Lost in Space Episode 45: The Girl from the Green Dimension

General Information

Director: Nathan Juran

Writer: Peter Packer

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Vitina Marcus, and Harry Raybould

Composer: Alexander Courage

Air Date: 1/4/1967

Production #: 9516

 

Overview

Athena (the green woman from “Wild Adventure”) arrives on the planet, resulting in a visit from Urso (Harry Raybould)—a boorish, inarticulate alien wholost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimension challenges Dr. Smith for Athena’s love. Shenanigans promptly ensue, during which Will is transformed into one of the People of the Green Mist.

By showcasing juvenile antics over meaningful character exchanges, “The Girl from the Green Dimension” may appeal to only the most loyal of Lost in Space enthusiasts. Exceptionally awful are Athena’s failed seduction attempts, which will likely induce groaning from the audience.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

On several occasions, Dr. Smith wiggles his nose while interacting with Athena, evoking an amorous reaction from her—arguably the most cringe-worthy comediclost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimension device ever featured in this series.

While gazing into the future, Dr. Smith foresees the Robinson family holding a funeral for a fried heating coil. Assuming that the ceremony will be for him, Dr. Smith backs out of his duel with Urso—who resembles a cross between the Jolly Green Giant and one of the Space Vikings from a later episode. Though potentially amusing for a children’s show, the above-described scenario will no doubt fail to captivate fans of serious science fiction.

 

Analysis

lost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimensionThe Robinsons continue to love Will unconditionally in spite of his altered appearance, demonstrating that family values are essential in overcoming the most difficult (and bizarre) trials imaginable.

 

Concluding Comments

“The Girl from the Green Dimension” lacks a compelling, swiftly paced narrative to compensate for its low production values. Young Lost in Space viewers may, however, be amused by the hijinks of Urso, Athena, and Dr. Smith.

 

Overall Quality: 1/10

 

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3 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 45: The Girl from the Green Dimension

  1. Jon, thee are precisely the kinds of stories that have really grown on me through the years, while other episodes I used to think very highly of have diminished in my book. I guess my priorities have changed through the years. I just love my Season Two down home warmth. :-]

  2. This is my number twenty-nine ranked episode for the classic down home, cozy and fun, colored mid season..my second favorite season of the series, despite its much maligned and unwarranted status.. :-]

  3. Beware fans, you are about to enter a zone of the longest extended streak of much more ‘LiS Lite’ and humorous episodes of the series, a string of six of them. Fans who only like the series all serious (like the beginning) cannot stand this section.

    The girl from the green mist/dimension is back, and this time she has a name..Athena. I love it. Even though it is practically LOST IN SPACE at its most ridiculous, I love it. It has grown on me. It is cute. It is all in good LOST IN SPACE fun. True, in the old days I did not think much of it, and I still recognize its overall ridiculousness. This is LOST IN SPACE though, not STAR TREK. Straight and serious science fiction we are not.