The Robinson family was named by creator Irwin Allen for the
family in Johann David Wyss' 1812 classic novel Swiss
Family Robinson. In fact, the series was supposed to be
titled Space Family Robinson but was changed to
avoid confusion with an unrelated, but similarly themed,
Gold Key comic book already in publication with that name.
The distinctive voice of the Robot in the movie is provided
by the same voice actor who did it on the TV series, Dick
Here, the Robinson family is attempting to reach the planet
Alpha Prime to begin an Earth colony there. In the TV
series, they were attempting to reach Alpha Centauri. Alpha
Centauri is actually a dual star system 4.21 light years
from Earth, so it's possible that the Alpha Prime mentioned
in the movie is actually a planet in the Alpha Centauri
The movie has what seem to be references to other
science-fiction properties besides its own TV series
inspiration. I will be pointing those out as we go.
Dr. Robinson states in his opening narrative that the United Global
Space Force is searching the galaxy for habitable planets.
A terrorist group called the Global Sedition seeks to destroy the
still-under-construction Earth hypergate and prevent the nations of
Earth from settling other worlds.
The beginning of the movie states that the story opens on September
30, 2058. The Jupiter mission leaves Earth the following day,
October 1. In the original TV series, the mission left Earth on
October 16, 1997.
The small ship that sails past the screen at 1:06 on the DVD makes a
sound similar to the flying cars on the 1962 animated series The
Jetson's flying car
Major West's fighter craft is called Eagle 1. This may be a
reference to the Eagle transporters (in particular, Eagle 1) used in the 1975-77 TV series
At 1:30 on the DVD, Don's eyes seem to either be cybernetic or have
cybernetics implanted in them for targeting enemy craft. They revert
to normal-looking eyes when the battle is over.
The launch tube used to launch Don's fighter bears some similarity
to the Viper launch tubes in the hangar bay of the Galactica
on the 1978 TV series
At 1:42 on the DVD, the holoscreen in Jeb's fighter already says
"System Overload" for a split second even though he doesn't get hit
by a Sedition blast, which is seen to trigger the alert, until 2:44.
Jeb refers to the Sedition raiders as "another mutant suicide
squad". Are the members of the Global Sedition mutants? The pilots
of the Sedition raiders appear to be bald and may have implants. Is
the polluted Earth breeding mutant humans? West refers to the raider
pilots as "gentechs", possibly suggesting they are genetically and
technologically modified humans.
At 3:06 on the DVD, the holoscreen in West's fighter shows the
initials I.T.D.S. in the top left corner as it provides information
to him on the opposing fighters. The initials remain unidentified.
As the Sedition fighter chases Jeb's across the panorama of Earth at
3:32 on the DVD, they appear to be passing over the country of
Notice that Don's and Jeb's space fighters are each painted with a
carnivorous shark teeth image, similar to those seen on some old
WWII fighter planes.
When Don decides to try to stop Jeb's collision with the hypergate,
he cuts off the base's transmission ordering him not to jeopardize
himself and his fighter, saying, "Never liked that station anyway."
This may be a reference to a scene in Star Wars: A New Hope
in which Han Solo blasts a communications panel in the Death Star
when the station authorities transmit a communication asking him to
identify himself after a gunfight in the detention center, with Han
saying, "Boring conversation anyway."
The visual effects audio commentary on the DVD reveals that the city
the Robinsons live in on Earth is Houston, TX. This may be intended
to suggest that the Jupiter mission launches from the old NASA
Mission Control Center in that city, though in present day there are
no launch facilities there, just control and training for space
The TV commercial about the Jupiter Mission that Will
watches on his handheld device at 4:39 on the DVD states the
mission is made possible by the U.S. Army and Silicon Graphics
Corporation. Silicon Graphics was an actual graphics and computer
design company at the time the movie was made; the company was
bought out by Rackable Systems in 2009 who then adopted the name
International. Some of the monitor screens on the Jupiter 2
also have the Silicon Graphics logo on them.
Will's school principal is portrayed by June Lockhart, who also
played Maureen Robinson in the TV series.
Principal Cartwright, as the character is called, gets the Cartwright
name from Angela Cartwright, who played Penny Robinson on the TV
show. Angela Cartwright also appears in the film as the reporter
who speaks to Dr. Robinson at 6:30 on the DVD.
Notice throughout the scenes of the Robinson home from 4:54-7:46 on
the DVD that movers are packing and hauling the family's belongings,
presumably for storage while they are on their 10+ year trip to
The body that Will superimposes onto
Principal Cartwright's holographic
image during the phone call to his
mother is presumably meant to be
that of Sylvester Stallone's John
Rambo character from the Rambo
At 5:24 on the DVD, an advertisement for the Intel Pentium XX
processor is seen on a TV screen in the background at the Robinson
home. "Pentium" is a brand of microprocessors manufactured by
Intel; a Pentium
XX has not yet been produced.
Dr. Robinson states to the assembled reporters that Alpha Prime is
the only other habitable planet discovered to date.
At 6:24 on the DVD, we see an image of Alpha Prime, looking rather
like Earth with a ring around it.
The reporter at 6:58 on the DVD is played by Marta Kristen, who
played Judy Robinson in the TV series.
The unnamed general in charge of the Jupiter Mission
introduced at 7:11 on the DVD is played by Mark Goddard, who
portrayed Major Don West in the TV series. (Later, Dr. Robinson
refers to the general as Ben.)
It is suggested by one of the reporters at the Jupiter
Mission press briefing that the ship's pilot, Captain Mike Daniels,
has the flu and may not be able to make the next morning's liftoff.
The General later informs Don that Daniels was actually murdered by
the Sedition the night before.
At 7:42 on the DVD, a stack of books that seem to be mostly about
the Moon are seen stacked on a mantle in the Robinson home. The top
book in the stack is A Man on the Moon (1994) by Andrew
Chaikin. The fourth book down appears to be Lost Moon
(1994) by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. These are real books about
the NASA Apollo program.
At 7:49 on the DVD, Penny flips open a klatch on her bracelet which
reveals an O-Vid video recorder on which she makes video entries
into her PennyVision diary.
O-Vid appears to be a fictional company.
The Penny Robinson in this version of Lost of Space seems
much less innocent than the one in the TV series; she's also about 4
years older, 15 as opposed to 11.
When Penny arrives in Will's room at 8:19 on the DVD, she is holding
a package (the collapsible ladder) she wasn't just a moment before.
At 8:21 on the DVD, a number of toys and other paraphernalia are
seen in Will's room. Notably, a baseball glove and ball,
foreshadowing a remark by the Robot later in the film. Also, a toy
The photograph of an astronaut space walking above Earth in Will's
room at 8:26 on the DVD is that of Space Shuttle Challenger
astronaut Bruce McCandless on the first untethered space walk in
Penny is holding the collapsible ladder package in her left hand as she speaks to her
brother. But the package has suddenly vanished when she needs to
clap her hands together to demonstrate the popping sound of Will's
skin expanding and exploding in space. Then the package immediately
reappears in her hand again.
At 8:50 on the DVD, Penny uses Will's First Place Award to slice
open the packaging of the collapsible ladder which she uses to escape the
house for the evening. This helps to set up a scene near the end of
the movie where John uses Will's First Place Award to slash
After Penny slices open the package, it suddenly changes from being in
Penny's left hand to her right from one shot to the next.
Don reveals that Dr. Robinson's father was a military man whose
battle strategies were required reading at the Academy.
The general states that the Sedition is building its own hypergate
and hopes to colonize Alpha Prime before the people of the
United Global Space Force.
The scene starting at 12:08 on the DVD reveals that Dr. Smith was
responsible for providing the Sedition with access to Captain
Daniels' apartment, which allowed them to murder him.
The flying-saucer-like Jupiter 1 outer shell launch stage
of the Jupiter 2 is similar in shape to the
design of the TV series' Jupiter 2.
At 15:46 on the DVD, notice that a piece of artwork made up of
multiple chevron shapes is sitting on the mantle in the background
at the Robinsons' home. Possibly a bit of an in-joke to Star
Trek, with which the Lost in Space TV series competed for two of its three
At 17:08 on the DVD, notice that the rocketship decoration on the
dinner table after the going-away dinner has USA printed on it, suggesting
there is still a United States at this time.
At 18:04 on the DVD, notice that, ironically, the crate carrying Dr.
Smith onto the Jupiter 2 is labeled "BIOLOGICAL HAZARD".
After Dr. Smith activates the Robot, the small screen on the Robot's
front panel reads "ROBOT ON-LINE", followed by "KINEMATIC EMULATOR".
Kinematics is the geometry of motion of objects or groups of
objects. Not sure what this really has to do with the activation of
the Robot. Sure, the Robot is designed to be mobile, but is it
really necessary to display a message about it?
As in the TV series, Dr. Smith is fond of using alliterative
descriptions of others, especially the Robot (e.g. "steely
centurion", "platinum-plated pal", "mechanical moron").
At 20:00 on the DVD, notice that the
nodules next to the Robot's storage
compartment have a trinary design
under the glass that is the same as
the glass bubble seen on top of the
Robot's head after it's rebuilt by
Will later in the movie. At 40:07,
we see Will has salvaged one of
these nodules for use on the Robot.
The Jupiter 2 crewmembers all wear a Jupiter 2
patch on their uniforms and another blue-and-white patch with a
yellow border on their right sleeve or chest. There appears to be an
acronym on the patch, but it's never clear enough in any shot to
make out exactly what it is. It appears to be something like USOMOC.
The USO portion probably stands for United Space Organization; at 42:04 on the DVD, we can see that the Jupiter 2 has the
words "United Space Organization" on the hull.
Notice at 30:03 on the DVD that Dr. Smith deliberately bashes the
side of his head against a piece of debris and then smears the blood
further around his face, presumably to elicit more sympathy from the
Robinsons when they find him aboard after the Robot's attack.
Somehow, Don is able to recognize the burn imprint on Dr.
Smith's hand as being from a piece of Sedition technology. How does
After the Robot's attack on the Jupiter 2, Don tells Dr. Robinson
he's going to try to pilot the ship to the Mercury mines, implying
Earth has some kind of mining colony on Mercury.
Upon discovering that Dr. Smith is responsible for sabotaging the
mission and attempting to kill her family, Maureen calls him a
monster after he attempts to explain his philosophy of life. The
monster reference is a foreshadowing of what he is seen to have
become in the future on the unnamed planet later in the movie.
At 42:47 on the DVD, strange scales can be seen on portions of the
Proteus' hull. These are later revealed to be space spiders in
hibernation, awaiting prey.
At 43:56 on the DVD, an alien ship is seen docked to the Proteus.
It's not actually explained what the ship is, but Proteus records
indicate they brought in something attached to the alien ship's hull
(which turns out to be the spiders now infesting Proteus). The
director's commentary on the DVD reveals the alien ship belonged to Blarp's
parents, who had decided to investigate the
Proteus, an explanation that wound up on the cutting room
At 44:27 on the DVD, we can see that Penny's shirt has writing all
over it. The words are generally not legible on screen, but one word
on her sleeve clearly reads "recipe".
In the scene mentioned above, Penny seems as if she's trying to get
away with something she shouldn't, using her "dazzling technical
expertise". But it's not explained what she's doing. Possibly, she
is gaining remote entry to the Proteus' computer, as a
schematic of the ship appears on the large wall screen behind her
just as Don approaches, so she may be acting under orders from her
father to attempt to access the computer's files.
When Don tells Dr. Smith that he is to accompany the rest of the adults
to check out the Proteus, Smith replies, "I am a doctor, not
a space explorer." This is a reference to Star Trek's
Dr. McCoy, who is known to frequently use phrases beginning with
"I'm a doctor, not a..." Smith's statement also allows Don to later
remark sarcastically to him, "You, of course, being the expert on
space exploration," when Smith has misgivings about what the crew finds
aboard the Proteus.
Forced to don a black environment suit to investigate the
Proteus, Dr. Smith remarks, "Black was always my color." This
is probably intended to reflect the character's evil nature and the Hollywood trope
of dressing the bad guy in black.
At 46:36 on the DVD, Will appears to have a space-suited action
figure (or some other kind of figure) dangling from a chain on his
Dr. Robinson refers to the Robot and other similar automatons as
Rambler-Krey series robots.
The degraded captain's log of now-Major Jeb on the Proteus
reveals that the ship was sent to search for the missing Jupiter
Notice at 52:45 on the DVD that Dr. Smith surreptitiously removes
and pockets a control device from one of the advanced model robots
on the Proteus. He is later seen tinkering with it and then
uses it on the future-Robot in the time bubble to get it to do his
After Don captures and begins speaking to the baby monkey-like
creature, Dr. Smith sarcastically refers to the major as "the Dr.
of space." Dr. Doolittle is a character who can talk to the animals,
featured in a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting published
The monkey-like creature becomes Penny's pet, which she names Blarp
for the sound it makes. The film's credit sequences can't seem to
decide whether the creature is named Blarp or Blawp. And the
original film script has Penny calling her Blip! In the original TV
series, Penny acquired a space-chimp creature often known among fans
as Bloop, for the sound it made (though Penny actually named the
Blarp, as she appears in the film, is a computer-animated effect,
and not a particularly believable one. The director's commentary on
the DVD reveals that the creature was originally designed as a
puppet by the Jim Henson Company, but director Stephen Hopkins
ultimately decided the puppet was not working out and CGI was
substituted at the last minute, so the time needed to create a more
realistic creature was not available.
At 56:13 on the DVD, Dr. Robinson discovers the Proteus' computer is
able to calculate a route to Alpha Prime and he uploads it to the
Jupiter 2. This becomes important at the end of the movie.
Notice that Blarp's skin changes color to match its surroundings
While assembling a laser rifle to hold off the space spiders, Don
remarks he'd trade the weapon back for "a lousy can of Raid."
a family of insecticide products for use in and around the home.
As Don pilots the Jupiter 2 away from the infested Proteus,
he suggests that Dr. Smith go out and talk to the space spiders,
"bug-to-bug". Besides the obvious insult, this is also another foreshadowing of the transformation
Smith will make in the future timeline.
The computer scan of the severed spider leg
reveals it has an admantium shell. "Admantium" appears to be a
fictional metal alloy (the Latin suffix -ium stands for
"metal-like"). The use of the word "admantium" here may be a play on
the similar word "adamantium", a nearly indestructible metal alloy
in the Marvel Universe comic books published by
Maureen remarks that the tiny front brain of the space spiders
implies communal relationships among them and Dr. Smith responds,
"Like beetles." A few beetle species are known for their communal
breeding practices, but I've been unable to find any published
evidence that a tiny front brain is indicative of the practice.
When Don decides to overload the Proteus' fusion drive to
destroy the ship and the spiders along with it, the overload seems
to happen almost instantaneously to his remote command. That sure
doesn't seem like a safe way to run a ship's engine! Shouldn't there
be some leeway/safeties/backups in the design to prevent instant
When the Jupiter 2 escapes the explosion of the Proteus,
they crash land on the planet below, still several years in the future
because they did not pass through the portal again.
After the crash, Don checks out the damage to the ship and reports,
among other things, that the Pod and the Chariot are pretty much
scrap metal. The Pod and Chariot were both used in the TV series,
the Pod being a small lunar-module-type spaceship for taking shorter
jaunts in space away from the Jupiter 2 and the Chariot
being a tracked vehicle capable of traversing land and water. (In
Robotworld, the Chariot is depicted as somehow still
completely intact and usable, as is the Pod in
The Perils of Quadrant X.)
At 1:11:25 on the DVD, Penny's face can be seen reflected in Blarp's
Dr. Smith tells Don that he fought in the Millennial Wars (Warriors reveals that Smith spent seven years in
the wars). It's not
revealed what the Millennial Wars were, but "millennial" normally
means the turning of 1,000 years. The most recent official
millennial to the story would be the year 2000, but Smith hardly
seems old enough to have participated in a war that far back
considering the Jupiter 2 leaves Earth in 2058. Perhaps the
Millennial Wars refer to a millennial on a different calendar than
the western Gregorian?
Dr. Smith disgustedly tells Don that sarcasm is the recourse of a
weak mind. But, Smith himself uses sarcasm constantly throughout the
During their first night on the ship, Don and Judy draw pictures on
the fogged-up windows of the ship's bridge of Porky Pig and Bugs
Bunny. Later, Judy shoots a torpedo rigged as a directional marker
from the ship such that it forms an image of Daffy Duck in the sky.
All three of these characters are part of Warner Brothers' stable of
Looney Toons cartoon characters.
As the family goes to bed on their first night on the planet, each
member says goodnight to the others and a harmonica musical queue
plays at the end. This is a nod to the 1972-81 TV series The
Waltons, about a family during the Great Depression and WWII;
most episodes ended with the large (11-member) Walton family saying
goodnight to each other, followed by the ubiquitous harmonica queue.
It's kind of hard to make out, but when John says goodbye to Penny
and Blarp before heading off into the time bubble with Don, notice
that Blarp mimics back the words Penny said to her the day before,
"Nice girl, pretty girl. Nice." And at the end of the movie, Penny
calls her "a little creep", which she also repeats. Listen:
nice girl, pretty girl
At 1:25:57 on the DVD, the hologram of a baseball that appears has
"League 200" printed on it. As far as I can tell this is a
fictitious brand or model.
After finding decades-old debris from the Jupiter 2 in the
time bubble, Don asks "Where the hell are we?" to which John
responds, "No, Major, the question is, 'When the hell are we?'" This
may be a riff on a scene from the 1985 film Back to the Future.
In that scene, Doc Brown has just sent his dog, Einstein, one minute
into the future in the DeLorean time machine:
Marty: Jesus Christ, Doc, you just disintegrated Einstein!
Doc Brown: Calm down, Marty, I didn't disintegrate anything. The
molecular structure of both Einstein and the car are completely
Marty: Then where the hell are they?
Doc Brown: The appropriate question is, "When the hell
When they hear Dr. Smith tapping Morse code on the wall of his
makeshift cell, Will asks the Robot what it says, to which the Robot
responds, "Danger, Will Robinson, danger." This was an oft-repeated
phrase by the Robot in the TV series (and is used a number of times
in the following novels of the current chronology).
In the time bubble at 1:32:36 on the DVD, how is it that Penny's
PennyVision wristband diary is still playing non-stop after decades?
I guess they really make things to last in the future!
The Robinson graveyard discovered by Dr. Smith in the time bubble
appears to have graves only for Maureen, Judy, and Penny. This
implies that John and Don never returned from their search for
radioactive material to power the ship's core in the alternate past
created by the time bubble (and we soon learn that Will and Smith
were ultimately the only survivors). When John meets the older Will,
his son confirms that John never returned from that excursion.
At 1:35:40 on the DVD, Will and Dr. Smith see the future Jupiter
2. Notice in the background that a volcano is erupting as the
planet's death-throws from the time distortion are beginning.
The older Will in the time bubble indicates they are 20 years in
the future from when the ship crashed on the planet.
When Dr. Smith enters the future Jupiter 2, he announces to
the others, "Never fear, Smith is here." Spider-Smith also uses the
line when he enters moments later. This was an oft-repeated line by
the Smith in the TV series.
After John slashes him with the sharp point of Will's First Place
Award, Spider-Smith retorts, "The pain, the pain." This was a common
line used by Dr. Smith in the TV series.
At 1:53:40 on the DVD, John and future-Will are able to see the
past-Jupiter 2 take off into the sky. But the time bubble
has already collapsed at this point, so how are they able to see the
ship taking off 20 years in the past??
The flight of the Jupiter 2 through the breaking up core of
the planet is reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon's flight
through the asteroid belt in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
At 2:01:14 on the DVD, Penny runs to pick up Blarp, who has just
raced onto the bridge after the ship safely escapes the exploding
planet. After picking her up, Penny looks up and into the distance
at something before turning away to return to her post, but it's not
explained what she was looking at. The director's commentary on the
DVD reveals that a major subplot was cut from the film due to
audience confusion at test screenings. Originally, there were
multiple time bubbles encountered on the planet, not just one. In
one of these bubbles, Maureen, Judy, and Penny meet the gigantic
adult version of Blarp and she also joins the crew on the ship, so
both child and adult Blarp are supposed to be present in this scene at the end
of the movie and
the adult was what Penny was looking at. The loss of this subplot
also makes the addition of Blarp to the story as it stands
pointless, since the creature doesn't do anything to advance the
When the exploded planet's gravity collapses and starts pulling in
the debris and the Jupiter 2, Blarp says, "Uh-oh."
Notice that, by the end of the movie, the Jupiter 2 has
never returned to its own time period! It is still in the time
period of the derelict Proteus, which John had guessed
earlier was about 10 years after the family left Earth. So they are
now not only lost in space, but lost in time as well!
At the end of the movie, the Robot from future-Will's time has
joined the "present-day" family. This means there are now two
versions of the Robot on the ship because young Will was seen to be
building a new body for the present-day one earlier!
Also note that
at the end of the movie Dr. Smith is still infected from the spider scratch. Will he still transform into Spider-Smith?
Now that they know the outcome of the infection, it's possible that
Smith and Judy may be able to come up with a cure.
At the end of the movie, John uses the star maps downloaded from the
plot a hyperspace jump to Alpha Prime, leaving the viewer to assume
that was their next arrival point as they make the jump to escape
the collapsing gravity field of the destroyed planet. But the later comic book
novels in the series never address what happened when they
completed the jump. They are simply still lost in space and still
trying to find a course to either Alpha Prime or back to Earth.
The end credits of the film feature several different sets of music.
The first is a modern version of the main theme of season three of
the TV series, originally composed by John Williams, here performed
by Apollo 440.
Why does the Jupiter 2 even need the Jupiter 1
outer shell/booster for its takeoff from Earth? We see later in the
movie (and later stories) that the Jupiter 2 is quite
capable of lifting off from a planetary surface without it.
What happened to Jeb and the crew of the Proteus? We see
Jeb and at least some of the crew on the surface of a planet in the
captain's log. Was the planet the same one the ship was found orbiting and
which the Robinson's later crash onto? Did Jeb and the crew get lost
in time as well? Are they still alive somewhere in time? Or did they
die when the planet exploded? Or were they already dead?
Notes from the Audio Commentary by director Stephen Hopkins on the DVD
Hopkins confirms that the Jupiter 2 and her crew are still
in the future, not their own time, at the end of the movie.
Hopkins states that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman already had some
general ideas of where a sequel film would go from here. They would
reach Alpha Prime but, since they are still trapped in the future,
they would find that it has already been colonized by the Sedition
and the people of Earth are lost. Also, Smith would begin a
transformation into the Spider-Smith creature and Penny catches a
chameleon virus from Blarp, allowing her skin to blend in with her
environment as does Blarp's.
Notes from the Deleted Scenes bonus
feature on the DVD
We get glimpses of the adult Blarp
and the puppet-version (as opposed
to the CG version substituted into
the film) of baby Blarp.
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