Lost in Space (2018 TV series)

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Lost in Space
Lost in Space 2018 series Logo.jpg
Series logotype
Genre
Created byIrwin Allen
Developed byMatt Sazama
Burk Sharpless
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
CinematographySam McCurdy
Running time47–65 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Sazama Sharpless Productions
  • Applebox Entertainment
  • Synthesis Entertainment
  • Clickety-Clack Productions
  • Legendary Television
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) – present (present)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series based on a reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name (itself a reimagining of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson), following the adventures of a family of space colonists whose spaceship veers off course.

Produced by Legendary Television, Synthesis Entertainment, Clickety-Clack Productions, and Applebox Entertainment, the show is written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin serving as showrunner. Netflix released the series on April 13, 2018,[1] renewing it the following month for a second season.[2]

Premise[edit]

In the aftermath of an impact event that threatens the survival of humanity, the Robinson family is selected for the 24th mission of the Resolute (24th Colonist Group), an interstellar spacecraft carrying selected families to colonize the Alpha Centauri star system.

Before they reach their destination, an alien robot breaches the Resolute's hull. Forced to evacuate the mothership in short-range Jupiter spacecraft, scores of colonists, among them the Robinsons, crash on a nearby habitable planet. There they must contend with a strange environment and battle their own personal demons as they search for a way back to the Resolute.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Molly Parker as mission commander Maureen Robinson, an aerospace engineer taking her family on the mission to colonize Alpha Centauri in hopes of building a new life on a better world. Married to John Robinson, she is the biological mother of Judy, Penny, and Will Robinson.[3]
  • Toby Stephens as John Robinson, former U.S. Marine and husband to Maureen. He is adoptive father to Judy and biological father to Penny and Will.[4]
  • Maxwell Jenkins as 11-year-old Will Robinson, who forms a tight bond with the Robot, which he saves from destruction during a forest fire.[5]
  • Taylor Russell as 18-year-old Judy Robinson, who serves as mission doctor, having received accelerated medical training.[6][7]
  • Mina Sundwall as 15-year-old Penny Robinson.[7][8]
  • Ignacio Serricchio as Don West, ship's mechanic and smuggler of luxury goods. He is accompanied by Debbie, which he calls his lucky chicken.[9]
  • Parker Posey as June Harris, a criminal and psychopath who assumes the identity of her sister Jessica to take her place on the colony ship and subsequently impersonates Dr. Zachary Smith during the attack to take his seat on an evacuating Jupiter ship. After landing on the planet, Harris attempts to sabotage the colonists' chances of rescue by the Resolute, all the while manipulating and gaslighting other survivors to avoid prosecution for her crimes.[10] The theft of the doctor's identity is a reference to the corresponding character of Dr. Smith in the original television series.[11]
  • Brian Steele as the Robot,[12] an alien robot being that Will encounters following the crash. The robot has a different form from the ones that appeared in the previous series and film.[13]

Recurring[edit]

  • Raza Jaffrey as Victor Dhar, an officious politician whose arrogance and impatience mask an underlying sense of insecurity.[14]
  • Ajay Friese as Vijay Dhar, Victor's son and Penny's love interest
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hiroki Watanabe, scientist and friend of Maureen
  • Kiki Sukezane as Aiko Watanabe, Hiroki's granddaughter
  • Yukari Komatsu as Naoko Watanabe, Hiroki's daughter
  • Veenu Sandhu as Prisha Dhar, Victor's wife
  • Adam Greydon Reid as Peter Beckert
  • Amelia Burstyn as Diane
  • Iain Belcher as Evan
  • Shaun Parkes as Captain Radic, commander of the Resolute
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Angela Goddard,[15] a fellow survivor struggling with post traumatic stress disorder in the wake of her husband's death during the attack on the Resolute.

Guest[edit]

  • Selma Blair as Jessica Harris, June's wealthy younger sister
  • Bill Mumy as Dr. Zachary Smith, the real Dr. Smith, whose identity June steals

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Impact"Neil MarshallMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
The spacecraft Resolute is carrying colonists, including the Robinson family, to Alpha Centauri. The Resolute is attacked and colonists escape in their Jupiter landing crafts but are hurled into a wormhole, crash-landing on an Earth-like planet. The Robinsons' craft, Jupiter 2, crashes into a glacial bed. The family evacuates before their craft sinks in rapidly freezing water. Eldest Robinson child Judy, a doctor, dives to the ship to retrieve power equipment. She becomes encased in ice, and with five hours of oxygen left in Judy's suit, John and son Will set out to collect magnesium that will melt the ice. Judy guides her sister, Penny, through a medical procedure to treat their injured mother, Maureen. Inside a cave, Will falls down a chasm, landing at the edge of a forest. Will finds a crashed alien ship and a dismembered robot that he helps to self-repair. In return, it saves Will as a forest fire nearly engulfs them. The family attempt to free Judy, but a sudden rainstorm hinders their progress. Will and the Robot arrive, and the Robot rescues Judy. In a flashback scene, a woman steals the identity of Dr. Zachary Smith and boards a Jupiter landing craft, along with Don West and Tam Roughneck.
2"Diamonds in the Sky"Neil MarshallMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Don West and Smith survive the Jupiter 18 landing. While looking for other survivors, they find Angela Goddard, who is barely alive. When a storm approaches, Don and Angela take cover while Smith heads out. Meanwhile, the robot melts more ice to allow the Robinsons to start the process of recovering the Jupiter 2. Maureen, John, Will and the robot hike to another Jupiter crash site and then later to the robot's ship. They leave Penny and Judy behind to raise the ship out of the ice. Inside the alien ship, a holographic map of the planet is activated, showing John and Maureen they are in an unidentified galaxy. Outside, the robot touches the ship's hull, creating a mental connection to Will who learns what really happened on the Resolute. When Penny sees the storm approaching she raises the Jupiter 2 enough to exit with the ship's Chariot all-terrain vehicle to reach her family just in front of the storm. As they head back to Jupiter 2 they see a flare and find Smith, who claims to be alone.
3"Infestation"Tim SouthamZack EstrinApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
In a flashback, Dr. Smith is revealed to be June Harris, the older, ex-con sister of Jess Harris, a successful businesswoman. Jess offers June her entire estate as she is leaving Earth, but June drugs Jess and assumes her sister's identity. Aboard the Resolute, she bumps into her sister's lover and there is a struggle ending in him getting blown out an airlock. June is arrested but escapes during the robot's attack. In the present, Maureen explains they are trillions of light years from Earth. At night, the ice layer over Jupiter 2 cracks, endangering the ship. They rush to complete repairs, but the engines are losing fuel. When Will and the robot discover large eel-like creatures in the conduits, the robot locks Will, along with Smith, in the storeroom for safety. The glacier shifts, which forces the crew to make an emergency take-off after flushing the eels from the engines. They escape with just enough fuel to land near a forest region. Comms pick up radio communication from other survivors and also from Resolute, who are searching for survivors. Somebody hacks the onboard 3D printer to make a gun. Will finds it, and hides the gun under his mattress, unaware Smith is watching.
4"The Robinsons Were Here"Alice TroughtonKatherine CollinsApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Stuck without fuel, the family initiates Jupiter 2's colonization protocol. Smith and Will discuss the robot, who does Will's bidding. Don West and Angela are rescued by the Watanabe family; Hiroki Watanabe reunites with John and Maureen at Jupiter 11 where Judy treats Angela. She tells Judy about the attack on Resolute. None of the other surviving families can fly either due to the giant eels consuming fuel. Maureen, John, and Don realize that the Resolute cannot receive messages when they discover it's comm dish broken off. Judy confronts Will about the robot attack on the Resolute. They decide to hide the robot in a nearby cave, unaware Smith is following them. On the way they meet Vijay Dhar, the son of another survivor group. While away, Maureen and John discuss their marital problems. The next morning, the kids return to Jupiter 2 before their parents arrive. Smith talks to the robot inside the cave, attempting to instill distrust in it about Will. When John and Maureen return home, the kids tell them that the robot wandered away.
5"Transmission"Deborah ChowKari DrakeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
The surviving colonists build a light tower to try signal the Resolute. Maureen, noticing strange weather phenomena discovers that the sun is paired with a black hole which will render the planet uninhabitable. Penny develops a crush on Vijay. When Don confronts Dr. Smith about the stolen flare gun she claims she took it by mistake. In a flashback, Maureen and the kids discuss pros versus cons of going to Alpha Centauri. Don tells Judy about his suspicions about Dr. Smith's identity. When Judy confronts Dr. Smith about this she lies and casts doubt on Don. When the colonists activate the light signal, Dr. Smith sneaks away and shuts off the perimeter fence, allowing a large reptilian creature to enter the camp and destroy the light tower. When another creature shows up Will calls the robot. It saves the survivors, assuming its original multi-limb form. The colonists recognize the robot from the attack on the Resolute.
6"Eulogy"Vincenzo NataliEd McCardieApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Maureen tells her family about the black hole. In a heated discussion John convinces the other survivors to allow the robot to stay and takes Will on a hike to discuss his responsibility for the robot's actions. He has Will fetch 27 large stones to build a memorial to the casualties. Don takes the community leader and Vijay's father, Victor Dhar, to retrieve the fuel in his Jupiter which crashed in the desert where there are none of the eel-like creatures. Don also retrieves identification of the real Dr. Smith, later showing Judy. Maureen learns that Hiroki knows the planet is dying. Penny tells Vijay about the black hole but swears him to secrecy, and they share a kiss. Dr. Smith manipulates the distraught Angela into firing a gun at the robot causing it to go into attack mode and accidentally injures John. Distraught, Will has the robot walk off a cliff and then places a stone on the memorial for the robot.
7"Pressurized"Tim SouthamVivian LeeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
While driving back to Jupiter 2, Judy is about to tell Dr. Smith she knows the truth about her when Don stops her. When Will is confronted by his mother, he confirms the robot 3D-printed the gun and that he hid it. Dr. Smith refuses blame for Angela's attack, and suggests Victor Dhar might have taken the gun. John and Maureen's rover gets stuck in a tar pit. As they sink to the bottom, Maureen admits to doctoring Will's test results. To escape the vehicle, Maureen uses the helium weather balloon to create a shielded path to the surface. Meanwhile, Smith locates the destroyed robot, but cannot get it to reassemble. Don's group speeds through a dangerous geyser field but a tube shakes loose and when Evan fixes the problem, a geyser blast flips the tanker on top of him. Victor realizes that a rock has punctured the tanker and if they move it they will lose most of the fuel. Despite this Don reluctantly sides with Judy and lifts the tanker, spilling the fuel, but Evan dies anyway. Back on Jupiter 2, Dr. Smith finally manages to reactivate the robot. When Victor returns home, Vijay tells him about the planet's coming demise. Victor decides to use what fuel they did retrieve to launch their own Jupiter 4.
8"Trajectory"Stephen SurjikKatherine Collins & Kari DrakeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Maureen cannot talk Victor out of launching, but John sneaks aboard the Dhar's Jupiter 4 and triggers the emergency shut down. Later, he explains to the gathered colonists how the planet is about to become uninhabitable. Penny breaks off with Vijay for him telling his father. Maureen has a plan on how to launch despite the limited fuel, stripping out non-essential modules, and relying on old-school manual piloting. Judy tells Maureen the truth about the real Dr. Smith aboard Don's Jupiter. Returning to Jupiter 2, Maureen confines Dr. Smith to a holding cell. Dr. Smith now claims she is really Jessica Harris, a physicist. Maureen tells John about Smith, and he tells her that Don believes the Jupiter 4 is still too heavy to take off. With life support also removed, the pilot now needs a spacesuit and will need to withstand extreme G-forces. They select John, but not even he can regain consciousness fast enough to make all the maneuvers alone. When the Resolute sends a message that due to Hawking radiation they must leave the planet's orbit within 24 hours, Don reluctantly agrees to help pilot the ship. With his assistance the test run is a success. As John and Don launch in the Jupiter 4, Dr. Smith tricks Will and escapes to knock out Maureen right when John needs her instructions. With everyone watching, the ship explodes mid-air.
9"Resurrection"Tim SouthamStory by : Daniel McLellan
Teleplay by : Kari Drake
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Will tries to signal his father using his radio, convinced he survived the explosion. Dr. Smith drives Maureen to the alien wreck, where she tells her she did not know Maureen was needed for the ship launch. She promises to help Maureen get her children off the planet, if she in return helps Dr. Smith with the alien ship. Will discovers that the rocks he collected in the cave are petrified biomass that can fuel the Jupiter ships to reach the Resolute. While the colonists gather to harvest the biomass, Judy leaves to find Maureen. The colonists find enough biomass to power all the Jupiters, but they must sneak it out quietly so as to not wake winged predators roosting in the cave. When John manages to send a signal, Penny and others are trapped inside the cave after the creatures wake up. Throughout the episode, flashbacks reveal the Christmas Star not to be a meteor but an alien craft, and that its engine was used to build Resolute. The robot's attack was an attempt to retrieve the stolen engine. The group trapped in the cave manage to narrowly escape. Judy tracks Smith and Maureen. She manages to disable Dr. Smith, but the robot reactivates and is revealed to obey the Doctor's commands.
10"Danger, Will Robinson"David NutterMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
John and Don survived the explosion and are clinging to ship wreckage in orbit, with only a few hours of oxygen left. Will is upset to learn the robot now serves Dr. Smith. John responds to Will, confirming that he and Don are still alive. Will tries to bond with the robot again but is rejected. Victor Dhar hails them from the Resolute, telling them it will leave in just over an hour. Maureen traps Dr Smith and the robot in order to search for John and Don. Just as they are about to retrieve them, Dr Smith and the robot escape. Maureen leads the robot into the garage as an alien ship arrives to retrieve the engine. When the alien robot is about to kill Will, his robot remembers him and attacks the alien robot, saving Will. In the fight, both robots are flung out into space and the garage ramp is damaged. Will goes outside the hull to manually close the hatch. Afterwards, he loses his grip but is saved by his father, who was rescued by Dr. Smith. With everyone safely back on the Jupiter, Maureen is grateful to Dr. Smith, but still locks her up. Before they can dock with the Resolute, the alien engine aboard the Jupiter 2 sends it and the Robinsons to a different galaxy. Will recognizes its shape from the robot's sand drawing: Danger.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In October 2014, it was announced that Legendary Television and Synthesis Entertainment were developing a new reboot of Lost in Space and had hired screenwriting duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the pilot episodes.[16] In November 2015, Netflix landed the project.[17][18] On June 29, 2016, Netflix ordered a full 10 episode season of Lost in Space, with Zack Estrin as executive producer and showrunner. Sazama, Sharpless, Kevin Burns, Jon Jashni, Neil Marshall, and Marc Helwig also serve as executive producers.[19]

Filming[edit]

Production on the first season began in February 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concluded in July 2017.[20][21] Season 2 began production in September 2018, in Iceland, and is set to conclude in January 2019.[22]

Release[edit]

The series was released on April 13, 2018, on Netflix.[1] On March 31, 2018, the series pilot was screened at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C..[23]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 68% approval rating with an average rating of 6.21/10, based on 65 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads: "Lost in Space's production values are ambitious enough to attract sci-fi adventure fans, while the story's large heart adds an emotional anchor to all the deep space derring-do."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a normalized score of 58 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25]

David Griffin of IGN gave the first season a rating of 8.5/10, calling it "an excellent sci-fi adventure with a slight villain problem," giving particular praise to the Robinson family, while criticizing Parker Posey's Dr. Smith as an unsophisticated and one-dimensional character who lacks redeeming qualities.[26] In contrast, Jen Chaney of Vulture characterized Posey's performance as providing "understated, sly comedic touches".[27]

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