Lost in Space (2018-), television show, 2 seasons: 4.5/5
Release Date: 13 April 2018 (USA)
Official Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/80104198
Running Time: 1 hour (per episode)
Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Family, Drama
Base Score: 4.5 (Super Good)
Available on: Netflix (free), Google Play (price per episode), YouTube (price per episode), Vudu (price per episode), Amazon Prime (price per episode)
I put off seeing this series for a long time. It’s probably because I remember the original being kind of silly. I expected the new one to be more of the same.
I was totally and completely wrong.
The new Lost in Space on Netflix is nothing like the original. There are a few similarities, mainly character names. Other than that, I would consider this a totally new series. Not only that, but it’s good. The acting is good. The writing is good. The special effects are good. The plot is good.
It is all very good.
I’m actually glad that I waited as long as I did. There was already a second season available when I started powering through the series. There is a third and final season coming in 2021.
Now we wait.
The characters are well-developed. We get to see wide facets of each person. They all change and mature as the series goes on. Couple that with an action-packed plot. I couldn’t help but power quickly through the first two seasons.
Would I see it again? Possibly, if someone had not yet seen it. I had to think about it for a second. I might catch some things on the second viewing. I won’t award bonus points, because I had to consider the question.
Should I rent it? Buy it? (no modifier) If you have Netflix, definitely check it out. If you don’t, wait until it’s available on a free service you pay for. It will eventually be available as a box set (borrow it).
I don’t think it would be worth buying individual episodes. It was good, but that would start to add up fast!
If money’s no option, just sign up for Netflix. Each season is 10 episodes. Each episode is $1.99… just buy Netflix. There’s a 30-day free trial, yo!
Is it family safe? Yes, yes, yes! This is very rare now-a-days. You can watch it with the whole family. Some parts might have too much action for the youngest kids. The bad robots might look a little scary.
Did it have “the look?” The entire series has good effects, good sets, and good costumes. You have no trouble immersing yourself in a science-fiction setting. This usually requires the deep pockets of a movie theater. Yes, this series looks the look of an epic science-fiction piece.
Did it have “the feels?” The action is tight and the characters are deep, but I never got “that feeling” of a super good film. That would have taken the series to a much deserved “must-see.” Right now, it’s just really, really good. If you’re a fan of science-fiction, it’s a must-see. If you aren’t a fan of the genre, you won’t like it as much as I did.
Matt loves movies (and television shows!). He sees a lot of them. When he sees a movie, you will see a review here. He likes movies so much, he started his own publication on Medium. Right now, the theaters are closed, so Matt is watching a lot of television (and movies on demand).
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