The Jupiter Moon Menace

Battle Of The PlanetsFlaming meteorites begin raining down on heavily populated cities on Earth, wrecking havoc, death and destruction. Chief Anderson analyzes samples of the meteorites and discovers that they originated on Callisto, a moon of Jupiter. The Phoenix is launched toward the moon, where it is discovered that Zoltar and Commander Typhon of the planet Scorpius control a huge, scorpion-like vehicle which mines moon rocks and then fires them at Earth. G-Force must destroy the mecha before it destroys Earth.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Battle Of The PlanetsVoice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Note: The scenes of panicked Earth citizens fleeing (and dying) from the original Gatchaman episode are excised completely; 7-Zark-7 says he has sent an evacuation order to prevent deaths on the ground. (Handy, that.) Also removed is Jason destroying the mecha’s control room with a hail of machine gun fire. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

LogBook entry by Earl Green