A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family members argue and are competitive but are there for each other when needed. Viewers may learn some science lessons, such as in a scene where a character is freed from solid ice using burning magnesium. Otherworldly creatures that look scary can be friendly, sending a strong message not to judge books by their covers.
Positive Role Models
John and Maureen have marital problems but are wonderful parents -- they support, protect their children and call upon them to use their talents. Maureen is calm under pressure; when told her leg is broken as they're stuck on a strange planet, she says "Well, that's too bad." Judy and Penny bicker but show their love for each other heroically. Judy in particular is a well-studied young woman who has crucial medical expertise that saves the Robinsons repeatedly. Will makes the most mistakes as the youngest, but he's also brave, thoughtful, caring. Dr. Smith is the villain of the show: duplicitous, wily, can't be trusted.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is dramatic and characters, including young children, are frequently in mortal danger: from alien life-forms, environmental catastrophes, untrustworthy authority figures, space disasters. Judy is stuck in ice and running out of oxygen; Penny performs a gruesome operation on her mom's broken leg while we see a line of blood and hear squishy noises on the soundtrack; Will is stuck in a tree while fire rages below.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The young characters on this show don't have any romantic complications, but a married couple talks about divorce.
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Language includes "damn," "son of a bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character drinks whiskey from a bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost in Space is a reboot of the classic 1960s series about a family that crash-lands on an alien planet. Danger is frequent and soapy (à la an action movie): Members of the Robinson family are forever falling into holes, getting stuck in ice, wandering off-course, and being attacked by hostile creatures. They're always saved by some combination of science savvy and good luck, but young or sensitive viewers could be frightened by the scary music, special effects, and kids in danger. Language is infrequent but includes "damn" and "bitching." Young characters are often called on to do big jobs and commonly save the day with their knowledge and quick thinking. Judy in particular has been trained as a medical expert and can get the family out of terrible scrapes. A strong family unit is at the center of the action, and competent parents love and trust their children and expect the best out of them -- and get it. Courage and teamwork are clear themes.
Is It Any Good?
Zippy, zesty, and full of classic cliffhanger-style suspense, this remake of the 1960s series of the same name is much better than it has to be. One of the things this series gets right (and the original never did) is the sheer grandeur of space travel. Will, newly crash-landed on a mysterious planet, perches atop an icy hill and looks at the enormous snowy mountains that surround him, letting out one breathy "Wow." And we feel it too: the horror of being lost in a strange place, the thrill of leaving everything safe and secure to explore new frontiers. These characters feel, act, and sound like actual people, which makes watching them struggle through otherworldly trials quite the thrill.
The new Lost in Space has also made a number of pivotal character shifts that are an improvement on both the original and the 1998 movie remake of it: Penny and Judy are younger, and John and Maureen are given meaty backstories of their own instead of being asked to play heroic stereotypes, and Parker Posey makes a terrific gender-flipped Dr. Smith (though fans of the original may miss Jonathan Harris' camp-classic delivery of his trademark tongue-twisting insults). There's an awful lot of sci-fi clichés -- if you were wondering if they might try something to get out of danger that's crazy but just might work, you would be correct -- but this remake is lots of fun, and a great whole-family viewing choice for sci-fi fans.
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