I wanted to watch all the episodes before writing a review because honestly the first few episodes can be a little frustrating and annoying. They got a few things right in this series...but a lot wrong unfortunately. The FX, CGI, and set pieces are all quite nice and movie quality so it's nice to look at generally speaking. It utilizes a basic outline for the entire series with each episode revolving around some disaster that everyone has to work together to solve.
The issues come in with some of the acting, dialogue, and seemingly unnecessary emotional moments that come out of nowhere making the characters seem uneven. The mother for example, she does an adequate job of selling herself as this very intelligent scientist, she's funny and considerate, and then she turns into a total judgemental jerk out of nowhere making her suddenly unlikable. The writers have trouble distinguishing between writing a strong woman and writing one whose just plain unnecessarily mean and nasty. The father is written as a man used to being in charge but the wife has essentially turned him into a beaten down dog. It's just a bit off putting, but it does ease up as the series progresses.
The children are eh...mediocre. Their demeanor and actions change by the episode to basically justify the plot. So they'll be capable and intelligent in one situation and then completely useless in another, they're written very unevenly. I think their overall acting was fine, once again it seems the writers just have trouble writing actual consistent characters.
The biggest flaw for me was Dr. Smith. I don't care that he was turned into a she and I personally like Parker Posey. The problem is she's been written as just a crazy person, a very intelligent one, but they don't give her any motivation for her actions. She's just evil and destructive for no reason, her actions simply don't make sense.
I guess that's sort of the problem with the whole series. The writers and directors clearly had an idea but they're inconsistent and don't understand how to write fully realized characters. So it leaves you expecting more and when you don't get it you're let down. These are issues that can be fixed now that the outlines have been established, but I'd like to see them actually surviving somewhere. Every episode was some disaster where the characters personalities were changed to justify the plot. Let the characters breathe a bit, let them establish themselves and it will be a much better series.
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