

With the advent of colour viewing TV in the mid 1960s, more  sci fi  Tv series were produced, many from the USA.

One such was, of course,  ‘Star Trek’. Created by Gene Rodenberry, it introduced the crew & their weekly adventures in a faster-than-light travelling space ship called the ‘USS Enterprise’.  There were  British sailing ships called HMS Enterprise AKA ‘Enterprize’)  in the 1700s and one in 1800s.

In the pilot episode (1964) of Star Trek, one of the crew was referred to as a ‘Vulcanian’ a humanoid from from the Planet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani,  which is a real star  about 16 light years from earth.  Vulcan could be reached in a few days with the ‘warp’,  anti mattered powered engines of the  Constitution class star ships such as the Enterprise.

The ‘Vulcanian’ science officer was called ‘Mr Spock’, as apparently his Vulcan name was unpronounceable to humans!

From the beginning actor Leonard Nimoy was chosen to play Spock.

The Vulcan race looked human except for pointed ears, arched eyebrows, distinctive hairstyles, a slight green skin pallor due to green blood.

Vulcans were stronger and faster than humans, due to the higher gravity, less oxygen rich atmosphere and heat on Vulcan. Vulcans were extremely long lived too – up to 300 years. They exercise extreme control over their emotions as taught by  a venerated philosopher named Surak. as early in their history Vulcans were prone to violence.

To make the character more interesting Mr Spock was also  half human, with his father being the renowned, Vulcan statesman and  ambassador, Sarek (well played originally by actor Mark Leonard). His human mother is Amanda Grayson ( played by Jane Wyatt in the original series).

This early Mr Spock looked rather severe and shouted a lot!

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

 

After the pilot show, Gene Rodenberry was not satisfied and made big cast changes for the series proper in 1966. A new captain of the Enterprise was brought in ( William Shatner as Capt Kirk), A new ships doctor, actor Deforest Kelly as Dr (Bones) McCoy.

Leonard and his distinctive appearance as Spock now generically known as a Vulcan as opposed to Vulcanian, was retained and he became the science officer and second in command to Kirk.

Spock’s appearance was softened, as was his voice and manner, becoming calmer and most logical as befits a Vulcan.

Spock’s  ‘bantering’ and put downs with Dr McCoy with Kirk often acting as referee were brilliant. However,  the trio’s underlying loyalty and friendship to each other shone through as the series progressed; His Vulcan catchphrase and hand gesture became legendary too!

Off course, all of the main Enterprise crew became legendary in TV,  sci fi  & the motion picture history.

Leonard Nimoy was also known to me as I enjoyed the  early  ‘Mission Impossible’ TV shows. He played  ‘Paris’, a master of disguise brought in to the later  ‘Impossible Mission Force’ 1969-1971.  Mission Impossible was made at the same studios (Desilu) as the classic Star Trek series and so Leonard could swap pointy ears for various disguises!

Leonard was also a guest villain in one of my favourite detective series ‘Columbo’.  Spock’s logic was no match for Columbo’s detective ability & own brand logic 🙂

Mr Spock appeared in the various Star Trek sequels  and movies including the excellent 2009 reboot of the franchise under J.J. Abrams.

In the reboot, Zachary Quinto’s likeness as the young Spock although in a different time line captures that essence of Nimoy.

Spock and then other characters live on in the Star Trek novels I enjoy reading.

Leonard  Nimoy crafted and evolved Spock into one of the most popular, recognisable & iconic characters in entertainment.

Where ever you are now in that ‘undiscovered country‘ Leonard, “Live Long And Prosper…”

Spock LLAP

 

Classic original crew of the Enterprise The main original crew of the Enterprise

 

 

Spock,_resurrected Zachory Quinot young spock

Spock in his second Century                             A young Spock (Zachary Quinto)

paris Leoanard Nimoy& Peter Falk in Columbo

Paris in Mission Impossible                 A baddie in Columbo

Farewell Leonard Nimoy