Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: Ark II: "The Robot" (October 2, 1976)
This week on Ark II, Robby the Robot of Forbidden Planet (1956) fame guest stars as Alpha 1, or “Alphie,” in “The Robot.”
After Alphie’s noble act, Jonah realizes he was wrong to harshly judge the robot. As Ruth notes at one point, “robots make mistakes…but so do people.”
Samuel, meanwhile, displays powerful emotions when he realizes that his creation has died heroically. These are welcome colors that the characters could have used on other occasions too, so that they wouldn’t always seem so perfect…and cardboard.
In “The Robot,” Ruth notes “It’s the only ark we have,” which, on the surface, seems to suggest the Ark II is indeed a one-of-a-kind. On the other hand, she may simply be referring to the crew. It’s the only ark this crew has, in other words. So we almost get clarity, and then we get robbed of clarity...