Lost in Space, that is. On Netflix. Watched the second episode yesterday. Was better than the first.
I heard some critics talking about it on Radio National yesterday. It's being taken that seriously. It seems everyone likes Parker Posey as the female incarnation of Dr Smith. (I'm not so sure, yet.) Much discussion about how Maureen is now the smart spouse instead of being the Housekeeper in Chief, as her character was in 1966. John Robinson seems a bit of a resentful "you need to respect me more" meathead so far. Yet Mum's not perfect - their two girls are the smart kids easily selected to leave Earth, while poor old Will only got on board by his Mum's (easy as pie) computer hacking. Yet I would still say that Will (played by a likeable boy actor) and his now somewhat creepy Robot are still at the emotional heart of the show.
Nevertheless, I get the feeling the show must be being despised by 4Chan and alt.righters due to the modern girl power aspect. (At least the gender reversal of Doctor Smith makes sense in that it balances out any suggestion that all women are smarter and more sensible than men.)
All of this is prelude to making my key point - I'm loving the production design. The Jupiter 2 is just like the perfect update of the old TV version. (I realised last night that I love spaceships in a flying saucer design. I fondly remember a toy spaceship of generic, Jupiter 2-ish design given to me as a birthday or Christmas present in the late 1960's. I kind of wish I still had it. I guess other people like saucer designs too, given the fondness people have for the Millennium Falcon. Perhaps there is a Jungian explanation to be contemplated.) The new chariot is a pretty cool update too, although I had to laugh when what's-her-name last night (one of the girls, I forget who is who) used a corded radio microphone. Maybe it was done as a deliberate reminder of the 1960's looks?