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

lost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimensionStill enamored of Dr. Smith, Athena (the green woman from “Wild Adventure”) arrives on the planet occupied by the Robinson family. Trouble arises when Urso (Harry Raybould), a male member of Athena’s species, challenges Dr. Smith to a duel—with a terrible outcome for young Will.

“The Girl from the Green Dimension” is an abysmal episode of Lost in Space. Exceptionally awful are Athena’s failed efforts at seducing Dr. Smith, which become exceptionally tedious after a while.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

“The Girl from the Green Dimension” may induce cringing for its juvenile comedic gags. On several occasions, for example, Dr. Smith wiggles his nose while interactinglost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimension with Athena, prompting an amorous reaction from her—a silly and childish attempt at humor, even by the standards of a season-two Lost in Space episode.

Also worth criticizing is the appearance of Urso, who, though supposedly a strong and fearsome antagonist to Dr. Smith, resembles a viking warrior crossed with the Jolly Green Giant of canned vegetable fame.

 

Analysis

lost-in-space-the-girl-from-the-green-dimensionDespite his transformation into a green-colored alien, Will continues to elicit love from those around him—a testament to the tight-knit nature of the Robinson family.

 

Concluding Comments

Marred by the antics of Urso, Athena, and Dr. Smith, “The Girl from the Green Dimension” will likely appeal to only the youngest of Lost in Space viewers. The majority of science fiction fans, however, should avoid this effort at all costs.

 

Overall Quality: 1/10

 

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5 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.

  4. I’m re-watching my favorite show as a kid on Blue-rays. There is a giant plot hole in this episode. First Smith is scared of Athena. Then we cut to a seen where he is going to meet her, so she will give him the secret to seeing the future. Seeing the future? Where in the world did that come from? Then Urso lets Smith see the future through the telescope.

    • Joe, I have also questioned this strange change of pace scene, and I really believe that an entire chunk of this episode was cut, probably as a time-saving measure. There is definitely something missing between the two scenes.