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Star Trek - Who Mourns for Adonais?

episode 2.2
Raumschiff Enterprise - Der Tempel des Apoll

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Marc Daniels
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michael Forest, Leslie Parrish, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, John Winston
written by Theodore Sturgeon, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Gerald Fried

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner




The Enterprise approaches an presumed to be uninhabitated M-class planet when they're suddenly caught in a force field that looks like a giant human hand. Whoever's behind the hand orders a landing party down onto the planet, and since Captain Kirk (William Shatner) finds no way out of the forcefield, he does as asked, and is accompanied be Bones (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), and Lt. Carolyn Palamas (Leslie Parrish), a science officer Scotty has the hots for. Once down, they find a Greek temple, inhabited by someone believing himself to be the Greek God Apollo (Michael Forest), who thinks the crew of the Enterprise has come to worship him, and he's ready to invite them to his planet and treat them to a simple life cultivating the country side. Of course, Kirk refuses instantly, but Apollo isn't one to be turned down, so he cuts off communication to the Enterprise, just to keep Kirk and company here. And while Kirk might be deadset against worshipping Apollo, Carolyn falls for on spot, and he's more than happy to offer her a place at his side.

Kirk and company soon find out that Apollo is easily irritated, and that after each display of his (impressive) power he needs time to regenerate. They also figure he's the real Apollo from earth, just not a God but a technically very advanced alien. And probably he and his race helped our human forefathers to evolve into an advanced civilization.  But that's of course no reason to worship him. Eventually, Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Lt Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) manage to establish contact with the landing party again, and together with Kirk and company they soon find out that the source of Apollo's power is actually his temple. So all they have to do is to irritate Apollo - which they do by having Carolyne break up with him -, find a hole in the forcefield and then the Enterprise is to blow up the temple ...

 

The premise is a great one, but the execution is rather mediocre: Basically, this episode features too few locations and characters and too much dialogue to really get the audience into it, and on top of that the story is a bit repetitive, revolving just about the appearances and disappearances of Apollo every few minutes without any real build-up. It's still fun the original Star Trek way, just not one of the better episodes.

 

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