Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 22

The Challenge (2 Mar. 1966)

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John and Will fight a battle with an alien father and son that is to the death.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
The Ruler


The Robinson party meets Quano, a stoic twelve-year-old alien boy from a warrior race who's on the planet for a survival challenge. Since Will is near his age, a fight-challenge is offered. Will has no interest in fighting without reason, but Quano wants the challenge, in part to prove his superiority but also to prove his worthiness as heir apparent to his often-absent father, ruler of their male-dominated race. Quano finally goads Will into accepting, but Will doesn't know that, if he wins, Quano's family with have to destroy him and all witnesses. Dr. Smith surreptitiously learns of this and, threatened into silence, works to wear Will down with over-training before the contest, to save their lives. Written by statmanjeff

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2 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Penny Robinson: Oh, that horrid, little boy!
Prof. John Robinson: Well, I don't think Quano'd mind being called "horrid," but I think he'd object most strenuously to being called a little boy.
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Young Kurt Russell
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of Lost in Space contains Ansara who is the Ruler that has a son, Quarlo--Kurt Russell. He plays and hunts with Will Robinson then there is a challenge, which Kurt loses. This has apparently happened before and to keep the family name and honor the winner of the contests have been eliminated.

John Robinson intervenes, proves that you don't have to always win but be a father to your son and the Ruler with Kurt go off to fight together against a fierce out-worldly beast.

Another great effort by Mr. Disney Kurt Russell, about the same age as when he did a part for Gilligan's Isle.

A pretty good episode with John Robinson actually having a larger role than Dr. Smith.

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