Big Picture Science – War of the Worlds: A Correction

by Gary Niederhoff on October 21, 2013

War of the Worlds: A Correction
Part 5 of Skeptic Check: War of the Worlds, featuring a listener’s correction of a bit in our Welcome to our Labor-atory episode, wherein Seth referred to the robot from “Lost in Space” as Robby the Robot. Robby the Robot was actually a character in the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet”. The “Lost in Space” robot is better known simply as “robot”, but is technically known as the “B-9 Environmental Control Robot”. For the more trivia-minded, the robot may be known as G.U.N.T.E.R, an acronym for General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot. Both robots were designed by Robert Kinoshita. To Seth’s unintentional, and therefore undeserved credit, Robby the Robot did actually guest star on two episodes of “Lost in Space”: Ep#20, “War of the Robots” and Ep#60, “Condemned of Space”.
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