Planet of the Apes

Season 1 Episode 2

The Gladiators

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Aired Unknown Sep 20, 1974 on CBS
8.1
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The Gladiators
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Burke, Virdon and Galen come across two humans fighting and get involved, but lose the magnetic disc. To recover it, they must approach the nearby village, where the ape prefect pits humans in a series of gladiatorial games.

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  • This episode is definatley charictor development in terms of Galen discovering the human traits of the 'spacemen'. Not one of the series greatest episodes but good nonetheless. See below for a more detailed review of this episode.moreless

    8.3
    The basic premise of this episode is the same as the other epidsoes ie, one of them getting caught by the apes, the other one and Galen having to rescue him. Therefore it is a bit of a generic episode. However it is still fun to watch even if the storytelling is basic. I particuarly like the gladiators and the ape in chage of the Village, his interaction with Galen is very fun to watch. Overall an Improvement on the first episode in many ways, but still not up to the standered of some of the other spisodes in my opinion.moreless
William Smith (I)

William Smith (I)

Tolar

Guest Star

Marc Singer

Marc Singer

Dalton

Guest Star

John Hoyt

John Hoyt

Barlow

Guest Star

Ron Stein

Ron Stein

Gorilla #1

Recurring Role

Mark Lenard

Mark Lenard

Urko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When near the beginning Alan asks Galen about settlements and Galen talks about computers, Roddy McDowell's dubbed-in dialogue is badly out of sync with his mouth movements.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Urko: The astronauts are to be brought back alive. Unless they try to escape.
      Jason: Yes, sir.
      Urko: Jason-–I expect them to "try." Understood?

    • (displaying a golf club as a "relic")
      Barlow: For instance, I found a weapon - a club. Beautiful workmanship, but so inefficient for combat.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Adapted by George Alec Effinger in Planet of the Apes #4: Lord of the Apes.

    • The opening shot of the map in Urko's office and subsequent dialogue by Pete establishes they are on the West Coast. Conveniently, that's where the show was filmed, too...

    • This is the last episode where the magnetic disk/flight recorder is seen. It's also the last episode that Art Wallace wrote, so it's possible it was a concept of his that later writers disregarded when he was no longer involved in the show.

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