I was all about revisiting the 1960s TV series “Lost in Space” until the movie arrived in 1998, and then I was all about letting go of “Lost in Space.”
But maybe Netflix will justify its forthcoming foray into the world of the space family Robinson with the help of a twist: Actress Parker Posey will star as the scheming Dr. Smith. In the original series, Smith (“Oh the pain!”) was played as a blithering coward by Jonathan Harris, who gradually — to the chagrin of Guy Williams, who played John Robinson — became the star of the show. Reportedly, Posey’s Smith will be more charismatic and manipulative.
Netflix has just given the first 10-episode reboot a premiere date of April 13. The story will be set 30 years in the future; the original series was set in a then-futuristic 1997. The Robinson family sets out to colonize another planet, but there are a few bumps along the way, including a pair of stowaways. Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”) plays John Robinson, Molly Parker (“Deadwood”) plays Maureen Robinson, and Max Jenkins (“Sense8”) plays Will Robinson, who will, no doubt, be in danger.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.