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
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. Enraged, 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.
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 disbelief 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.
Though 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.
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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