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31 Monstrous Failures #18: Tybo the Carrot Man

October 18th, 2011 No comments

By its third and final season, Lost in Space had long since abandoned its somewhat serious “first family in space” format and devolved into the Dr. Smith & Robot Adventure Hour. Dr. Smith was the mincing, cowardly yet lovable villain portrayed by Jonathan Harris, and Robot was, well, a robot. Together they were the Martin & Lewis of the outer galaxy.

In the penultimate episode, the duo faced their most infamous–and deservedly so–threat. “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” introduced us to the terror of the salad bar…

Tybo the Carrot Man!

Lacking a present to give the Robot for its birthday(!), Smith visited a planet of sentient plants in order to collect a bouquet of flowers. This, quite understandably, brought down the wrath of the aforementioned carrot man, played by the dependable Stanley Adams.*┬áBefore one could say “arugula,” Dr. Smith was transformed into an ambulatory celery stalk. Sure, why the hell not?

The website Attack of the Monster Reviews has a detailed, three-part write-up on the making of this episode, including an amusing anecdote regarding Jonathan Harris’ celery suit and a purple llama.

*Adams was better known for his guest role as con man Cyrano Jones in the fan-favorite Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles.”