Now I don’t review Netflix scores very often, but for this one I felt I had to make an exception. The reason being – it’s a great score.
I’ll preface this review by saying I have never seen the classic 1960’s Lost In Space show. In fact, I haven’t seen the new 2018 reboot of it either (which this new score is for – composed by Christopher Lennertz). I am however well aware of how beloved the score for the old show is (composed by the legendary John Williams) and I will take this into account in this review.
The score opens with Main Titles, an uplifting, very classic sci-fi sounding cue that also has a militaristic Independence Day nod to it – particularly at the start. The track then builds up in a pretty epic fashion to a soaring modern take on the old 1960’s Lost In Space theme by Williams. The cue sounds a lot like Star Trek in some places, and all in sounds very classic with modern bombastic brass and percussion on top.
The music then immediately springs into action with the second track: Crash Landing. We as the listeners are seemingly thrown into mortal danger judging by the music, which has a much darker tone than the previous track with even a frantic Lost In Space theme cropping up for a few seconds.
Things then calm down a bit for Will Exploring, a much more classic sounding cue that is far more relaxed initially before building into some mysterious sounding music as presumably the characters explore the world they have crashed on. I definitely heard some hints to Alien at points, especially towards the end of the track as it builds from mystery right back into danger.
The next good track is Will and the Robot, which builds on the mystery set out by Will Exploring and adds a great deal of emotion to it as well. The score so far has sounded very much like a classic sci-fi adventure movie, and this track has that feeling in spades. When listening to it I am reminded of Close Encounters and soundtracks of that caliber, as much like Ready Player One, Lost In Space so far seems keen on reminiscing about that era of film music.
Danger Will Robinson dives straight into some pretty emotional and heartfelt music, before quickly rising up into a pretty heroic and upbeat sounding piece that ends with a slow and epic rendition of the 1960’s Lost In Space theme. It is a fantastic track and definitely the best on the score, with a lot of heart and solidly movie-like music that makes it feel like I’m listening to the score for a sci-fi blockbuster rather than a Netflix series.
Dump The Fuel is the next standout cue on the score, and is very fast-paced in another classic sci-fi action piece. Lennertz really has done a brilliant job with the music of this series. This track is filled with epic sounding brass and is very reminiscent of the style of movie action music from the 70s and 80s (which if you have read my previous reviews, you will know I absolutely adore). We are also treated to another rapid yet great sounding rendition of the old Lost In Space theme just before this cue ends.
Next up is the track Ultimate Sacrifice, which has music as deep and heart breaking as the ominious title of the cue itself. It then builds back up into some classic-sounding rapid action in Here We Go, along with several more reminders of Williams’ Lost In Space theme dotted around. The music on this score moves at a breakneck speed, constantly changing from emotion to action to dark to emotion again. I’m not sure if this is necessarily a bad thing, but it is a bit jarring at times.
We get a treat with choirs in Saying Goodbye, a dark yet hopeful piece that’s obviously building up to a conclusion of some kind in the series itself. This coupled with the more heroic sounding The Resolute are a pretty good finisher to the score, with the classic Lost In Space theme coming back for one final performance before the cue finishes up in a cliffhanger-style epic way. End Credits then closes the score, with a minute long modern rendition of the old theme.
Overall the score to Lost In Space is an epic sci-fi piece, that more than likely overshadows the series itself judging by the reviews. It has pretty fantastic action sequences and a really great sounding modern take on the 1960’s TV show theme. The score is a tad boring in parts, particularly in the middle – with a good five tracks that are just ambient, nothing music. As a whole though the album is held up by its heartfelt emotional and fast-paced epic cues that are amazing and very reminiscent of classic sci-fi movies. With this and Ready Player One releasing pretty close to one another, perhaps classic scores are making a bit of a comeback.
Standout Cue: 1. Main Titles