Lost in Space (2018-): Season 1
Title: Lost in Space
Genre: Sci-Fi |
Seasons: 1 |
Runtime: 60 min/Episode
Created by: Irwin Allen, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Starring: Mina Sundwall, Molly Parker, Toby Stephens
After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.
THE FAMILY DRAMA THAT ENGAGES!
Something worth remarking with this series is that you don’t have to have seen the previous film adaptations or productions to understand the context of the story in its entirety or the characters. It also helps that it has contemporary transparency that is rooted deep in our contemporary worldview where values no longer have a foregone reason, but rather it is a positive reason that it is not bound to previous materials. Although Lost in Space tries to make a nuanced TV series for Netflix, it loses halfway when simplicity and sloppily written scripts are prioritized instead. That’s when the predictable family drama comes to the surface and it gets boring thereafter in the long run. They seem to have lost themselves after half the show’s episode and then return to the original idea.
Molly Parker and Toby Stephens plays the family’s radar pair. It’s them who are at the heart of the whole series and should hold it from start to end. Parker, known from previous seasons of House of Cards and Stephen, known as Captain Flint from Black Sails, plays the parents of three children. Just as the show’s foundation frame, it is repeatedly suggested that this couple has inevitable problems. There’s nothing that’s fading down and where the characters like Maureen and John can reflect on what happened in the past. The problems are constantly growing and it feels like there is no point in certain events either. It happens without warning and there is usually no logic behind the problems. Already in the first episode, the pilot, the family’s spaceship crashes, Maureen damages her leg and the eldest daughter gets almost drenched under the ice and that the boy disappears.
It has a rough stone that is primarily suitable for adults. But the relationships between these characters, in which the outsider and eldest sister have problems with the family’s younger daughter, the awkwardly complex relationship between a modified robot and the boy Will of twelve years but also the relationship between the parents. The parents’ relationship is explained but it will never be clarification but mainly hints to the audience about what has happened to few, very few flashbacks depicting the family’s past lives.
So if you’re looking for a movie that you can easily get engaged and follow, this is an entertaining start to a TV series. It is mainly suitable for older children as there are slightly darker scenes.