Lost in Space – Review

Genre Science-fiction, Adventure
Created by Irwin Allen
Starring Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Ignacio Serricchio, Parker Posey
Released on April 13, 2018 – present
Duration 47–65 minutes
No. of Season 1
No. of Episodes 10
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

Sci-fi is great and I’m definitely a big fan of the genre! But there have always been successes and failures in this genre filled with crazy CGI effects and huge budgets. Lost in Space feels like it’s walking the fine line between success and failure tipping a bit towards the latter.

Lost in space is a more amped up remake of the 1965 show of the same name, but while the first Robinsons were pioneers in space and made a home in our hearts with their quirky mannerisms and loving relationships, the 2018 Robinsons fail to hit that mark by a long shot.

So basically, as most shows and films in this genre go, the survival of humanity is at stake, so the Robinsons are selected to go aboard a space ship named the Resolute along with others to colonize what’s called the Alpha Centauri Star System (yes it’s a mouthful, I know). However things go terribly wrong and before the ship even makes it to the Alpha Cent- whatever, an alien robot breaches their hull and all hell breaks loose.

The Robinsons along with other characters who don’t really further the plot, crash on a nearby habitable planet after narrowly escaping death. This all happens within the first few minutes. Personally, I loved the edge gripping action no matter how cliché it was. But after that it’s all downhill. No, I’m kidding it’s not completely bad, it just lacks much of the quirks that the 1965 version had. The Robinsons are not a functional loving family. They all battle their inner demons.  Not to be rude, but they’re also a tad bit annoying. I get that they’re kids and that’s their job, but really?

The budget for Lost in Space was clearly quite limitless as is shown by the fancy robots and amazing use of CGI, but while technology has made leaps and bounds, acting skills have clearly not. Whether its just bad writing or bad acting, the characters all seem incredibly one dimensional. It just looks like there’s not much going on in their heads. It’s all very bland and incredibly predictable.

The best part of the show is Molly Parker (Maureen Robinson). She portrays Mama Robinson with ease. She’s charming, skilled and a joy to watch on screen. I also loved Parker Posey (June Harris). She plays a psychopath. She’s fun to watch and tries her best to bring to life her severely under developed character.

Overall the show isn’t much of a step up from the 1965 version. Actually it’s a bit of a step down. Sure, everything looks much cooler thanks to computers. But where I fell in love the Robinson family, the newer version falls a bit flat in that department. However, it might draw in a younger audience so I’m all for it.

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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