Lost in Space season 2 premiere recap: Shipwrecked

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins, and Mina Sundwall attend Netflix's "Lost In Space" Los Angeles premiere on April 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins, and Mina Sundwall attend Netflix's "Lost In Space" Los Angeles premiere on April 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix) /

In the season 2 premiere of Netflix series Lost in Space, the Robinsons convert the Jupiter 2 spacecraft into a boat and, by most appearances, June hasn’t truly changed.

In season 1, Lost in Space provided definite danger, with the Robinson family ultimately being transported to a different solar system through a strange alien technology. Season 2 begins with them in Jupiter 2 making the best of their new planet. Along with Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) and his chicken named Debbie, they’re still alive seven months after disappearing in the Jupiter 2 spacecraft. Unfortunately for them, they have a prisoner guest as well: June Harris / Dr. Smith (Parker Posey). There’s a brief moment where we see other members of the Resolute space mission, but they have no contact with the Robinsons and basically do nothing in the premiere.

A new home

Life isn’t entirely rotten for the Robinson family, although the planet has a high-methane atmosphere, and breaches in their atmosphere containment system can even burn their hands. Their ship is parked near a beach, though, and they exchange presents near a Christmas tree like an average family. As a present, Penny (Mina Sundwall) has her memoir published by Will (Maxwell Jenkins) under the title “Lost in Space.” A little later, June Harris tries to convince Maureen Robinson (Molly Parker) to set her free, referring to a legendary WW1 Christmas truce between the French and the Germans. Maureen refuses. Meanwhile, John Robinson (Toby Stephens) teaches Will how to drive, which has mixed results.

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Later, Maureen and Will discuss the weather patterns on their planet, including the frequency of lightning. She mentions the so-called Beacon of Maracaibo (AKA “Catatumbo lightning”), which is a seemingly endless lightning storm that occurs at Catatumbo River, Venezuela. As a family unit, an idea is proposed for them to use the active lightning to jumpstart the Jupiter 2 to leave the planet. They also briefly discuss the alien technology which got them to their current strange planet, and it becomes obvious that Will misses his pet alien robot, even having a toy version of it.

New dangers

As is usually the case in Lost in Space, relaxation doesn’t last long. A siren goes off signifying a breach in their atmosphere containment system. Before long it kills their crops, pressuring them to move on a plan. Will records them turning their spaceship into a sailboat. Although Will doesn’t want to leave without his robot and Penny wants to stay, it’s apparent that staying could be a problem. They set sail before long. It’s also revealed that June has a shiv, much like a traditional earth prisoner. However, June tries to not look entirely threatening, even winning some trust from the seasick Penny by telling her to put an earplug in one ear. Unfortunately, a monsoon is approaching behind them and they also hit a reef!

Don and John manually free the ship from the reef but spring a leak in the process. Don sets out to patch it. As a bit of added drama, Will is almost knocked off the Jupiter ship! After some hesitation, Maureen decides to free June, who claims she has sailing skills. It appears she wasn’t lying, as she successfully instructs them to raise the sails and demonstrates coarse correction knowledge (however, when June uses her shiv to free Maureen, it obviously suggests that June felt the need to craft a weapon — meaning she may still be a threat, if not psychopathic). There is a funny moment, aside from the drama. When Will tells his dad that he looks worried, John replies, “That’s just my normal face now.”

Will’s first driving test / The saboteur

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To help correct their coarse, the Robinsons have to balance the weight on the Jupiter 2. Low on choices, Will is tasked with moving the Chariot rover. Thankfully it’s a success, and it shifts 2 tons of weight so they can successfully evade rocks. There’s a dark revelation, though, when Maureen notices the burns on June’s hands. It leads June to confess that she was willfully responsible for the atmosphere system breaches. She suggests it was a good thing she did it, as they are now on the move. However, no one else seems to buy that excuse. If that’s not enough, they approach a huge waterfall in the middle of the ocean! It’s the result of a strange metal wall in the ocean itself and stands as the weirdest moment in theLost in Space premiere.

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