|We've come SO FAR, haven't we?|
Star Trek, Lost in Space, and now Twilight Zone. I have no great hopes for any of these, despite their "originals" all being classic-era favorites of mine. Maybe, if someone decides to do Space 1999, it might actually be good by comparison! :-) "Space 2099", anyone?
When you think about it, unlike Star Trek or Lost in Space, where there is a firm memory of both characters and concept that is bound to disappoint a segment of the audience... you can just tell any weird era-appropriate mystery with a kicker of irony and slap the name "Twilight Zone" on it, and it *could* work! No actual "ghosts" of existing and beloved characters to live up to... as long as the host comes across as acceptably "Serling-esque".
Remember, Twilight Zone HAS been rebooted TWICE before for broadcast TV, with Charles Aidman, and later Forest Whitaker as host. While neither of those incarnations stood up to comparison with the original (WHAT COULD?!), neither of them were particularly bad - just "different era-appropriate". I can say that because I *have* watched some of both later versions over the last two years, and they are EXACTLY as I say... "weird era-appropriate mysteries with kickers of irony that had the name 'Twilight Zone' slapped on them"!
|The first and STILL the BEST!|
As for Lost in Space, I don't think it will EVER be "successfully recreated" because... ever since "2001 A Space Odyssey", and its very talented but misguided director, decided that space sci-fi should be "cold, sterile, and humorless", the spirit of lighthearted FUN that was the hallmark of Lost in Space (or certain Star Trek episodes like "The Trouble with Tribbles", or "A Piece of the Action") was never seen again!