Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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 »

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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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13 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The deity called "Vaal" is curiously similar to "Baal", the semitic deity. See more »


At one point, communications between Kirk and Mallory (red-shirt) are disrupted, and the rest of the landing party heads toward him, near the village. Yet shortly thereafter, and for the remainder of the episode, Kirk and Spock have no problem communicating with the Enterprise. See more »


Capt. Kirk: Trying to get yourself killed. Do you know how much Starfleet has invested in you?
Mr. Spock: 122,200...
Capt. Kirk: [interrupting] Never mind!
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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 »

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The People of Vaal
8 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 5. The Enterprise happens upon the planet of Gamma Trianguli VI, which resembles what some would say is like the biblical garden of Eden. Spock, Kirk, McCoy and a small landing party beam down to meet the inhabitants and inspect the planet. They are followed by Akuta a man who is the eyes and ears of Vaal. The people of Vaal must keep Vaal fed and in return it is said that Vaal makes the fruit on the trees, the sun to shine and the rain to fall. Vaal also controls and rules over it's people not allowing love, touch or children. Vaal is also holding on to the Enterprise, draining all power sources and not allowing the landing party to beam back aboard the ship. The landing party must find a way to get back to the ship but in order to do that they must conquer Vaal and in doing so they free the people Vaal.

This episode is a biblical reference to the garden of Eden and the story of the apple.

Not a bad episode but I do have one question: how on earth did Spock break that rock without it exploding? When he threw the unwanted piece it hit the ground and exploded. Later on, one of the red shirts stepped on a rock and it exploded. I guess Spock really does have the Vulcan touch. lol.


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