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Not as fluid as "Back to the Planet of the Apes,"

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Author: Robert from USA
14 January 2007

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In 1974, CBS began a "Planet of the Apes" prime-time TV series after Fox had concluded it's highly-successful theatrically released films ("Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Escape From the Planet of the Apes," "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," and "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"). However, due to directly competing to hit shows like "Sanford & Son" in the same time slot, the show would fold-up after just 13 episodes.

Seven years later, several episodes of the TV series would be edited into five made-for-television movies. "Farewell to the Planet of the Apes" was the last of such films. 'Farewell' was compiled from episodes "Tomorrow's Tide" and "Up Above the World So High".

The episode "Tomorrow's Tide" is about how the astronauts, Burke and Vidron, are captured in a fishing village employing human slave labor, they must prove their worth as fishermen or be sacrificed to the gods of the sea. "Up Above the World So High" is about Galen's flight on a hang glider highlights this story about the fugitives' attempts to help a human who is determined to learn the secret of flying.

Not as fluid as "Back to the Planet of the Apes," but for what it is, 'Farewell' is an entertaining 'Apes' flick. Check out the episodes on the DVD release of the complete television series of "Planet of the Apes".

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New Roddy McDowell footage

Author: liamarcher from United States
22 December 2009

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Each of these syndicated, two-episode "movies," when they originally appeared in 1981, had newly filmed prologue/epilogue segments with Roddy McDowell back in the ape make-up. He portrayed an older Galen who reminisced about his adventures while fiddling with a little mechanical device he was building. In the final installment he finishes the toy and we learn what it is. These bookend segments were a delight, and they were McDowell's last appearance as an ape. When the package was rerun in later years, however, the scenes were absent. I have no idea how they came to be produced and I'm sure McDowell wasn't payed very much, but it's clear he enjoyed being a chimpanzee and he probably had a good time making them, even though the make up was not quite up to previous standards. I seem to recall that this older Galen had streaks of gray in his hair. Does anyone else remember these charming scenes?

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