Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Who Mourns for Adonais? 

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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22 September 1967 (USA)  »

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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 »


At minute 22, Spock refers to Apollo by name. Apollo told his name only to the landing party, and not the people left on the ship. See more »


Capt. Kirk: All right, we're here at your invitation. Would you mind telling us what you want without all the Olympian generalities?
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They've Outgrown You, Apollo
14 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The supposition created here, a natural for science fiction writers, is that the famed Greek gods of myth - Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes & so on - were actually space travelers whose advanced powers made them seem like gods to the ancient peoples of Earth 5000 years ago (hey, I wonder if Jack Kirby, creator of 'The Eternals' comic book for Marvel Comics, was familiar with this episode). Now the Enterprise comes across the last of these - Apollo - on an otherwise ordinary planet. The other so-called gods have long since faded away. Most of these points in the story are not really explained; why do these beings thrive on worship? Are they shapeshifters, absorbing such emotions the same way we humans take in normal food? Instead, we are offered only hints, such as an extra organ inside Apollo detected by McCoy which is never elaborated on. This may be lazy writing or just a way of keeping some remaining mystery and awe around such a mythological character. In any case, the theme reveals itself as the age-old conflict between modern technology, which offers comfortable existence, and the more naturalistic gadget-free lifestyle we humans have left behind, or lost, in Apollo's view.

Returning to nature was a rising, popular theme during the sixties and seventies. Many began to feel that we were advancing too quickly, creating an abnormal culture, as a result. The super-alien Apollo certainly feels this way and offers the alternative; Kirk rejects this outright - he has his mission, as well as a ship, which Apollo makes the mistake of threatening to crush. Of the 5-person landing party, the one female member does give in, temporarily, to this proposition; perhaps she represents the 20% of our population who have serious doubts about our progress. Ironically, Kirk has to remind her of her humanity, her true heritage, to turn her back to the majority. We're stuck with what we have, this seems to say, not to mention, 'you will have no other gods before me.' The powerful Apollo, a more sympathetic version of the sadistic Trelane of the 1st season ("The Squire of Gothos"), truly has no harmful intent - he sees himself as very benevolent. This is his undoing, for he also proves to be quite naive - perhaps the clueless teenager to Trelane's spoiled brat - and, like the most vulnerable among us, he leaves himself open to heartbreak. No matter your powers - in matters of the heart, which Kirk chooses to exploit as that one weakness he usually finds in superpowerful threats, you may end up helpless. It's unusual to see such a powerful being weeping like a lost boy, a genuinely sad note to end things on. Kirk - destroyer of gods, another notch on his resume.

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