I remember watching the original Lost in Space series in syndication when I was young and enjoyed it well enough at that time. I tried watching it again years later and found it hadn’t aged well, at least in my perspective. I’m not sure if it is the smorgasbord of science fiction programming that is available now or the zany premises behind the episodes, but Lost in Space didn’t really reel me back in. I was surprised to discover that at the time of its airing (1965- 1967) it was generally well received, scoring better ratings than Star Trek, though clearly not maintaining the longevity or franchise development as the latter.
There have already been other attempts to revive Lost in Space as a television show. In 1972 an animated version was attempted by ABC, and later in 2003 The WB, now The CW, tried to put together a Lost in Space live-action reboot, but neither version made it past the pilot phase. I also remember seeing the 1998 movie version of Lost in Space which was entertaining enough, but not necessarily memorable or worth revisiting. It seems the Robinson family and their misadventures on the planet Priplanus weren’t making it back into the limelight--until now.
More than 50 years after its original debut, Netflix is bringing a new version of Lost in Space to its streaming service. In its typical fashion, Netflix will release the entire 10-episode season for streaming on Friday, April 13, just in time for a weekend binge. With my overall tepid experiences with Lost in Space, I probably shouldn’t be interested in the newest version. Maybe it is just my love of science fiction, or the fact that Netflix has a pretty strong track record when it comes to its original content, but after getting a chance to see the trailer, I think I’ll be putting some time aside to check it out this weekend.
Toby Stephens stars as the patriarch of the Robinson family, John Robinson. That alone might have been enough to get me interested in watching. I was a huge fan of Black Sails, and that is in no small part to Stephens’ portrayal of the uncompromising Captain Flint. Parker Posey plays the role of Doctor Smith, which also gives me some hope that the new incarnation of Lost in Space will be worth watching. I’ve liked Posey since I first saw Dazed and Confused way back when, and her portrayal of the manipulative Doctor Smith has the potential to make or break the new series. Add in some of the visual luster we’ve come to expect out of the new generation of premium shows and it seems Lost in Space might have potential to be another successful Netflix original.