Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 5

The Apple (13 Oct. 1967)

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Primitive inhabitants of Gamma Trianguli VI worship a God who orders them to kill visitors, from the Enterprise.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Keith Andes ...
Jay D. Jones ...
Ensign Mallory (as Jay Jones)
Jerry Daniels ...
John Winston ...
Mal Friedman ...
Shari Nims ...


Kirk and a landing party beam down to what seems to be an ideal, Eden-like planet. They soon find however that the planet is ruled by a powerful computer that keeps its local inhabitants - primitive and simple tribesmen - happy and healthy. With the Enterprise locked in a tractor beam and slowly being dragged into the planet's atmosphere, Kirk and Spock must find a way to disable the computer. Realizing the threat to its existence, the computer orders the tribesmen to kill the visitors. Written by garykmcd

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The original script called for an emergency saucer separation. However, due to budgeting, the effect was only mentioned but not seen. See more »


Yeoman Landon pronounces Vaal as if it rhymes with "gal" or "pal." Everyone else pronounces it the way Akuta pronounces it, rhyming with "ball" and "fall." This would only occur from actress Celeste Yarnall (playing Yeoman Landon) reading the script where the deity's name is spelled V-A-A-L rather than V-O-L. The character of Yeoman Landon would only have heard the name uttered, rather than read it anywhere, and, thus, pronounced it correctly. See more »


Capt. Kirk: [speaking into communicator] Scotty... you're my chief engineer. You know everything about that ship that there is to know. More than the men who designed it. If you can't get those warp engines working... you're fired.
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Spoofed in Star Trek: A Private Little War (1968) See more »

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The Great God Vaal
2 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Alien worlds under some kind of thought control process was a popular theme for Star Trek stories. In this episode the natives are happy in a paradise where all is provided for it, that is unless they do not feed the beast. It's power source is that of the simple Eloi type creatures who live on the planet and gather fuel for it. They call it Vaal.

It's a fearsome looking dragon like statue with a mouth and a roar and defensive capabilities that is keeping the Starship Enterprise at bay. Nevertheless William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and a few other beam down.

Inside this thing when it's at rest is just a very sophisticated computer left millions of years ago by alien creatures who wanted to keep this world a Garden Of Eden.

I'd say the prime directive was good and broken here, but all in a worthy cause.

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