Netflix Reboots 1960s SciFi Series
Beginning April 13th, Netflix will start airing a re-boot of the favorite 1960s SciFi show, “Lost In Space” which was itself a Space Version of the old ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ story. The new version promises to stay pretty close to the original, and the set-up is basically the same: The Robinson Family gets marooned on a barren planet (in the original book, of course, it’s an island) with no hope of getting home. Most of the episodes are concerned with going home or contacting Earth.
On the original show, many of the attempts to get home or get off the planet were thwarted by the fey, fumbling Dr. Smith. In the new Netflix version, Dr. Smith is a devious female doctor, and played by Parker Posey (my all-time favorite Indie Queen!). That variable alone is enough to make me tune in for at least the first few episodes. Parker Posey is blessed with Resting Devious Face, so she always looks like she’s up to no good.
In this re-boot, it’s the year 2046. The Robinson family and their spaceship, Jupiter 2, encounter a rip in Space-Time (don’t folks ALWAYS encounter one of those in SciFi these days?). The ship winds up crashing on an unknown planet (isn’t it ALWAYS an Unknown Planet?). Stranded light years from their intended destination, the Robinsons and other colonists marooned with them battle a strange new alien environment and their own personal demons as they attempt to leave the planet. ‘Nuff said. And nothing crazy-original, but word is this is gonna be pretty good. Netflix has spent a bundle on the first season.
Netflix is making a huge push into the SciFi realm this year. ‘Cloverfield Paradox,’ ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘Mute,’ and Will Smith’s ‘Bright’ are just a few of the projects rushing through the green light. They’re added several movies and series in that genre, and most are actually pretty good. I’m not exactly a Comic Book Guy-Comic-Con type, but I do appreciate good science fiction. It might be true that the initial positive reaction to ‘Stranger Things’ has the suits at Netflix looking to strike gold again (and again and again).
So far? So good!