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Whilst Koenig and Maya are exploring a planet called Luton,which is lush in vegetation, she picks a flower and he helps himself to some fruit. As a result they are put on trial for murder by three talking trees, the Judges of Luton. The trial is by combat and the pair must face three aliens, one with superstrength, one which can render itself invisible and one which can teleport. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Beware of the Berries
12 July 2016 | by (Birmingham, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Others have compared this to episodes of 'Star Trek' & 'The Outer Limits', but when, shortly after arriving on planet Luton, Koenig and Maya get accused of murder for nibbling some of the abundant fruit, I was immediately reminded of the 'Lost in Space' episode 'The Great Vegetable Rebellion' .... in which the villain was a walking, talking carrot. In 'Luton' the villains appear to be some rather nasty trees on a hill, who proclaim that all visitors who break the law (ignorance is no excuse) must fight to the death in order to gain their freedom. Thus Koenig and Maya are matched against three motley aliens and this struggle takes up most of the episode. The aliens appear to be having a 'bad makeup' day and are none too bright, so the trees give them some 'superpowers' to even things up. Even so, two of them go to meet their maker along the way, more as a result of their own stupidity and clumsiness than any particular aggression from our heroes. When Koenig finds himself in a position to be able to kill his last opponent he refuses to do so and enters into a 'Captain Kirk' style speech in which he accuses the trees of staging the whole event for their own perverse pleasure. This seems to strike a chord with the other vegetation who start a 'peasants revolt' and there is much waving of grass and shaking of leaves. The trees back down remarkably easily and tell all those left alive that they are free to go. The trees are indeed fiendishly clever, as they manage to block communications with Moonbase Alpha and even make their planet appear to vanish from the Alphan scanners (thus preventing any rescue)up to this point. The basic concept of this episode is quite fascinating and we can only hope that one day it will be developed rather more intelligently. I wonder how the story would have been developed had it been included in series one of Space 1999? As it is, the episode is pretty typical of TV SF of the period - lots of plot holes and inconsistencies which are ignored for the sake of expediency. A reasonably satisfying lightweight tea-time adventure, so long as you don't look too deeply into the cracks.


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