Sorry for the headline, but that was the honest, verbatim T Lo reaction when this landed in our inbox. We have no doubt that we heard about this project somewhere along the line, but we must have purged our memory files, because this came as a total surprise to us.
And, as it turns out, a pleasant one.
Ms. Press Release, would you like to say a few words before we get to the opinionating?
“Lost in Space is a Netflix Original drama–“
We thought so. Please proceed.
“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.
Okay, Parker Posey as Dr. Smith is kind of genius, the more we think about it. We’re on board, pun very much intended.
In truth, we might have been onboard no matter what, since the basic Lost in Space backstory is ripe with storytelling possibilities in this Golden Age of sci-fi television. And unlike a lot of revisited and rebooted shows, Lost in Space doesn’t suffer from too many poor attempts to revive the brand, thereby weakening it. There was a mostly forgettable feature film twenty years ago, but that’s about it. This looks like it could be a lot of fun.
As an aside: Toby Stephens gets hotter as he gets older, but he also resembles his mother Maggie Smith more and more, which poses something of a paradox for us.
Lost in Space premieres April 13, 2018.
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