If you’ve been poring over the trailers and information for Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi series, Lost in Space, you may have noticed something interesting. Taking on the role of Dr. Smith, famously played by Jonathan Harris in the original series and Gary Oldman in the 1990s film, is being played by Parker Posey.
Attentive viewers will notice that, despite her gender-neutral name, Posey is indeed a female. What?! I know. How can they gender-swap such an iconic character? This is just another example of liberals pushing their feminist agenda onto an innocent and unsuspecting viewer, right? Not at all, if we’re to believe the word of executive producer Kevin Burns, who addressed the question at WonderCon.
“Jon [Jashni, EP] and I had wanted Dr. Smith to be a woman. Why? Because we were very close to Jonathan Harris. I knew him very well. I had him in my ear telling me ‘If they ain’t got me they got nothing. Kevin, I love you, but it will fail because I am Dr. Smith and nobody else can be Dr. Smith. That’s why that Gary Oldman movie died.’ So we said we won’t invite that comparison. What we’ll do is we will cast someone who will bring to it everything Jonathan brought to it but from a totally different perspective without having all of that baggage.”
Okay, that’s fair enough. The last thing you want to do is have audiences spending an entire series criticizing an actor for not delivering the same exact performance as its predecessor. That being said, Lost in Space is a property that happened so long ago that I can’t imagine there are many folks out there who remember that performance or care too much.
Lost in Space, for all it did for the genre, is no Star Trek. It hasn’t exactly outlived the original series, and it hasn’t really stayed in the public eye. What do you think of them gender-swapping Dr. Smith? Let us know down below!
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