The original Lost in Space series ran for three seasons, beginning in 1965, with a total of 83 episodes (which is kind of mind-blowing considering that current prestige TV shows average about 6 to 13 episodes each). As a result, millions of Gen X kids grew up with the phrase “Danger Will Robinson!” as part of their lexicon.
Then in 1998, there was the New Line Cinema theatrical reboot, helmed by Predator 2 director Stephen Hopkins and written by Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower, Lone Survivor, Angels and Demons). It featured a strange grab-bag of cast members, including Gary Oldman, Jared Harris, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Lacey Chabert, Mimi Rogers, and Heather Graham. The film was critically panned but did reasonably well at the box office, albeit not well enough to generate a sequel.
Now Lost in Space has found new life thanks to Netflix. The series premieres on April 13. According to the streaming giant, the 10-episode series has already been made available for viewing in space. Let’s hope the astronauts aren’t superstitious. For the rest of us, here’s a sneak peek trailer.
And here’s the series synopsis:
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly skilled, blue-collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.
While it’s always nice to see Parker Posey in anything, I’m actually more interested in Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson. The rest of the cast includes Mina Sundwall (Penny Robinson), Max Jenkins (Will Robinson), Taylor Russell (Judy Robinson), and Toby Stephens (John Robinson).
What do you think? Are you excited for the new version of Lost in Space?