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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.


Marc Daniels


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gilbert Ralston




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Michael Forest ... Apollo
Leslie Parrish ... Lt. Carolyn Palamas
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
John Winston John Winston ... Lt. Kyle


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 (William Shatner) and several others down to the planet below. Apollo (Michael Forest) 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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Gilbert Ralston's original story was heavily revised by Gene L. Coon for it to become the episode as ultimately featured. Coon remained otherwise uncredited for it. Partially in error in his belief that the episode was Coon's, his friend and protégé Russell Bates intended his Emmy Award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series: How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (1974), as a subtle homage to the episode. See more »


Scotty attempts to throw the statue at Apollo, but is hurled back, shattering the statue into pieces on the floor. In the next shot, the statue is back on the table in one piece. See more »


Apollo: I've shown you my open heart. See what you've done to me.
[expands his form, becoming around twenty feet tall]
Apollo: Zeus... Hermes... Hera... Aphrodite... you were right... Athena, you were right. The time is passed. There is no room for gods. Forgive me, my old friends. Take me. Take me.
[his final words echo plaintively as he fades away]
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Beyond (2016) See more »

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Welcome to Olympus Captain Kirk
7 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 2. The Enterprise encounters a very large hand made of pure energy. This hand stops the ship dead in it's tracks. Apollo appears on the viewing screen and demands Kirk and crew to come down to the planet.. all but Spock whom he claims reminds him too much of Pan. Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, Chekov and Carolyn beams down to met Apollo. Apollo wants Kirk and crew to worship him and uses his powers to stop them from communicating with the ship & using their phasers. Kirk theorizes "what if he really is Apollo?" Apollo is taken by Carolyn and willing to open up to her some. The men are working on who or what Apollo is and how to communicate with the ship. Kirk and crew must find away to deal with Apollo and go on to their next adventure.

Not too bad of a story... kinda interesting where Greek mythology meets science fiction fun.


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