So, Netflix is going to try a reboot on Lost in Space.
The new Lost in Space stars Toby Stephens as John Robinson, Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, Ignacio Serricchio as Don West, and, most interestingly of all the casting, Parker Posey is Dr. Smith, which sounds pretty awesome right there. Presumably, the B9 will play himself again, and I hope that they avoid the rubber-masked alien of the week that the original suffered from.
“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 (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.”
The bones of the Lost in Space story are actually pretty great, a spaceage version of the Swiss Family Robinson; there’s a stowaway saboteur, and a crash landing and being marooned on a strange world. And there was a Robot (B9, get it?), too! All the elements are there for a rolicking adventure story, and yet…
There was a 1990s version, too, that tried really hard to not fall into the trap. The premise was that climate change was making inevitable the leap into the stars to find a new home. It was special effects-heavy, and they made Penny into a disaffected Goth teen (which was probably the best twist on the original):
But it didn’t do well at the box office and while it seemed designed to have sequels, and none happened.
Anyway, given how Netflix has done some top-notch productions, I have high hopes that this Robinson family might capture some of that survival drama and have some good SciFi to boot.