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Danger, Will Robinson: all the updates, trailers, and commentary for Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot

Reboots are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and as streaming services have been on the hunt for new original content, they’ve also been examining their back catalogs for familiar old shows to revive. CBS launched Star Trek: Discovery last fall, while MGM filmed a new entry in its Stargate franchise. Now, Netflix is joining the party with a reboot of the science fiction classic Lost in Space.

This new, 10-episode show will debut on April 13th. Follow along for developments, commentary, and trailers for Lost in Space.

  • Apr 13, 2018

    Andrew Liptak

    Netflix’s Lost in Space undermines a strong premise with stupid characters

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    Ever since the Sci-Fi channel scored a hit with its re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica back in 2003, reboots of classic science fiction stories have been everywhere. Paramount and CBS breathed new life into the Star Trek franchise with a trio of new movies and a streaming show. MGM is seeing if there’s life left in Stargate, via a dedicated streaming platform and original series. ABC is bringing back The Jetsons, Warner Bros. finally made its Blade Runner sequel, and Netflix has even rebooted ReBoot. The streaming service has been particularly active in the revival field, with new versions of everything from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to the Benji movies.

    Netflix’s latest re-envisioning of a classic is a reboot of the 1960s family science fiction show Lost in Space. With a fresh coat of paint, great production values, and an approach updated for the streaming age, the show has a promising premise. But it’s undermined by dumb character decisions and a haphazardly realized world.

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  • Lost in Space’s fancy new robot looks like a heavy metal Demogorgon

    The most iconic character from the 1960s TV series Lost in Space wasn’t any of the humans on board the Robinson family spacecraft, but rather the talking robot that would famously yell “Danger, Will Robinson!” whenever Will Robinson was in, uh, danger. But while the classic iteration kind of looked like a space trash can, Netflix’s new TV series reboot has decided to go with something a bit more humanoid. The latest trailer for the upcoming show does feature the bot’s classic line, but when it’s delivered, it actually comes as a bit of a shock. Oh, that’s the robot? Okay, cool. The massive monstrosity sort of looks like the monster from Stranger Things mixed with cover art for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

    Netflix announced it would reboot Lost in Space in 2016. The original show aired on CBS from 1965 to 1968, following the Robinson family and their misadventures in space across 83 episodes. An attempt at reimagining the show as a movie franchise hit theaters in 1998, featuring Gary Oldman and Joey from Friends, though said franchise never ultimately materialized. It appears the new series won’t stray too far from the initial premise of the original show, which was itself just a sci-fi take on the novel The Swiss Family Robinson.

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  • Feb 21, 2018

    Andrew Liptak

    Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot begins streaming on April 13th

    Netflix has released the first look at its upcoming reboot of the classic science fiction TV series Lost in Space, which will debut on the service on April 13th.

    The company announced the revival in 2016. The show will keep the premise of the original 1965 show: the Robinson family heads into space to establish a new colony but lands on a different world after an accident. The trailer suggests an updated but retro look for the tech and gear, as various members of the Robinson family board their ship in their space suits, accompanied by narration about the adaptability of humanity. The context suggests that Earth isn’t a safe place to live anymore, prompting the efforts to establish a new colony.

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  • Jun 30, 2016

    Andrew Liptak

    Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space

    CBS Television
    CBS Television

    Netflix has become known for rebooting classic television shows, and its latest project will be taking it into the depths of space with a reboot of the classic 1965 science fiction drama Lost in Space.

    The streaming media company announced yesterday that it has picked up the show for a 10-episode first season, which is expected to stream worldwide starting in 2018. The reboot will be run by Zack Estrin, one of the executive producers for Prison Break, and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Power Rangers). Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is also attached the project. The new show will be produced by Legendary Pictures which has been working bring the show to Netflix since late 2015.

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  • Bryan Bishop

    Nov 21, 2015

    Bryan Bishop

    Netflix is reportedly rebooting Lost in Space

    What's next for the streaming service that introduced audiences to the ruthless shenanigans of Frank Underwood, and proved that Marvel characters could be gritty, dark, and morally complex? A reboot of a family-friendly 1960s space romp, apparently. Deadline reports that Netflix has closed a deal for a remake of Lost in Space, the cult TV show that originally premiered in 1965. The show was a sci-fi take on The Swiss Family Robinson, following a family who set out to colonize a distant star, until they're thrown off course and get, you know, lost in space. Along for the ride were a military pilot, a nefarious secret agent that ended up playing more like a wacky uncle, and a slinky-armed robot known just as "Robot." (The above trailer, which appears to be aimed at advertisers rather than audiences, will give you an idea of just how dated the original feels today.)

    While the show only lasted three seasons, it actually left a pretty decent dent in pop culture (if you've ever heard anybody riff on the phrase, "Danger, Will Robinson!" you've heard a reference to Lost in Space). That wasn't enough to help the 1998 movie adaptation, though, which swapped out the show's campy fun for the requisite '90s "edginess" and a cast that paired William Hurt and Gary Oldman with Matt LeBlanc. The Netflix version is being written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter) with The Descent's Neil Marshall reportedly set to direct. While those three creative elements seem to lean toward a darker take on the concept, according to Deadline the series is part of an effort on the part of Netflix to create shows that can play to families, in contrast to its darker, more dramatic fare.

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