Lost in Space
Musical Score By: Christopher Lennertz
Original Theme By: John Williams
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In 1965, a science fiction television drama named Lost in Space was created for television. Based on The Swiss Family Robinson, this series followed the adventures of a family of space colonists whose ship veers off-course and is stranded in space. I don’t remember much of that series except that the doctor was not a good guy and there was a robot with springy arms and pincer-like hands who would always warn the youngest crew member, “Danger, Will Robinson!” I had a comic book from that era as well. In April 2018, Netflix released a re-imagination of the 1965 television series. The series stars Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, Ignacio Serricchio and Parker Posey. Oh, and that robot got a whole new look for himself. I recently received the series soundtrack for review.
The original theme of Lost in Space was created by John Williams and it features that incredibly recognizable awe-inspiring track that speaks of heroically entering space exploration. Horn fanfares, percussion and strings about in the Main Titles. The rest of the score was created by Christopher Lennertz whose chance meeting with Henry Mancini in college set him on the composing path. Already a fan of music, movies and theater, Lennertz was in awe of Mancini’s ability to compose for any genre and decided to model his career after him. Lennertz began his scoring career in the late 1990s and has since composed musical score for a number of movies, television series and video games, including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Vampires Suck, Horrible Bosses, Hop, Identity Thief, Agent Carter, Ride Along, Supernatural, Galavant, Medal of Honor, Mass Effect 2, Madden NFL 25, The Boss, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Bad Moms, Sausage Party, A Bad Moms Christmas and more.
Opening with the Main Titles and that promise of new worlds and ultimate adventure, the Lost in Space Soundtrack features an orchestral score. According to Executive Producer Zack Estrin, “Following in the footsteps of the magnificent John Williams, who composed the original iconic series theme, Christopher Lennertz brought to us a vision that fit perfectly. It is full of triumphant brass and soaring strings, where orchestral melody and percussion dance seamlessly from edge of your seat thrills to simple moments of raw emotion.” Christopher Lennertz adds, “Zack and all the producers wanted the musical language of the title sequence to set up the score for the rest of the story, and hopefully we did just that. It’s a big story with family and adventure at the very heart. I tried to be grand and heroic, with a nod to exploration, and a hint of nostalgia. I hope it resonates with fans of the show, both old and new!...From the beginning, the producers wanted a classic main title sequence to play during at least some of the episodes. I wanted to tease the show’s premise with a hint of the Alpha Centauri program theme, then a full statement of the new Lost in Space theme, followed by a triumphant finish that showcased now legendary composer John Williams’ original theme from season 3 that people are so familiar with. It was such an honor to be able to incorporate such a classic melody from the man who made me fall in love with film music from the very beginning.”
Action sequences in the series are expressed with heroic horns and lower registry horn blasts, percussion and an elevated pace. Pianos and strings in light, upbeat tempo highlight the lighter moments in the series, such as Family Chores Fugue. They also accompany the more dramatic moments of the series, featuring a much more intense sound, like that found in Smith – The Forest, which also contains a rather haunting woodwind melody. Alien Ship features an action feel with a choral background and a repetitive metal striking metal sound. The Resolute is upbeat and set to a faster pace, featuring a full orchestra and choir. The Resolute is the main vessel the Robinson family is trying to reunite with, so I can only guess from the music that they finally have made contact with that vessel in this track.
I found the musical score of Lost in Space to be rather intriguing. While I had never been drawn to watch the original series, I feel myself being compelled to see what this new version is all about after listening to Christopher Lennertz song. The score has just the right mix of drama, light-hearted fanfare, action and adrenaline-pumping tracks to inspire me to know more about the series. I received The Apple Bonus Tracks version of the Lost in Space Soundtrack which features seven more engaging tracks of music created for the series. I thought they were just as terrific as the main soundtrack. The Lost in Space Soundtrack is a definite must-listen for any fan of well-composed music for movies and television. I can’t wait to binge watch the series now!