Lost in Space Episode 48: Mutiny in Space

General Information

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

 

Overview

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 oflost-in-space-mutiny-in-space 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.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

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 lost-in-space-mutiny-in-spaceserves 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.)

 

Analysis

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Concluding Comments

lost-in-space-mutiny-in-spaceBy 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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4 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 48: Mutiny in Space

  1. This is my number twenty-seven 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.. :-]

  2. What can I say about this one? For one thing, it came in dead last in online Season Two episode rankings polls I ran at a particular online yahoogroups LOST IN SPACE fan list way back in 2000.

    I, personally, consider this to be the ‘noisiest’ episode of the series. It has definitely grown on me through the years. Sure, it is obviously not a LOST IN SPACE work of art, and nobody will be comparing it to classic B&W episodes anytime soon. But I love the fun of it. This one is obviously pure spoof. Maybe we can chalk it all up to one of those long dream sequences. Dr. Smith and Admiral Zahrk just crack me up here..

  3. Oh, I still say it is fun and funny and enjoyable. It is better than “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” for me..the stock background incidental music alone. Come on people? Where is your sense of fun and entertainment?!? :-]