Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
Well, if you grew up in the 1960’s, like I did, Lost in Space was the show to watch and many reruns for years afterward. Though it only lasted three seasons, Netflix has had the brilliant idea of bringing back the premise of the show. It doesn’t quite look the same in the scheme of the old one, except for a robot that is way more scarier and somewhat cooler.
I sat through all ten episodes for the sole purpose of avoiding my tax return and paying my bills. (I promise to file tomorrow.) Instead, I sat watching the show in two days finding it mildly entertaining but was left scratching my head a few times and hitting the fast-forward button in the last three episodes because I wanted to get over it.
All I can say is be prepared for a plot with more holes in it than a slice of Swiss cheese. There are more danger scenes packed into ten episodes with the more impossible scenarios of “getting out of this jam” than you can imagine. From nailbiting scenes to the ridiculous, you’ll watch the Robinson family escape danger, solve every problem you can possibly image, and save the day while being hounded by one crazy woman who is Dr. Smith.
What works in this series? Special effects are acceptable. Robot friend of Will is fine until he starts killing everything, but redeems himself when pre-historical alien creatures are about to eat everyone. The brave attempts of survivors (more than the Robinson family), to leave a planet they have crashed upon fill up most of the story. Perhaps they could have just made it on this piece of rock, except that apparently, this plant is dying too. Oh, and don’t think you get the whole story of why the Robinsons and the special people had to leave earth. I’m still confused on that one too. Apparently, it was all a ruse.
What doesn’t work, is the plot and unanswered questions. You’re forced to sit through flashbacks to their former life on earth, and then are hurled back in space with the family. We have a husband (Toby Stephens plays John Robinson) and wife (Molly Paker who plays Maureen Robinson) who were about to get divorced and are now together escaping planet earth. We have Will (Maxwell Jenkins, fairly cute kid) who has two sisters (Taylor Russell and Mina Sundwall).
The mother is so intelligent about absolutely everything it’s to the point of being ridiculous. Definitely, the overreaching dominate female who semi-emasculates her husband emotionally. Their eighteen-year-old daughter who looks like fourteen is a doctor. Will and his other sister are smart enough to run around the ship and fix just about anything. On top of it, Will saves the day when it comes to finding fuel.
I can’t really go bonkers over this remake. Everyone has a near-death experience at least three times in each episode. A few of the characters are annoying, and Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) and her evil psychopathic or sociopathic or something psychotic personality grates on your nerves. There is no clear reason why she acts to insanely intent on conniving to ruin every situation or every person around her for self-preservation. Frankly, I think she just gets her kicks out of being a bitch. She’s like a monkey wrench thrown into each scene to muck things up.
Okay, enough ranting. Give it a spin if you like space movies. Just remember by the end of it, you may be just as lost as the Robinsons in space.