Unaware that a chimpanzee scientist plans to use the flying machine of an imprisoned man, whose life she spared, for her own deadly purpose; Virdon, Burke and Galen help the man to build a ...
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Unaware that a chimpanzee scientist plans to use the flying machine of an imprisoned man, whose life she spared, for her own deadly purpose; Virdon, Burke and Galen help the man to build a hang glider. This was the final episode of the series. Written by
As this episode opens Burke, Virdon and Galen observe a man, Leuric, flying a rudimentary hang glider. He is shot at by Urko's gorillas and crashes into a tree. He is uninjured and is rescued by our protagonists. Virdon and Burke tell him that they can help him build a more stable craft but he thinks they are trying to steal the glory of being 'the first man to fly'. They set about building a superior glider but it may be too late; the apes have captured Leuric and a female chimpanzee named Carsia is keen to help him demonstrate his machine. It appears that she is interested in the furtherance of science but it later becomes apparent that she plans to use the craft to stage a coup against the rule of orang-utans and gorillas.
This, the last episode, features a good story, Frank Aletter does a solid job as Leuric and Joanna Barnes is good as antagonist Carsia. The latter character is more interesting though as she is not what she first seems and more importantly she introduces the idea that there isn't unity amongst the apes; she clearly sees the chimps as superior and can't understand why it is the other apes who dominate their society. It is just a pity that this idea was introduced in the final episode; had the series not been cancelled this could have provided an interesting on-going plot line rather. As well as a good story there were plenty of fun moments; mostly featuring Galen; notably when he pilots the glider made by Virdon and Burke and when he sabotages Leuric's glider under Carsia's nose. Overall one of the better episodes in this all too short series.
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