Lost in Space Episode 49: The Space Vikings

General Information

Director: Ezra Stone

Writer: Margaret Brookman Hill

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Sheila Mathews, and Bern Hoffman

Composer: Alexander Courage

Air Date: 2/8/1967

Production #: 9520

 

Overview

While play-acting with Will and Penny, Dr. Smith acquires the hammer and gauntlets of Thor (Bern Hoffman). Thereafter, the valkyrie Brynhilda (Sheila Mathews)lost-in-space-the-space-vikings teleports Dr. Smith to Asgard, where an army of frost giants will soon invade. Terrified of Thor, Dr. Smith succeeds in taming the god of thunder, leaving Asgard without a strong defender in the upcoming battle.

“The Space Vikings” is a campy, juvenile episode of Lost in Space. There are times, however, when the performance of Sheila Mathews—former wife of Irwin Allen—will surely entertain those with an appreciation for absurd humor.

 

Pros

lost-in-space-the-space-vikingsThe set designs featured in this episode contribute to a magnificent, captivating atmosphere that effectively complements the lair of a powerful deity and his wife. (That being said, the props and backdrops employed in “The Space Vikings” might have been better utilized in a more serious and compelling effort.)

 

Cons

Hoping to gain the trust of Thor, Dr. Smith pretends to squeeze water from solid rocks (in reality, the good doctor substitutes a pair of sponges for the stoneslost-in-space-the-space-vikings given to him by Thor, producing a bizarre but convincing deception). Though mildly amusing, the above-described scene is followed by a cringe-worthy, idiotic display wherein Thor—now reduced to a blubbering mess as a result of Dr. Smith’s psychological manipulation—admits to being a fake warrior and attributes his insecurities to an unhappy childhood which, according to a follow-up confession, never existed in the first place.

 

Analysis

Similar to “Who Mourns for Adonais?” from Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Space Vikings” raises the possibility that extraterrestrial beingslost-in-space-the-space-vikings might have influenced, at least in part, the ancient Earth legends with which Thor, Brynhilda, and other gods are associated—a fascinating, rarely explored concept in the science fiction genre. Unfortunately, Margaret Brookman Hill’s narrative premise is never examined with the dignity that it deserves—quite unlike the aforementioned episode of Star Trek, which portrays the Greek god Apollo as a complex and semi-realistic figure.

 

Concluding Comments

Notorious among Lost in Space fans, “The Space Vikings” earns its status as one of the worst episodes in the entire series. Especially awful are Thor’s interactions with Dr. Smith, which will likely induce groaning from the majority of viewers.

 

Overall Quality: 3/10

 

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2 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 49: The Space Vikings

  1. This is my number thirty 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. Well, here is my bottom ranked episode of the season..not the entire series, mind you. Still, I can like and appreciate this rather ‘different’ episode. However, Sheila Mathews as Brynhilda kind of grates on my nerves here. I am also not very fond of some of the background incidental music scores used again from Alexander Courage’s “The Girl From The Green Dimension.”

    I have a good LOST IN SPACE buddy who overall has very similar tastes as I do who considers this episode the very worst of the entire series. For me, that dishonor goes to Season Three’s “A Day At The Zoo,” but as Season Two alone goes, this is also my bottom feeder. Someone had to be there..