Star trek: The original series 2.03a - The apple
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Episode propagandaOn Gamma Trianguli VI, Kirk (William Shatner) and a landing party are plagued by poisonous plants, exploding rocks and attacks by lightning. They learn from the childlike natives that the planet is ruled by Vaal, an omniscient god, which interprets Kirk's presence as a threat to the stability to the culture. To preserve this simplistic society, Vaal plans to destroy Kirk and the Enterprise!
Persons of interest
- William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
- Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
- Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
- James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
- Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
- George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
- Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
- Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
- Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
- David Soul .... Makora
- Keith Andes .... Akuta
- Celeste Yarnall .... Yeoman Martha Landon
- Shari Nims .... Sayana
- Max Ehrlich .... Screenwriter
- Joseph Pevney .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
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Special Agent Matti
Intelligence reportEthics, philosophy and a lot of bare skin.
The apple marks the first use of the Prime Directive (Non-interference Directive), and what better way to introduce it than by bringing sin to paradise? Spock and McCoy get to argue the two sides of a meaty dilemma: is it better to leave a humanoid race in enforced innocence or to expose them to reality so that they can grow, learn and possibly achieve their maximum potential? No prizes for guessing that McCoy takes the Humanist side and Spock the logical (in terms of the Prime Directive and the fact that the natives are in a symbiotic relationship with Vaal).
To add insult to injury, Kirk has been ordered by Starfleet to investigate the anomalous readings produced by the planet. He can't just pack up and leave because there's a philosophical problem. On top of these ethical dilemmas is the physical dilemma that Vaal is trying to destroy both the Enterprise and the landing party (there are more red-shirt Ensigns in this episode than you can point a bolt of lightning at).
It's a very well crafted episode that will keep you on your toes, both for the ethical questions and for the action. Enjoy.
FYI: The title refers to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of which Eve and Adam ate in the Garden of Eden, from Judaeo-Christian mythology.
Security censorship classification
PG (Low level violence)
Not for public release in Australia before date