Lost in Space Episode 82: The Great Vegetable Rebellion

General Information

Director: Don Richardson

Writer: Peter Packer

Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, Stanley Adams, and James Millhollin

Composer: Alexander Courage

Air Date: 2/28/1968

Production #: 1521

 

Overview

After traveling to an alien planet in order to gather flowers for the Robot on his birthday, Dr. Smith commits the “crime” of killing a self-aware plant. lost-in-space-the-great-vegetable-rebellionEnraged, Tybo (Stanley Adams)—a talking carrot man—transforms Dr. Smith into a stalk of celery and confines the Robinson family to a hot house maintained by Willoughby (James Millhollin), a lettuce-human hybrid.

“The Great Vegetable Rebellion” earns its reputation as the most bizarre Lost in Space episode of all time. Fans of campy television may, however, enjoy this guilty pleasure for its delightfully idiotic approach to humor.

 

Pros

Arguably the most hilariously naughty character ever featured in Lost in Space, Stanley Adams’ carrot man will no doubt entertain audiences with a high capacity for lost-in-space-the-great-vegetable-rebelliondisbelief suspension. (That being said, the repetitious nature of Tybo’s antics may try the viewer’s patience after a while.)

Also terrific is the mischievous musical arrangement composed by Alexander Courage, which, when employed as a complement to the nefarious adventures of Tybo, works to accentuate the cartoonish (and therefore amusing) personality of a villain who admittedly has no place in a science fiction program.

 

Cons

lost-in-space-the-great-vegetable-rebellionThough hardly more juvenile than the majority of third season Lost in Space episodes, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” offers only a small number of worthwhile character moments (e.g. Professor Robinson’s refusal to let Tybo die of thirst) to compensate for the absurd and tediously one-note premise (described as “trash” by Peter Packer himself) on which it operates.

 

Analysis

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Concluding Comments

A groan-inducing effort, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” would best be avoided by those of a serious inclination. Stanley Adams should nevertheless be commended for his portrayal of Tybo, a mildly humorous addition to an abysmal throwaway episode.

 

Overall Quality: 3/10

 

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6 thoughts on “Lost in Space Episode 82: The Great Vegetable Rebellion

  1. I’ve been looking forward to reading your analysis of this one! As you indicated, it is truly dreadful. I do believe it was written, at least in part, with a wink and smile. Perhaps that’s why I have a soft spot for it. The distance between this and the pilot are mindboggling. I think of the bad campy episodes as hour long sitcoms with a flimsy sci-fi element. It’s just that they’re not very good sitcoms in that they’re not funny whereas this one truly makes me laugh.

  2. If they made a decent costume or a scary one for Typo. The story was a good one. Just the Carrot costume was stupid.

  3. This is my number twenty-two ranked episode for the psychedelic and far out, all over the place, highly inconsistent and relatively overrated, shortest final colored season..

  4. Everybody stop trying to sugar coat what this episode really actually was/is..

    The series that was LOST IN SPACE at its notoriously, widely acclaimed worst embarrassment lol.. :-p

  5. This is the episode that many people remember about LIS. And really it is fun to watch. I always like to watch Major West when he is looking off so he won’t show himself laughing. It really should have been the last episode of the series.

  6. This episode is much better than many say. You have to see it as whimsical and humorous. Smith clinging to a tree content to be a celery stalk was hilariously brilliant. While complaining as Willoughby nibbles at him. Will- “Willouby, you’re gonna have to stop nibbling on Dr. Smith- he says its jarring”. All involved play it perfectly for the playfully hilarious episode it was surely meant to be
    Those who mock this episode must be forgetting that a large proportion of LIS episodes were playful whimsy. Thor and the Frost Giants. The Questing Beast. And many, many others. The show was rarely straight scifi.
    It has become doctrine that this was a terrible episode. Forget the doctrine- just watch and smile.

    Tim