Lost in Space Episode 63: Hunter’s Moon

General Information

Director: Don Richardson

Writer: Jack Turley

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

Composer: None (Stock Music)

Air Date: 9/27/1967

Production #: 1502

 

Overview

Slaying a hostile creature in self-defense, Professor Robinson invokes the wrath of Megazor (Vincent Beck)—competitor in an intergalactic huntlost-in-space-hunters-moon wherein points are awarded for successful kills. To compensate for his dead prey, Megazor prepares for the next round of his sadistic game by targeting Professor Robinson—supposedly a more valuable opponent than the fallen beast.

By showcasing the extraordinary acting and athletic abilities of Guy Williams, “Hunter’s Moon” will appeal to fans of the late Lost in Space star. Especially worth noting is the climactic scene, during which the Robinson patriarch must overcome a variety of obstacles in order to survive.

 

Pros

Despite being a cold and ruthless killer, Megazor adheres to a personal code of honor while participating in the suitability tests of Zon. Specifically, Megazor lost-in-space-hunters-moonrefuses to attack defenseless or incapacitated lifeforms, believing that to do so would demonstrate a lack of sportsmanship—an early example of a now iconic science fiction trope (i.e. an alien hunter presenting a fierce but noble challenge to a skilled human competitor).

It should also be mentioned that Professor Robinson proves himself a resourceful, determined, and dangerous rival to Megazor. At one point, for example, John turns the protector suit into a decoy, providing Megazor with a false sense of victory at a critical moment in the game—a brilliant maneuver from a tragically underutilized character.

 

Cons

lost-in-space-hunters-moonWhile searching for Professor Robinson, Will and Dr. Smith are chased by an unconvincing, if not ridiculous, rock monster.

 

Analysis

For placing the welfare of his son (and even that of Dr. Smith) above his own safety, Professor Robinson deserves his reputation as an exemplary hero figure—much in contrast to Megazor, who scoffs at the notion of loyalty and dedication to family.

 

Concluding Comments

Similar to “The Challenge” from season one, “Hunter’s Moon” makes effective use of the alien warrior concept. Therefore, those who prefer compelling action/adventure-themed scenarios over juvenile camp (e.g. the antics of Dr. Smith) would be wise to view this episode.

 

Overall Quality: 9/10

 

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3 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 63: Hunter’s Moon

  1. This is my number four ranked episode for the psychedelic and far out, all over the place, highly inconsistent and relatively overrated, shortest final colored season..

  2. There was a brief time during high school days that I actually considered this one my very top favorite episode of all. Indeed, it is a pretty solid entry and a popular one as well, as I observed from various fans at lists, especially those big Guy Williams’ lovers. This one was a
    ‘one hit’ written episode for Jack Turley. He did no other for this series.

    As is typical this late in the series, however, there are some unnecessary, unfortunate and embarrassing scenes and dialogue located within. Overall though, this episode is easily one of the top third episodes of the season. It is a long time sentimental favorite and pretty high on the adventure meter.

  3. I like the crash scene with the J2 and the outside shots.

    Does anyone know if those were at 20th C Fox backlot? I suppose so.

    Was going to ask Bill Mumy this when I go to the Comic Con in April in NJ, cant wait.

    Mark, Angela, Bill, and Marta will all be there!