Danger, Will Robinson! This first look at the new Lost in Space series on Netflix fills us with so much goose-pimply nostaglia.

The 1960s Irwin Allen original series was Swiss Family Robinson, set in space rather than on a desert island.

As it goes, the family Robinson are selected to go to the third planet in the Alpha Centauri star system to establish a colony so that other Earth people can settle there. Unbeknownst to them, their science officer, Dr. Smith, is really a government agent sent in to sabotage their spaceship, the Jupiter 2. He basically succeeds and strands them as they try to find a way back to Earth.

While the show was darker in tone at first, the Dr. Smith character — played with glee by Jonathan Harris — soon became the comic relief with his bumbling, self-serving, cowardly behavior, spars with the Robot and genuine affection for young Will (Billy Mumy). He became the breakout attraction to the series, and the show turned a tad more campy, but it still maintain some good family values and cool techno-geeky stuff. Plus, the show’s theme song, composed by John Williams, rocked.

Then, in 1998, a movie was made based on the show and starred William Hurt as patriarch John Robinson, Mimi Rogers as Mauren Robinson, Matt LeBlanc as pilot Don West, and Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith. The film stuck with the dark, more sinister tone, added more action – and basically tanked.

So, now we come to the Netflix remake, and while the movie has made me a little wary about reboots, the cast of this new series encourages me. Black Sails star Toby Stephens plays John Robinson, House of Cards actress Molly Parker as Maureen – and Parker Posey as the gender-swapping Dr. Smith. Oh yes, color me in.


Lost in Space premieres April 13 on Netflix.