Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Apple 

Primitive inhabitants of Gamma Trianguli VI worship a God who orders them to kill visitors, from the Enterprise.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Max Ehrlich (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Keith Andes ... Akuta
Celeste Yarnall ... Yeoman Martha Landon
James Doohan ... Scott
David Soul ... Makora
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Jay D. Jones Jay D. Jones ... Ensign Mallory (as Jay Jones)
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ... Marple
John Winston John Winston ... Lt. Kyle
Mal Friedman Mal Friedman ... Hendorff
Shari Nims Shari Nims ... Sayana


Kirk and a landing party beam down to what seems to be an ideal, Eden-like planet. They soon find however that the planet is ruled by a powerful computer that keeps its local inhabitants - primitive and simple tribesmen - happy and healthy. With the Enterprise locked in a tractor beam and slowly being dragged into the planet's atmosphere, Kirk and Spock must find a way to disable the computer. Realizing the threat to its existence, the computer orders the tribesmen to kill the visitors. Written by garykmcd

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13 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The villager's greeting to the Enterprise crew, wrists together with hands apart and fingers slightly curled inward, is similar to the Ferengi greeting. The gesture used here places the left hand below the right, unlike the Ferengi gesture. See more »


Since the planet's atmosphere keeps the people of Vaal from aging, a "replacement" would remain an infant for a very long time. See more »


Capt. Kirk: Would you mind being careful where you throw your rocks, Mr. Spock?
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Featured in For the Love of Spock (2016) See more »

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The Great God Vaal
2 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Alien worlds under some kind of thought control process was a popular theme for Star Trek stories. In this episode the natives are happy in a paradise where all is provided for it, that is unless they do not feed the beast. It's power source is that of the simple Eloi type creatures who live on the planet and gather fuel for it. They call it Vaal.

It's a fearsome looking dragon like statue with a mouth and a roar and defensive capabilities that is keeping the Starship Enterprise at bay. Nevertheless William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and a few other beam down.

Inside this thing when it's at rest is just a very sophisticated computer left millions of years ago by alien creatures who wanted to keep this world a Garden Of Eden.

I'd say the prime directive was good and broken here, but all in a worthy cause.

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