The 1998 "Lost in Space" showed up on Netflix, and despite it being a critical, popular, and commercial flop, I sort of recalled having a fondness for it, so I re-watched it. It does have a time-travel theme to it, which I am a sucker for, so maybe that's what I remembered.
I had kind of remembered that Gary Oldman was in it, and if pressed I probably could have told you that William Hurt was in it. But I'd totally forgotten that Mimi Rogers and Heather Graham were in it. Oh, and also Joey from Friends and the little girl from Party of Five. No, not Neve Campbell, the little one.
The first half hour is a total disaster. The writing is terrible. Everybody is bad in it, but I mostly put that down to the writing. Well, somehow Oldman manages to make it work, but I guess that's why he's Gary Oldman. There's some sub-plot about some splinter group on Earth that is trying to destroy the Jupiter 2, but that never goes anywhere. It's just a gimmick to force them to start the hyperdrive without plotting a course (don't they know they could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that would end their trip real quick?) and thereby end up... LOST IN SPACE.
After that it gets a bit better. There is the whole stupid sub-plot with the space monkey thing they find, which just screams "BUY THE TOY" and just takes up screen time without advancing the story at all, but at least they have a cool running battle with a bunch of bio-mechanical space spiders which ends with a big explosion, so whatever.
Then they go down to the planet and have all the timey-wimey stuff. Again, the script is horrendous, with such classic lines as "this metal is decades old!", and Will saving everyone by teaching the robot the power of friendship. But there's kind of a cool time-travel payoff, so whatever. Oh, and the robot's name is Robot, but we can't blame the writer for that, that's taken from the original TV series.
The CGI is dated, but not terrible. Some of it is actually decent, but a few times you might think you're watching a PS3 game. Some of the production design is good too. Also I discovered I've been misquoting this movie for years. I always said "And the monkey pushes the button", but Joey actually says "And the monkey flips the switch". Live and learn.
Despite the name of this thread I don't actually recommend it. My 10-year-old daughter liked it though.