Lost in Space (2018 TV series)

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Lost in Space
Lost in Space 2018 series Logo.jpg
Series logotype
Genre
Created byIrwin Allen
Based on1965 series of the same name
by Irwin Allen
The Swiss Family Robinson by
Johann David Wyss
Developed byMatt Sazama
Burk Sharpless
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
CinematographySam McCurdy
Running time39–65 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Sazama Sharpless Productions
  • Applebox Entertainment
  • Synthesis Entertainment
  • Clickety-Clack Productions
  • Legendary Television
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website
Production website

Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series and is a reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name (itself a reimagining of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson), following the adventures of a family of space colonists whose spaceship veers off course.

Produced by Legendary Television, Synthesis Entertainment, Clickety-Clack Productions, and Applebox Entertainment, the show is written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin serving as showrunner. Netflix released the series on April 13, 2018,[1] renewing it the following month for a second season.[2] The second season premiered on December 24, 2019.[3] On March 9, 2020, the series was renewed for a third and final season, which is scheduled for a 2021 release.[4][5][6]

Premise[edit]

In the aftermath of an impact event that threatens the survival of humanity, the Robinson family is selected for the 24th mission of the Resolute (24th Colonist Group), an interstellar spacecraft carrying selected families to colonize the Alpha Centauri star system.

Before they reach their destination, an alien robot breaches the Resolute's hull. Forced to evacuate the mothership in short-range Jupiter spacecraft, scores of colonists, among them the Robinsons, crash on a nearby habitable planet. There they must contend with a strange environment and battle their own personal demons as they search for a way back to the Resolute.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, an aerospace engineer who serves as the mission commander for the Jupiter 2, taking her family on the mission to colonize Alpha Centauri in hopes of building a new life on a better world. Married to John Robinson, she is the mother of Judy, Penny, and Will Robinson.[7]
  • Toby Stephens as John Robinson, former U.S. Navy SEAL and husband to Maureen. He is father to Penny and Will and the adoptive father to Judy.[8]
  • Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson, Maureen and John's youngest child who forms a tight bond with the Robot, which he saves from destruction during a forest fire[9]
  • Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson, Maureen and John's elder daughter who serves as mission doctor, having received accelerated medical training[10][11]
  • Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson, Maureen and John's younger daughter[11][12]
  • Ignacio Serricchio as Don West, a ship mechanic and smuggler of luxury goods. He is accompanied by his lucky chicken, Debbie.[13]
  • Parker Posey as June Harris / Dr. Smith, a petty criminal who assumes the identity of her sister, Jessica, to take her place on the Resolute. She subsequently impersonates Dr. Zachary Smith during the first attack to take his seat on an evacuating Jupiter ship. The theft of the doctor's identity is a reference to the corresponding character of Dr. Smith in the original television series (also, her character, June Harris, is named for June Lockhart, who played Maureen Robinson, and Jonathan Harris, who played Smith on the original series).[14]
  • Brian Steele as the Robot,[15] an alien robot being that Will encounters following the crash. The robot has a different form from the ones that appeared in the previous series and film.[16]
  • Ajay Friese as Vijay Dhar (season 2; recurring season 1), Victor's son and Penny's love interest[17]
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Angela Goddard (season 2; recurring season 1),[18] an engineer and fellow survivor struggling with post traumatic stress disorder in the wake of her husband's death during the attack on the Resolute. Her character is named for Angela Cartwright, who played Penny Robinson in the original television series, and Mark Goddard, who played Don West in the original series.[citation needed]

Recurring[edit]

Introduced in season 1[edit]

  • Raza Jaffrey as Victor Dhar, the representative of the 24th Colony group and father to Vijay.[19]
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Hiroki Watanabe, a biologist and friend of Maureen
  • Yukari Komatsu as Naoko Watanabe, Hiroki's daughter and considered the best pilot among the colonists
  • Kiki Sukezane as Aiko Watanabe, Hiroki's granddaughter
  • Veenu Sandhu as Prisha Dhar, Victor's wife
  • Adam Greydon Reid as Peter Beckert, a survivor of the Resolute and Victor's associate
  • Amelia Burstyn as Diane, the communications officer on the Resolute
  • Iain Belcher as Evan, an electrician and survivor on the unknown planet
  • Shaun Parkes as Captain Radic, commander of the Resolute in charge of security operations
  • Douglas Hodge as Officer Hastings, an intelligence officer on the Resolute who wants to get the ship to Alpha Centauri at all costs; including stranding hundreds of colonists on an alien planet.
  • AnnaMaria Demara as Tam Roughneck, a mechanic and friend to Don West

Introduced in season 2[edit]

  • JJ Feild as Ben Adler, head of the Advanced Technology unit on the Resolute. He seeks to understand the robots and their technology
  • Sakina Jaffrey as Captain Kamal, who becomes commander of the Resolute following the incapacitation of Captain Radic
  • Tattiawna Jones as Ava, the head mechanic on the Resolute and Don's superior
  • Jarret John as Neil Caird, head of security on the Resolute
  • Aria DeMaris as Isabel Azevedo, a physicist and passenger on the Resolute. She is wife of Aubrey and mother of Elise.
  • Alison Araya as Aubrey Azevedo, a physicist and passenger on the Resolute. She is the wife of Isabel and mother to Elise.
  • Rob LaBelle as Mr. Jackson, the school teacher aboard the Resolute
  • Nevis Unipan as Samantha, a little girl who was left on the Resolute following the evacuation. She befriends the Robinsons.

Guest[edit]

  • Selma Blair as Jessica Harris, June's wealthy younger sister
  • Bill Mumy as Zachary Smith, the real Dr. Smith whose identity June steals. As a child, Mumy portrayed Will Robinson in the original Lost in Space series from 1965 to 1968
  • Angela Cartwright as Selma Harris, June's mother. As a child, Cartwright portrayed Penny Robinson in the original Lost in Space series from 1965 to 1968.
  • Rowan Schlosberg as Connor, a survivor of the Resolute on the unknown planet

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
210December 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Impact"Neil MarshallMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
After an asteroid crashes into Earth causing global catastrophe, humans are leaving the planet for a colony in the Alpha Centauri system. Their main colony ship, the Resolute, is attacked by aliens, forcing the colonists to escape in their smaller Jupiter spacecrafts, but are hurled into a wormhole and crash-land on an Earth-like planet. The Robinsons' ship, the Jupiter 2, crashes into a glacial bed. The family evacuates as their ship sinks in rapidly freezing water. Eldest Robinson child Judy, a teenaged doctor, becomes trapped in the ice while diving to the sunken ship for equipment. John and son Will set out to collect magnesium to melt the ice before Judy's oxygen runs out. While trapped, Judy guides her sister, Penny, through a medical procedure to treat their injured mother, Maureen. Inside a cave, Will falls into a chasm, landing near a forest. Will finds a crashed alien ship and a dismembered robot he helps to self-repair. In return, it saves Will from a forest fire. Will and the robot return to the Robinson base camp, and the robot rescues Judy. Twelve hours earlier, a woman is shown stealing Dr. Zachary Smith's identity and boarding an escaping Jupiter craft along with Don West, a Resolute crew member and occasional smuggler, and another co-worker, Tam Roughneck.
22"Diamonds in the Sky"Neil MarshallMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Don West and Smith survive the Jupiter 18 crash landing. Searching for other survivors, they find seriously injured Angela Goddard. Don and Angela take cover during a storm while Smith heads out. Meanwhile, the robot melts more ice to allow the Jupiter 2 to be recovered. Penny and Judy continue raising the sunken ship while Maureen, John, Will, and the robot hike to another Jupiter crash site they have spotted. They also inspect the robot's wrecked ship. Inside, a holographic map shows they are stranded in an unidentified galaxy. Outside, the robot touches the ship's hull, creating a mental connection to Will who "sees" what actually happened aboard the Resolute: the attackers were robots like his, who was also there. When Penny detects a storm approaching, she accelerates raising the Jupiter 2 to access the ship's Chariot all-terrain vehicle. She rescues the family ahead of the storm. While heading back to Jupiter 2 they find Smith, who claims to be alone.
33"Infestation"Tim SouthamZack EstrinApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
In a flashback, Dr. Smith is revealed to be June Harris, the older, ex-con sister of Jessica Harris, a successful businesswoman. Jessica offers June her entire estate as she is leaving Earth, but June drugs Jessica and assumes her identity. Aboard the Resolute, she bumps into Jessica's lover. In an ensuing altercation, he is blown out an airlock. June is arrested but escapes during the robot's attack. In the present, they are trillions of miles off course. At night, the refreezing ice layer over Jupiter 2 cracks, endangering the ship. While rushing to complete repairs, the group discovers large eel-like creatures in the conduits consuming fuel. The glacier shifts, forcing an emergency take-off after the eels are flushed from the engines. There is enough fuel to take off and land near a forest. Comms pick up radio communication from other survivors and also from Resolute, that is searching for survivors. Somebody hacks the onboard 3D printer to make a gun. Will finds it, and hides the weapon under his mattress, unaware Smith is watching.
44"The Robinsons Were Here"Alice TroughtonKatherine CollinsApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Without fuel, the family initiates Jupiter 2's colonization protocol. Smith and Will discuss the robot, who does Will's bidding. Don West and Angela are rescued by the Watanabe family; Hiroki Watanabe reunites with John and Maureen at Jupiter 11 where Judy treats Angela. Angela tells Judy about the Resolute attack. The fuel-consuming eels prevent the other Jupiters from taking off. The transmitting communication dish has also been damaged, leaving the colonists unable to contact the Resolute. While Maureen and John go on a short mission, Judy confronts Will about the robot attack on the Resolute. They hide the robot in a nearby cave, unaware Smith has followed them. They run into Vijay Dhar, son of Victor Dhar, a colonist leader. The next morning, the children return to Jupiter 2 before their parents' arrival. Inside the cave, Smith attempts to instill distrust in the robot about Will. During their mission, John and Maureen discuss their marital issues. When they return, the children tell them the robot wandered away.
55"Transmission"Deborah ChowKari DrakeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
The colonists build a light tower to signal the Resolute. Maureen, noticing strange weather phenomena, discovers that the sun is paired with a black hole resulting in Hawking radiation that will soon render the planet uninhabitable. Meanwhile, Penny develops a crush on Vijay. When Don confronts Dr. Smith about a stolen flare gun, she claims she took it by mistake. In a flashback, Maureen and the children discuss the pros versus cons of going to Alpha Centauri. Don tells Judy about his suspicions regarding Dr. Smith's identity. When Judy confronts Dr. Smith, she lies and casts doubt on Don. When the colonists activate the light signal, Dr. Smith, knowing she will be arrested back aboard Resolute, shuts down the perimeter fence. When large reptilian creatures enter the camp and destroy the light tower, Will summons the robot for help. When it assumes its original multi-limb form, the colonists recognize it as the robot from the Resolute attack.
66"Eulogy"Vincenzo NataliEd McCardieApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Penny overhears Maureen telling John about the black hole. In a heated discussion, John convinces the other survivors to allow the robot to stay. He then takes Will on a hike to discuss his responsibility for the robot's actions and has Will build a stone memorial to the 27 casualties. Don, along with Victor Dhar, Judy, and other colonists set out to retrieve the fuel in Don's Jupiter. It crashed in the desert where there are no eel-like creatures. While inside the crashed ship, Don retrieves the real Dr. Smith's identification, later showing Judy. Maureen learns that Hiroki also knows the planet is dying. Penny tells Vijay about the black hole but swears him to secrecy, then they share a kiss. Dr. Smith manipulates the distraught Angela to shoot the robot, sending it into attack mode and accidentally injuring John. Distraught, Will orders the robot to walk off a cliff, then places another stone on the memorial.
77"Pressurized"Tim SouthamVivian LeeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
While Judy and Don are driving back to Jupiter 2, Maureen tries to discover who created the gun. Will confirms that the robot 3D-printed the gun, and that he hid it. Smith deflects blame for Angela's attack by suggesting that Victor Dhar might have taken the gun. En route to another Jupiter, John and Maureen's chariot rover gets stuck in a tar pit and sinks. Before escaping, Maureen admits she falsified Will's test results to colonist qualification as he failed the stress test. Meanwhile, Smith locates the destroyed robot, but is unable to get it to reassemble itself. While Don's group speeds through a geyser field with the recovered fuel, the tanker flips, and Evan becomes trapped underneath. Moving the tanker to save Evan will cause most of the fuel to be lost. It is decided to move the tanker, losing fuel, but Evan dies on the way back. Back on Jupiter 2, Dr. Smith finds the alien signal triggering a booting response, and finally reactivates the robot. When Victor returns home, Vijay informs him about the planet's coming demise. Victor decides to use the fuel they retrieved to launch his Jupiter 4.
88"Trajectory"Stephen SurjikKatherine Collins & Kari DrakeApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
When Maureen can't talk the Dhars out of launching, John sneaks aboard their Jupiter 4 and triggers the emergency shut down. Later, the gathered colonists are told the planet is becoming uninhabitable; Penny breaks up with Vijay learning he told his father about the black hole. Maureen devises a launch plan by piloting the Jupiters like the Apollo program, with John and Don as pilots. Judy informs Maureen about the real Dr. Smith, so Maureen confines the fake Smith as she then claims to really be physicist Jessica Harris. Removing life support to trim extra weight, the Resolute signals they must leave orbit within 24 hours due to the approaching Hawking radiation. This news forces John and Don to launch in the Jupiter 4 ahead of schedule in the evening. Smith deceives Will with a promise to save his dad and escapes, knocking out Maureen just when John needs her flight instructions. Without instruction and with everyone watching from the ground, the ship explodes mid-air.
99"Resurrection"Tim SouthamStory by : Daniel McLellan
Teleplay by : Kari Drake
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Will tries signaling his father using his radio. Dr. Smith drives a captive Maureen to the alien wreck. She claims she did not know that Maureen was guiding the ship launch. Dr. Smith promises to help Maureen get her children off the planet in exchange for Maureen helping her with the alien ship. Will discovers that the cave rocks he collected are petrified biomass and can fuel the Jupiter ships to reach the Resolute. While colonists harvest the biomass, Judy searches for Maureen. The colonists gather enough biomass to power all the Jupiters but they must remove it quietly to avoid waking the dangerous winged predators roosting in the cave. Will detects a signal he believes is from John. Periodic flashbacks reveal the Christmas Star was not a meteor but an alien craft. Its engine was used to build Resolute. The robot's attack was an attempt to retrieve the stolen engine. The group narrowly escape the cave after awakening the creatures. Judy tracks down Smith and Maureen. She disables Dr. Smith, but the robot reactivates and now obeys the Doctor's commands.
1010"Danger, Will Robinson"David NutterMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Having survived the explosion, John and Don cling to the ship's wreckage in orbit, with only hours of air left and message Will. The Robot now under Smith's control rejects Will's attempt to re-bond, but Smith allows Maureen's rescue attempt of John in the Jupiter 2. Victor hails the Robinsons, saying all colonists on the Resolute must leave in one hour to avoid the radiation. Maureen traps Dr. Smith and the robot, but they escape shortly thereafter. After Maureen lures the robot into the cargo bay and knocks him into space, a second alien robot (SAR) arrives to retrieve its engine. As SAR is about to kill Will, his Robot remembers their friendship and saves Will, hurtling both it and SAR robots into space. Will goes outside to manually close the damaged open hatch, but losing his grip he is saved by John, rescued by Smith shooting a harpoon. With all Robinsons safely aboard Jupiter 2, Maureen confines Dr. Smith, grateful but still distrusting. Before they can dock with Resolute, the alien engine activates and catapults Jupiter 2 to a different solar system. Will recognizes the system's configuration from the Robot's sand drawing as "Danger".

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Shipwrecked"Alex GravesMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
Seven months later, on an oceanic planet with a lethal methane-rich atmosphere, the Jupiter 2 crew are surviving on a narrow land spit. While there, Maureen studies the alien engine. Celebrating Christmas, Will prints Penny's book, "Lost in Space", for each family member. When a breach in the make-shift hothouse destroys the food crop, the family must leave the planet. To recharge the ship's battery, tall sails are erected on the Jupiter's hull to navigate the ship toward a potential electrical storm. Mid-voyage, they hit a reef while attempting to outrun a monsoon, during which John is injured. Maureen is forced to release the imprisoned Dr. Smith who, claiming she knows how to sail, successfully helms the Jupiter through a narrow reef passage. Smith later tells Maureen that she deliberately breached the hothouse to destroy the crops, knowing Maureen wanted to leave the planet while John was content staying there. Continuing their voyage, they encounter a deep waterfall that is actually a massive metal trench traversing the ocean and has the same properties as the Robot.
122"Precipice"Alex GravesZack EstrinDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
With Jupiter 2 perched on the trench's edge, the crew siphon the atmosphere for fuel and use a lightning strike to recharge the ship. Invasive toxic kelp renders the Jupiter immobile. A strand pricks Don's leg, causing anaphylactic shock which Judy treats with a transfusion using Smith's blood. Waves sweep Penny and Maureen off the hull and into the trench. While trapped, Penny laments being "average" compared to her siblings, though Maureen disagrees. John lowers the chariot into the trench but the tether falls short. Penny devises a make-shift ladder that reaches the chariot. As lightning powers the ship into space, the SAR's (the Second Alien Robot) severed arm inside the Jupiter reanimates from the power surge. Maureen notices a momentary engine spike on the ship's monitor during the lightning strike. The Resolute's sonar signature is detected and a course is plotted for it. Smith has hidden some of the toxic kelp.
133"Echoes"Leslie HopeLiz SagalDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
Jupiter 2 reaches the Resolute which has been evacuated and left on reserve power. The last log entry was seven months earlier. Smith sneaks aboard the Resolute and creates a diversion that closes off various deck sections, trapping Maureen and John, and, separately, Penny and Will, who are cut off from Judy. Smith then accesses the Resolute's database and deletes incriminating evidence against her and assumes Dr. Zachary Smith's identity, becoming "Zoe" Smith, a therapist. Judy finds Samantha, a young girl left behind on the Resolute; Will and Penny hide in the dining hall as a damaged robot crawls through the halls. Observing from the Jupiter 2 cockpit, Don, still recovering, helps the Robinsons navigate the Resolute. John and Maureen trap the robot in the engine room. Judy and Samantha encounter Smith, who realizes Samantha's father was the man she blew out of the airlock earlier in the mission. Judy learns that SAR and Will's Robot caused the evacuation, with Will's Robot helping people escape. Another Jupiter arrives with Mission leader Ben Adler. He says the damaged robot, called Scarecrow, was forced to pilot the Resolute on all missions.
144"Scarecrow"Jon EastKari DrakeDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
John and Maureen meet Hastings, the Resolute's secret director of piloting Scarecrow. Ben explains that during SAR's attack, it took the alien engine with it. Maureen offers the alien engine aboard Jupiter 2. Don, John, and Judy go to the planet below to help the colonists find water. A parasitic spore that destroys metal causes the drilling rig over a deep well to collapse, trapping John below. All traffic to the Resolute is halted to prevent the parasite's spread. As Commander Radic interrogates Smith, she infects him with the toxic kelp, putting him in a coma. With Radic incapacitated and a falsified identity, Smith now has a "clean slate." Penny is the one who knows the truth about Smith, but must prove it. Will tries bonding with Scarecrow, giving it SAR's detached arm to repair itself. Distrusting any human, it attempts to attack him. Adler reveals to Maureen that the Resolute was built around the alien ship's engine after it crashed on Earth, an event mischaracterized as the Christmas Star meteor; only a robot can operate the engine. After touching the damaged engine, Will can see through his connection to the robot that it is alive on the planet.
155"Run"Jon EastVivian LeeDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
John is injured while attempting to climb out of the well. Judy, miles away at base camp, takes medical supplies and goes in a rover to treat him. When the metal-eating parasite causes the vehicle to break down en route, Judy leaves the protected corridor and runs through dangerous open terrain to reach John. When it is discovered that human contact is spreading the metal infection, all traffic to the Resolute is halted to contain it. Maureen and Adler escort Will to the planet to find the Robot. On the Resolute, Penny remains intent on exposing Smith's fraud and criminality after suspecting she infected Radic. Penny is reunited with Vijay and convinces him to help her investigate Smith, though they find nothing. When they encounter Smith in the corridor, Smith tells Penny it does not matter what someone knows, only what can be proved. Penny notices the metallic infection eating through the corridor deck.
166"Severed"Tim SouthamKatherine CollinsDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
Penny, Vijay, Smith, and Mr. Jackson are quarantined in the ship's infected area. Don learns that rescue crews are unable to reach them and the captain has ordered the contaminated section to be severed from the Resolute. Penny, Vijay, Smith, and Jackson get into an air-tight, portable storage unit that Don will attempt to retrieve with a Jupiter after it is blasted into space. Penny persuades Smith to mind-game the claustrophobic Jackson into compliance. Don successfully retrieves the container but is arrested after his smuggling activities are exposed. Maureen, Will, and Ben search for the Robot on the planet's surface. It arrives to save them from a pack of predators. Leading them to a cave, it attempts communication, but Will quickly realizes that it is actually the SAR. It lured Will to the planet's surface, using the Robot as bait. With the facade exposed, SAR indicates it wants something but before that is revealed, Adler kills SAR using a weapon. Maureen later confronts Adler about the weapon's lethality. Will falls down a fissure where he finds the true Robot.
177"Evolution"Tim SouthamDaniel McLellanDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
While discussing the water decontamination process with John, Captain Kamal suddenly seems alarmed by an audio transmission and ends their conversation. The transmission will reveal that numerous alien ships are converging on the Resolute. With Don in lockup, John is forced to ask Smith for help. It appears that Smith contact security, who arrest John. She then joins Hastings' inner circle; both John and Smith later reveal that they were working together to obtain information. Smith has learned that once Maureen and Will return with the Robot, the Resolute, having a limited water supply, will depart for Alpha Centauri with only those currently on board. The remaining colonists will be left behind on the planet. Adler intends to use the Robot to pilot the alien engine the same as Scarecrow, which was chained and tortured into compliance. Adler observes the Robot's emotional empathy for living things. After the Robot removes the alien engine from Jupiter 2, John updates Maureen about Hastings' true intent. Maureen notices a nearby ammonium-rich gas giant that can shorten the water decontamination to a few days. The Robinsons and allies plot a mutiny to rescue the stranded colonists.
188"Unknown"Jabbar RaisaniKari Drake & Katherine CollinsDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
Maureen navigates the Resolute into the gas planet's atmosphere to collect ammonium. As the mutiny is launched, Hastings tells John about Maureen having given him her access codes in exchange for Will being accepted into the Jupiter program. If Maureen refuses to surrender the bridge, Hastings threatens to open an airlock where crew are working. John sends Smith to warn Maureen, but Smith detours to avoid confronting Samantha and her mother, taking her longer to reach the bridge and arriving too late to gain access. Hastings opens the airlock, trapping Ava and Don, who are barely surviving using air masks. Maureen saves them by closing the airlock from the outside in a service pod. The mutiny fails, but Captain Kamal trusts Maureen's calculations and utilizes her plan over Hastings' objections. Meanwhile, Penny tells Will that the Robot appears changed, which seems proven when it ignores Will's pleas to help the trapped workers and instead frees Scarecrow. John berates Smith for betraying them and disbelieves her assertion that she genuinely tried warning Maureen. The Robot refuses Will's request to take the Resolute to Alpha Centauri.
199"Shell Game"Stephen SurjikZack Estrin & Vivian LeeDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
To protect himself, Hastings attempts to murder John and Maureen while they are outside the ship in separate service pods by locking them out of the ship. Will agrees to help the Robot save the dying Scarecrow by returning it to the planet, assisted by Judy and Penny. Meanwhile, Smith aids Hastings in foiling their attempt. By playing a shell game, the Robinson children deceive the authorities and Will is able to get Scarecrow to Jupiter 2, only to be stopped by Adler. Will convinces a remorseful Adler to help transport Scarecrow to the planet, but the Robot is captured to allow them escape. As they travel to the planet, Hastings hooks the Robot up to the alien engine and the torture device.
2010"Ninety-Seven"Alex GravesMatt Sazama & Burk SharplessDecember 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)
Maureen and John Robinson, barely surviving Hasting's murder attempt, secretly make it back aboard. Don and Robinson children keep them hidden. Adler sacrifices himself to save Scarecrow; Maureen, John, and Don seize control of the Resolute when Hastings tries leaving orbit without the stranded colonists. A ship of robots attacks and boards the Resolute, with more incoming to retrieve the alien engine. Maureen and Don trap the robots, while Judy captains a mission to send the Resolute's ninety-seven children to the Alpha Centauri colony in a Jupiter using the alien engine, piloted by the Robot. Unable to travel through the space rift, the Resolute crew and the adult colonists scatter in the other Jupiters. Smith and Scarecrow both sacrifice themselves battling the invading robots, giving Judy, Will, Penny, and the children time to escape. Maureen and John stay behind to destroy the Resolute and the robots' ship. Don rescues them in Jupiter 2 before the ship explodes. The "Jupiter Transport" carrying the children escapes through the rift. However, the human-made radar signature that the Robot followed has led the ship to an unknown star system. There they see the Fortuna, a ship that vanished nearly twenty years earlier and was commanded by Grant Kelly, Judy's biological father.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In October 2014, it was announced that Legendary Television and Synthesis Entertainment were developing a new reboot of Lost in Space and had hired screenwriting duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the pilot episodes.[20] In November 2015, Netflix landed the project.[21][22] On June 29, 2016, Netflix ordered a full 10 episode season of Lost in Space, with Zack Estrin as executive producer and showrunner. Sazama, Sharpless, Kevin Burns, Jon Jashni, Neil Marshall, and Marc Helwig also serve as executive producers.[23]

Filming[edit]

Production on the first season began in February 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concluded in July 2017.[24][25] The second season began production in September 2018, in Iceland, and concluded in January 2019.[26] Filming for the third season began on September 9, 2020, and will conclude on January 14, 2021.[27]

Release[edit]

On March 31, 2018, the series pilot was screened at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C.[28] The first season was released on April 13, 2018, on Netflix.[1] On June 4, 2019, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released DVDs and Blu-rays of the first season titled "Lost In Space: The Complete First Season".[29] The second season was released on December 24, 2019, on Netflix.

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 68% approval rating based on 75 reviews, for the first season, with an average rating of 6.43/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Lost in Space's production values are ambitious enough to attract sci-fi adventure fans, while the story's large heart adds an emotional anchor to all the deep space derring-do."[30] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a normalized score of 58 out of 100 based on 27 critics for the first season, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31]

David Griffin of IGN gave the first season a rating of 8.5/10, calling it "an excellent sci-fi adventure with a slight villain problem", giving particular praise to the Robinson family, while criticizing Parker Posey's Dr. Smith as an unsophisticated and one-dimensional character who lacks redeeming qualities.[32] In contrast, Jen Chaney of Vulture characterized Posey's performance as providing "understated, sly comedic touches",[33] and Beth Elderkin of Gizmodo agrees: "Her performance definitely includes the character’s trademark levity and humor."[34]

On Rotten Tomatoes the second season has an approval rating of 83% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10.[35]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Visual Effects Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Marion Spates, Ashley Ward, Niklas Jacobson, Niklas Ström, Joao Sita, Juri Stanossek and Rafael Solórzano (for "Danger, Will Robinson") Nominated [36]
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation Molly Parker Nominated [37]
Best Streaming Science Fiction, Action, & Fantasy Series Lost in Space Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Presentation Maxwell Jenkins Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Presentation Parker Posey Nominated
Taylor Russell Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project Chad Shattuck, Paul Zeke, Julia Flanagan and Andrew McCartney (for "Humanoid") Won [38]
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode David Wahlberg, Douglas Roshamn, Sofie Ljunggren and Fredrik Lönn (for "Crash Site Rescue") Won
Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Philip Engström, Kenny Vähäkari, Jason Martin and Martin Bergquist (for "Pilot" – Impact Area) Won
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Juri Bryan, Will Elsdale, Hugo Medda and Maxime Marline (for "The Get Away") Nominated
Denys Shchukin, Heribert Raab, Michael Billette and Jaclyn Stauber (for "Jupiter is Falling") Nominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson and Joao Sita (for "Danger, Will Robinson") Won
2020 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Philip Engström, Benjamion Bernon, Martin Bergquist and Xuan Prada (for "Precipice" and "The Trench") Nominated [39]
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Juri Bryan, Hugo Medda, Kristian Olsson and John Perrigo (for "Precipice" and "Water Planet") Nominated
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project Xuan Prada, Jason Martin, Jonathan Vårdstedt and Eric Andersson (for "The Resolute") Nominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson, Juri Stanossek and Paul Benjamin (for "Ninety-Seven") Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Visual Effects Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Marion Spates, Niklas Jacobson, Andrew Walker, Juri Stanossek, Dirk Valk, Blaine Lougheed and Paul Benjamin (for "Ninety-Seven") Nominated [40]

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