The brief but beautiful first season of Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot builds the audience’s expectations, promising an enjoyable time, and seldom reneges on this trust. Every episode brings more action, character development, and story complexity.
By the beginning of episode 7, “Pressurized,” the story is spread out across three different parties. John and Maureen get some quality time together while simultaneously trying to keep themselves alive. Full of drama, loss, and humor by helium, this episode has quite a bit going for it. 18-year-old Judy struggles coming to terms with the death of one of her first patients.
Along with that, the expedition to recover some fuel which Don leads is a failure in more ways than one, and secrets being kept from some members of the survival party lead to more distrust and tension which continue into “Trajectory” (the follow-up episode) as well as later episodes.
In episode 8, we primarily see the survivors of the remaining Jupiter’s prepping for the lift-off of a single ship, the skeleton crew of which will carry what hope the survivors have left. Penny and Vijay have an awkward brake-up scene after the trust Penny placed in her boyfriend is shattered.
In particular, Don’s character shows a degree of maturity. The audience has seen Judy’s good influence on him for some time, but it’s really in this episode that Don does the heroic thing with no opportunity of monetary compensation. Sure, he’s not too happy about it, but Judy works her magic. And before you know it, Don starts manning up and suiting up which is a pleasant and long-awaited change in personality which is often quite full of himself.
“Trajectory” also serves as the specific chapter of the story in which Maureen discovers June Harris is not Dr. Smith. She tells Mrs. Robinson a few more lies, and the scientist-mother doesn’t buy them. The Robinsons themselves prove once again that they can function well together under pressure not only in survival matters but in core family troubles as well. They all care about each other; they’re there for one another; they learn to trust again.
John is put through some vigorous training which makes for several comical scenes that not only make us laugh but also feel sorry for Mr. Robinson. Don entrusts Debbie his chicken to Judy’s care, and he and John leave on the Jupiter. Harris seduces Will to release her from the room Maureen locked her in. Something goes wrong. The Jupiter explodes, and we’re left hanging. Suspense and shock always leave viewers wanting more.