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"Lost in Space" The Great Vegetable Rebellion (1968)

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Carrot and stick

5/10
Author: benkidlington from North West England
18 November 2010

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.

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