Until very recently I didn’t even know this show was coming out. Maybe I read a story about it awhile back and completely forgot –but it seemed like this Lost in Space Netflix reboot came out of nowhere. The original show back in the 1960’s was basically the Swiss Family Robinson in Space. It was like a mix us Star Trek, Batman and Gilligan’s Island. It was totally cheesy –but a lot of fun. Then they did a reboot movie in the 1990’s with William Hurt and Matt Leblanc and Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith. Of course, Oldman was excellent in the role of Dr. Smith. I enjoyed this big budget movie version and would have liked to have seen it become a franchise—but that didn’t happen.
So, I was interested the second I saw the trailer for this latest version of Lost in Space. The concept works better as a TV series anyway. I watched the first episode and I’m trying to withhold judgement since I learned my lesson with Battlestar years ago. I spent the first half of the premiere of Battlestar upset. I wasn’t a happy about my favorite character from the original Battlestar being a woman and many other changes. The first couple of hours left me frustrated about how it wasn’t my Battlestar. I stuck it out and was able to see the show as its own thing. The show ended up being better than the original show.
After watching the premiere episode of Lost in Space "I’m not having a great feeling about this". I think Parker Posey could make a good Dr. Smith. The rest of the cast however I’m just not feeling. The dark tone the first episode sets –tells us that this isn’t going to be the old fun TV show in anyway shape or form. The parents are divorced? Robbie the Robot has been replaced by some sinister looking robot that is connected to the baddies that caused the Robinson’s to crash in the first place? So instead of fun adventures with weird alien creatures it looks like we are headed for a dark sci-fi story about a broken and fractured family. The first episode was pretty much a ship in the bottle episode. Something you expect from a sci-fi tv series since these episodes help to cut back on costs. Usually however you start getting ship in the bottle episodes further into the series. Quite frankly for a premiere episode of a TV show this was a pretty dull and boring episode. I will definitely give it a few more episodes to see if can develop into something cool. Like I said I learned my lesson with Battlestar. But if this first episode is any indication –I’m not feeling hopeful.