At least one thing remains intact from the original show: Will Robinson is definitely still in danger. But beyond that, the new behind-the-scenes trailer for Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space shows the family Robinson about to become entrenched in a much higher-stakes adventure than their 1960s TV predecessors.
With production values that the original Robinsons could only dream about, the streaming giant is revving up the new series with killer visual effects and a (hopefully) binge-worthy story arc. The trailer (Netlifx calls it a "featurette") intersperses intense action and VFX with lighthearted takes from the cast on the show’s premise, framing viewers’ expectations for how the new series will differ from the familiar.
Judging from what we’ve seen, the Netflix version isn’t sticking by the goofy, offbeat tone of its television ancestor. Instead, Showrunner Zack Estrin (Once Upon a Time) is approaching his source material in a more straightforward and earnest fashion, tapping into the nuances of family tension to contrast the Robinsons’ internal struggles with the threats they’ll encounter on the alien planet where their crash-landed ship has stranded them.
As you can see, it looks as though no expense is being spared to bring Lost in Space into the 21st century for an audience Netflix hopes will have an appetite for a more epic take on the ‘60s camp genre classic. And while the reboot’s new mood is definitely serious, it’s not without its lighter moments — or heart.
“There’s a rule that’s written in stone,” explains Will (Maxwell Jenkins) near the trailer’s end. “The Robinsons stick together.” Jenkins and the rest of the cast say all the adversity the family encounters will bring some big-picture perspective to a group that’s often struggled to get along, drawing them closer in the process.
In addition to Jenkins, the reboot features Toby Stephens as dad John Robinson and Molly Parker as mom Maureen, with the rest of family rounded out by Taylor Russell (Judy Robinson) and Mina Sundwall (Penny Robsinson). Parker Posey also stars as Dr. Smith (played as Zachary Smith in the original by Jonathan Harris), whose relationship dynamic with the Robinsons Netflix still hasn’t fully revealed.
We’re only a month away from the show’s premiere. Netflix starts streaming all 10 episodes of Lost in Space beginning April 13.