X Minus One – A Gun for Dinosaur
Air date: 7 March, 1956
Adapted by Ernest Kinoy
When going back into the murky epochs of Earth’s prehistory to witness now-extinct creatures at the apex of their existence, it’s important to know the appropriate caliber of gun to hunt them down with. Adapted from the L. Sprague de Camp story of the same name, A Gun for Dinosaur illustrates precisely why the savagery of the mighty Tyrannosaur ain’t got nothing on that of civilized homo Sapiens with a gatt and a bad attitude.
From the acting, to the music, to the use of sound, a plethora of elements add to the show’s entertainment value, but of particular effectiveness is the subtlety in which the subject matter is presented. The absurdity of super-science being exploited so that modern humans can bag dino heads for trophies is handled with a feather-light touch; taken seriously, but casually, the concept free from the burden of pretentious techno-babble or overt, self-righteous condemnations of mankind’s destructive arrogance (although such arrogance plays a significant part in the story, rest assured). Gun is unspooling its yarn without hesitation, embarrassment, or apology, which makes for an episode of X-1 that engrosses the listener 62 years after it first aired.
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