Lost in Space explores space and the main characters even further in fun and exciting adventures.
Another fun adventurous family outing into space in this second season of this wonderful science fiction space opera Lost in Space. It’s a fantastic exciting journey to new planets, with more danger, and more Robots. With new villains and problems, the Robinsons must work together, while they also must navigate their own way as individuals, through tough situations. More importantly the children are growing up.
Fun, action, adventure, humor and the mystery that surrounds the Robots are the key elements, while the main characters are being further explored. Just like the first season the plot devices are full on, and serve as the gimmicks of the series and bring more fun and adventure for the Robinson family and for the viewers. But now these plot devices function as a means to deepen some characters and through flashbacks we learn more about their backgrounds.
This second season consists of 10 episodes with each a duration of 39-54 minutes. Every episode has different adventures while the storyline and the characters are developing. Kind of like a danger-of-the-week series, with an overarching storyline.
The Robinsons, Don West and Dr. Smith find themselves stranded at another planet in another part of the universe brought there by the alien engine. They have survived on this watery planet for seven months, till Maureen finds an unconventional solution to escape.
They miraculously and dangerously navigate their way back to space where they soon find out that the Resolute went through the wormhole as well, and that a nearby planet is made into a temporary colony. The Robinsons get back to work, but a new attack from the Robots is at hand, while Will tries to find his own lost Robot. But when he finally does, Robot has changed.
Why you should watch it
More adventure, more bizarre problems to be solved, extraordinary rescues must be carried out and danger is, of course, everywhere. But there is also more room for exploring some characters. Especially the relationship between Judy and John, but also the awkward upcoming relationship between Penny and Dr. Smith which takes an unexpected turn. The focus on some characters’ backgrounds and motivations makes the series all the more interesting. The inner struggle of Dr. Smith makes her character more complex and she proves to be both a villain and an anti-hero.
There is also more to tell about Robot. His change is remarkable and functions as a metaphor and mirror for the Robinsons. This season is all about love, friendship that is not a one-way but a two-way street, forgiveness, second chances, taking responsibility for ones actions, redemption and sacrifice. Ethical questions are posed and humanity doesn’t always come out as the good guys.
Robot is the pivotal element exploring these themes. His change is heartbreaking, endearing, touching and sometimes even more humane than some of the humans in the series. This second season has a lot of potential for the third one, when more questions about the Robot(s) and Will can be answered, but some new questions have been raised that need to be answered.
The new planet has new dangers. But it isn’t always save on the Resolute either. Decisions that are made or have been made, have consequences and as a result bring more danger to the Robinsons. The Robots from this planet are ferocious, and Scarecrow is the example of the egotistical will to survive (just like humankind), but functions as an example for goodness and kindness as well.
In the centre of it all are the Robinsons and their problem solving skills, their warmth and their love for each other. But they will have to learn that it is time to give some love and devotion back. That makes this season more engaging and vital.
My favorite part
Robot has learned more words and one of them is ‘friend’ a word with an important meaning. His new friendship with a horse is as endearing and touching as it is heartbreaking. He learns Will an important lesson in the scene where he removes the horse bit, protects the horse and mourns it when it dies, by building a small cairn. Try holding back yours tears with this one.
The most extraordinary rescue is done by Don and Penny – and all right Smith – when Penny, Vijay, Smith and a random security guy get trapped in the classroom and have to climb into a small box to survive a minute in space before Don rescues them. That alone is pure fun, but this scene has some consequences, redemption for Don and Smith, and is a pivotal moment for them both, as well as for Penny, who proves she can do fine on her own, and her fears of having to be rescued, or worse, have to rescue someone else, have come true, and she pulls through.
Entertainment factor: ★★★★★
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Cast and crew
Lost in Space is based on the tv series of the same name from the sixties, which in turn is based on the book The Swiss Family Robinson written by John David in 1812. This new show is created by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharplees and Irwin Allen. Is stars Molly Parker (Maureen), Toby Stephens (John), Maxwell Jenkins (Will), Taylor Russell (Judy), Maine Sundwall (Penny), Ignacio Serricchio (Don) and Parker Posey (Dr. Smith).
Music: Christopher Lennertz. Cinematography: Sam McCurdy, C. Kim Miles. Production companies: Legendary Television, Synthesis Entertainment, Applebox Pictures, Clickety-Clack Productions. Original network: Netflix.