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 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. Series enthusiasts may, however, enjoy this guilty pleasure for its campy humor.
Arguably the most hilarious villain ever featured in Lost in Space, the carrot man played by Stanley Adams (whom Star Trek fans may recognize from “The Trouble with Tribbles”) will entertain those 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 amusing is the original music of Alexander Courage, whose arrangement for this episode conveys an air of mischief around Tybo and his nefarious deeds.
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 its absurd and one-note premise (described as “trash” by Peter Packer himself).
A groan-inducing effort, “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” would best be avoided by those of a serious inclination. Nevertheless, Stanley Adams should be commended for his portrayal of Tybo.
Overall Quality: 3/10
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