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  • Why didnt Will Robinson order the robot: “You need to listen to the rest of the family. If they tell you not to attack something, you stop!” ...?
  • Why didn't the Resolute do anything to rescue the Jupiter units? The Watanabe family had satellite images of the Jupiter crash sites, so the Resolute should have been able to see them. With no contact from the stranded colonists, the Resolute should have sent down shuttles to investigate. Even assuming they had no shuttles, they could have used some of the surviving Jupiter units that didn't detach to bring down supplies.
    • The Resolute can receive radio transmissions because they have a two-way conversation in the finale with the Jupiter 2. This is sort of glossed over — maybe they repaired it at some point, but you'd think they'd have noticed their receiver dish was missing and taken it into account.
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    • It seems reasonable to assume that the Resolute had short-range communications, or that it was easier without the planet's atmosphere in the way. They still never explain why the Resolute never attempted rescue/resupply missions.

  • Okay, so we steal FTL from the crashed alien spaceship on Earth. Got it. That doesn't explain how we were able to design an interstellar colony ship, manufacture and assemble it plus all the Jupiters, recruit and train a crew, recruit and train colonists, and send twenty-four colonization missions all in three years. It would require all the resources of Earth focused on that singular task, and even then the probability of mistakes and accidents would be incredibly high. Narratively, we need the flashbacks from the Robinsons' point of view to explain the backstory, but it just seems improbable. That and nobody on Earth apparently noticed or commented on the fact that the Resolute was traveling 10 light years (round trip) per month without relativistic time dilation. "Hey, people of Earth, we figured out FTL. Don't worry about the details, just get on our shiny ship."
    • The majority of the population aren't making the trip, so they probably don't care much how it works. And in one flashback, Maureen explains that the engine is beyond classified, implying that some people do wonder, but the government is being extremely tight-lipped about it (and with them deciding who goes to the new planet and who chokes on dust for the rest of their lives, it's unlikely anyone is digging too deeply into it).

  • Where did the alien spaceship go? The second one, that shows up in the finale. One can guess from observation that each ship carries a single robot as its pilot/crew; the second ship delivered the second robot, the two fight, and then they fall out into space. Well and good. But nobody brings up the fact that there was a second spaceship flying around just minutes ago. The script just sort of forgets about it. Assumption: it becomes relevant in Season 2.

  • Why would Will be rejected from the program over a single stress test, despite clearly a very intelligent boy with the world they are meant to travel towards holding no actual dangers where Will's inability would mean little, and more importantly part of a large family unit who's parents and siblings would never agree to leaving him behind?
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    • We know he fails at least 2 tests (the water tank and the hyperbaric chamber) so odds are he has failed every stress test they could give him. As far as leaving him behind, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. They aren't going to jeopardize the whole colony over a single kid, no matter how well his family tests.
    • Still doesn't explain one thing: The people in charge were just going to say, "Okay, all of you can go except your 11-year-old kid"? That would be a damn cruel system. Besides, it's also unreasonable to expect an adult-level performance from a child that age. The point remains, he's very smart, and how well he handles stress seems like a minor issue.
    • Very true. The only logical explanation (especially when you consider how fidgety Victor is the whole time) is that the standards are mostly PR so they can advertise that only the best of the best are going and bribery is rampant to get family members onboard the Resolute. Perhaps those standards were set in stone for the first few trips, but by the 24th trip, anyone who can afford the bribes can make the trip.

  • Why didn't the "Fuel Crew" put the tanker back down on the rock to try to plug the leak after getting Evan out from under it?
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    • No guarantee sitting it back down wouldn't damage the tanker's shell further. The rock could've torn more of the shell and defeated the purpose, or caused them to lose even more fuel than they did. Think of it like a nail in the wall. It fits snugly when you first hammer it in. But, if you pull it out, then push it back in, there will be some give because you opened up the hole and made it a little bigger.

  • Why are the Jupiters designed with such redundancy and durability? The craft were supposed to be used for hoising the families on the way to the colony, then for use on a fairly safe planet as a home. Why are they designed with all the failsafes, emergency supplies, and backups of a fallout shelter? It makes sense for the first few trips to be prepared for every contingency, but the Robinsons are on the 24th expedition. All of the trips had been safe and uneventful up until the robot attack, so there was no reason for maximum redundancy at this point.
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