The ARK crew unwittingly opens a Pandora's Box of pollution when they revive a 20th Century business tycoon determined to kick-start production of his trademark toxic chemical fertilizer.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Terry Lester ...
Jean Marie Hon ...
José Flores ...
Adam ...
Arnie Pool
Norman Funk


The ARK crew unwittingly opens a Pandora's Box of pollution when they revive a 20th Century business tycoon determined to kick-start production of his trademark toxic chemical fertilizer.

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Family | Sci-Fi




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23 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Arnie Pool: [Addressing the village leader] What are ya, Jeb, a Democrat or a Republican?
Ruth: [Speaking up for the perplexed Jeb] There are no Democrats or Republicans anymore, Mr. Poole.
Arnie Pool: You mean no one's running the country? That's un-American!
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Ark II--The Cryogenic Man
27 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again reinforcing its "go Green" message (predating the environmental friendly movement of today), Ark II's "The Cryogenic Man" (I can't stand the fact that the title isn't plural, because Fiedler is just as much a factor in the plot's importance as the more recognized Backus) pokes gleeful fun at capitalism and industrial age assembly line business philosophy, as well as, address how corrupt business practices perhaps fuels the pollution that sent the earth into a tailspin (along with population explosion out of control and continual war). The Ark II crew re-awaken (at the near cost of their own lives, due to a potential explosion that might have resulted from using power from the Ark cruiser to connect with the cryogenic chambers) two men from the 20th Century (500 years from the setting of the show) from deep sleep suspended animation. Richard Backus (of Gilligan's Island fame) and the one and only John Fiedler (the voice of Piglet on Winnie the Pooh, and a character actor who perfected the nervy, feeble-voiced, small-statured tag-along yes-man) are businessman and his associate respectively, awakened to find a world far from what they left. No skyscrapers, commerce, malls, luxuries, or even cars, Democrats or Republicans, and this don't exactly sit well with Backus. A suitcase full of cash that meant so much in the century of Backus is meaningless 500 years later; the poor bunch occupying the area (wearing dirty scraps for clothes, looking as if bathing water is not in good supply) he once called home is only concerned with decent crops to survive, not having a clue as to the once dependent purpose of monetary wealth so important to men like Backus. Backus eyes his liquid compound plant, once producing a fertilizer that carried his name's trademark, and sees the ability to grow crops in seconds, knowing (as Fiedler is quick to inform him) that there's a toxic compound that could produce unhealthy results upon consumption. Backus isn't willing to let Rose's testing of the fertilizer deter him from success, but that damned plant is a junkheap about to combust. Rose and Jonah are captured and put under cryogenic sleep thanks to Backus' manipulation of the town's starving group, but the Ark II's resources will be needed in order to stop the plant from coming unglued. So the danger of awakening Jonah and Rose from deep sleep will once again present itself, and it will be up to Fiedler's help of Samuel and chimp Adam in order to succeed. I love the Planet of the Apes reference when Backus reacts to Adam upon his awakening, and seeing Backus and Fiedler, so out of place in such a setting as the apocalyptic future, is a rather surreal treat. I'm not sure how they would survive absent the usual amenities they're so accustomed, but the sight of them, such fish out of water, is splendid.

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