Lost in Space – 10 Reasons to Watch

Lost in Space (2018- ) is a TV show I don’t hesitate to recommend. So many TV shows are garbage. So finding one that is actually good is like finding gold in the dross. They are hard to come by (especially newer shows), but they are out there.

Here are 10 reasons I’d recommend watching “Lost in Space”.

  1. Location
    The first season was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. The second season is filmed in Iceland. To showcase the beauty of another planet, they film it on planet Earth! THIS world is truly beautiful.
  2. Trouble
    The writers are willing to put their characters through a lot of trouble. This is good because it inspires the audience ways to work through trouble because this world is full of it.
  3. Family
    When a large part of our culture wants to get rid of the family, it’s refreshing to see a family go through conflict together, stay together, and work together. Family is the backbone of society. G.K. Chesteron said, “The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.”
  4. Fatherhood
    It’s rare to see current shows where the father is seen as a critical role to the family and what happens when the father actually steps up to be a man, sacrifice for his family, and give his life for them. Yes, John isn’t the perfect role model, but seeing him transform throughout the series is inspiring.
  5. Responsibility
    When a boy named Will takes responsibility for his robot, I question my life and ask, “Am I taking responsibility for the people, positions, and things that have been entrusted to me?” Responsibility takes humility, self-control, and action.
  6. No nudity
  7. Music
    Music fits the show well. The soundtrack has some lovely songs I enjoy listening to. Without good music, it’s hard to have a good movie or show. Christopher Lennertz composed the music beautifully.
  8. Character building
    People want to grow. So when you see characters grow through turmoil, suffering, and catastrophic events, it encourages you that you can do the same. You are not alone. Will we grow in our character and responsibilities or will we become self-centered and prideful?

    C.S. Lewis said, “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
  9. Questions
    The show asks lots of great questions that the viewer can ponder and work through. Roles in family, robots, what love looks like, questioning authority, and so much more.
  10. Beauty
    There are so many beautiful elements. You will just have to watch it. Truth, goodness, and beauty is on display. It’s not perfect, but we need more shows like this.

Sea Sparkles

The story that you and I are in contains seas that glow. You step on the water and it lights up like a million fireflies. You dip your hand in the water and your hand is covered in diamonds. There are places on this planet that contain these free living, marine dwelling species. They are called, Noctiluca scintillans or commonly known as sea sparkles. They glow when they are disturbed. And they are a wonder to behold.

We don’t need to escape this world to see magic. It’s right here on this planet Earth. Many people think this world is dull and boring, or they rather be in Middle Earth or Hogwarts. But this world is actually more amazing. In this world, God speaks and things are and have their being.

“Sunlight makes trees out of thin air (literally), tadpoles turn into frogs, human love turns into children, and you can trick the air into lifting an enormous steel bus full of people up to thirty thousand feet if you know how to curve a wing and harness explosions.  And it’s not all cheerful, happy, kittens-in-baskets magic either.” – N.D. Wilson

Some jellyfish are immortal. Caterpillars turn into slime and transform into butterflies. Peanut butter and chocolate are a thing. And we can use all 5 senses with food. And sex. Jesus didn’t have to make these things, but he did. He wants us to marvel and gaze upon his beauty to enjoy his presence and his creation.

Every beauty in this world is meant to be a reflection of God’s beauty. Just think…if we can experience all of these beautiful things, how beautiful must the Creator be?

Psalm 45:2a (which is about Jesus) says, “You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips;” In Hebrew it is “beautiful, beautiful art thou.” There is no one more beautiful than Jesus.

Christ is so beautiful that even if he were not true, it would be worth it to spend our whole lives looking for him. – C.S. Lewis

I don’t live near the sea, but we do have snow here in Fargo, ND. Every time the sun shines, the snow glitters everywhere. It’s surreal. Billions upon billions of snowflakes are intricately designed and yet all are different from one another. And we get to walk around in this snowy wonderland.

Every day begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset. This world has a happy beginning and a happy ending. Life is ultimately a comedy, not a tragedy. It’s not just a tale. It’s a true fairytale.

G.K. Chesterton said, “for Alice must first grow small if she is to be Alice in Wonderland.”

The Cosmos

There are more stars in the sky than there are words or sounds that have ever been spoken.

If you don’t know me, for years I’ve had themes for the year that I had specifically focused on–topics that piqued my interest, like joy, beauty, magic, minimalism, and noticing. This year I picked “the cosmos”. Basically it’s a year where I will study and learn more about this topic.

Starting out, I’ve already read Indescribable by Louie Giglio and Matt Reddman, The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, and the Narnia Code by Michael Ward. My wife and I are watching Lost In Space (Netflix series) for the 2nd time. I’m currently reading the Amulet series, and I’m excited for some upcoming books on the universe, the stars, the heavens, and the cosmos.

Here are a few links to blow your mind on God’s unsearchable greatness relating to the cosmos:

John Piper + Owl City

The Awe Factor of God – Francis Chan

Stars and Whales Sing How Great is Our God – Louie Giglio

Here are a handful of books I have in my pipeline that I want to read this year:

The Forgotten Heavens by Doug Wilson

The Story of the Cosmos by Daniel Ray and Paul Gould

Planet Narnia by Michael Ward

Curious what podcast I’m listening to?

Good Heavens by Daniel Ray and Wayne Spencer