How 1998’s Lost in Space Prepared Me for Hollywood’s Reboot Obsession

Lost in Space movie, 1998

Before you say anything—yes, I have watched the original Lost in Space television show. Yes, it is kinda weird because I was born decades after its premiere. Yes, I did enjoy it. Yes, I am obsessed with stories featuring kids who have friendships with robots, and queer codified villains. I also learned that John Williams had written the theme song, which was a very high recommendation in my kid playbook.

The 1998 reboot came along and also swept me off my feet for a brief period of time. (I was very young, shh.) But looking back on the film now—awkward as it was—it’s strange to realize how much I learned from it.

It’s important to note that Lost in Space was far from the first reboot the world had ever seen, but rather part of a quickly growing trend. That year it lost the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst ...

Lost in Space movie, 1998
Lost in Space movie, 1998
Lost in Space movie, 1998
Lost in Space movie, 1998
Lost in Space movie, 1998