The "Lost in Space" reboot from Netflix is set in the year 2048 so there are all sorts of fun new gadgets, technology - and problems like the one that forces humans to start a new colony in space.
Here's a quick look to get you prepared for the series debut on April 13 when all 10 episodes start streaming on Netflix.
Something catastrophic has happened to the Resolute (the "mother ship") that sends Jupiter 2 and the other Jupiter ships off course. The truth comes out slowly in carefully placed flashbacks throughout the 10 episodes of the first season. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
The Robinson family's space suits are a far cry from the aluminum foil look the crew wore in the original series. Notice the orange around the neck, arms and gloves of the spacesuits. Orange was the favorite color of "Lost in Space" creator Irwin Allen and it's use throughout the show as a tribute. From left are Will (Maxwell Jenkins), Maureen (Molly Parker), Judy (Taylor Russell) and Penny (Mina Sundwall.) (Netflix)
Here it is: the meeting of Will and "Robot." With the claws out and a red face, this "sentient automation" is pretty terrifying, but he doesn't always look like this. "We were inspired by those unique relationships over the years in movies between a child and an animal – such as with Black Stallion or E.T.,” showrunner Zack Estrin explained in production notes. “Children are so open emotionally that when something new and incredible enters their life, they’re willing to accept it. Will as a young boy is willing to have an open mind and he’s open to what the Robot offers him." (Netflix)
You'll want to keep your kids away from the doctor- at least Dr. Smith (as played by Parker Posey). Showing her friendly side, she likes to manipulate Will (Maxwell Jenkins) to get what she wants. Writer Burk Sharpless explained the genre swap of Dr. Smith this way: "Jonathan Harris in the role of Dr. Smith is a memorable performance from the 1960's. By going in a new direction, it allowed us to give this classic character a new twist, and we were fortunate enough to land Parker Posey."
Everybody needs a friend and Don West (played by Ignacio Serricchio) finds an unusual one in a chicken. If you're reminded of Hans and Gertrude his duck in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" you're not the only one. Hopefully, the chicken won't meet the same fate as Gertrude.
Judy (Taylor Russell) stands in front of one of the cool futuristic driving machines simply called the Chariot. Each Jupiter spaceship comes equipped with its own giant all-terrain Chariot that can withstand extreme weather, geography (watch it go backward down a hill) and even giant tar pits - to a degree. (Netflix)
John Robinson (Toby Stephens) spends some much needed time with his son Will (Maxwell Jenkins) as they explore the planet where the Jupiter 2 landed. The extreme winter landscape with its artistic snow peaks doesn't tell the planet's whole story.