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
Slaying a hostile creature in self-defense, Professor Robinson invokes the wrath of Megazor (Vincent Beck)—competitor in an intergalactic hunt 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.
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 refuses 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.
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.
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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