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"Planet of the Apes" The Cure (1974)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Worthwhile episode

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
22 November 2013

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Burke (sturdy James Naughton) and Virdon (solid Ron Harper) work with stubborn ape medical officer Zoran (well played by David Sheiner) to save a bunch of villagers who have been stricken with malaria. They need to concoct a cure pronto or else the ever-bullish Urko (Mark Lenard in fine fierce form) will burn down the whole village. Director Bernard McEveety, working from an absorbing script by Edward J. Lasko, relates the gripping story at a steady pace and builds a good deal of tension while neatly exploring the themes of trust, ego, loyalty, and abuse of power (Urko tries to defy the council by setting fire to the village prior to the noon deadline). Moreover, this episode addresses the interesting issue of Galen (Roddy McDowell, excellent as usual) having trouble with his human companions being two open and honest about who they really are. Sondra Locke contributes a touching performance as the forlorn Amy. Moreover, both Ron Soble as sickly gorilla Kava and Booth Colman as the sensible Zaius do sound work. A neat show.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Virdon and Burke cure malaria

8/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
24 May 2015

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This instalment sees Burke, Virdon and Galen visiting another village; shortly after they leave they learn of a malaria outbreak there so return to try to help. The ape authorities have also learnt of the outbreak and opinions on how to deal with it are divided; scientist Zoran wants to undertake experiments to find a cure but Urko believes the best solution is to burn the village and its inhabitants! Zoran believes that human diseases are all spread by physical contact so has a hard time believing Burke and Virdon's claim that it was spread by mosquitos from a nearby swamp until an ape dies. He is told that it can be treated by quinine so they set about finding the right tree to extract a cure before Urko can have the village burnt. If that wasn't trouble enough Virdon has told a local girl. Amy, that he and Burke are from the past and she starts talking about this in front of Zoran while delusional with malaria.

While this was yet another episode where Burke and Virdon use their knowledge to save the day it is still pretty good… even if it did seem highly unlikely that they would know the type of tree needed to produce quinine and identify it in the local woodland! It was nice to see Galen confront Virdon after he endangers the trio by telling Amy where he is from… too often in early episodes it seemed as though he was only there to have the human protagonists explain their superior ways to. The story was enjoyable with David Sheiner putting in a good performance as Zoran and Mark Lenard being even more menacing than usual as the belligerent Urko… he is so keen to burn the village that he is prepared to ignore the council's ruling on the matter. Also notable is Sondra Locke who is likable as Amy. Overall a solid episode.

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