Know what I hate the most about modern reboots of old shows and movies? No, it’s not that most of them are nothing but terrible cash-ins that rely purely on nostalgia instead of actual talent, or that they quite often remind us of how bad certain ideas and concepts were back then but we were just oblivious to their terribleness. It’s that inevitably some youngster is going to say something insulting about the original property that’s going to force me to step in to defend it and then reveal my age because I was there when it first came out damn it!
So yes, I am getting old. But for once, I’m not old enough! Prolific producer Irwin Allen’s classic sci-fi series Lost in Space first debuted way back in 1965, a whole 16 years before I would ever grace this place with my presence, so I never got to watch it myself but I know it through association (and of course one immortal line of robotic dialogue). What I did watch – unfortunately – was the terrible 1998 feature film remake (hey, at least it had that awesome theme song) which tried to convince us that Joey from Friends could be an action hero. So silly.
Silliness though appears to definitely be a thing of the past when it comes to the latest incarnation of this property, as Netflix has revealed the first teaser trailer for their upcoming remake of the series which, just like the original, follows the misadventures of the spacefaring Robinson family who end up… wait, for it – big surprise here… lost in space when their spacecraft, the Jupiter 2, is knocked off course. Whereas the original was a perfect example of the campy science-fiction of the 60s, Netflix is reportedly leaning heavier on the science part of that with this take, making this much more of a serious drama. And much like other recent sci-fi productions the streaming platform has put together, it looks really good. And by good, I mean expensive.
Check out the teaser trailer below (and stay to the end for that iconic line).
Lost in Space will star *deep breath* Toby Stephens as John Robinson, the expedition commander; Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, a fearless and brilliant aerospace engineer who makes the decision to bring her family to space for a chance at a new life on a better world; Ignacio Serricchio as Don West, a roughneck smuggling luxury goods on the side who finds in the Robinsons the family he never thought he would find; Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson, John and Maureen’s eldest child; Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson, one of the Robinson children; Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson, the youngest Robinson child; and Parker Posey as the enigmatic Dr. Smith.
Although only some of the people behind those names showed up in the teaser trailer, Netflix has also revealed a batch of hi-res images for the series which gives some more looks at it. Click to enlarge.
Game of Thrones veteran and director of the upcoming Hellboy reboot Neil Marshall will be directing several episodes of the 10-episode first season which will debut on Netflix on 13 April.
Last Updated: February 22, 2018