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). Teleported to Asgard by the valkyrie Brynhilda lost-in-space-the-space-vikings(Sheila Mathews), Dr. Smith prepares Thor for an invasion of frost giants—with an amusing outcome.

“The Space Vikings” is a campy, juvenile episode of Lost in Space. Nevertheless, child audiences may enjoy the performances of Jonathan Harris, Bern Hoffman, and Sheila Mathews—recurring guest actress and former wife of series creator Irwin Allen.

 

Pros

lost-in-space-the-space-vikingsThis offering deserves praise for its elegant and majestic set designs, which establish a fitting atmosphere for the Norse god of thunder and his valkyrie wife. (The Styrofoam rocks and cheesy props featured in the Asgard sequences do, however, detract from the captivating aesthetics of Thor’s lair.)

 

Cons

Substituting sponges for stones, Dr. Smith appears to squeeze water from a solid rock—a clever deception that serves to undermine Thor on a psychological level.lost-in-space-the-space-vikings Successful in his efforts to emasculate the mighty god, Dr. Smith listens with eager ears while Thor, now reduced to a blubbering and incoherent mess, admits to being a fake warrior and attributes his insecurities to an unhappy childhood which, according to a follow-up confession, never even happened in the first place—a pathetic and disgraceful mockery of the most iconic, legendary figure in all of Norse mythology.

 

Analysis

lost-in-space-the-space-vikings“The Space Vikings” raises the possibility that powerful aliens could have influenced many of the ancient legends on Earth—a fascinating, rarely explored concept in the science fiction genre. That being said, this episode lacks the intelligence and thoughtfulness of “Who Mourns for Adonais?” from Star Trek: The Original Series, which depicts the Greek god Apollo as a complex and semi-realistic figure.

 

Concluding Comments

One of the worst episodes of Lost in Space, “The Space Vikings” may evoke criticism for its goofy humor and annoying characters. Especially awful are Dr. Smith’s interactions with Thor, whose portrayal often borders on the absurd.

 

Overall Quality: 3/10

 

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3 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..

  3. If you know Norse mythology, their gods left Earth (“Midgard”) and went to space (“Asgard”), so there is some bit of literary basis for the shenanigans contained in this episode. Not the worst Season 2 episode for me—that is Mutiny In Space; that’s possibly the worst in the series.