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



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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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13 October 1967 (USA)  »

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"The Apple" was the forbidden fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3 which caused them to be cast out of Paradise. The fruit was never identified in the text, but popular culture regards it as an apple. See more »


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10 July 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

As much as I hate to rate an episode of TOS poorly, there is really very little to recommend The Apple. The plot is yet another version of Patterns of Force, Return of the Archons, Shore Leave. The chief conflict is between an Enterprise landing party and the local God, Vaal (a supercomputer which runs the planet on which the party has landed). Inexplicably, explosive rocks, targeted lightning, and killer plants also inhabit this planet. Of course, the humanoid population are a group of large young-looking, white haired, orange skinned, immortals who are literally and figuratively the children of Vaal.

Redshirts die in new and original ways. Scotty gets fired. And writer Max Ehrlich also provides some of the strangest and least appropriate attempts at humor TOS ever had. One thing that does come across well in the mediocre script is the desperation and indecision of the landing party. Unfortunately, at times, Kirk become uncharacteristically whiney.

Joe Pevney's direction for this episode is decidedly pedestrian. Surprising given Pevney's track record (director of the great Trouble with Tribbles, Devil in the Dark, Amok Time, Wolf in the Fold, etc), and the budgetary limits on the sets, props and effects are very apparent.

Avoid unless you are a fan.

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