‘THE APPLE’ (TOS)
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‘The Apple’ is an episode where many of the extras get killed mercilessly in the story. It’s always the red-shirt security men that get killed when they’re with Captain Kirk and his away team on a mission.
The red shirts are there to protect Kirk’s party, but they always get hit by some alien plant spitting spores at them and when they walk into explosive rocks. I wondered why they bother coming along. 😀
The story in this episode is about Kirk and his away team visiting a paradise planet that has lots of death traps waiting for them. They come across the people who worship and feed a god-like entity.
Their god is called Vaal and it turns out to be a machine. Can Kirk and his shipmates destroy Vaal and will Scotty ever get the Enterprise out of the planet’s orbit when it’s being pulled down so strangely?
The episode guest stars Keith Andes as Akuta. Akuta claims to be the eyes and the ears of Vaal and the first native that Captain Kirk and his crew come across in this story. He follows Vaal’s commands.
Kirk first strikes Akuta in the face when they first encounter him. I thought it was a bit out of character for Kirk to punch Akuta like that, even though they have been followed by him on arrival.
There’s also Celeste Yarnall as Yeoman Martha Landon. Martha is supposed to be Kirk’s yeoman in the episode. I liked the romance that was formed between her and Walter Koenig as Ensign Chekov.
It’s rare to see Chekov having a girlfriend in ‘Star Trek’ through the TV series. Martha doesn’t return to ‘Star Trek’ again and I did wonder what had happened to her and how she and Chekov broke up?
I liked that romantic scene between Chekov and Martha when they kiss each other at night. It’s witnessed by two of the natives on the planet, Makora and Sayana, who manage to copy the kissing.
David Soul guest stars as Makora and Shari Nims guest stars as Sayana. They’re a young couple and rather curious about the ways their visitors behave and wonder whether this serves their god Vaal.
It’s an interesting society that Kirk and his people come across, since they don’t have experience of love or have children amongst them. This seems to be forbidden by Vaal. Why exactly, I don’t know.
Eventually, Akuta declares on behalf of Vaal that Kirk and his people must be killed. He instructs the men of the village to strike the visitors on the back of their heads with sticks, which is so very nasty.
There was an interesting comedic moment when Martha enquires about why the villagers on the planet can’t procreate. Kirk and Spock are very uncomfortable in answering and it’s well played-out.
I was anxious when Spock pushed Kirk out of the way before getting hit by spore plants. It seemed like Spock got killed by the spore plants, but thankfully he survives and Kirk gives him a good tell-off.
‘The Apple’ is one of those ‘Star Trek’ episodes that has a very interesting take on a society worshipping a deity that’s a machine. It’s also depicts the Enterprise crew interfere with this culture.
I like how the episode ends when Kirk, Spock and Bones debate this society and compare it to the Garden of Eden from the Biblical book of Genesis. It’s funny when Kirk and Bones are mocking Spock.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of both the original the re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Apple’ (TOS) rating – 8/10
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