Post by John Reid on Aug 8, 2016 17:09:19 GMT -5
At age 61 I have discovered a new phenomena I'd like to share with our younger readers. When you get my age and you see TV shows or movies that you enjoyed as a young man, you find that they suddenly take on totally new and often opposite meaning to you then when you first saw them.
The other day I had to opportunity to see an episode of the old 60's TV series "Lost in Space". This was a favorite show of mine when it first aired in 1966. I was 11 years old at the time, roughly the same age as the actor Billy Mummy who played Will Robinson on the series. Back then it was a fantasy/sci fi adventure story to me.
So I sat down to watch Lost in Space the other day on Antenna TV and hoped it would carry me back to my days of youth.
As I watched it I began to realize things about the show that never occurred to me as a boy.
First it occurred to me that John and Maureen Robinson had to be the cruelest parents of all time! They knew full well that they were taking their entire family to live on another planet with no other human beings. John had his wife Maureen and their co-pilot Mark was hitting on his oldest daughter Judy before they even lifted off, but...what were Will and Penny supposed to do for mates? They were bound to hit puberty sooner or later, then what?
I saw only two possibilities, celibacy or incest! Yikes! I mentioned this to my wife who said, well Penny could turn to Dr. Smith. I looked at her and said, "Personally I think Will had a better shot at Dr. Smith than Penny! I mean think about it. They were always together! This was a man who was so lazy that if you asked him to wash a dish he went into back spasms, but he could hike 6 to 8 hours a day following that little boy around everywhere he went!
One could imagine the conversations..
(John) Say where's Will?
(Maureen) Oh he out there somewhere with Dr. Smith.
(John) Again? Wait a minute...Didn't Dr. Smith try to murder us all last week?
(Maureen) Yeah but I'm not worried.
(John) You're not?
(Maureen) No, it's true he hates all of our guts, but for some reason...he really really likes William. I mean he follows him around everywhere he goes!
Like I said, I saw the whole show with news eyes. More to come.