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Soundtrack review: Lost in space (2018) (Christopher Lennertz – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Lost in space (2018) (Christopher Lennertz – 2018)

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“Lost in Space” is an upcoming American science fiction web television series based on the 1965 series of the same name, following the adventures of a family of pioneering space colonists whose spaceship veers off-course. It is written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and will consist of 10 episodes. In the year 2046, the Robinson family and the spaceship Jupiter 2, one of several Jupiter ships, encounters a rip in spacetime and crashes on an unknown planet. Stranded light years from their intended destination, the Robinsons and other colonists marooned with them battle a strange new alien environment and their own personal demons as they attempt to leave the planet. Christopher Lennertz wrote the score.

The original show was a big deal in the Sci-fi world and the score as well as La La Land released a huge box set a few years ago. It’s time for the new version for a new generation and I was very happy with the choice of composer. I like how the main titles sound because there’s nothing like a sweeping horn based theme to suggest space exploration and the beginning of an adventure. There’s a hint of old school orchestral grandeur in this and for me Christopher Lennertz nails this main theme.

The joy I almost always feel during one of his sparkling scores takes me over during the spectacular “Crash landing”. As the score develops I am happy to discover a composition that balances action with the discovery feeling as seen through the eyes of the child Will Robinson; the exploratory music is light, warm and melodic and this sets both the score and the show apart for the way darker tones of Star Trek Discovery for example. The transition to the danger moments is natural and “Will exploring” shows both sides of the emotional specter.

What I really enjoy in this score is the overall tone, the optimism and positive atmosphere; it’s something I often notice in Christopher Lennertz scores, as if there is always a window opened towards his own childhood through which joy and playfulness come. The music of “Lost in space” is often whimsical and fairy tale like evoking to me those lasting childhood friendships and emotions. The orchestra is comforting even in its louder moments and just spectacular when the emotional tide rises in pieces like “Will and the Robot”. This cue is 7 and a half minutes long and the epitome of the best kind of space adventure music. It is only one of the highlights of this brilliant score that keeps a smile on my face from start to finish.

I like the balanced between emotion and action, I like how believable both sounds are. It
doesn’t happen often that I find a way to connect with every cue on a score but it is the case here, I find hidden gems in every piece of music, be it a short, tender motif or an energy surge, all melodic, all warm, all alive. To me this composition sounds like a true labor of love from all those involved. The score is rich and dense and, without a doubt one of my favorite scores of the year so far.

“Lost in space” is the kind of score, unfortunately more and more rare these days, that has that ageless feeling to it and will become a classic in the years to come; the way Christopher Lennertz wrote the music and the way it was performed by the orchestra makes it a score to also be enjoyed on its own and the kind of album that will bring instant joy to whoever listens to it; this is a sound that will never go out of style and is independent of the period and evolution of film music or music in general. “Lost in space” is simply great fantasy / adventure music that continues to expand on a great legacy that the titans of film music have built for legendary franchises like Star Wars or Star Trek.

Cue rating: 92 / 100

Highlights:
Main Titles
Crash Landing
Will and the Robot
To the Chariot
Smith / The Forest
Dump the Fuel
Flowers / Father and Son
Illumination
Maureen Flies
Race the Minefield
Here We Go
Saying Goodbye
End Credits

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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1 Comments

  1. PM 14th April 2018

    Rote bland and generic

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