Over my short Christmas break I got a chance to watch the second season of Lost in Space. Much like the first season, it was generally pretty good. The writing was a little lack luster on some of the episodes but overall not bad. I like the characters in this show and think they spend an equal amount of time building them and giving them all heroic actions. While this does become tiresome at times becomes in some episodes, the dangerous life altering scenes run right into each other and you don’t get a break from it. That’s great when you are making a two-hour movie but, in a series, you have to space this stuff out. There is no tension or belief of real danger is every second on the screen is life ending danger that doesn’t result in lives ending. The major downside to this show is the purposely added female agenda. It’s subtle but it’s there in abundance. To be fair, I think the writers are trying to be balanced but their version of balance is having a couple of good male characters and a lot of “strong female” characters. Will Robinson is the only male character that gets a real fair treatment in this show. The father is done well about 75% of the time though he does play second fiddle to the mother most of the time. The other male characters are either weak “soy-boys” or mean villain type characters. Over all though the show is watchable and if you ignore the subtle woke stuff, it’s not a bad show. Its action packed and the story movies along with each episode building on the last. You grow to care about the characters as you watch and the actors have great chemistry. Over all the show is worth watching, though I wish they would drop the agenda and just stick with good story telling. Give it a watch and see what you think.
Seasons 1-3 were good, but I have to say that each one was a little less good than the one before it. By Season 4 they have reached a point where it is becoming too blotted. There are just too many story lines and to be honest some of them are just boring and obvious political statements. I don’t care about the election of the new UNN head. It had no bearing on the story other than to supply another role for “Female Empowerment”, as if there wasn’t enough of that already. It’s a good show with a good cast but if they don’t stop with the boring side stories and the political statements, they will ruin it. There were already a few episodes in the last two seasons that were just hard to watch and I fear that season 5 will be worse. They need to stop making all the leaders women. Stop making all the “smart people” women. Women make up a small fraction of engineers and mechanics in real life, but in this show they are about 80% of them. I wonder sometimes if Hollywood writers just don’t get that they overdue everything. They get a JSW thought in their head and they just keep going and going until it is so over done that it makes shows and movies unwatchable. With The Expanse every new character seems to be a woman, unless it’s a villain, all those are men of course. This show would be so much better if they would just stop worrying about the gender of the character and just write good characters.
With all that said, I still like this show. The four main character and very likable and work great together. Their story lines and screen time make the show worth watching. After season 3 I was hoping Bobby would stay with them, her and Amos would have made a great due of brute force again the crew’s enemies. That didn’t happen, but Bobby is still around, so it could at some point. Jim is very human and fallible, which gives him depth and likability. Not ever choose he makes is going to be the right one, but he is always quick to see when he screwed up and owns it. Naomie, who started this series as a kind of loud mouth blowhard has developed well and has become a great XO for the ship. Alex, who had up to season 3 seemed flawless, showed that he is not, and it makes you like him a little less, but in a good way, if that make sense. Amos shined this season, and he is no longer Naomie’s lapdog. His loyalty is now 100% his captain’s and you learn so much about who he is and why he is the perfect man for his job. It’s even made him more likable. In the end I have grown to like some other characters more and some of them less and it gave me a new balance and enjoyment of the show. To be honest, it’s that simple fact he helps me see past the silly JSW stuff they shoe horn in. All in all, if you are riding the fence on whether to watch season 4 or to even start watching the series I would tell you yes, watch it. I would also tell you to just hold your nose through the PC stuff and enjoy the main cast.