It's no secret that Netflix has changed the world of TV production. There is a ton of fantastic content being produced for the small screen, spread out across cable, network TV, and premium channels. There are also plenty of revivals and reboots happening, with Netflix crafting shows like Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Fuller House for new audiences. The latest of these projects is the upcoming Lost in Space reboot, which will tell the campy sci-fi sitcom through a modern and dramatic lens. Information about Lost in Space has been kept under wraps, but the first trailer arrived today, and delivered some major WTF moments. Check it out below.
Have you caught your breathe yet? In stark juxtaposition with the beloved original series, Netflix's Lost in Space looks like it's going to be an epic adventure across the galaxies. It's tone is certainly established from the brief trailer, and the visuals make it seem like the streaming service is really shelling out the budget to ensure that it looks as good as possible. The trailer also has some majorly surprising moments, so let's break it all down.
What Went Wrong
Both the TV series and somewhat dismal 1998 Lost in Space movie had to establish is why the Robinson family ultimately ends up stranded in an unknown galaxy. The trailer opens with just that, revealing some sort of beam or light destroyed the space station the family was aboard. While they were able to escape on the Jupiter 2, it appears that some debris hit the ship, and sent them careening through space. It's a thrilling sequence, and helps to explain some of the exposition that Lost in Space will have to establish early on.
The most iconic aspect of Lost in Space is the robot. In the original series it was voiced by Dick Tufeld, and was known for constantly worrying about protagonist Will Robinson. The voice and look of the robot are iconic 60's pop culture, so fans were left to wonder how it would be worked into Netflix's series. It appears that Will finds him on some remote planet, and it may be some sort of living machine. The entire story and look are a major step away from the original source material, and shows that Netflix is not afraid to take risks.
Parker Posey's Dr. Smith
Another change Lost in Space is making from the original series is the character of Dr. Smith. The character's sex has been swapped in this version, with Parker Posey taking on the role established by the legendary Jonathan Harris. Dr. Smith is typically portrayed as a saboteur, and the reason why he and the family end up lost. While she's shown being locked up by House of Cards alum Molly parker, she also seems to possibly have good intentions. Posey has quite the shoes to fill, following both Harris and Gary Oldman as the previous versions of Dr. Smith.
New, Stunning Worlds
Like the original series, Netflix's Lost in Space looks like it'll explore a variety of different planets. A few of these locations were shown in the trailer, and they're gorgeous. There's a wintery planet that seems to be a major location, one that is dry and almost sulfuric, and we're also shown a glimpse of a vibrant purple planet. They make the trailer seem absolutely epic, and are a great incentive to tune in once the show is released.
This is perhaps the darkest moment of the Lost in Space trailer, and one that is so quick you could blink and miss it. In the shot we see John Robinson (Guy Williams) throwing a flare on a series of dead bodies. It's chilling imagery, especially considering how small the starring cast ultimately is. Could Netflix's Lost in Space be so bold as to kill of some of the Robinson family? We'll have to wait and see.
Danger, Will Robinson
If there is one phrase that defines the original Lost in Space, it's "Danger, Will Robinson". This warning from the warning to the youngest member of the family was one uttered many times throughout the show's three season run. As such, fans had been hoping it would be carried over to the Netflix version, and were eager to see how exactly they did it. It was delivered in the trailer, with the new mysterious robot telling Maxwell Jenkins' Will to get to safety.
The Jupiter 2 Sinking
Is anyone else worried about the iconic Robinson space ship in the new series? While the Jupiter 2 is shown flying through various locations throughout the course of the trailer, there's also this shot of it sinking into a body of water. Could this ultimately be the destruction of the ship? And if so, how is it possible for the characters to survive without it? Clearly the wait for the show's premiere is going to be a long one.
Will Floating Into Space
Now this looks like an appropriate time for the Robot to warn Will. In the final shot of the trailer, we're shown as Will Robinson helplessly floats into space. While I highly doubt that the character bites the dust in this encounter, it's a powerful and terrifying shot. We've seen the terrors of floating in space with movies like Gravity, and at least Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise were adults. We'll just have to wait and see how he (hopefully) makes it out alive.
Lost in Space will be available in its entirety April 13, 2018 on Netflix. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Additionally check our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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