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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2018
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  • Summary: Danger, Will Robinson (Max Jenkins)! The remake of the 1960s series is set 30 years in the future where the Robinson family led by John (Toby Stephens) and Maureen Robinson (Molly Parker) are stranded on a planet far-away from their destination with Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) and Don WestDanger, Will Robinson (Max Jenkins)! The remake of the 1960s series is set 30 years in the future where the Robinson family led by John (Toby Stephens) and Maureen Robinson (Molly Parker) are stranded on a planet far-away from their destination with Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) and Don West (Ignacio Serricchio). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 100
    First-rate production values, a stellar cast, and a perfect blend of action and character development make Lost in Space a must-watch series.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Apr 2, 2018
    83
    The cast is solid, the FX are top-shelf and the survival-related drama comes at a steady pace, with some episodes (the pilot included) delivering no less than white-knuckle sequences.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 12, 2018
    70
    There’s nothing particularly challenging here narratively, and the series starts on some rocky terrain before it finds its footing, but this is high-caliber escapism, the kind of well-done show that develops a propulsive rhythm as you get to know the Robinson family.
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Apr 13, 2018
    58
    Lost In Space is at its strongest when the unknown is coming for the Robinsons, not the other way around. The Netflix series never fulfills the wasted promise of Lost In Space, but for a show that’s navigating such well-trod territory, it does turn up some intriguing unknowns.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Apr 13, 2018
    50
    The thrill of exploration, or the examination of family dynamics, never feels like it arises organically from the action, in the way it might have on the show’s most obvious forebear that isn’t its direct predecessor: Lost.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 10, 2018
    50
    The show is watchable, but mostly for the special effects. The scripts are plodding and formulaic and the direction consistently flabby.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 12, 2018
    30
    From Batman (’60s camp classic became morose Dark Knight movies) to Battlestar Galactica (bad utopian ’70s sci-fi became good dystopian sci-fi), the idea is to complicate the original premise and go for a realism signified by a somber tone and a cynical, knowing air. Knowing this, the new version of Lost in Space seems to be trying to have it both ways, and loses in the process. ... After checking out the first few episodes of the Netflix series, I found myself wishing [Matt] LeBlanc would rocket-ship in for a cameo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 146
  2. Negative: 57 out of 146
  1. Apr 14, 2018
    10
    All I can say is WOW! I am a hard one to win over. I'm 56 years old. Lost in Space was my escape in the mid-late 60's. Saw the original show'sAll I can say is WOW! I am a hard one to win over. I'm 56 years old. Lost in Space was my escape in the mid-late 60's. Saw the original show's episodes over and over and over again. First season was always my fave and I had wished it had remained more like season one, but I didn't lose any love over it. The way they bring the personalities and essences of the characters, the technology, and the story of the original to today's audience's expectations of that tech AND special effects, is just wonderful. Judy and Maureen have been treated awesomely, empowered. The back stories of the characters add so much depth. The combination of adventure and excitement, emotion and humor make a nice balance in the story telling. I got excited, laughed, and even cried! They are treated this so carefully and so well, it's great story telling. I'm already hoping for a season 2. Expand
  2. Apr 16, 2018
    10
    What an amazing reboot. This was an inventive twist on a great show. I can’t wait for season two. I even joined this metacritic site just so IWhat an amazing reboot. This was an inventive twist on a great show. I can’t wait for season two. I even joined this metacritic site just so I could vote and encourage Netflix to keep it going. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2018
    9
    Very well done with one exception, "Dr." Smith. The first season seems to be a very long set up for the real "Lost in Space" story. TheVery well done with one exception, "Dr." Smith. The first season seems to be a very long set up for the real "Lost in Space" story. The truly lost part will come in season 2. I would have rated it a 10, but "Dr." Smith seems completely irredeemable. The old series Dr. Smith had actual skills and was useful to the family when he was trying to pull some lame scheme. He was a lovable dufus who schemes always failed often by his own heart getting in the way. The new "Dr." Smith is a complete fraud and con-artist. I want to see her die a horribly slow and painful death. Expand
  4. Jul 8, 2018
    6
    The story is utter rubbish. Nearly zero substance to anyone's motives, and with enough plot-holes that is looks more like a hole than a plot.The story is utter rubbish. Nearly zero substance to anyone's motives, and with enough plot-holes that is looks more like a hole than a plot. The acting is substandard but production is commendable otherwise. The CGI is patchy in places but mostly well-done. This Sci-Fi is more fiction than science. Hoping they would get their **** together for the 2nd season. I'll give it one more chance. Expand
  5. Apr 15, 2018
    3
    The good part of this show is its semi-decent visuals. The bad part, however, is everything else. Over-reliance on flashbacks, unlikableThe good part of this show is its semi-decent visuals. The bad part, however, is everything else. Over-reliance on flashbacks, unlikable characters, liberally sprinkled PC and leftist ideology here and there, vague to non-existent resemblance with the original show or the movie - all of that would've been bad enough to sink this completely, but none of it holds the candle to the main problem of this remake: everything and everyone is STOOOOOPID.

    It's as if every 10 minutes or so there's an explosion of overwhelming and all-consuming idiocy. Not just of any skin-deep kind that can be easily resolved, but one that's fundamental, multidimensional, and dumb to the core. Nearly every single thing that happens, that the characters do or say, is stupid beyond comprehension, so once you get over the shock of how stupid all of it is, you can give at least five reasons off the top of your head for why it's so stupid, yet no of the characters seem to be aware even of at least one of them. Miraculously, however, everything ends up working out in their favor, so after a few dozen times, once you no longer have the strength nor willpower to face-palm at yet another moronic thing the script writers have managed to come up with, you finally say "to hell with it" and walk away to keep your sanity.
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  6. Apr 15, 2018
    2
    Great production value and actors, but utterly ruined by poor direction, lazy writing and a flood of deus ex machina in every single episode,Great production value and actors, but utterly ruined by poor direction, lazy writing and a flood of deus ex machina in every single episode,

    As others have pointed out, this show caters to toddlers and is a complete agony for anyone in their teens or up.

    All actors and actresses, many who have given us great performances in other shows, are simply passable in this one. Mina Sundwall (Penny Robinson) however single-handedly adds a -2 to the overall score by providing the worst performance I've ever seen.

    The best performance is brought about by the Robot, and that should tell you a lot.

    My advice to netflix going forward is: 1) Be clear in the promotion what audience you shoot for with your respective shows. 2) Let members of the target demography watch the show and listen to them whether or not you're even in the vicinity of the intended mark.
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  7. May 6, 2018
    0
    I've found more enjoyment in watching sh!t dry in the sun. Terrible writing.

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