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 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.
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 irritate 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.)
By 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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