Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 2

Who Mourns for Adonais? (22 Sep. 1967)

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A powerful being claiming to be the Greek god Apollo appears and demands that the crew of the Enterprise disembark onto his planet to worship him.



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The Enterprise is stopped dead in its tracks by a powerful energy force that appears in the form of a human hand. Soon a being claiming to be Apollo orders Kirk and several others down to the planet below. Apollo claims to have visited Earth 5,000 years ago and Kirk theorizes that he may be telling the truth. Apollo's demand for unquestioned servitude however doesn't give the crew much choice and it becomes imperative that they locate and destroy his power supply. Written by garykmcd

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William Shatner was so concerned with the height disparity that he disallowed any shots which would show him and the much taller Michael Forest side-by-side in the same frame. According to Forest, whenever Shatner would speak to him, Forest would notice Shatner inadvertently standing on his tip toes. See more »


Apollo and others constantly refer to the Trojan War time period as "5000 years ago." Since the Trojan War happened in the 13th century BCE, this would place Star Trek's setting sometime in the 37th century CE. All other references throughout the series indicate a date of no later than the 31st century, before the writers settled on the 23rd. See more »


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No room for Gods any more
12 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Even though humankind is no longer wearing animal skins, tending sheep and have arrived at his home in space in the Starship Enterprise, the Greek God Apollo demands worship as if it was back in the days of Socrates and Plato. That is something that Captain James T. Kirk is not willing to do nor are any of the rest of his crew.

Michael Forest who did a few peplum pictures back in the day guest stars as a really great physical specimen who claims he's Apollo. And he's certainly performing some feats that would make one think he's got some powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal man. It's the job of the Enterprise away team to find his Kryptonite.

William Shatner theorizes that back in the day a race of super beings did land on earth, maybe gathered at Mount Olympus and certainly would have appeared to have been Gods to the shepherds. And these Gods had all the human vices as well. For that Shatner is depending on archaeologist Leslie Parrish with the away team to help out. And there certainly is a mutual attraction though Jimmy Doohan who kind of likes Parrish himself ain't ready to worship and ain't ready to give her up.

Just as humankind advanced I would have thought that those beings that were labeled Gods also would have advanced a bit and taken account the evolution of humans. It's the main weakness of this episode which makes it impossible for me to give it top rank in the Star Trek tradition.

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