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I got into a debate over whether the folks on the Resolute are the first batch of colonists headed to Alpha Centauri.

I say they're not the first batch because:

  • The promotional video seems to depict life at the colony.
  • They're called the 24th Colonist Group.
  • One of the kids asks Don West what Alpha Centauri is like, since he's been there three times.

The other party says they are the first because:

  • Maureen is working on the design of the Jupiters and the Resolute right up until they go.

    * It's implied that the speed of the Resolute is due to stolen alien engine technology from the "Christmas star" that happens just a year or two before their departure.

Have I missed something definitive?

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  • IDK about the other two, but I think the middle point means they were number 24 on the Resolute, that's all.
    – Adamant
    Jun 4, 2018 at 19:15
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    There are several references to the fact that there are already people on Alpha Centauri, most notably several conversations with Don West about his previous trips there and back. Jun 4, 2018 at 19:24
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    @HarryJohnston: I think the underlying assumption is that it wasn't actually feasible to get to Alpha Centauri in a slow ship. It would have to have been a generation ship or a sleeper ship. Jun 4, 2018 at 23:53
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    @Jontia, oh, I thought it was another movie. Thanks for the clarification. Jun 5, 2018 at 8:11
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    @AdrianMcCarthy having finally got to the end, I can see why the truncated timeline is causing people issues. I reckon they have to be running the colony missions at a minimum of once a month to fit your spoiler text in with the Mission number.
    – Jontia
    Jun 21, 2018 at 9:37

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As pointed out in the question, the Robinsons are in the 24th colonist group. There are numerous instances where the show implies or outright states that others have gone before them.

  • Episode 1: Before the crash sequence, Maureen tells them not to worry because The Resolute has done this 23 times before.
  • Episode 1: The "24" patch does not refer to their number within this colonisation group. That would be "2", their ship is the Jupiter 2.
  • Episode 4: Don is smuggling Whiskey to someone. It could be on spec to the current wave of colonists, I suppose.
  • Episode 5: Penny asks if they will get "one of those sweet family units in town".
  • Episode 6: Angela's husband is referred to a the 7th musician selected for colonisation, sending 7 in the first wave would be a large burden on the small colony. Assuming they lack other technical skill sets.
  • Episode 7: Evan tells Judy that his brother is already at the colony with his "horrible wife".

While the above makes it clear this is mission 24, the Episode 9 revelation;

The "Christmas Star" was a crashed alien space ship, who's engine is incorporated into the Resolute. Means they appear to be running one or two colony missions a month, based on the lack of the Robinson children (Will especially) visibly ageing between the flashback to the news report and their departure for the colony.

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