I never watched the original Lost in Space.
Except for about five minutes, after watching the new Netflix reboot, because I just got so curious. I was rewarded with the endearing hilarity of watching a man pretend to be on a spacewalk, but without our modern day special effects and gear that make it look at least somewhat real.
That said, I can’t compare the new series to the 1960’s black-and-white show. I can just say that I loved the new show, for many reasons. Some may say it’s a little over-the-top at times, or too obviously chocked full of modern-day representation and drama. For instance, the family depicted in the show has a strong mother, an absent father trying to reconnect with his wife and kids, and a biracial daughter from a previous marriage — all things that feel very current, in a world that now celebrates all kinds of family structures. But despite any cheesiness or melodrama, this space romp was incredibly refreshing to me, because it’s so different than any other sci-fi drama I’ve watched so far.
Here are some reasons I enjoyed it so much, and why I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in these things!