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Lost In Space: Watch Will Robinson, Dr. Smith and The Robot Get Lost Again!

Lost in Space reunionWhen the Lost In Space movie came out in 1998, it bore little resemblance to the original sci-fi series. There were small cameos by some of the original cast but it bombed at the box office. One of the positive things to come out of the studio’s promotion was a TV special that paid homage to the original series.

Hosted by John Larroquette, Lost In Space Forever presents a retrospective of the classic TV show and includes some little-seen footage from the show’s history. June Lockart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy, and Jonathan Harris are all interviewed and, though Guy Williams had passed away in 1989, his original screen test is included.

The special would be a typical lightweight retrospective except for the fact that the producers went out of their way to make it extra special for the diehard fans.

Throughout the program, Larroquette banters with the iconic Robot, complete with Dick Tufeld’s voice and Bob May inside. They’re standing on an impressive and no doubt expensive remake of the Jupiter II spaceship. But the best is saved for last.

At the end of the program, Mumy and Harris appear as their Lost in Space selves, in facsimiles of their original costumes. For the brief scene, they’re completely in character and interact with each other and the Robot as if they’d never stopped filming the show. It’s a real treat for the fans. Thanks to one on YouTube, you can take a look now…

If you enjoyed that, you might want to pick up the Lost in Space Forever DVD. It includes some interesting extras including footage of the construction of the Jupiter II recreation, May getting into his costume, Mumy and Harris on the set, and more.

 

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Alan Moore January 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

The lost in space movie from 1998 should have gotten the Robinson family back to earth.
This would have completed the series from 1965-1968.
I had a big crush on Angela Cartwright aka Penny Robinson.

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Frances Yozawitz December 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

ILove Lost in Space &Star Trek

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jose ayala January 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Gostaria de saber se existem miniaturas dos personagens a venda do seriado perdidos no espaço, se existem onde posso encontrar ?
E se nas tres temporadas existe o filme lost in space forever, se não onde encontro ?

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Lost in Space fan November 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

I have the DVD, which is great to see. However, another correction to the article is that Guy Williams passed away in 1989, nine years before the new movie was released, rather than “earlier in the year,” as stated.

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admin November 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

@Lost in Space fan: Yikes! Batting 1000 with this article. Thanks for the correction!

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Rob Arms October 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

What a great special. LOVE seeing Bill and Jonathan and Bob and Dick back in their old roles, costumes, and the ship. I could watch episode after episode if they’d continued as they did it in the special years later. I’ve met all the cast except for Guy Williams, some more than once, and they never cease to please and appreciate the fans who think of the show and them warmly. I plan to see Mark Goddard tomorrow at Chiller in NJ.

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TH October 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm

There was involvement by the original cast. Mark Goddard played a General in the movie that was his original character’s (Don West) commander. June Lockhart was a school principal in the movie, Dick Tufeld was the voice of the robot in the show and the movie and Angela Cartwright was a reporter. To say that there was no involvement by the original cast shows lazy reporting.

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admin October 22, 2009 at 2:03 am

@TH: Thanks for the correction. The line originally described “no major involvement” but it was accidentally changed in editing. It’s been fixed.

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MK October 18, 2009 at 7:22 am

OMG that was great! I miss Jonathan Harris. So glad they did this before he passed away.

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