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Who Mourns for Adonais? 

A powerful being claiming to be the Greek god Apollo appears and demands that the crew of the Enterprise disembark onto his planet to worship him.


Marc Daniels


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gilbert Ralston




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Michael Forest ... Apollo
Leslie Parrish ... Lt. Carolyn Palamas
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
John Winston John Winston ... Lt. Kyle


The Enterprise is stopped dead in its tracks by a powerful energy force that appears in the form of a human hand. Soon, a being claiming to be Apollo orders Kirk (William Shatner) and several others down to the planet below. Apollo (Michael Forest) claims to have visited Earth 5,000 years ago and Kirk theorizes that he may be telling the truth. Apollo's demand for unquestioned servitude, however, doesn't give the crew much choice and it becomes imperative that they locate and destroy his power supply. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Alexander cites this episode as his favourite of the original series, describing it as "thought-provoking, beautiful, and very sad." See more »


Scotty attempts to throw the statue at Apollo, but is hurled back, shattering the statue into pieces on the floor. In the next shot, the statue is back on the table in one piece. See more »


Apollo: I've shown you my open heart. See what you've done to me.
[expands his form, becoming around twenty feet tall]
Apollo: Zeus... Hermes... Hera... Aphrodite... you were right... Athena, you were right. The time is passed. There is no room for gods. Forgive me, my old friends. Take me. Take me.
[his final words echo plaintively as he fades away]
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No room for Gods any more
12 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even though humankind is no longer wearing animal skins, tending sheep and have arrived at his home in space in the Starship Enterprise, the Greek God Apollo demands worship as if it was back in the days of Socrates and Plato. That is something that Captain James T. Kirk is not willing to do nor are any of the rest of his crew.

Michael Forest who did a few peplum pictures back in the day guest stars as a really great physical specimen who claims he's Apollo. And he's certainly performing some feats that would make one think he's got some powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal man. It's the job of the Enterprise away team to find his Kryptonite.

William Shatner theorizes that back in the day a race of super beings did land on earth, maybe gathered at Mount Olympus and certainly would have appeared to have been Gods to the shepherds. And these Gods had all the human vices as well. For that Shatner is depending on archaeologist Leslie Parrish with the away team to help out. And there certainly is a mutual attraction though Jimmy Doohan who kind of likes Parrish himself ain't ready to worship and ain't ready to give her up.

Just as humankind advanced I would have thought that those beings that were labeled Gods also would have advanced a bit and taken account the evolution of humans. It's the main weakness of this episode which makes it impossible for me to give it top rank in the Star Trek tradition.

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