I started watching Netflix’s Lost In Space reboot yesterday and, as far as I can tell, the writers don’t know how science works. They also seem to be unaware of most of the basic safety features that have been common in commercial transport vehicles for maybe the last fifty years.

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  1. Daniel Swensen “Grittier” reboot, then? I mean, amped-up violence, family strife, etc.

    And the characters themselves drop a lot of science lingo for a show that has them on a planet where a whole lake can freeze while at the same time nobody seems to need a hat and then it rains and the rain freezes so fast you can watch it freeze but then there are green lush forests just a couple miles away.

  2. < ![CDATA[Daniel Swensen "Grittier" reboot, then? I mean, amped-up violence, family strife, etc. And the characters themselves drop a lot of science lingo for a show that has them on a planet where a whole lake can freeze while at the same time nobody seems to need a hat and then it rains and the rain freezes so fast you can watch it freeze but then there are green lush forests just a couple miles away.]]>

  3. I just love the Robinson family and while I see the flaws in the show, the main one being the constant unnecessary levels of peril, I just love watching this believably dysfunctional group of people prevail. And Dr. Smith is deliciously creepy.

  4. < ![CDATA[I just love the Robinson family and while I see the flaws in the show, the main one being the constant unnecessary levels of peril, I just love watching this believably dysfunctional group of people prevail. And Dr. Smith is deliciously creepy.]]>

  5. It’s definitely darker than the original, but that just strikes me as hitting a more modern tone than the 1960s show. It does feel like it’s trying to hit with adults as well, whereas I don’t think the original ever considered itself anything but insubstantial kids’ fare.

    This isn’t an argument, really? Just my impressions. I get that the wonky science bothers people. I just never had any expectations about LiS having sound science.

  6. < ![CDATA[It's definitely darker than the original, but that just strikes me as hitting a more modern tone than the 1960s show. It does feel like it's trying to hit with adults as well, whereas I don't think the original ever considered itself anything but insubstantial kids' fare. This isn't an argument, really? Just my impressions. I get that the wonky science bothers people. I just never had any expectations about LiS having sound science.]]>

  7. Let me also say that it bugs me just a tiny bit that in both this remake and the 1998 film (for which I actually have a lot of affection) the assumption is that of course the Robinsons are fundamentally dysfunctional in some way. I.e., a basically-functioning family is too cheesy for contemporary audiences.

    I dunno. I guess it feels almost too easy. A family can be together and loving and still have lots of conflict and strife. That’s life.

  8. < ![CDATA[Let me also say that it bugs me just a tiny bit that in both this remake and the 1998 film (for which I actually have a lot of affection) the assumption is that of course the Robinsons are fundamentally dysfunctional in some way. I.e., a basically-functioning family is too cheesy for contemporary audiences.
    I dunno. I guess it feels almost too easy. A family can be together and loving and still have lots of conflict and strife. That’s life.]]>

  9. Also, the lazy flashbacks and putting characters I barely know in mortal danger also didn’t sit that well with me. One review I read made that point as well; we spend an entire episode trying to get Judy free and I’m not sure why I should care, other than I know she’s a core character so hell she’s gonna survive anyway.

  10. < ![CDATA[Also, the lazy flashbacks and putting characters I barely know in mortal danger also didn't sit that well with me. One review I read made that point as well; we spend an entire episode trying to get Judy free and I’m not sure why I should care, other than I know she’s a core character so hell she’s gonna survive anyway.]]>

  11. Daniel Swensen For me it may just be that the insta-freeze stuff was so over-the-top that my suspension of disbelief collapsed like a house of cards. Now everything about the series feels absurd to me.

    The opening scene where they are playing cards in zero-g felt to me like it was setting up an Expanse-like thing where the science bits would have a veneer of believability. But then we get on the planet and it’s all out the window.

  12. < ![CDATA[Daniel Swensen For me it may just be that the insta-freeze stuff was so over-the-top that my suspension of disbelief collapsed like a house of cards. Now everything about the series feels absurd to me. The opening scene where they are playing cards in zero-g felt to me like it was setting up an Expanse-like thing where the science bits would have a veneer of believability. But then we get on the planet and it’s all out the window.]]>

  13. Paul Beakley Seeing a kid in peril is, of course, horrifying. But I haven’t had any time to invest in any of these characters yet, so I’m saying: why are they framing these scenes β€” like Penny crying while reading Moby Dick to her β€” as if I’m really invested in the wellbeing of these specific kids? It just felt weird, like watching the end of a movie before having seen the beginning.

  14. < ![CDATA[Paul Beakley Seeing a kid in peril is, of course, horrifying. But I haven't had any time to invest in any of these characters yet, so I'm saying: why are they framing these scenes β€” like Penny crying while reading Moby Dick to her β€” as if I’m really invested in the wellbeing of these specific kids? It just felt weird, like watching the end of a movie before having seen the beginning.]]>

  15. Dunno man, sounds like it’s not working for you. On the one hand I think you’re being a giant nerd about the science, but on the other hand sometimes stories just don’t work for us!

    You don’t have to like it, brother. And I get that it can be aggravating to actively dislike stuff that’s well liked by other people. I hate Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop fwiw.

  16. < ![CDATA[Dunno man, sounds like it's not working for you. On the one hand I think you're being a giant nerd about the science, but on the other hand sometimes stories just don't work for us! You don't have to like it, brother. And I get that it can be aggravating to actively dislike stuff that's well liked by other people. I hate Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop fwiw.]]>

  17. Guys, is the expectation here that if you argue hard enough that I’ll start to enjoy the show more?

    All I’m really getting at is that for me there is obviously something about the show that keeps drawing my attention to the artifice and prevents me from paying attention to the art. IMO, that’s bad craftsmanship, but I could be wrong.

  18. < ![CDATA[Guys, is the expectation here that if you argue hard enough that I’ll start to enjoy the show more?
    All I’m really getting at is that for me there is obviously something about the show that keeps drawing my attention to the artifice and prevents me from paying attention to the art. IMO, that’s bad craftsmanship, but I could be wrong.]]>

  19. I do understand feeling like your expectations weren’t managed with integrity. It does look like a more hard-science show in the trailers and even the opening episode, but then it isn’t. I agree with you on that!

  20. < ![CDATA[I do understand feeling like your expectations weren’t managed with integrity. It does look like a more hard-science show in the trailers and even the opening episode, but then it isn’t. I agree with you on that!]]>

  21. Mark Delsing we didn’t even finish the first season.

    I think there’s a line between Science Fantasy and Science Rubbish. Science Fantasy I can get down with.

    Science Rubbish = it would be more believable if the show were called, Lost in Shanarra

    The episode where I was like…man, can every single one of these people just die so I can go watch something else, was the episode where we just went and watched something else.

    Even the science in FauxMacGyver isn’t as bad…

  22. < ![CDATA[Mark Delsing we didn't even finish the first season. I think there's a line between Science Fantasy and Science Rubbish. Science Fantasy I can get down with. Science Rubbish = it would be more believable if the show were called, Lost in Shanarra
    The episode where I was like…man, can every single one of these people just die so I can go watch something else, was the episode where we just went and watched something else.
    Even the science in FauxMacGyver isn’t as bad…]]>