By G.P. Avants
I think the old adage, “The third time is the charm”, is true when it comes to the newest incarnation of Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space. Netflix brings us yet another reboot or better yet, reimagined series to propel own personal space voyage. (My only complaint is not having enough time to watch all the amazing shows. So, I have to pick and choose. I think this one is a keeper so far.)
When we meet this version of the Robinson family we learn their family is seriously fractured. We don’t really have time to catch our breath, we are just rocketed right into the action. The Robinsons, aboard the fateful Jupiter 2 (J2) are part of a hand-picked group colonists. The earth is no longer the safest place to raise a family or for that matter live out a full life span. Alpha Centari is promised as the fresh start, the Eden all mankind wants to find. There they all hope all their troubles will be gone and everyone gets a do over.
Yet, on their way to a new life on Alpha Centari , an incident causes all the surviving colonists to flee for their lives. There plans to start a new life in ideal conditions are put in hold. For the marooned Robinson family, each new step on world far from the one they were shooting for, is marked with uncertainty.
They even encounter an alien robot who through a strange twist of fate, becomes the Robinson family’s new companion. He bonds with young Will and they both seem to be an inseparable duo. Of course the first words the robot learns are the most iconically classic and telling ones that sum up this crews fateful story, “Danger, Will Robinson, danger.”
So, the Robinsons are really a microcosm of the deep dark issues that plaque the human race. Running from a bad situation to make a new start doesn’t always solve the real issues. When the problems are your own character and heart, there will be no peaceful haven to remedy it. Like another old adage reminds us, “No matter where you go, there you are.” Maybe the imperfect places or difficult trials are to make us aware that we actually need help to change. We can’t do it alone. There are no perfect planets when imperfect people live there. However, the reverse is true. Imperfect people who apply their faith in imperfect places might just find the ever present help they in time of need. And they find that by God’s grace that the person they can’t run away from can change from the inside out.
I am still early into the Robinson family’s story, but it looks like they are learning that trouble and things not going according to plan, lead to something bigger and better. These very will could be days that test a families faith in order to make them a whole family again.