Lost In Space's debut episode covers most of the spectrum. The stakes are high, and the surroundings are dangerous. Prepare to be engaged!
I'm fresh off the heels of the premier episode of Netflix's Lost In Space reboot, and my satisfaction with the episode is high. It's very high. The show chugged along at a respectable pace, leaving very few moments in which I wanted to look at my mobile device. It was engaging from a story-telling stand point, as well as a visual one.
It's one disaster after another, when the Robinson family's pod comes in contact with space debris, causing their ship to abort its landing procedure and crash-land on a nearby Earth-like planet. Freakishly Earth-like, actually.
A string of very bad luck is totally believable, when you've just crashed into the surface of an unknown world, with minimal supplies, and anxiety running high. This series of unfortunate events really pulls you into both the characters of Lost In Space, as well as their predicament.
I was on the edge of my seat during the most climactic of scenes, and I also want to point out the fact that the episode's auditory elements, really succeed in driving these emotions home. Very well done work on the Lost In Space soundtrack front.
I even found myself getting emotional during a scene or two, the kind of feeling I typically only get when watching emotionally climactic scenes from films or shows that carry a lot of nostalgic weight, such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, for example. This added even more impressive wow factor to Lost In Space's debut episode.
I'll admit, when Lost In Space displayed a PG rating prior to the show's beginning, I was like, "Ah, man..." Worrying the show was going to be too proper for my liking, but ultimately, this was not a con of the show, at all.
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If you're a robot junkie like I am, you'll be especially excited to meet Will Robinson's new and artificial friend, who seems to have also crash-landed onto the planet in a fashion similar to that of the Robinsons.
Many episode ones are slower, less riveting, because their primary objective is simply to lay a foundation which can be built upon in future episodes, but Lost In Space's premier is so potent, that if the entire show were to end after its first episode, it could stand on its own legs as a non-feature length film! Truly admirable work.
Many of us science fiction fans have been patiently waiting and discussing Lost In Space's debut for weeks now, and I am beyond delighted with how worthwhile the discussion and wait has been.
I'm simultaneously three episodes into The Expanse, so I'm sitting sci-fi pretty with what appear to be two, fantastic, high-quality, sci-fi series' that I can toggle back and forth between.
The sci-fi nerd in me is squealing, and regardless of how hardcore of a sci-fi fan you are, I can undoubtedly recommend for all Netflix viewers out there to check out the first episode of Lost In Space, because it appears to be an excellent indication of what is to come as far as this show is concerned.
(I can't say that I'm familiar with the original Lost In Space, although, having said that, you have to have been living under a rock not to have heard the infamous "Danger, Will Robinson" quote that's quite prevalent in pop culture.)
It's an exciting time for science fiction. More and more traditional television networks and media companies are making the transition to digital streaming, a la carte programming, and are investing in quality, speculative fiction content.
Sci-fi fans, Rejoice! It's a beautiful time to ponder the future.