By Dave B.
In the second season of Lost in Space (Netflix) the Robinson family finds themselves separated from the rest of the colonists, trapped on a world with a methane atmosphere. After the Robinsons bumble their way to a reunion with the rest of their group, they come face to face with a seemingly overwhelming alien enemy as well as purely human threats.
For the record, I intensely disliked the first season of this show. It was boring, predictable, and filled with infuriatingly bad decision-making by the main characters. Lost in Space’s second season suffers from all of the same problems…at least for the first couple of episodes. After that, the show becomes moderately enjoyable…for the most part. The show maintains high quality visuals, while having a story that is engaging and (mostly) well-paced, if not particularly unique. Best of all, unlike the first season where the main characters were all complete idiots, now they’re just the unluckiest people in the universe and kind of dumb.
A big problem with this season of Lost in Space is that although it’s a show about familial love, it’s at its worst when all members of the family are together. Part of this is because few of the family members feel like fully developed characters. Part of it is because certain cast members have palpably less chemistry with each other than others and when the entire family is together, things just feel…off. My biggest gripe however, is that every possible thing that can go wrong for these characters ALWAYS does. At least until the miraculous resolution of whatever improbable problem they face inevitably occurs. Overly bad luck and overly improbable resolutions are annoying individually and disastrous when combined, especially when they happen in every episode, for the entire season.
In other words, while the plot’s premise is ok, its execution is weak. Season two met my expectation of being better than season one, but mostly because it would have been nearly impossible to be any worse. Clearly, that’s not a high recommendation. If you enjoyed the first season, you’ll probably like this one a bit more. If you despised the first season, the best you can probably look forward to is feeling grudgingly ambivalent about the current one. For what it’s worth, Lost in Space: Season Two has demonstrated improvement and is good enough (just barely) for me to give a potential third installment a chance.
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