Robots makeovers -- 'Short Circuit' to 'Terminator'
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( 20th Century Television / Sci-Fi Channel and New Line Cinema )
'Lost in Space'
BASE MODEL: The B-9 Environmental Control Robot from the 1965 TV series "Lost in Space" was never as famous as its precursor, Robby in "Forbidden Planet." Perhaps its lack of a catchy name hampered its rise to fame. What it lacked in name recognition, however, it made up for in a single catchphrase: "Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!" and its signature arm-flailing.
UPDATE: The 1998 big-screen version of "Lost in Space" turned the benign Robot into a lethal killing machine programmed to destroy the entire Robinson family. Luckily young Will Robinson was able to reprogram the machine and turn it into a friend.
UPGRADE: True to all Hollywood big screen remakes, the Robot got to be bigger and badder. While still using the original voice of actor Dick Tufeld, the new Robot had all kinds of weapons to mow down anyone accusing the film of replacing ingenuity with empty spectacle. "Danger, Roger Ebert!"