Lost in Space:

The Complete First Season                 review by Bobby Blakey

Over the years there have been a lot of sci-fi TV shows but only a handful have gone on to become major hits. While it may not have the status of Star Trek, the 1960s series Lost in Space still stood the test of time and even spawned a feature film in 1998. The show got another fresh take with an all-new series on Netflix starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Max Jenkins, Parker Posey, and Ignacio Serricchio. Could this latest take on the cult hit bring something new to the Robinsons or will it be danger to the viewer?

Lost in Space follows the Robinson family, John Robinson and Maureen Robinson along with their kids, the strong-willed and confident Judy, quick-witted and definitive middle-child Penny, and the curious and sensitive Will Robinson. Stranded along with two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception, the unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith and the inadvertently charming Don West, set thirty years in the future. When they are torn off course en route to what they hoped would be a fresh start on a distant space colony. Against all odds, but with endless hope and extensive training, the family bands together to survive on a dangerous alien planet.

Going in I wasn’t a big fan of the either the film or original series, but like most knew all about it so the changes to the characters had no real effect on my opinion of the series. I struggled a bit with the first couple of episodes to get invested, but glad I stuck with it as it got really good. The story is more than just the one family stranded for a lot of the season which allows it to really build it up towards the future of the series. While there is a lot happening with all the characters they make sure to keep the focus mostly right on the Robinsons along with the side story of Dr. Smith, Will and the Robot that keeps the twists coming right up until the last episode.

They have created not only an good series to live up to the name, but it has some great special effects that help it to be bigger than it might have been otherwise. I was a bit put off by the look of the robot at first, but the man in suit aspect and pretty cool design won me over pretty quick. There is plenty of action and fun to be had all leading up to a great season finale leaving you wanting more and thankfully a new season is coming soon. In addition to all 10 episodes of the season this release includes bonus features including featurettes and the original unaired pilot from the 1965 series.

Grab your copy of Lost in Space: The Complete First Season available now on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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