The Fate of the Show: Lost in Space
Netflix brings us a modern reimagining of a 1960’s campy sci-fi television series Lost in Space. The premise of the show stays true to the old, with tweaks that will annoy some and make others invest more in the narrative. We follow the Robinson family as they’re headed into space to join in colonization of a distant solar system aboard the Jupiter-2 attached to the Resolute. When the Resolute has an emergency, the Jupiter-2 carrying the Robinson family detaches and eventually crash lands far from their destination. Stuck on an unknown planet, in an unknown solar-system, with new problems arising at every turn.
The show stars Molly Parker (House of Cards, Deadwood) as Maureen Robinson, Toby Stephens (Black Sails, 13 Hours) as John Robinson, Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8, A Family Man) as Will Robinson, Taylor Russel (Before I Fall, Falling Skies) as Judy Robinson and Mina Sundwall (#Horror, Maggie’s Plan) as Penny Robinson. In most instances the family seems strained, the acting seemingly can fall a bit flat, overly-dramatic pauses hang in the air. There aren’t many that you notice, but when you do it feels a bit forced. Nothing is perfect and the story of this family has its up and downs. The flaws of the individuals are laid bare across all ten-episodes, against the backdrop of this alien world. It only amplifies their need for one another dealing with the baggage they each seem to have brought from earth.
The cast is rounded out by Parker Posey (Superman Returns, Scream 3) as Dr. Smith, Ignacio Serriccho (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Bones) as Don West and Brian Steele (Predators, Hellboy 2) as The Robot. Dr. Smith is so well done, a bit scary and unnerving at times. Parker Posey does a fantastic job drawing you into the story that you often wonder what she’ll do next. Out of the all the takes on Dr. Smith so far, Posey’s is my favorite.
Ignacio is the added humor and the lighter moments of the show, with his wisecracks to breaks up the doom and gloom motif of this sci-fi drama. Interesting enough to keep you engaged the Robot becomes an integral part, the design is more intricate than the last two iterations. As the Robot learns and grows, you hope for more instances of him and Will exploring. While the CGI isn’t the best it could be, that isn’t enough to distract from the show itself.
Critics ruin most of our enjoyment, always destroying a television show before they’ve had a chance to really flourish. With notable changes to the original and a few light-hearted moments of levity. Lost in Space is one reimagining I can get behind. Visually stunning at times, enjoyable story and actors that seem to enjoy who they are playing. Can easily hope that this show gets a renewal.
I give Lost in Space a 4 out 5 Stars.
A Review by AgeLessFate