I really enjoyed Lost in Space. Although it was more of a prequel to the actual being lost part, it had a ton of stuff that floats my outer-atmosphere balloon…
Engineering fixes - I have a few scripts written for a comic called Run, Raygun, Run (that I can’t afford to make yet) that is very much a sort of science-y, mcguyver-y thing based on the sort of ideas they used to use in the chemistry term project books where Robinson Crusoe would use science to survive on a desert island. So obviously all that stuff was well up my street. There was a fair bit of movie science but that doesn’t bother me if the adventure element is strong enough.
Decent stakes - I thought the danger and peril was pretty consistant and enjoyable, the episode ‘Pressurized’ I thought was an excellent piece of television. Adding other humans was a piece of genius for two reasons - It made the Robinsons be normal everymen to begin with but during the story we could easily see the dynamics in which they began to stand out and, secondly, it gives us a good sense of what they are trying to return to which grounds the set up a good deal. They aren’t lost in Voyager terms of distance or with a return seeming impossible, there’s a reasonable chance they can make it to Alpha Centauri, they just have to survive.
Maureen Robinson - Ok so my granny that got me into comics was called Maureen so maybe there’s a touch of bias but over the course of the series I felt she was one of the strongest adventure female roles I can remember. She’s realistically smart and fearless and kind of leaves her husband looking useless a lot of the time, it’s great.
The music - I love the theme anyway and love they kept it and are using movements of it but the incidental score is pretty great, regardless. They also sometimes flirt with the music of the movies LIS is channeling - Star Wars with the Eels, Jurassic Park with the episode that feels Jurassic Park-y, Harry Potter when Penny calls science magic when her and Will rebel… I’m sure there’s more I didn’t notice. I love that sort of thing.
Overall it looks really great, is well made and has pretty solid pacing - Tone wise I’d put it in the same box as Jurassic Park - just fun family adventure. It’s very clearly family orientated but manages any adult themes reasonably well. I felt a little eye-roll in the last episode but I kind of expected it to be less subtle as it ramped up to a finale.
I’m looking forward to more and actually think it’s the first Netflix series I’ll enjoy a repeat viewing of just for fun.
Could probably make a drinking game out of the amount of times somebody asks, “Where’s Will?”
Reminded me of this every time…