Review: “Lost in Space”

“Lost in Space” season three was released on Dec. 1 after a two-year hiatus, and it is currently second in Netflix’s Top Ten most popular shows list. The Sci-Fi series has maxed out at three seasons.

The show is a remake of the 1965 television classic by Irwin Allen, featuring the same characters as the current version, but a slightly different narrative. 

The series takes place in 2046 after an asteroid collides into Earth. The Robinson family is selected to mission Jupiter 2, an interstellar craft that would take this family to the Alpha Centauri planetary system, which is Earth’s closest solar system. 

The Robinson family is the best hope for humanity to achieve a colony outside of Earth to sustain the continuation of the human race. Their mission is to establish a colony in the new planetary system, but their plans get cut short. 

The ship gets breached by an alien robot, forcing the Robinson family to crash on a nearby planet. The son, Will Robinson, ends up establishing a connection to the particular robot, and most of the series focuses on this connection as the family tries to make it back on track to Alpha Centauri

A main theme in the show is family, and we see several times throughout the series the difficulties the family faces. The Robinson family consists of three kids, Will, Peggy and Judy, and the two parents: Maureen and John. Maureen is an aerospace engineer serving as mission commander for Jupiter 2. John is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and he is also the adoptive father of Judy. 

Onboard the ship as well as a woman that goes by the name June Harris, however, she steals the identity of her sister, Jessica, to take her place on the Resolute, an interstellar craft that assisted in the evacuation from Earth. After that, she steals the identity of Dr. Zachary Smith and adopts the alias of Dr. Zoe Smith aboard the Jupiter 2 after evacuation procedures for the Resolute. 

The identity theft of Dr. Smith is a reference to the original 1965 version of the show, which included Dr. Zachary Smith. 

What I appreciate a lot is the incorporation of factual information into the show that makes it more realistic. For example, the idea of interstellar travel to another habitable planet in a nearby solar system has been entertained by scientists for a while. The show portrayed well what it would take to make that possible, despite having futuristic technology. 

Another thing fans will appreciate is the music score. Christopher Lennertz is the composer for the current series, who also composed music for “Supernatural” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter”. The original theme for the series however was composed by none other than John Williams, who scored and composed for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Schindlers list to name a few. 

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys realistic science fiction shows.  Each episode lasts just under an hour with the entire series available on Netflix, making this a great perfect binge-worthy series.