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Carrot and stick
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
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
Overall though, a must-watch for any real LIS fan, and rightly or
wrongly an episode which defines the more outlandish aspects of the
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