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
While chasing a dragon, space knight Sagramonte (Hans Conried) calls upon Will for assistance. Penny, in contrast, forms an immediate friendship with the 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 humor. Carey Wilber’s narrative should, however, be applauded for containing a heartfelt exchange between Will and Dr. Smith.
Child audiences may enjoy Sagramonte for his goofy antics.
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 difficulty 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 comedic devices that plague nearly every scene.)
Following Will’s disillusionment with Sagramonte, Dr. Smith makes a laudable effort to restore his young friend’s faith in humanity—a subtle indication that for all his vile and selfish behavior, Dr. Smith genuinely cares about Will on a personal level.
“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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