Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)
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Space Magnet 

Super magnet grabs XL7 and the moon. Steve Zodiac and XL5 track them to Magnetic planet and an alien race - the Solars.

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Commander Wilbur Zero / Captain Ross (voice)

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Super magnet grabs XL7 and the moon. Steve Zodiac and XL5 track them to Magnetic planet and an alien race - the Solars.

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Goodnight Moon
15 April 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This is another episode where you just have to check your knowledge of science at the door, come on in and enjoy the ride.

The XL5 is refueling at Space City when a distress call arrives from the XL7. They have lost control and may be crashing. The XL5 finishes fueling and waits for the moon to come up to launch. But to everyone's surprise the moon DOESN'T come up! After two hours it finally does, but is much farther away then usual. The XL5 takes off in search of the XL7 and to find out what's going on with the moon.

To Steve's surprise, despite their flying towards the moon, the distance between them remains the same! Something or someone is pulling the moon away from the earth's orbit! That something turns out to be the Magnetic Planet where the invisible people there want to steal the moon so they can have light at night! There's action aplenty as the XL5 almost crashes into the planet, the ship makes a rare landing on the planet and they find the remains of the XL7. Matt is captured and discovers the survivors of the XL7, who Steve manages to rescue. Just as it seems like things are back under control, they notice the moon is coming too close and is on a collision course with the planet! In the nick of time a nearly blinded Matt (he broke his glasses) is able to turn off the magnetic pull and return the moon to earth's orbit.

The series ends with a beautiful shot of Steve and Venus admiring the moon from outside her beachfront cottage. It just looks gorgeous. Venus makes a flirting remark but Steve is completely oblivious.

Based on the production order of the DVD collection I think this actually was one of the earliest episodes to be shot but ended up being the last to be shown in the US. It appears to be the first episode in which Zoony and Venus' beachfront cottage are shown. Zoony actually "senses" the movement of the moon before anyone else and the danger XL7 is in, and I found him less annoying than in several other episodes. Apparently newspapers make a comeback in the future as we see both Steve and Matt reading hard copies. And the slang "boss" makes a comeback in the future as it is used twice in this episode.


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