My childhood was filled with the adventure and wonderment of Saturday morning cartoons and reruns of old TV shows like the Adams Family, Star Trek, and of course the original Lost in Space. So, no wonder that when the movie reboot failed to impress and in fact disappointed so thoroughly I was a bit skeptical of Netflix opting to reboot the space adventure series. Thank God they did a nice job of it.
The Netflix series does a lot of things right while only (IMO) messing up a couple of key features. But let’s start at the beginning. Lost in Space is a fun premise. Part Swiss Family Robinson, part Star Trek, and part Gilligan’s Island. That is the old premise at least.
You had the good-natured family of space explorers who get stranded and find that they have a goofy, coward of a stowaway that always tends to cause more trouble than good. The episodes were filled with bright colors, light adventures and peril all while the family concocts new ways to survive and hopefully to get themselves off of the far-off worlds they continued to find themselves stranded on. Good family show with a silly robot and a hapless villain.
The show has a similar premise, but now the family is in space due to the fall of humanity on earth and the recolonization efforts aimed to send the best and the brightest off to a better future on Alpha Centauri. Of course, how do you get lost other than when an alien boards your ship and start to shoot the hell out of everything and everyone it comes across for no discernable reason. Explosions abound and a mass exodus of all the colonizer’s ships happens and the Robinson’s find themselves crash-landed on a desolate and treacherous planet with no sign of the others and a broken ship.
The following ten episodes drive our wayward family through deathly obstacle after deathly obstacle in an adrenaline-fueled sci-fi drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering which child will be put into dangers path next.
Where it works:
The show found a strong cast and hit a nice rhythm from the start. Fun action, taught drama, and characters that you actually care for, hitting all the right tones. I have found that Netflix seems to be at its best when they are willing to tell longer form stories vs. their movie studio.
Where it misses:
You will find little nostalgia or nods to the original tone of the first Lost in Space. In fact, it is almost more of a reboot of the horrible movie from 1998 (Ugghhh, shuddering at the memories.). Although it is pulled off a million times better than that slapped together piece of garbage. It focuses on the edgy family drama instead of opting for a more kid-friendly sci-fi comedy. I wasn’t looking for bad Styrofoam props or slapstick laden episodes, but it is not necessary to inject a gritty exterior on every sci-fi property that is put out these days. What would be the problem with slapping a bit of Thor Ragnarock’s brevity into these kinds of shows and allow the audience a chance to laugh along with the thrills and spills?
That said, I really did like this show. It had a great tone and was very well crafted. I think it could have stood on its own as a family drama in space without the creators relying on the name to carry the show. The acting was strong enough, the action was strong enough, and the delivery was strong enough. It would have been nice if the studio would have trusted the audience to tune in without luring them in with the memories of the past.
This article is written by John Dover. He is the author of “Johnny Scotch: Danger in Bass Clef”, available to read on the Mythmachine.com platform, as well as on Amazon. John also writes the Johnny Scotch comic book series and has been published in numerous horror anthologies.
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