There were a lot of changes to Lost In Space in Season 2. The most significant was the decision to begin filming in color. There’s no question the show just looks so much better in color. The second drastic change was the overall mood of the show. Season 1 was much more serious and atmospheric. By the time the second year rolled around it became obvious that the trio of Smith, Will, and the Robot was what was drawing in the viewers. From that point onward most of the stories would revolve around that relationship. Th… stories began to get considerably more campy. Season 2 brings us such memorable characters like the green skinned Athena, the Space Circus master Dr. Marvello, Arab Chieftans, and who can forget that rascal cousin Jeremiah Smith?For better or worse, this is what Lost In Space would forever be identified with. The first season was eventually cut out of future syndication packages.
Season 2 features an upgraded Dolby Digital mono track. Due in part to its preservation for syndication the audio is much better on this set. The music at times warbles. I believe this to be the result of age more than anything else. Dialogue is quite clear.
Lost In Space Season 2.1 is presented in the expected 1.33:1 full screen format. This season adds color to the mix, and oh what vivid colors they are. Bright yellows and oranges leap from the 60’s costumes in quite a stunning display. There is the anticipated grain. Blacks are not nearly as deep as more modern shows exhibit, but for it’s time this is a nice print. Fans should not be disappointed. It’s been years, if ever, since the show could be seen looking this good.
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Fans who might have been introduced to this show through its years of syndication will find this box set more closely resembles the series they remember. Smith, in particular, becomes a caricature of what he was initially. Gone is any semblance of savage villainy. Smith is now the dastardly do-right of space. I must admit that the robot looks so much cooler in color. Finally I should address the decision to break up the season into two sets. The studio claims it’s the only way to make the sets fit a price range for the big chains to include in their inventory. The cynic in me thinks there’s more money to be made with more sets. I am also disappointed with the lack of extras. Since this is the only way to get them we have no choice but there’s no getting around “The pain… Oh the pain”.
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