Season 1, Episode 6
Date of release: April 13, 2019 (Netflix)
I’m having a hard time not to try and figure out why some episodes have flashbacks, and why other episodes have the opening credit sequence. So far, the flashbacks have been in uneven-numbered episodes, and if the ninth episode of the season has the opening credits (after the third and this sixth episode), at least someone can say that the producers were having a blast with number sequences in this show, but it’s not like numbers are part of the general premise of this show. When you look at BLINDSPOT and their episode-naming conventions, it at least makes sense and in a way it’s a way to keep the fans engaged beyond the TV show, but in LOST IN SPACE, nothing really does make sense, when it comes to the writers choosing when to do flashbacks, and when the producers choose to put the opening credit sequence in episodes.
This hour and four minutes were okay. Very slow and sometimes boring at times, as if the writers were putting the break on the narrative, or trying to keep the budget of the show down, as it essentially only had one action set piece (the Jupiter falling over the cliff). It was nothing I would consider spectacular or interesting, but it was an hour that looked a tad bit different from the mainstream rest of the show, as the writers tried hard to make sure that Angela’s story and the robot’s fate are connected, as evident during the scene in which June and Angela had their session, while John thought it was a splendid idea to show Will the meaning of responsibility through placing a bunch of heavy little rocks on a much bigger rock. I would have loved to get some symbolism out of this intercutting of sequences, as Angela was telling her story and Will put the rocks together for an impromptu memorial, but I was unable to do so, since I got where the story was heading pretty much since June “manipulated” Angela into finding the gun, and the only thing that mattered was where the story would end and how many people would get hurt in the process. In a way, there wasn’t a need for going extra symbolic and special during these scenes, although I appreciated that June thought her mega awesome master plan is going to work. And it looks like it does, even though I would love to know why she thought she could still have the robot all to herself, now that it took a step towards death.
I mean, she was hoping for Angela to find the gun, and she was hoping for Angela to be disturbed as hell, so she would shoot down a robot, and then she had to hope that the robot would go mean again and that Will wouldn’t be able to stop it. Granted, she even planned to get Will out of the Jupiter 2, so the robot has free reign for murder and destruction, but June really had to hope for luck and even more luck for her entire plan to work smoothly. But what I really don’t understand is why she wanted the robot to be evil in the first place. I have no idea why she wants to cause mistrust among the survivors, and what her ultimate goal is. Yes, she said two episodes ago that she would love to have the robot as her sidekick when getting back onto the Resolute, but making the robot seem villainous beforehand is making me feel like June didn’t think that much ahead, as a villainous machine at her side wouldn’t help her at all — it would make the survivors even more angry and threatening towards the robot and anyone who is o its side, which means June is basically planning to risk her own life just for protection on the Resolute.
So, this entire episode was basically here for that ending, and I rather would have had another A story in its place. Judy and Don and the other folks going for the fuel of original Dr. Smith’s Jupiter was a nice little story and brought some little excitement when the Jupiter was about to fall over the cliff (there was another THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK moment here, and now I’m counting two back-to-back), as well as some entertainment when it comes to Don and Judy’s story (it would be weird if they started making out — a) they have no chemistry, and b) she is 18 years old). Even Penny’s story was okay, although I really wasn’t in it for the love story of it all, despite the fact that the poem actually led very nicely to that kiss (I was touched by the “no girl broke this heart” line). But what I really wanted to see more of became the most minor plot of the episode: The eventual death of the planet they are all on. But for some reason the writers figured this episode was as good as any to put a little bit of romance into the show and make Don as much of an asshole as possible, just to stand there at the end like he has been the hero all this time. I don’t like the guy.
Anyway, the writers just created a ticking time bomb with the planet’s fate, which by itself is a nice new element to the narrative. Maybe they could have teased it a little bit during Maureen’s trip to the upper atmosphere in the previous episode, because I did not get the existence of a black hole out of it (all I thought was that some really major solar flare activity was about to rain down onto the planet and radiate everyone to death), but it’s an exciting enough story for it to have been the major pull in this one, or certainly in the next four episodes. And I generally don’t like the idea that one or two characters know about the end of the world, while everyone else is living their life like a dream, having fun, thinking about the future and such. Seriously, the characters are on a dying planet — they should be fearful of it and strategizing their exodus. But no, the season finale is still three episodes away, so the secret needs to be kept for the sake of being a secret. That’s pretty idiotic, and besides me hating Don, I also hate Maureen for wanting to keep that secret.