Lost in Space Episode 46: The Questing Beast

General Information

Director: Don Richardson

Writer: Carey Wilber

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Hans Conried

Composer: Cyril Mockridge

Air Date: 1/11/1967

Production #: 9517

 

Overview

lost-in-space-the-questing-beastWhile chasing a dragon, space knight Sagramonte (Hans Conried) calls upon Will for assistance. In the meantime, Penny develops a friendship with the aforementioned dragon, who reveals herself to be a charming, feminine creature.

Arguably the worst episode of Lost in Space, “The Questing Beast” deserves criticism for its campy, juvenile approach to humor. Carey Wilber’s narrative should, however, be applauded for containing a heartfelt exchange between Will and Dr. Smith.

 

Pros

Several mildly amusing moments are present.

 

Cons

By emphasizing slapstick violence and low-budget costumes from start to finish, “The Questing Beast” struggles to examine its underlying conflict (i.e. Will’s lost-in-space-the-questing-beastdifficulty in reconciling youthful endeavors with his developing perspective on life) through a lens of maturity—much in contrast to season one’s “The Magic Mirror,” which explores Penny’s transition from childhood to adolescence through a poignant and relatively serious framework. (Dr. Smith’s encouraging conversation with Will does, in all fairness, partially redeem this episode from the stale, cringe-worthy comedic devices that plague nearly every scene.)

 

Analysis

Following Will’s disillusionment with Sagramonte, Dr. Smith makes a laudable effort to restore the Robinson boy’s faith in humanity—a subtle indication thatlost-in-space-the-questing-beast for all his vile and selfish behavior, the good doctor genuinely cares about the well-being of his young companion.

 

Concluding Comments

“The Questing Beast” is a dreadful, albeit briefly touching, episode of Lost in Space. Therefore, viewers would be wise to search elsewhere for a compelling science fiction/fantasy piece.

 

Overall Quality: 2/10

 

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3 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 46: The Questing Beast

  1. This is my number twenty-three 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. Here is a notoriously infamous and despised episode among some fans. This is definitely one in which you must look beyond the surface value to like/love it and appreciate it. There is actually a very, very warm and pleasant tale in there.

    As with many of these, I have grown to love and appreciate this one more and more through the years. Hans Conried was fabulous in his role. The guest incidental music scores from Cyril Mockridge are also fine and dandy, although admittedly goofy.

    You just cannot take ones such as this too seriously..

  3. My sister and I actually enjoyed it! It is a clear tribute to T.H.White, and echoes young Wart’s meetings with King Pellinore. Silly, yes, but also rather kind-hearted and wise. We didn’t mind the silliness, and it was nice to see Dr. Smith doing something positive for once. Also, yay Penny!