Two weeks ago, Netflix announced the premiere date for their latest nostalgia reboot, Lost In Space, a remake of Irwin Allen’s classic 1968 TV show which ended after three seasons and 83 episodes. The new trailer, which is almost 3 minutes long and less cryptic, prominently features the TV show’s iconic robot — and yes, it does say “Danger, Will Robinson!” Thankfully, it also shows that the show will be a lot more grounded than the campy 60s’ version and the happy-go-lucky film starring Matt LeBlanc.
It’s a very clever, modern reworking of a great story. Lost In Space is Swiss Family Robinson in space, so it was a story that existed before Lost In Space. The fundamental story is that it’s a family that is lost in a difficult, life-threatening situation and how it challenges them and brings them closer together. That is essentially what the story of this is, it’s just the context is a lot more modern. It’s a more modern take on the ‘60s version. If you look at it now, it’s charming, but it seems so innocent. Whereas this is a version that is for our time. I’m hoping it will still have humour and humanity in it, but it has obviously gotta be for a modern audience.
Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue-collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.
The series also stars Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, Max Jenkins as Will Robinson, Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson and Parker Posey as Dr Smith.