There’s form for taking a hoary old science fiction also-ran and turning it into something worthwhile – just look at Battlestar Galactica. Now it looks like we can add Netflix’s Lost in Space to that rarefied roster because – might wanna sit down for this – it looks pretty good.
Let’s list the pros, shall we?
- Criminally undervalued genre stalwart Neil Marshall (The Descent, the upcoming Hellboy) is directing the pilot.
- The cast includes Toby Stephens (Black Sails), Molly Parker (Deadwood), and Parker frickin’ Posey as Dr. Smith.
- They’re changing things up in interesting ways – it looks like the iconic Robot is now an alien device, for one thing, which is a cool twist.
- They’ve clearly thrown money at this thing.
And the cons:
- It’s written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, whose chief creative credit is the less-than-stellar failed franchise starter, Dracula Untold.
- Lost in Space has always been a bit crap.
But look – the pros outweigh the cons! So, let’s go with guarded optimism for this one, shall we? Lost in Space hits Netflix on April 13, 2018.