Netflix Reboots Campy 'Lost in Space' as Serious Sci-Fi
The campiest science fiction TV series of all time is poised to make a serious comeback. The Robinson family will once again be adrift in the cosmos in a new reboot of Lost in Space. But, the new trailer posits this Netflix reboot as legit sci-fi. Plus, the new Dr. Smith is lit.
On Wednesday, Netflix released a new teaser trailer for Lost in Space and confirmed the premiere date of the show: April 13.
Based on the 1965-1968 sci-fi sitcom, this new reboot once again sends a family called the Robinsons into space, where we know … well … that they’ll get off course. But, the narration in the trailer has a vibe reminiscent of Interstellar. Because the Earth will, at some point, no longer be habitable, the idea of settling on colonies in deep space makes sense. It’s also a refreshingly straightforward approach for the new Lost in Space to take.
In the original series, the permanent pseudo-antagonist of the series was the nefarious Dr. Smith, played by Jonathan Harris, but the most encouraging thing about the upcoming reboot is that Dr. Smith is now a woman. And even better, she’ll be played by Parker Posey! The new Dr. Smith doesn’t appear in the trailer, but it’s still one of the best things about this new reboot.
Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix:
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. 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 (Parker 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.
There have, of course, been Lost in Space reboots before. In 1998, William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Heather Graham and Joey from Friends, aka Matt Leblanc, starred in the big-budget remake. Then, there was also the 2004 remake The Robinsons: Lost in Space, which never actually aired, making it truly the most lost in space of all Lost in Spaces. Oddly enough, that version of Lost in Space starred Jayne Brook as Maureen Robinson, now famous to Trekkies everywhere as Admiral Cornwell on Star Trek: Discovery.
Lost in Space will hit Netflix on April 13.