Just when I was about to give up, the folks at Netflix have given me new hope.
I was starting to think that there was a federal law somewhere that stated, “We hereby decree that all Netflix productions must be documentaries about how what you ate for dinner last night will kill you, Adam Sandler movies, or border on pornography. We also decree that those productions not meeting the previous requirements must be incredibly sappy stories about children who ride horses.”
And then I saw Lost In Space.
The latest installment pays homage to the 1960s television show as well as the 1990s movie while exceeding both. It is incredibly well-written, creative, and suspenseful. On top of that, assuming that your kids can handle the suspenseful parts, you can watch it with the whole family.
The updated version is the story of the Robinson family’s quest for survival after the fleet of spaceships they are traveling with encounters trouble and ends up—you guessed it, lost in space. But rather than simply floating around the heavens they find themselves on a strange planet that might be just as troubled as the one they came from that you and I call home.
Somewhere along the line, movies and television shows stopped being about good stories and started trying to be powerful sermons. The cynical side of me kept waiting for this to happen with Lost In Space. I was expecting to learn that the robots were leaving their planet because they were denied basic LGBTQ+ rights. But that sermon never came. What did come was great plot twists, stunning visuals, and quality writing.
In many of today’s movies and television shows the leading men are often either cowards or amped up meat heads who could not make it from one scene to the next were it not for some version of Wonder Woman to deliver them. Not so here. The leading male characters, while far from perfect, are both strong and relatable. But this does not come at the expense of the female characters. All three Robinson women are brave and determined and their characters have depth. Plus, Parker Posey is brilliant as the lead antagonist.
So take a break from the news this weekend and carve out some time for a quality series on Netflix. Lost In Space won’t let you down and it won't preach to you. It’s just a good story with great acting and fantastic special effects. As the great YouTube poet Lil’ Sis said, “That’s it and that’s all.”
And that’s good enough for me.