Some very curious reactions to this show from some snowflakes/trolls out there. My fortunate position is as a former child who disliked the original so had no expectations for this reboot. "Nowhere to go but up",you can say. In fact, I avoided the new series until now because of the original series. In defense of the original, several friends of mine were fans of it in childhood and told me that this new series was worth a watch back in 2018 but I ignored them.
The production values in the first season are absolutely excellent. Everything the 1960's series didn't have. Great sets and special effects. The soundtrack is good and bombastic, partially based on the original's season 3 John Williams composed theme. I guess the new producers didn't like the carnival-like original theme. That's fine by me as I agree. The acting is standard to great. Personally I don't mind the reimagining of the main characters but that's because I never cared for the original characters except the robot. So the loss of the talking robot does upset me a little but not enough to go bonkers. On that note, the original series was set mostly on a single planet per season not traveling in space like on Star Trek. So technically they are "lost in space" but not "wandering in space".
I'll have to say that the first 4 episodes of season one were great fun but something happens as the first season progresses and I start seeing one of the original series' terrible habits creeping back in. The astounding stupidity of all the characters really grates on my enjoyment. Even as a child watching the original series, I hated how stupid the Robinson family was. Fortunately, so far, this new series doesn't stoop to the vaudevillian excess that all Irwin Allen TV series would always succumb to no matter how serious they started.
While there is an argument to made in favor of returning Dr. Smith back to an evil character (as he was in the original series until the middle of the first season), and Parker Posey does give possibly too much serious depth to her performance, that nobody ever suspects her identity strains credulity. And the idea that a digital copy of crew manifests isn't stored on any of the Jupiter spaceships is more absurd than some of the life forms the planet has. At times I have admit that I pine for a Jonathon Harris scream to break the seriousness of this show.
This is another series that Netflix for some reason ordered too many episodes for at least season one. Eight episodes would have been enough and sped up the stupidity so we didn't have enough time to think about it while watching. Supposedly season two is better but I'm having trouble finishing season one. I'll get to it.
Update: Finished the series finally. Well, did I waste my time? No but I needed time between the extremely well produced episodes to let the increasing plot stupidity wash off. The final episode is sort of a jumbled letdown but it made me appreciate how well constructed the entire series was once you got past the repeated after school special sentiments ("we're all family"), the occasional hackney dialogue, and the overall plot stupidity.