Netflix’s newest web series, Lost In Space, generated great hype with its trailer. The series talks about the Robinson family, which consists of the parents, their two daughters and a son trying to reach Alpha Centauri, along with many other families. They are all travelling on The Resolute, which is part of the Jupiter Mission 24.
But due to an unknown mishap, their craft Jupiter 2 is separated from the other colonists and they crash into an unknown planet. Maureen is an aerospace engineer, while her husband John is a pilot and former US Marine, and their eldest daughter Judy is a mission daughter. As the new planet puts its own set of challenges to them, Will the youngest child chance encounters a robot, who saves his life. Will bonds with him, and the humanoid robot is very obedient to him.
While returning to a more stable land than the glacier they landed on, they see a red flare on the way and rescue a woman who calls herself Dr Smith, but is instead a criminal and sociopath. As the family survives against odds in this new planet, it is revealed that many other crafts have also landed there. There are many hurdles facing this new colony on the unknown planet. They can’t establish any contact Alpha Centauri, barring occasional one sided messages asking about any survivors. Every episode brings new set of problems and challenges, so by the end of the series you have seen a dozen of them.
And then it turns out that the atmosphere of the planet is just too unstable, and will not remain habitable for long. The residents, hence, hurry up to travel back to Alpha Centauri as soon as possible, but not without its own set of problems.
What’s WOW? The sheer thought of going to a new place and colonizing it is exciting. Also for innumerable space hacks, can give the astro-nerds a high.
What’s Blah? Lost in Space seems a bit overstretched with 10 episodes to stream. The same idea with an hour running time (a film probably) would have been way better.
Parting Shot: Lost In Space puts out just too much of information for the audiences. If you are okay in getting lost in that much data, you can give this a try. Else, it can be avoided.
Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Taylor Russell, Ignacio Serricchio, Mina Sundwall, Maxwell Jenkins
Writer: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless
Creator: Irwin Allen
Lost In Space is now streaming on Netflix.
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