WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Lost in Space Season 3, streaming now on Netflix.

When the ABC final Lost premiered in May 2010, there were so many expectations about how the supernatural mystery series would end its sprawling mythology. At the epicenter of those questions that deserved an answer was Walt Lloyd, a boy of apparent psychic ability who had been the main interest of the drama’s antagonists, but whose role in the overall story was never revealed.

Lost in space ‘The final season had a similar dynamic with Will Robinson, who had been chased across the galaxy by an artificial intelligence determined to get Something of him who could possibly explain the sacrifice and the energy that had been put into his capture. contrary to Lost, Lost in space really answers the question, but in some ways it’s just as unsatisfactory.

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Since his first interaction with Will Robinson, the SAR (Second Alien Robot) has been obsessed with the boy who in season 3 has grown into a young man. In the Season 1 finale, the Malevolent SAR and the Benevolent Mech have a vicious battle that serves as a climax and cliffhanger for those first 10 episodes. In the second season, SAR uses an elaborate ruse to trick Will into believing he is a robot and takes the boy to a cave with primitive-looking pictographs, in a vain effort to communicate something important. but elusive. The painted glyphs describe the brief history of Will and Robot’s connection, but also indicate that the two share a connection beyond the bounds of space, as there are schematic moments that Robot has yet to witness. are still marked in paint with red numbers. With a determined purpose, SAR (posing as Robot) indicates when Will and Robot first met.

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His body language is so insistent that Will takes a closer look and comes to understand that he is talking with SAR. With the help of Ben Adler, the man tasked with keeping the robot known as the Scarecrow captive and using it to navigate the alien engine, the Robinsons escape and are eventually reunited with the real Robot, who was looking for the Scarecrow. Later in the series, when SAR is replenished by other RAs, his first words are “Find Will Robinson,” which begins an elaborate new cat-and-mouse game. This is similar to all the machinations employed by the Others of Lost, who appeared to have secret knowledge about Walt and were willing to do almost anything to “acquire” him.

During the Lost Season 1 finale, “Exodus (Part 3)”, the Others ambush Walt, Michael, Jin and Sawyer as they attempt to leave the island on a raft. They shot Sawyer and detonated the raft while kidnapping Walt so that he could be tested, though they were also afraid of his potential abilities. Ben, the nominal leader of the Others, makes it clear time and again that none of them are as important as Walt, and signifies that the boy is destined for a great destiny. While parts of that legacy are canonized by subsequent supplemental material, “The New Man in Charge,” the divisive series finale ultimately gave only a slight nod to Walt’s importance.

Lost in space reveals that the reason SAR wants the younger Robinson is that Will was somehow able to modify Robot’s programming, and SAR needs to know how that was done. Based on what is revealed on the SAR backstory, this is a legitimate concern. No longer satisfied with their master creators, SAR used one of the engines to open a space-time rift on the surface of their home world, which caused cataclysmic upheavals that decimated its atmosphere, triggered massive volcanic activity and erased land masses that would become the ring. of asteroids orbiting the planet. SAR considered Robot to have submitted to a new master, and for the sake of self-preservation he had to figure out how to avoid such a fate.

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The problem is not that SAR needed to determine how this happened, it is that Lost in space builds an elaborate sense of self-importance around an issue that would seem simple to resolve within SAR capabilities and resources. Much of the series’ internal lore feels patchwork and leaky in terms of consistency and plot development, which creates some of the narrative frustration. Robot is able to merge minds with Will and see through his eyes, and the ARs seemed to be interconnected on different occasions. SAR passes the Scarecrow through his cranial cavity and apparently downloads the location of the Sunshine base, allowing him to set a trap for Will, using his parents as bait. But if SAR could, why not just use the same technique on Robot to find out what happened between him and Will?

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It also turns out that all that is needed to initiate a reprogram is to help one of the RAs while they are in distress, even if that assistance is calculated and selfish. Penny finds out in the final episode and is able to bind a team of AR firefighters loyal to her cohort by helping to save them from the wreckage. Each assumes the friendly humanoid form and fights their mechanical comrades moments earlier to the death, on behalf of their new human saviors. While neither of these seem to form the enduring bond that Will and Robot share, it does seem like an oversimplified flaw in their programming – and, once you realize it, the stakes in everything that surrounds it. Will’s importance seem diminished.

Walt and Will were considered to be something special in their respective worlds in a way that set them apart from other characters. But, in the end, they both suffer from the same problem and were given the same solution. Walt was written out of Lost because child actor Malcolm David Kelley was no longer a convincing 10-year-old, due to the amount of time that passed during the filming seasons (an issue that should have been addressed from the start). When LostThe creators of ‘s demanded the confidence of viewers who could sense something was wrong, just before Walt’s ignominious departure they abused their credibility on something that should have been obvious on day one.

In Will’s case, Lost in spaceThe writers of created a story centered around Will’s growth spurt, which solved a puzzle. However, they couldn’t keep the promise of his connection with Robot, as they also ignored the rules they themselves put in place and apparently hoped the public wouldn’t. no more.

Season 3 of Lost in Space is streaming on Netflix.

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