One of the problems with re-releasing old sci-fi TV series is that they don’t always stand the test of time, especially when trying to attract new audiences.
Contemporary fans will invariably overlook the faults thanks to nostalgia distortion, but viewers brought up on modern TV shows find it hard to look past the outmoded costumes and the so-called future tech.
There are realistic cyborgs and less convincing androids, there are genetic enhancements but medicine seemingly hasn’t sufficiently advanced, and space craft look much the same as they do now.
Even with Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment behind it, budgets (and technology) didn’t extend to big special effects, relying on good old-fashioned practicals, which were good enough for it to win an Emmy for Visual Effects. Even the planet our erstwhile astronauts are stranded on bears an uncanny resemblance to Earth, except for its native inhabitants.
It does have a Swiss Family Robinson/Lost in Space feel about it, although with a larger central cast, mixed with elements of classic westerns such as Wagon Train.
It’s overriding theme is about the place of humans in cosmos and the fact that we are the invading aliens when we land on another planet.
It is slightly dated (it’s even in 4:3 format) but still intelligent sci-fi with something to say.
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