21st Century Sci-Fi Reboot
In the year 1965, Irwin Allen decided to create a series about the Robinson family, and their efforts to survive and find a new home in space and that resulted in an unbelievable, occult-fan following. But this man was yet to take his small step into the vast horizon of modern sci-fi. Now, as Elon Musk talks about getting his Mars colony stabilised and running by the year 2040, this Netflix reboot - Lost In Space, does not require a huge leap of imagination.
Honestly speaking, Lost in Space 1.0, was way older for us, but after watching a few of its episodes, it emits the vibe of the TV equivalent of cave painting, it is atmospheric with John Williams music in the background, however, the robot looked more like a cardboard cutout with some plumbing equipment rather than actual machine.
Well, there is nothing cardboard about the new 2018 adaptation of Lost In Space, and Netflix’s serious budget made sure of that. The Robinsons, no longer the perfect nuclear 60s family, they have also updated with some 21st-century attitude and dysfunctions - mom and dad are not together, the kids have their own sets of worries and mardiness.
Everything starts when the family is on their way to establishing a new colony, away from earth, away from milky way galaxy, when they crashed on a planet, they have no idea about. The planet which resembled more of a present-day Antarctica, but with even more extreme geographical condition, unpredictable weather and a huge amount of greenery.
The opener is packed with nail-biting actions and literal cliffhangers, that will make you feel like your heart has jumped in your throat. The mother Matriarch Maureen (Molly Parker) has broken her leg in the crash, the daughter Judy (Taylor Russell) is trapped under the ice, with her oxygen capacity running out, the son Will (Maxwell Jenkins) falls down a crevasse in a scary forest in his way to collect Manganese, while Penny (Mina Sundwall) and John (Toby Stephens) having no idea what to do to save their family. But, the twist starts when Will meets his robotic creature, which is less plumbing, more CGI, with the same utterance; “Danger, Will Robinson”.
For the first few episodes, the scene-setting continues, with flashback and memories filling the holes in the infinite space and time, along with the introduction of other survivors, including a wicked stowaway Dr Smith, played by Parker Posey, as Dr Smith is now a woman.
But after the establishment of the characters, which was rather interesting nonetheless, the stories settle into an orbit of family adventures.
If it is for us, then the story is great, it was fun and thrilling, but at the same time, it does not boldly go where no sci-fi show has ever gone before. Some of the characterisations are raw. For instance, Doc Smith is a two-dimensional parody baddie rather than a proper villain to have chills about. The parents’ marital issues are moved on rather than explored. The kids are annoying, although, well, they are kids, they’re allowed to be. But overall the storyline is not boring and rather explorative, the scenery and creatives are no less than exceptional, and the actors did a wonderful job.
So, while we are enjoying the amazing time of home arrest for all good reasons, Lost In Space, should be on your bucket list of series to watch, and guess what, Netflix has launched its second season as well. Well quoting Chandler: “It is a treat for the eyes and the ears”.