September 02, 2019

Astra: Lost in Space





It's vanishingly unlikely that any show could really live up to this trailer.



Indeed, after that awesome opening scene, the show reveals mediocre production values, a contrived and bizarre situation involving a cosmic space wedgie and unchaperoned teenagers in outer space. In addition to the aforementioned teenagers, there is a ten year old who talks through a hand puppet.

BUT WAIT!
By the end of the first episode , it is beginning to appear that our adolescent heroes predicament is not nearly as random as they thought  and from that point the show begins to live up to the promise of that trailer...in a completely different way than expected.

This is a throw back to the old Sci-Fi juvies. While only a 2 or 3 on Moh's scale of Sci-Fi hardness, there are a lot of interesting of sci-fi ideas and they are explored intelligently. The characterizations are solid too and the show manages to develop, maintain and ratchet up a surprising amount of tension as our heroes learn more and more disturbing facts about the pickle they are in.  Additionally the series manages to maintain a near perfect balance between being absolutely horrifying and surprisingly upbeat.

I'm really enjoying this show right now.

And boy, howdy that latest episode...

I have no idea where this is going, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the trip.

Recommended!

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 06:51 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Good to hear that it gets things right even if it doesn't live up to that trailer.  I haven't had time to watch anything yet this season but will catch up....  Eventually.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Sep 2 11:41:34 2019 (PiXy!)

2 Yeah, that reveal at the end of episode 9 just turned all your expectations on their head, didn't it?

Although there's still a hole in Charce's excuse in Episode 7 that nobody noticed.

Posted by: Mauser at Mon Sep 2 15:37:01 2019 (Ix1l6)

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Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Sep 2 16:55:57 2019 (YUAc9)

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