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An episode that has gone down in history as one of the most notorious
of the entire show, it's not actually the absolute worst though. I'd
say there are a number of series two episodes that are quite a bit
worse than this one.
Certainly the episode is remembered most for the life-size talking carrot named Tybo, played by Stanley Adams (who also played Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek:TOS episode "The Trouble with Tribbles").
At least we have an underlying sci-fi concept here, in that the possibility of intelligent, vegetable-based life forms is examined. But of course not in any seriously scientific way - after all this is Lost in Space! Parts of the episode are quite enjoyable, although it does drag a bit in the middle.
Yet again, Dr Smith drives the action by sneaking off in the shuttle pod down to the planet of vegetation, against the wishes of the rest of the crew. Meanwhile it's party-time on the Jupiter 2 as the Robot's birthday is celebrated. Although I'm thinking since the Robinson's have been in outer-space for so long, where (not) on Earth did they get those excellent 60s paper decorations, party blowers and hats from? I quite like them! After the party's over, John Robinson again does the right (or perhaps wrong) thing by yet again going out of his way to rescue Smith from yet another scrape of his own making. Much hacking and slashing through the planetary jungle occurs, causing cries of pain from the lesser plants throughout the episode.
Smith gets turned into a stick of celery and becomes a real tree-hugger, whilst the Robinsons get trapped in a kind of pleasant greenhouse-like jail by the uncompromising Tybo, who also wishes to transform them all into lifeforms of the vegetable kingdom.
It also looks as if part of a set from "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is re-used here, which jars quite a bit compared to the Jungle scenes.
Penny sleeps through most of the episode but at least Judy gets a few lines in this one.
There's also a completely forgettable sidekick called Willoughby and a dancing, feral plant rather reminiscent of a life form seen in the preceding episode.
Overall though, a must-watch for any real LIS fan, and rightly or wrongly an episode which defines the more outlandish aspects of the show.
The Robinsons and Smith find a talking carrot monster.
Whenever science fiction fans wish to attack Lost In Space this episode is always mentioned in the conversation. According to Jonathan Harris (Smith), this second last episode of LIS came about because the writer, Peter Packer, did not have another idea in his head. After three seasons of scripting the series, Packer just ran out of ideas.
Cast members report that they could not hold back laughter during this adventure and you will see Mark Godddard (Don) turning away from the camera for no reason (looking at nothing) because he just could not look at the carrot monster without laughing.
Guy Williams (John) and June Lockhart (Maureen) got in trouble with the producer for holding up filming by laughing all the time.
This hour is as bad as people say but worth a look for Goddard's above mentioned acting.
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