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Lost in Space (Netflix 2018)

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2-1/2 Kernels

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.

 

Stranger Things (Season 2 Netflix) Review

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Devoured in two sittings, much like the creatures in this horror show devour humans, I watched Season 2 on Netflix.  I’m currently in recovery mode and slightly disturbed.  Is Season 2 better than Season 1?  You betcha, Netflix, and you’ve succeeded in scaring the bejeebers out of me in the process.

All right, readers, you want spoilers?   It doesn’t take long to see that Will is disturbed by his prior adventures, leaving him with PTSD so they say. Frankly, it gets even worse as he tries to face his fears and ends up becoming consumed and possessed.  Boy, the kid can act!

The other boys who play the quirky unwanted geeks of middle school once again steal the show. The elder teenagers continue with their drama of boyfriend/girlfriend sagas. Then there is the Sheriff and 11, living out their lives not so quietly in the forest.  Will’s mother is in love again with an all-around nice guy.  Instead of stringing lights around the house be prepared for the next insanity to fill her walls. Eventually, things go terribly wrong at the mystery company when the other evil side continues to extend its terror underneath the ground and breaks through to take over the world.

A lot of focus is also on 11 aka Jane as she searches out her mother, attempts to find her place in the world, and rediscovers that she really wants to be with her friends because they need her.  Truths are revealed.  She can really channel her anger in frightening ways, which almost makes me jealous.  I could certainly take care of a few problems with that kind of power.

Season 2 has enough scare factor for Halloween to make you comp on that buttered popcorn in a frenzy.  You may exclaim a few choice swear words and mumble the following.

Why are you going down there?
Get out of there, dummy!
OMG, that’s gross!
What the hell?
It’s eating the poor …!  (inserts tears)
Everybody is going to die!

Well, you get the picture.  Frankly, the episodes are so intense it’s probably a good thing they are short rather than an hour long.  My sick stomach needs to recover from all that goo and flesh-eating monsters taking over the world.  Yes, in parts I really did get nauseous but it was worth it, keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Will there be a Season 3?  It’s hard to tell as it really didn’t hang very “cliffy” if you get my drift except for another sight of the whirling evil waiting in the dark.  No doubt, it wants another chance to take over the world.

Fact vs Fiction: Netflix’s drama ‘The Crown’ – Royal Central

A good read from Royal Central.co.uk – Fact or Fiction in the Crown – One thing not mentioned is the Smog of December 1952 – That was fact (read here).

If you are like what seems to be the majority of my Twitter feed, you too binged watched Netflix’s most recent drama ‘The Crown’. Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth, the £100 mi…

Source: Fact vs Fiction: Netflix’s drama ‘The Crown’ – Royal Central

How Are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Related? | POPSUGAR Celebrity

“Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s nearly 69-year marriage has been the subject of such speculation that their early days as a couple have been turned into a new Netflix series, The Crown.  Although most people know the basics about how the royal couple fell in love, there’s a surprising, little-known tidbit that we sometimes forget: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are cousins.”

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