8 Reasons Why Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ is Binge Worthy

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Reboots and remakes are unavoidable these days, so it’s no surprise that some might be wary of them. We all feel protective of classic franchises and the nostalgia that’s become a vital part of why they’re deeply ingrained in our pop culture. In the rare cases where they’re successful, it’s because they manage to explore the source material in new, often exciting ways while honoring their originals. Surprisingly, Netflix’s take on Lost in Space is one of those rare gems—a creative reimagining that breathes new life into the beloved original series. If you’re still iffy about giving it a chance, we have some spoiler free reasons why it’s worth a weekend of binge watching.

#1.) The Worldbuilding is Stellar

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Lost in Space is set thirty years into the future where traveling through space is possible and humans are establishing colonies on other planets. The Robinsons are selected to join the colony on Alpha Centauri, but during their trip they’re thrown off course and crash land light years away from their destination. We’re tossed right into the action along with them in a way that feels like we’re joining the Robinson family on this adventure, and it never feels frustrating or confusing. Since the setting isn’t that far removed from where we are now, it makes the worldbuilding more accessible to us.

The premise is familiar, of course, but this take on the story comes with some thrilling new twists and turns where you least expect them. One of the central questions is why and how the family was abruptly tossed into the unknown depths of space…and the ramifications give this reimagining a certain grit that brings out some interesting conversations about morality. And there’s intrigue for days—the compelling mystery threads itself through the season arc in glimpses (the flashbacks feel natural, not shoehorned into the narrative) before everything starts to come together in the season finale. Even better, it leaves open a lot of questions and room to breathe if Lost in Space gets the green light for season two.

#2.) The Robinsons are #Relatable 

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At its core, Lost in Space is a family oriented series. Not only is it centered on a family, it’s one of those scarce shows that’s appropriate for parents and their kids to enjoy together. (Kids will like the sibling banter and the cool effects, adults will get invested in the character building moments and emotional depth). The Robinsons may have above average intelligence and physical skill, but they’re not perfect and that’s what makes them believable. At the start, they’re fractured, and this horrifying situation is what helps them to heal. A military life has led John Robinson (Toby Stephens) to become estranged from his wife Maureen (Molly Parker), and his kids harbor differing shades of resentment for his prolonged absences. Despite their flaws and issues with each other, the Robinsons still work together to overcome the challenges of being tossed into the wilds of an alien planet. Their hopeful, optimistic approach prevents Lost in Space from becoming just another unnecessarily edgy, grimdark reboot. It’s nice to actually see a loving, functional family represented in genre fiction.

The sibling dynamics, though, are the heart of the show. Judy, Penny, and Will get on each other’s nerves, but they come to one another’s rescue when needed. They get into trouble together but they also work as a team to solve problems independently from their parents, often saving the day through some quick thinking and resourcefulness. As the eldest, Judy (Taylor Russell) is strong-willed and responsible, Penny (Mina Sundwall) is the rebellious, sharp witted middle child, and Will (Max Jenkins) rounds out their trio with his sensitive, vulnerable presence. Their personalities play well off each other, and there’s not a weak link in the actors’ performances. And it’s such a refreshing change of pace to see a bond between sisters take the spotlight.

#3.) No Side Character Left Behind

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Aside from the Robinsons—all of whom have quirks and qualities that make them likeable as leads—the rest of the ensemble is just as fully realized. Not every show can boast nearly an entire cast of characters that are flawed yet lovable. They’re a diverse group, too, reflecting a realistic future where everyone is represented. Side characters have their own moments to shine beyond their dialogue, and gradually the series establishes a small group who become tight knit because of their unique circumstances. Everyone contributes to the plot in a meaningful way, even if it’s to add conflict; each person has a skill that helps in problem solving, whether it’s in engineering or earth science. Roguish yet charming Don West and his chicken, Debbie, have already become fan favorites, so be on the lookout for their endearing bond. 

#4.) A Villain You Love to Hate

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The incarnation of Dr. Smith in this series is brilliant, and Parker Posey sells every single second of it. She’s quietly manipulative, cunning, and ruthless in her goals. It’s fascinating to watch her clever machinations, even if you’re both irritated and impressed by everything she does in equal measure. The origins of her character are slowly revealed to us over the course of the series, but there’s still plenty of mystery leftover. Her weaponized charisma and flashes of empathy are what make her so much more than your stereotypical, one-dimensional villain.

#5.) Murphy’s Law Gets a Workout 

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Lost in Space does a phenomenal job of building edge-of-your-seat tension and throwing every kind of obstacle you can imagine at their characters. There’s quieter moments in between to breathe, but every single episode kicks the tension up a notch. Conflict is everywhere; there’s problems on top of problems just when you figured for a second that things couldn’t possibly get any worse. The best part? None of it seems forced. Each challenge arises from the Robinson’s new surroundings (undiscovered alien planets are a force to be reckoned with) or the moral issues that surface within the group. And these conflicts lend themselves to some great character interactions, poignant as they break your heart, or triumphant enough to make you root for every earned resolution. 

#6.) The Robot Gets An Upgrade

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Of course, the 1960s version of the robot we all know wouldn’t have fit into this modern reimagining. Yet the latest iteration maintains the same essence: its human-like bond with Will Robinson. Its sleek, humanoid design strikes a sinister chord at times—a subtle horror influence threads itself into the plot—and the robot’s intriguing, complicated backstory is a really unique addition to the series. Before you know it, the robot’s hitting you right in the feels. The rush of nostalgia as you hear him say “Danger, Will Robinson” for the first time is everything. Their complex, heartwarming relationship is helped by Max Jenkins’ incredible performance. And for that extra nostalgia factor, look for some other fun Easter eggs that pay homage to the original Lost in Space.

#7.) The Wonders of Modern Technology

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One thing Netflix’s series benefits from is the advancements in special effects, a far cry from the early days of 1960s science fiction’s campy first efforts. The results are stunning: sweeping vistas of space, planets visible in the twilight sky, and spacecraft torn apart only to be claimed by alien desert sands. There’s some especially breathtaking effects in episode 4, but we won’t give away any spoilers! Trust that the views are dazzling and add a sense of wonder to this uncharted alien territory. All of it allows you to become fully immersed in this world. And it’s not just the special effects, though they often work in tandem with the natural surroundings. The cinematography is gorgeous, whether it’s the wastelands where the dirt is sharp as diamonds or the lush, dense forests where alien flora and fauna thrive.

The in-universe technology is pretty cool, too, boasting all the marvels of the future with some sleek production design. The Robinsons’ Jupiter 2 is like a high tech RV built for the age of space travel, but it definitely feels lived in. There’s pieces of Earth’s culture lying around, and physical books and paper are still a thing, so again this version of the future seems within our reach. Their Chariot, a rover with all the bells and whistles, is a highlight of the series’ tech and features heavily in its plot. And it looks like a lot of fun to drive.

#8.) SCIENCE!

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The driving force behind Lost in Space is science, so if you’re a science nerd or hard sci-fi fan, you’re in luck. The series uses real science, and it either becomes an organic solution to the problem at hand and/or the cause of the problem. It’s captivating to watch characters rely on their intelligence and skill to get themselves out of tricky situations just when you thought there was no other alternatives. They exist in a future where scientific knowledge is not only essential, but lauded and admired. Episodes 9 and 10 feature a surprising callback to the early days of space flight as an exciting tether to the series’ sixties origins.

The reliance on scientific knowledge also actively pushes the women in the cast to the forefront, where their expertise puts them in roles of leadership. Maureen Robinson, the family matriarch, is a skilled, quick-thinking engineer, whose ingenuity saves lives (including her own) on multiple occasions. Judy Robinson is young but confident in her own medical skills. Even though she’s just beginning her career, she already has enough training to jump into action whenever she’s needed. It’s inspiring to watch them and other women in the ensemble speak with confidence and authority in their chosen fields and have their heroics rooted in their intelligence. Here’s to hoping that they encourage young girls and women to pursue their own scientific passions.

The verdict: Netflix’s Lost in Space is an engaging tribute to the original, an optimistic and ultimately hopeful testament to the human spirit. It reaches the potential of all that the franchise can be and is supposed to be—and we hope that it gets the chance to continue exploring this thrilling new future.