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

lost-in-space-mutiny-in-spaceWhile exiling himself from the Jupiter 2, Dr. Smith encounters an alien spacecraft that appears to be abandoned. Soon after, Admiral Zahrk (Ronald Long)—member of the Imperial Cassiopeian Navy and commander of the deserted ship—kidnaps Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot before resuming his search for the traitorous Mr. Kidnoh.

“Mutiny in Space” is an incoherent, juvenile offering. Fans of cerebral science fiction should therefore avoid this effort, which earns its reputation as the worst episode of Lost in Space.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

By barking orders at his “crew” (consisting solely of Will, Dr. Smith, and the Robot) in the loudest, most annoying voice imaginable, Admiral Zahrk serves only to lost-in-space-mutiny-in-spaceirritate 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 behavior from the main characters. (In fairness, however, child audiences—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 slapdash storytelling with grade-school antics, “Mutiny in Space” may alienate the majority of Lost in Space viewers. Especially terrible are the shenanigans of Admiral Zahrk, whose cartoon villainy, boorish demeanor, and quest for an imaginary foe make him the least compelling character in the entire series—even compared to a talking carrot man, a green-colored viking, and a group of biker space hippies.

 

Overall Quality: 1/10

 

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8 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..

    • Are you kidding, or over-exaggerating? This one is quite better and much more fun that the notorious, very late series “Vegetable” (plus “Junkyard” and others). Whereas this episode gets better through the years, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” continues to get worse and worse and more groan-worthy. I will watch this story before “Vegetable” any day..and twice on Sunday.. :-]

  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?!? :-]

    • This is not “Incredibly bad”..and Season Two’s standards are wonderful..but thank you. It is later Season Three’s “standards” that are lacking..

    • Jim, I agree. Way too much dumping on this episode here. Personally, I found it to be downright hilarious!