Scary and exciting, but not dark.
That’s how Canadian
It’s a reboot of the ’60s
More than 50 years later, the new Lost in Space retells the story of the Robinson family escaping Earth only to crash-land on the wrong planet. Set 30 years in the future, Parker plays Maureen, a respected scientist, and mother of three who is chosen to colonize space along with her ex-husband.
Parker told CBC News that, unlike the original show — in which the idea of space travel was a great fantasy, especially for kids — this version feels different because of our growing awareness of how badly humans have harmed our own planet.
“I think there is a bit of a warning in this show around ‘What if you had to go? What if you couldn’t stay here any more? What if we actually don’t turn this around?” she said.
Parker also notes that since it’s one brush with death after another in the action-adventure plot, the series is “maybe not an advertisement for space travel.”
“Also I don’t really like flying so I’d rather stay here.”
Lost in Space, wet in Vancouver
The show was shot in studios in Vancouver and on location around Squamish and the Seymour watershed, which suited Parker — a Maple Ridge, B.C., native — just fine.
Except for the cold, wet weather.
“Growing up there, you don’t really notice, but you go away and you come back and you just forget the scale of it,” she said.
“Those Douglas Firs — it does feel like you almost could be on another planet. A planet of big big trees.”
“But it was also quite tough to shoot. I thought when we were first starting that, because it was sci-fi, we were going to be on the [sound] stage a lot and doing green screen — which there was a fair amount of — but we also shot on location for at least half of it. So, you know, it’s pretty rainy out there.”
Beyond House of Cards
Playing smart, complex women is something Parker has become known for in shows such as Deadwood and House of Cards.
In the latter, also a Netflix series, Parker played congresswoman Jacqueline Sharp in the second and third season, opposite Kevin Spacey.
After the Spacey scandal and his subsequent firing, the series was put on hiatus, and a shortened sixth season is now being shot.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done,” Parker said.
“I haven’t been a part of the show for a few years, but I know a lot of people in the crew and I was really happy for them they sort of got to finish it up.”
Now, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there’s more attention being paid to gender balance and pay parity in TV and movies, something Parker feels is long overdue.
“Honestly I feel like there’s a correction being made that should have been made a long time ago,” she said.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that women don’t get paid what the men get paid, in this business or any other.
“And one of the things about this show is that it takes place 30 years in the future and it’s full of strong, complex women but no one ever mentions it, it’s never like ‘girls can do what boys can do’. It’s just a given.”
“And I would hope in 30 years we won’t have to have this conversation anymore.”
Lost in Space starts streaming on Netflix on April 13.