In an attempt to foil the plans of a tyrannical gorilla lieutenant, who is using bribery to replace the chimpanzee Prefect, and gain complete control over a human farming district; Galen, ...
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In an attempt to foil the plans of a tyrannical gorilla lieutenant, who is using bribery to replace the chimpanzee Prefect, and gain complete control over a human farming district; Galen, Virdon and Burke risk an encounter with Urke, forcing Urko and Burke to work together, once again (previously in The Trap - Air date: 9/27/74). Written by
Shifty and duplicitous tyrannical gorilla Aboro (superbly played to the wicked hilt by Percy Rodrigues) uses bribery to become prefect of a human farming district. It's up to Galen (the always excellent Roddy McDowall), Virdon (sturdy Ron Harper), and Burke a fine James Naughton) to stop Aboro after they discover that he's planning on assassinating Urko (a terrifically robust Mark Lenard) next. Director Ralph Senensky, working from a gripping script by Walter Black, relates the compelling story at a brisk pace, maintains a tough no-nonsense tone throughout, and stages a few exciting down'n'dirty fights with real flair. The strong central themes about betrayal, corruption, and abuse of power give the plot plenty of substantial dramatic punch. Moreover, it's fun to see Galen have a grand time impersonating a crippled elderly chimp. The sound acting by the able cast keeps it humming, with especially praiseworthy work by Michael Conrad as honest farmer Janor, Joseph Ruskin as Aboro's ruthless lieutenant Daku, and James Daughton as the angry and defiant Mikal. A neat show.
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