Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 5

The Apple

7
Aired Unknown Oct 13, 1967 on NBC
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  • How shall I plot thee? Let me count the ways …

    5.5
    Of all the overused devices in STAR TREK TOS, this plotline must surely be the champion. We’ve seen exactly the same story, albeit with different character names and costumes, in “Return of the Archons”, “This Side of Paradise” and there’s even some elements of “Taste of Armageddon” in here as well …

    It’s hard to fathom why the ST producers insisted of rehashing this plot every ten episodes or so. Maybe it was one of Gene Coon’s favourite stories (I notice he’s often a writer on these episodes, credited or uncredited). Or maybe they thought we didn’t hear them the first time. OK, there’s a kernel of a good idea in here, but the morality is shakey at best. Did the folks in Kirk’s time learn nothing from the way the Earth’s Western powers made a complete hash in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East during the 19th and 20th Centuries? Apparently not …

    I’m sure I’ll come across this plot again as I view my way through three seasons of STTOS on DVD … but where’s the fun if you can’t have a bit of a moan?