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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apollo | greek | hand | servitude | greek god | See more »


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This is the only time in TOS that a star is both referred to as its Bayer designation and ancient name, specifically Geminorum/Pollux. See more »


Lt. Palamas says that in ancient literature, Apollo was the son of the god Zeus and a "mortal" named Leto. All known classical references state that Leto was a Titaness, a member of the elder gods. See more »


Chekov: [Kirk is about to persuade Carolyn] Eh, perhaps if I assisted?
Capt. Kirk: How old are you?
Chekov: Twenty-two, sir.
Capt. Kirk: Then I'd better handle it.
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Referenced in Star Trek Continues: Pilgrim of Eternity (2013) See more »

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Did they really have to destroy Apollo?
4 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having just seen this episode again after having first seen it when I was a teenager my first impression is still the same today (4 August 2006) as it was back in the early seventies when ST (TOS) first reached the UK. I was really upset that they had to resort to destroying Apollo. I note that Dr McCoy was of the same opinion.

My version of the story would have had Kirk, instead of antagonising Apollo at every step, trying to befriend him somewhat and trying to dissuade Apollo (or perhaps re-educate would be a better word in the context of the episode). This may have worked after quite a lot of effort after all being in the position of thinking of oneself as a god is quite a height to be let down from. Eventually, of course, the storyline may have evolved so that re-education may not have worked for some reason, thus the course of action as followed in the ST episode could have been played out as seen.

On the other hand, perhaps the extra story I'm thinking of may have made the episode too long and would have had to have been excised to fit the time slot. Who knows?

I note that the actor who played Lt. Kyle in this episode also played Commander Kyle in The Wrath of Kahn.

Finally, When I saw this episode again tonight, I too noticed the line where Kirk says to Apollo "Mankind has no need for gods". However, if I were the writer, I would simply have left it at that. Enough said.

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