Saturday Morning Cult TV Blogging: "The Drought" (November 13, 1976)
This proves a poor selection when the crew’s old nemesis, the scoundrel Fagon (Jonathan Harris) stages a trap for Jonah and steals the vehicle.
It turns out that Fagon and his gang of young “Flies” want the cloud seeder as well, and now, with Ark II, have the means to get it. Unfortunately, Adam, Samuel and Ruth are all captured in the village of the time capsule by a primitive witch doctor who believes that the Rain God is angry with them. He orders them to be sacrificed in “The Cave of No Return.”
There’s an old saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. There’s every reason to suspect that Fagon will remain just as foolish and selfish in the future as he has been in the past. This is hardly “mission accomplished” and the unsatisfactory conclusion of “The Drought” only points out again the kind of amorphous missions that the Ark II conducts. The crew’s goals and rules are not always clear or carefully established. Accordingly, it hardly seems like good procedure to leave the untrustworthy Fagon in charge of an important project.