Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Peter Packer
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Ronald Long
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 2/1/1967
Production #: 9519
While exiling himself from the Jupiter 2, Dr. Smith encounters an alien spacecraft that appears to be deserted. Soon after, Admiral Zahrk (Ronald Long)—member of the Imperial Cassiopeian Navy—kidnaps Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot before resuming his search for the traitorous Mr. Kidnoh.
“Mutiny in Space” is marred by an incoherent, if not thoroughly nonsensical, teleplay from series contributor Peter Packer. Those who prefer cerebral science fiction over juvenile antics should therefore avoid this episode, which many fans regard as the worst in the entire series.
By barking orders at his “crew” (i.e. the aforementioned Will, Dr. Smith, and Robot trio) in the loudest, most exaggerated voice imaginable, Admiral Zahrk serves only to annoy rather than amuse. For this reason among others, “Mutiny in Space” fails as a comedy piece—quite unlike “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” from season three, which, despite being utterly ridiculous, manages to entertain without resorting to obnoxious character traits. (In all fairness, viewers of a young age—likely the target demographic of this episode—may find humor in certain aspects of Admiral Zahrk’s personality.)
By combining a slapdash narrative with cringe-worthy production values, “Mutiny in Space” earns its reputation as the most bizarre, vexing, and downright terrible episode of Lost in Space. Audiences with a low tolerance for goofy, idiotic shenanigans would thus be wise to search elsewhere for a captivating (or even remotely decent) hour of television.
Overall Quality: 1/10
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