May 14, 2018
Issue 5 2018
TV Series Review

Lost in Space (2018)

Lost in Space starts off slow, but if you get past the first episode you’ll find a great tale of a family facing unimaginable hardships together and succeeding.

It is a sci-fi show that follows the Robinson family, who have been chosen as part of the 24th colony group to leave a dying Earth. Instead of reaching Alpha Centauri, a newly discovered habitable planet, they crash land onto another previously unknown planet. The family consists of a struggling parental unit close to divorce and three children with a variety of talents. Luckily they found three great child actors in Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins and Mina Sundwell, as they bring the family vibe to life through their bickering chemistry on-screen.

The show has a great villain in Dr. Smith/June (Parker Posey), who evidently goes through a few names throughout her storyline. She is a con artist criminal on Earth who stows away on board the departing space ship to start a new life, but cannot kick old habits of treachery. Hers is a more complex villain storyline than expected in a children’s program, which makes it a great watch. Lost in Space is a remake of a show by the same name that ran from 1965 until 1968. Although, the creators have said they had to change a lot of the themes and content to avoid the sexism of the 60s, which they achieved effectively. Overall, Lost in Space is a great watch, with jokes and entertainment to suit everyone’s tastes – Emma Rzepecky.