Sunday, January 27, 2019

Who Mourns for Adonais?

TOS Season 2 Episode 2
Air Date: September 22nd, 1967

As the Enterprise approaches an pretty standard class M planet, a giant hand emerges from the surface and grabs the Enterprise. Then a disembodied head appears in front of the Enterprise and tells them that he is the god Apollo and demands that they go to the surface. Once there he demands that the crew worship him. Kirk refuses of course and Apollo uses powers to punish him. Eventually they regain communication with the Enterprise and Spock is able to fire phasers at the source of Apollo's power.

The overall plot to the episode is simple but there are things happening on the side. At the beginning of the episode Scotty was hitting on Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas, a historian specializing in myths and legends. Not sure why the Enterprise has officers with these skill sets. When they get to the planet, Apollo sets his sights on her and Scotty feels the need to defend her from Apollo by using violence. Multiple times Scotty gets hurt trying to attack Apollo and even breaks Kirk's orders to not attack Apollo unless told to.

Palamas does fall in love with Apollo but Kirk convinces her that her duty is to the ship and the crew and that they don't want to live lives as farmers worshiping Apollo for the rest of their lives. She follows her orders and tells Apollo that she was just studying him which makes him use up most of his power. This prevents him from stopping the Enterprise from destroying the source of his power.

In the end, he realizes that humans have evolved beyond the need for the gods like they did in ancient Greece and asks his father Zeus and his brothers and sisters to come get him.

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