Critic Consensus: Lost in Space's production values are ambitious enough to attract sci-fi adventure fans, while the story's large heart adds an emotional anchor to all the deep space derring-do.
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At this stage of the game, Lost in Space is promising; with closer attention to tone it could be a future classic a couple of seasons down the track.
If Lost in Space gets a second season - which seems likely, given the sunk costs Netflix has expended on set construction alone - here's hoping Parker Posey's snaky Doctor Smith and Molly Parker's suffer-no-fools Maureen get more to do.
Lost in Space loves its science, but it hasn't advanced enough to prove all that memorable in the here and now.
But this 10-part series isn't nearly as ambitious or thought-provoking as the "Battlestar Galactica" update, which had more on its mind than just cashing in on nostalgia.
Lost in Space didn't have to be very good at all to improve on either the original or the movie. Still, it's much better than might have been expected.
The concept of a family being lost in space is one that flows with potential, providing fertile ground for a complex, multi-layered story with genuine jeopardy - which this new arrival does achieve, but only to a point.
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