While walking on an ocean beach with Galen, Virdon and Burke see a condemned man lashed to a raft in the water. They rescue him and carry him to a nearby cave but then an ape-on-patrol ...
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While walking on an ocean beach with Galen, Virdon and Burke see a condemned man lashed to a raft in the water. They rescue him and carry him to a nearby cave but then an ape-on-patrol captures the two astronauts and takes them to his boss, Hurton. Hurton administers a fishing operation and he presses Virdon and Burke into service as fishermen after they pass a test by swimming under a sheet of flames. Trouble arises when Hurton's superior, Bandor, comes on an inspection tour, but the astronauts save the day by demonstrating how a net can catch more fish than spears. They credit this innovation to the once-condemned man, Gahto, who's then re-united with his daughter, Soma. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
The second of two episodes written for the "Apes" series by Robert Lenski, this one -- like the even better "The Good Seeds" -- provides ample opportunities for Ron Harper and James Naughton to display their manly physiques. In fact, aside from a few scenes in the early going, they spend the entire episode stripped to a pair of shorts which, while not exactly snug, are nonetheless suitable for swimming.
The plot, like "The Good Seeds," succeeds because it substitutes character and story for the usual "chase" ingredients, and like that other episode, it involves the astronauts demonstrating to the apes a "new" form of technology. What's more, this episode benefits from an unusually good supporting cast: John McLiam as Gahto, the ever artful Roscoe Lee Browne as Hurton, and the hammy but enjoyable Jay Robinson as Bandor. Soap-opera actor Jim Storm pops up in a small role as Romar, Soma's husband, and, yes, he gets to go bare-chested, too.
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