Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nextflix's Lost in Space 2018


I finished the new Lost in Space on Netflix. I will try to keep my thoughts spoiler free. First, yes you should watch it. It was fantastic! We had been watching the original Lost in Space from the 1960s and had decided it was basically Gilligan’s Island in Space. The new one is definitely more than that. It did a much better job of bringing the core cast together in a way that made sense.

As would be expected from a more recently made, high-budget reboot, there is a lot more substance in the new version. I was happier with this reboot than the Anne of Green Gables one. There is more focus on bigger questions and implications of space colonization than the original series. Like the original series, it's mostly about family. 

But, the thing I like best about this version is Parker Posey as Dr. Smith. I have always loved her, and she is at her best in this show. I overall like the casting, but Parker Posey’s casting is especially inspired. I even like the kids. And the robot is a much snazzier design than the original.

It has a more serious tone than the original, but there is still humor to be found. The special effects are believable and the overall look is very cool. There are a lot of nods to the original series. The original had a pet monkey named Debby, and there is a Debby in the new version too, but I’m not going to spoil it for you.

All in all, I really enjoyed the first season and I hope there will be more! This version keeps the spirit of the original and improves upon it. It’s the best kind of reboot we could hope for. Danger, Will Robinson!

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