Lost in Space: Thoughts on Morality and the In-Between

By Amanda Sherman

March 3, 2020

*Warning: contains spoilers for the show

A poster of Lost in Space, a sci-fi action series which takes place 30 years in the future, when humanity must find itself a new planet to live on before it is completely wiped out.

When I first saw the luminescent pop art poster that Netflix so enjoys using to promote its shows, I immediately assumed that this was going to be similar to Stranger Things. The plot, yes, but perhaps not the setting. After all, this took place in outer space.

But how wrong I was.

From the second I was bombarded with giant dystopian visions of alien ships crash landing on a planet which theoretically does not exist and psychopath criminals conning their way onto a satellite craft which contains the last remaining dredges of humanity, I was struck by the dark, grueling threats which seemed to be lurking beneath every hunk of metal. The sinister manner in which the show single handedly tackles dark topics such as loss and broken bonds sent shivers up my spine at times whenever I was watching it. And yet, I knew that in the end, our main protagonists the Robinsons, would emerge unscathed as always. Sounds like just your average cliche, run-of-the-mill serial, right?

So why then was I so enthralled?

It was the gentle, tender way in which the nuances of being human were approached. In an environment where vicious discourse is thrown around in the blink of an eye, many of us simply want an escape from our daily stress. We desire to be understood, to receive respect and understanding. That respect between Maureen and John, between Judy and Penny, and even between Will and his Robot, is what first attracted me to the Robinsons. Sure, they fight and have disagreements just like any other family. But the level of dedication they show towards each other in a brutal world is amazing. There was this one scene that touched me to the bottom of my heart. It was when Judy ran 15 miles straight through a scathing hot desert to save her injured father. All the while, she was talking to herself, telling herself she had to keep going so that he would stay alive. It made me think, how many of us would do that for our own fathers?

How many of us would step up to the plate and own that level of maturity without expecting anything in return?

Above all, the Robinson’s are selfless, even towards people who are not within their immediate family. Time after time, they refuse to leave anybody behind. It is not just their vast knowledge of stellar quasars or expertise in astrophysics that speaks for itself, it is their sense of morality. Although Maureen and John (the show’s main parents) have their own fair share of disagreements between them, they constantly place their children first and foremost. When faced with a roadblock, they question what is best for the entire family. They go above and beyond to show the best of parental love for their children.

I must say, it is so refreshing to see a show this pure and wholehearted. I greatly enjoyed my ride on the Voyager – I know from the bottom of my heart that you will enjoy your’s!

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Amanda Sherman

Amanda Sherman is the Editor of World Affairs at The Deliberator. She likes to sip matcha boba tea in her free time and send memes to friends.

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