Danger, Will Robinson! This first look at the new Lost In Space series on Netflix is all kinds of awesome.
The teaser fills me with so much goose-pimply nostalgia. I adored the re-runs of the 1960s Irwin Allen original series when I was a kid. There was something fascinating about watching a family of space explorers, which was not your typical deal. Unlike Star Trek, which could fully embrace the sci-fi universe, Lost in Space was Swiss Family Robinson, set in space rather than on a desert island.
As it goes, the family Robinson is selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. Unbeknownst to them, their science officer, Dr. Smith, is really a government agent sent in to sabotage their spaceship, the Jupiter 2. He basically succeeds and strands them as they try to find a way back to Earth.
While the show was darker in tone at first, the Dr. Smith character — played with glee by Jonathan Harris — soon became the comic relief with his bumbling, self-serving, cowardly behavior, spars with the Robot and genuine affection for young Will (Billy Mumy). He became the breakout attraction to the series, and the show turned a tad campier, but it still maintained some good family values and cool techno-geeky stuff. Plus, the show’s theme song, composed by John Williams, rocked.
Then, in 1998, a movie was made based on the show and starred William Hurt as patriarch John Robinson, Mimi Rogers as Maureen Robinson, Matt LeBlanc as pilot Don West, and Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith. The film stuck with the dark, more sinister tone, added more action – and basically tanked.
So, now we come to the Netflix remake, and while the movie has made me a little wary about reboots, the cast of this new series encourages me. A lot. Black Sails star Toby Stephens plays John Robinson, House of Cards actress Molly Parker as Maureen – and Parker Posey as the gender-swapping, Dr. Smith. Oh yes, color me in. Plus, it’s Netflix and so rarely do they disappoint me with their series.
Watch it above!
Lost in Space premieres April 13 on Netflix.