Blu-ray Review: Lost In Space: The Complete First Season

Lost in Space is a reimagining/remake that’s based on the classic television series that ran form 1965 to 1968. Both based on the 1812 novel “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss. The series was created by Irwin Allen and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin who serves as showrunner. Lost in Space stars Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Ignacio Serricchio and Parker Posey.

“Danger, Will Robinson!” The rest of the Robinson clan should be on the lookout for danger, as well, because they are facing challenging times. It’s 30 years in the future and the family has been chosen to start a new life in a space colony. On the way to what they believe will be a better world, the Robinsons’ ship is abruptly thrown off course and they are thrown into a dangerous alien environment. Now light-years from their original destination, they must forge new alliances and work together to survive. Stranded with the Robinsons are unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith and inadvertently charming Don West, two outsiders who are thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception.

The survival of humanity is at risk and the Robinsons, along with many other families, have been selected for the 24th mission of the Resolute, an interstellar spacecraft that’s mission is to colonize the Alpha Centauri star system. What happens is, they’re all attacked by a mysterious alien invader and the Robinsons crash land on a nearby habitable planet. The family consists of the parents; John (Toby Stephens) and Maureen (Molly Parker) who are already dealing with a rocky marriage; their oldest daughter Judy (Taylor Russell) who’s a bold and daring leader in her own right; there’s Penny (Mina Sundwall) , the quick-witted and stubborn middle-child; and their young son Will (Max Jenkins) who’s the smartest crew member but he has his own issues he’s dealing with. They have numerous adventures and deal with life-threatening situations but at the end of the day this dysfuntional family manages to survive and work things out.

Will Robinson ends up finding a damaged alien robot, and when he helps it, the two become friends. This robot is also connected to the attack on the Resolute which is explained. The Robinsons find out that other ships have landed on the planet and this is where the charismatic and mischievous Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) and the sinister Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) come into the picture. There’s a genderswap with the Dr. Smith character who actually isn’t who she appears to be and this is also explained as the first season plays out. What happens next is, they all find out that the planet is going to be destroyed so they have to come up with a way to get the ship off the planet and flee from certain doom. The crazy thing is, the family narrowly escapes and ends up in a more dangerous predicament than before.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an episode listing and an image from the first season. Each disc is light blue and features the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Lost in Space: The Complete First Season ended up being a fantastic reimagining that’s as entertaining and original as the classic series was. It doesn’t have as much humor to it and maybe it’s just a little darker but this new series is still family friendly. There are similarities between the two but this series goes in a bold new direction that gives fans of old and new something fresh and new to experience. The special effects are all impressive but Lost in Space is definitely more of a character driven sci-fi drama that features some great writing. At the heart of it are young Will Robinson and the mysterious alien robot that becomes his friend. Unlike the original robot that was old school silly fun, this new one has an eeriness to it because of its mysterious origins and how it just stands there and observes everyone. The question is, can it be trusted? The robot design is as awesome as it is terrifying and Brian Steele did a fantastic job as the man in the suit. This was a great first season and I’m aware that the series has been renewed and I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Robinson family because things didn’t look good for them in the cliffhanger. Danger, Will Robinson! Lost in Space: The Complete First Season is now available on a 3-disc Blu-ray set and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 10 Episodes / 551 Minutes

  1. Impact
  2. Diamonds in the Sky
  3. Infestation
  4. The Robinsons Were Here
  5. Transmission
  6. Eulogy
  7. Pressurized
  8. Trajectory
  9. Resurrection
  10. Danger, Will Robinson

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include three deleted scenes, the unaired pilot from the original series, three behind-the-scenes featurettes and a sizzle reel.

  • Deleted Scenes (03:42)
  • “No Place to Hide” – Colorized Unaired Pilot Episode from the Original (Blu-ray Exclusive) (52:12)
  • Bill and Max: Lost and Found in Space (10:10)
  • Bill Mumy Visits the Jupiter 2 (07:00)
  • Designing the Robot (05:20)
  • Sizzle Reel (03:38)
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