In The Fantastic Journey's fourth episode, "Children of the Gods," our wayward travelers in the Bermuda Triangle -- Varian, Scott, Lianna, Fred, Willaway and Sil-El -- happen into a strange province that reveals signs of both the ancient past, namely Greek ruins from 500 BC, and the distant future, particularly a bombed-out, ruined metropolis on the horizon.
Realizing only he can save Willaway from impending execution, Scott prepares for ceremonial combat with Alpha. If he wins, he can take the leadership role in the society and save his friend's life...
In both stories, the children are finally reminded of their common humanity, and of the fact that the "leader" will soon be an adult, himself.
The Lord of the Flies premise also appeared throughout science fiction film and television in the 1970s quite a bit, from the "cubs" in Logan's Run (1976), to the "Children of Methuselah" episode of The Starlost in 1973.
Willaway also gets to demonstrate again his characteristic world-weariness when he wonders: "Are people ever going to stop killing each other?"
In both instances, these "tools" feel a little bit like crutches. They are easy outs for the characters (and for writers...) when confrontations occur.
Other than Willaway -- who is featured in a great visual composition as he appears from behind a Greek bust -- Ike Eisenmann's Scott probably comes off the best in "Children of the Gods." His character boasts a strong sense of morality, and a sympathetic heart. Here, Scott volunteers for ritual combat with Alpha -- a much taller, stronger teenager -- knowing he will lose, but that he has no choice but to make the attempt. He's a brave and likeable kid. This is not a small accomplishment in terms of performance and character development since a lot of "sci fi kids" like Wesley Crusher or Adric end up somehow angering sci-fi fans, and, I think, unconsciously activating a sense of fandom's own deep-seated self-loathing.