Sometimes we all need a second chance. Lost in Space 2 is bigger, better, braver.
It's going to be a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. The Netflix series, starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker and Maxwell Jenkins, gives us its second season on Christmas Eve. I am Nick, welcome to my home.
Strap yourself in because "Lost in Space 2" launches December 24 on Netflix. And it's quite a ride!
Though Netflix rarely (if ever) releases series budgets, one can make an educated guess. It's not rocket science, either. Thankfully, because I'm an idiot.
So, based on similar shows and movies and knowing what they cost, I came up with a rough estimate. I believe "Lost in Space 2" cost the producers around $7,000,000 to $9,000,000 (USD) per episode.
For a Netflix series, that’s near the top of the pay scale. And, it's money well spent for "Lost in Space" season 2. This season, we're getting a lot of bang for that buck. Or rather, 'bucks'. Millions of them.
The sets are huge. Epic shots with a large Depth of Field (everything in focus) showcase the vast interiors of the Resolute. If it’s all green-screen CGI, like the awesome exteriors of the space station, then it certainly fooled me.
Location shooting in Iceland and the immense Badlands of Alberta also make for stunning visuals. But location shooting is costly. When you’re on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic, add 50%. A dozen eggs will cost you about $5.25 US. So, get to work, Debbiei!
And I’ve been to the Badlands (aka: Drumheller, Alberta - dinosaur land in Canada!) and they look stunning. But to get to the really beautiful spots, almost like what we see in "Lost in Space 2", it’s a hike.
While I'm thinking of it.
Maxwell Jenkins, the 14-year-old Chicago native who plays Will Robinson, grew like weed since season 1. He’s at least a foot taller (30cm). He likely grew another half-foot since you started reading this. The photos below show Jenkins in 2018 vs 2019. Max is standing beside the 'original' Will Robinson, Bill Mumy.
At this rate, by the time season 3 is ready to film, Max should be roughly the height of your average NBA basketball player.
Along with physical maturity, Max has grown as an actor. The fact that Netflix has invested heavily in this young man already is proof enough. Maxwell Jenkins’ screen time increases dramatically in "Lost in Space 2."
The streaming service is pouring massive amounts of cash into family and children’s programming to compete with juggernaut 'Disney+'. And "Lost in Space" is a serious part of that Netflix spending spree. So, that's alright by us.
What makes "Lost in Space 2" better than the first season is all of the above. Plus, there’s more action, more music (with a brassy, bold score), and a lot more actors.
Nearly every major role is reprised. Also, some new characters are introduced. We meet more members of the '24th Colony' - both good, and bad.
Smith, or Jessica Harris if you prefer, retains her 'Queen Bitch of Space' title this year. But, maybe there is the potential of possibility a slight chance of her feeling regret and remorse. Or not? Either way, it’s great to see Parker Posey get more screen time to develop Smith.
What makes "Lost in Space 2" braver is the acting. The show digs deep into John and Judy’s rocky relationship. It’s both eye-opening, and touching. There’s a fine line between heartfelt and melodramatic. Thankfully, the former takes precedence here. The bold move to have the characters display more emotion pays dividends.
Will, the robot didn't make you brave. You did that all by yourself. ~ Maureen Robinson
For example, braver are Will and Penny. I’ve talked a lot about Will already (you really need to watch this season!), so let’s talk about Mina Sundwall’s Penny Robinson.
She never really felt comfortable in space to begin with. On top of that, she’s dealing with the trauma of being 'lost in space'. Plus, Penny has nothing in common with her parents or siblings.
Judy and John have running. Max and Maureen have science. Even Don West has Debbie (the chicken/hen - who he talks to regularly). But what about Penny?
She expresses her feelings, thoughts and fears to a trusted friend - her diary. It’s an important part of show right from the beginning.
If I can sum up season 2 in two words, it is 'second chances.'
The first season apparently had a lukewarm debut. I enjoyed it, but many were sort of, like, 'Meh.' However, luckily for us, "Lost in Space" was given a second chance by way of second season. It's a fitting theme. Every once in a while someone, or something, comes along that is deserving. Worthy of being given our time, worthy of our help, worthy of another chance.
In closing, I'd like to leave you with a quote becuase "Lost in Space 2" has many memorable lines. But the one that stands out the most is the following. Spoken by Will Robinson, as written by Penny Robinson.
This is the story of discovery. But not about strange new worlds. It’s about discovering what’s in the places you thought were empty. Sometimes it’s the invisible force of my family. Pulling at me, even when I can’t see them. Reminding me that I’m never really alone. ~ Will Robinson, as written by Penny
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