In 1965, on something called ‘broadcast television’, Lost in Space debuted and ran for 84 episodes over 4 seasons.
As I was -13 at the time (Lar was probably already 50), I did not catch it during it’s prime. I went through a few episodes in the 80s, but found it too campy for my tastes at the time.
Cut forward to 1998, when Lost in Space debuted as a film starring Joey from Friends and a bunch of other people. Was not a good movie per se, but I’m a sucker for scifi, so I was all in.
I admit, in the 20 years since that film, I had not given the Lost in Space franchise another thought.
But, like it usually does, along came Netflix and a 10-episode first season.
The franchise name alone would’ve been enough to get me to watch an episode, but somehow, they assembled a ridiculously good cast including Molly Parker (my favorite actor from House of Cards), Toby Stephens (my favorite actor from Black Sails), Parker Posey (everything she’s in) and Cary-Hiroyki Tagawa (my favorite actor in everything).
So yeah, I was all in.
I am 7 episodes in at this point, and I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve been having with this series. The actors are terrific (I don’t even hate the kids!), the story is a wonderful mix of screwup of the week/overarching plot and the scifi elements are terrific.
Where Lost in Space really shines though, is its depiction of relationships. The parents, the kids, the other survivors, the robot, all of it. Each relationship is unique, and it feels real. I can not give a show a higher compliment than that.
Episode 7 is a great example of that, and one scene in specific, the helium one, really brought it home.
I’ve got 3 episodes left, and I’m going to try and make them last (I’ll probably burn through them tonight and hate myself tomorrow).
Lost in Space. Netflix. Let me know what you think.
-Because I Can.
Quote of the Day
“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”