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The Apple 

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


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Max Ehrlich (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Keith Andes ... Akuta
Celeste Yarnall ... Yeoman Martha Landon
James Doohan ... Scott
David Soul ... Makora
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Jay D. Jones Jay D. Jones ... Ensign Mallory (as Jay Jones)
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ... Marple
John Winston John Winston ... Lt. Kyle
Mal Friedman Mal Friedman ... Hendorff
Shari Nims Shari Nims ... Sayana


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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Did You Know?


Chekov's first name, Pavel, is established in this episode, when his love interest, Yeoman Landon, calls him "Pav". See more »


As Kirk calls for a transport after Spock is shot with poison thorns, McCoy is to Kirk's right, kneeling over the injured Spock (who has the thorns still in his chest), and Lt. Kaplan is to Kirk's left. In the next camera cut, McCoy is to the left, Kaplan is to the right (standing over Spock), and the thorns are missing from Spock's chest. See more »


Dr. McCoy: What's going on, Jim.
Capt. Kirk: Mess call.
Mr. Spock: In my view, a splendid example of reciprocity.
Dr. McCoy: It would take a computerized Vulcan mind such as yours to make that kind of a statement.
Mr. Spock: Doctor, you insist on applying human standards to nonhuman cultures. I remind you that humans are only a tiny minority in this galaxy.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Spoofs The Time Machine (1960) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Not A Classic, But This IS The Definitive Original Series Episode
3 October 2019 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

This is not the greatest episode of Star Trek, but I like it because it really has most of the classic Star Trek themes and situations. There's a landing party that gets mixed up with natives, and to save his crew Kirk has to take drastic steps to alter the course of their civilization. There's a lot of romance in the air, (though interestingly, no romance for Kirk.) There's plenty of time for Spock and McCoy to debate concepts like free will, change, and material comfort versus freedom. And of course, several red-shirt crew members are killed along the way. There's a big fight and plenty of storms and lightning.

As other reviewers have pointed out, this episode deals in themes that are handled much better in later episodes like "A Private Little War" and "The Paradise Syndrome." But this one is still a lot of fun -- have to love the albino Polynesians learning how to smash melons, and the stunning blonde showing off her long legs in those devastating karate kicks!

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13 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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