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Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais?

The Enterprise is heading to Pollux 4 on a archeology mission when a large energy field in the shape of a giant green hand stops the Enterprise dead in space. A giant figure appears out in front of them, claiming to be the ancient Greek god Apollo. He insists that Kirk and a landing party down and Kirk agrees, only to discover that Apollo wants them to worship him... whether they want to or not.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 60333
Airdate: Friday September 22nd, 1967

Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov

Guest Stars
Leslie ParrishLeslie Parrish
As Carolyn

Co-Guest Stars
John WinstonJohn Winston
As Lt. Kyle

Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Jay D. JonesJay D. Jones
As Scott's Stunt Double
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


The Enterprise is exploring the Pollux system and ship’s archaeologist Lt. Carolyn Palamas is presenting her report on Pollux 5, while they head for Pollux 4. Scotty is smitten with her but McCoy warns that she’ll probably get married and leave Starfleet. They arrive in orbit around Pollux 4, and a large green energy-hand moves from the surface and approaches them. They try to pull away but the hand follows them and grasps the saucer section of the ship, holding them fast. They try to break free but are unsuccessful. In space, a giant human face of a man appears before them and greets them, speaking portentously and referring to them as children. Kirk insists he release them first and their captor applies pressure on the ship’s hull until they’re forced to surrender. The man invites them down to Pollux 4 but says that Spock reminds him of Pan and him to stay behind...

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Episode Notes
In the original script, this episode would have ended with the discovery that Lt. Palamas was pregnant with Apollo's child. Although not canon, James Blish included the reference in his adaptation in Star Trek 7, and author Peter David later included both Palamas's child's descendant in his New Frontiers stories, and various other gods who are not as deceased as Apollo claims them to be here.

Episode Quotes
McCoy: I'm not sure I like that, Jim.
Kirk: Why, Bones? Scotty's a good man.
McCoy: He thinks he's the right man for her, but I'm not sure she thinks he's the right man. On the other hand, she's a woman--all woman.
Kirk: Mmm.
McCoy: One day she'll find the right man, and off she'll go, out of the Service.
Kirk: It's not so much losing an officer as gaining... (thinks about it) Actually, I'm losing an officer.

Kirk: If you value your safety, release this ship.
Apollo: You have the same fire. How like your fathers you are--Agamemnon, Hector, Odysseus.
Kirk: Never mind the history lesson. Release the ship!

Apollo: Captain Kirk, I invite you and your officers to join me. But do not bring that one, the one with the pointed ears. He is much like Pan, and Pan always bored me. No sad faces. This is a time to rejoice, not to fear. You are returning home. Let your hearts prepare to sing.
Kirk: Let's go, Bones. You in good voice?

Kirk: Insulted, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Insults are effective only where emotion is present.

Apollo: My children, long have I waited for this moment. The memories you bring of your lush and beautiful Earth, the green fields and blue skies, the simple shepherds and their flocks.
Kirk: You know of Earth? You've been there?
Apollo: Once I stretched out my hand, and Earth trembled. And I breathed upon it, and spring returned.
Kirk: You mentioned Agamemnon, Hector, Odysseus. How do you know about them?
Apollo: Search your most distant memories, those of the thousands of years past, and I am there. Your fathers knew me, and your father's fathers. I am Apollo.
Chekov: And I am the Tsar of all the Russias.
Kirk: Mr. Chekov.
Chekov: I'm sorry. I never met a god before.

Kirk: You've got a lot to learn!
Apollo: And so have you! Let the lesson begin! (grows to enormous size) Welcome to Olympus... Captain Kirk!

Chekov: Sir, some creatures can generate and control energy with no harm to themselves--the electric eel on Earth, the giant dry worm of Antos 4...
McCoy: Not the whole encyclopedia, Chekov.
Chekov: The captain requires complete information.
McCoy: Spock's contaminating this boy, Jim.

Kirk: Where's Apollo?
Chekov: He disappeared again! Like the cat in that Russian story...
Kirk: Don't you mean the English story – the Cheshire cat?
Chekov: Cheshire? No, sir; Minsk, perhaps...

Scotty: Carolyn. What's happened to her?
Kirk: Scotty, I'll find out.
Chekov: Perhaps if I assisted.
Kirk: How old are you?
Chekov: 22, sir.
Kirk: Then I'd better handle it.

Kirk: Give me your hand. Your hand. Now feel that. Human flesh against human flesh. We're the same. We share the same history, the same heritage, the same lives. We're tied together beyond any untie. Man or woman, it makes no difference. We're human. We couldn't escape each other even if we wanted to. That's how you do it, Lieutenant, by remembering who and what you are--a bit of flesh and blood a float in a universe without end. The only thing that's truly yours is the rest of humanity. That's where our duty lies.

Apollo: You love me.
Carolyn: Love you? Illogical. I'm not some simple shepherdess you can awe. Why, I could no more love you than I could love a new species of bacteria.

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. Take me...

McCoy: I wish we hadn't had to do this.
Kirk: So do I. They gave us so much. The Greek civilization, much of our culture and philosophy came from a worship of those beings. In a way, they began the Golden Age. Would it have hurt us, I wonder... just to have gathered a few laurel leaves?

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The orbital shots of Pollux 4 get the typical improvement, giving it a more Earth-like appearance. The glowing hand effect is touched up and the phasers beams hitting the temple are done using the new blue phaser beam graphic. Small flares of red are added at the point of contact as the temple heats up. The Apollo matte shots are unimproved.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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