Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: Ark II: "The Cryogenic Man" (October 23, 1976)
Ark II conjures up a surprisingly sharp and witty installment this Saturday morning with “The Cryogenic Man,” an episode guest starring Gilligan’s Island actor Jim Backus -- Thurston Howell himself -- as “Arnold Pool.” Pool is a twentieth-century business tycoon awakened into the twenty-fifth century, along with his assistant, Norman Funk (John Fiedler).
Even though he’s awakened into a new and post-apocalyptic world, the entitled Pool believes he can still buy happiness with his vast fortune. He offers the villagers cold hard cash (ten dollars an hour) to build him a big new house in the center of town. Naturally, they’ve never even seen money.
Finally, the Ark II crew shuts down the factory (with a well-placed laser blast), and Pool promises to change his ways; to think about ecology, not just making money.
But overall, today’s world suggests that Jonah’s belief that we can “learn and grow” has not yet come to pass in the real world. Instead, we seem to be making the same mistakes over and over.