Friends, having had to work until the wee hours of the morning. It was indeed a pleasant treat to find that by the time I had gotten home, Netflix released it’s new Lost in Space series. While I have only had the opportunity to view the first episode, entitled Impact. I can truthfully say that I have a very, very good feeling where this new Lost in Space show is headed!
For the first episode from Netflix and Legendary Television, it’s hard to go wrong when you have Executive Producer Neil Marshall directing. Marshall is a fantastic choice as well as being the guy responsible for some wonderful genre films. Such as Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday, and the upcoming Hellboy remake.
Obviously this new Lost in Space is based on the original ’60s television series. While it keeps the basic premise of that show as well as the 1998 big budget film adaptation. It boldly and masterfully tells a different story of the Robinsons. Just like in the source material, this new show appears that it too will focus on the strength of Family. However since it in fact is an updated version, we see that this is in no way a squeaky clean family unit. Far from it as the first episode reveals by way of flashbacks. Naturally this helps to make the Robinson Family quite relatable, in my opinion.
With a first episode title like Impact…well…it wastes no time in throwing the Robinsons in danger. Being one of many colonization teams, determined to escape a dying Earth. It hammers home the point of just how dangerous exploring strange new planets could be. The peril feels incredibly real and quite honestly, very stressful.
The filmmakers have most assuredly picked a great cast. In particular I was impressed with Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson. As well as Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson. The Robinsons we know have been altered a little. What I mean is Will, played by Maxwell Jenkins, is rightfully hesitant about adventure. Where in the orignal series he was all too eager to go out and investigate the mysteries of the universe. Or John Robinson, played in this new Lost in Space series by Toby Stephens – in this incarnation he is an absentee Father struggling with his role. Based off just one episode, Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson is closest to the original role.
Another big change is in regards to Doctor Smith, played by Parker Posey. Not to dip my toes too far into spoiler territory but she is barely in the first episode. Then there is the mysterious character that would fit the role of Robot. This new ‘companion’ to Will Robinson appears to be some kind of biomechanical being. I am most assuredly looking forward to learning more about the character.
I have no doubt that Netflix and Legendary Television have spent a pretty penny on this show. Judging by that first episode, this show is going to be a wild ride to say the very least. An enjoyable one to boot, one that I feel is quite worthy of your precious time.
[Via] It’s Trailer Time!
The score by Christoper Lennertz is so far amazing. However we will need to see if the new Lost in Space soundtrack can match the 1998 film version!