This month, Netflix will release the first season of Lost in Space, a modern reboot of the 1960s sci-fi TV series and, to a lesser extent, the poorly-received 1998 film. The new show is set in 2049 and follows the Robinson family as they embark on a mission into space on the ship called the Jupiter 2. However, they unintentionally fall through a rip in spacetime and end up on an unknown planet, millions of lightyears away from their intended destination.
So, does the new series live up to the legacy of its predecessor, which ran for 83 episodes, or does it fail to take off?
Here's what the critics are saying:
"Lost in Space is a show that could have been phoned in to become another one of many high profile mehs. But, by mixing the original series’ 60s sensibilities that focused on family and community with modern day filmmaking, what audiences are getting is a show that will remind us all there is still reason to hope for a brighter tomorrow." -Merrill Barr, Forbes
"There are constant flashbacks scattered throughout the season, which never illuminate anything beyond what we’d learn about these characters in a two-sentence summary. In sci-fi serial terms, this show is like Lost if the first hour of Lost stretched out forever." -Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
"Netflix’s Lost in Space is a wondrous new take on the 1960s series that honors its origins while charting a new course with a modern retelling. The Robinson family is far from perfect, which makes them more believable characters. The writers’ use of flashbacks provides more depth and opens up the world for exciting stories to tell in future episodes. Aside from the cheesy introduction of Dr. Smith, the series is off to a roaring start." -David Griffin, IGN
"Lost In Space isn’t the best original series Netflix has created, but it is the type of show it’s fun to become wrapped-up in. Each episode builds upon the last while also remaining mostly episodic, and as a result, there’s a curious lack of urgency to the show. This isn’t a bad thing. Other Netflix series’ buckle under the pressure of being binge-worthy. Lost in Space knows how to take its time, and pull you along for the journey. You’ll likely be hooked by episode one, and won’t mind getting lost in Lost In Space." -Chris Evangelista, /Film
"As a fan of the original Lost in Space, which was conceived as an out-of-this-world Swiss Family Robinson — and realizing this redo would be far less campy (Oh the pain, how could it not be?) — I cued up the first five episodes made available for critics wanting to be blown away. And I frequently was. The cast is solid, the FX are top-shelf and the survival-related drama comes at a steady pace, with some episodes (the pilot included) delivering no less than white-knuckle sequences." -Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine
"With so much going for it, the only real complaint about Lost in Space is that it’s over too fast. By taking its essential premise seriously (what would a family do if they were LOST IN SPACE?) the show feels slightly old-fashioned. But because it’s not winking constantly to reference its own roots, the series also feels refreshingly new. The Robinsons, Dr. Smith, and that damn robot may have returned from the nostalgia vortex, but it feels like we’re meeting them for the first time." -Bryan Britt, Inverse
The first season of Lost in Space arrives on Netflix April 13. The cast includes: Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey, and Raza Jaffrey.