Lost in Space (April 13)
Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter) teamed up with showrunner Zack Estrin (Prison Break) to bring this 1960s classic back to the screen. The series centers on the Robinson family embarking on a journey to find a new home for humanity – a journey where nothing works as planned, leaving the family stranded on a strange planet light years away from home. Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) is set to direct several of the episodes – you can expect the new series to be beautiful and epic.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzmM0AB60QQ]
Aggretsuko (April 20)
Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. The character, created by Yuko Shimizu (you know, the gal who gave the world Hello Kitty), will be an office administrator who winds down at night by this unusual and unexpected way. The show promises to be offbeat, deadpan, and cynical – just what we need.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgPgktxjlaU]
Spy Kids: Mission Critical (April 20)
Spy Kids: Mission Critical will be a computer-animated series created by Michael Hefferon, Robert Rodriguez, and Sean Jara based on Rodriguez’s feature film series with the same title. The series will reunite fans with the spy brother-and-sister team Juni and Carmen Cortez. This time, the duo attends the Spy Academy, a top-secret educational facility where they train and lead the Mission Critical team. They need to defeat the forces of S.W.A.M.P. (Sinister Wrongdoers Against Mankind’s Preservation), a villainous counter-spy agency led by the vicious Golden Brain.
Mercury 13 (April 20)
Last but not least, let us mention a documentary about a small group of female pilots who are asked to undergo the same screening procedures and testing their male counterparts did when selected for spaceflight. The year is 1961, a time when discrimination runs rampant in the United States. The participants are aware that they will never fly in space – the program itself was privately funded, with no involvement from NASA’s side.
Their merits were recognized in 2005 when the 13 finalists of the program were offered the “Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award”, and in 2007 when the eight surviving members of the group were offered honorary doctorates by the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.