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TOS 2X9 “The Apple”

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I decided to watch and review “The Apple” after it was mentioned as an episode chock-full of red shirt deaths on a super-fun episode of All Things Trek featuring the creators of The Red Shirt Diaries. 

“The Apple” does not have a complicated plot, so I won’t spend a lot of time on that. Basically:

  1. Away team beams down to Eden-esque planet, and makes sure you know how Eden-esque it is. Chekov is excited to spend time with his gf, Yeoman Martha Landon
  2. Four redshirts die after being attacked by trick flowers and comically exploding rocks.
  3. Away team meets “primitive” people festooned in plastic but non-attacking flowers and redface makeup, finds they are worshipping papier mache high school art project monster named Vaal
  4. Away team finds Vaal is a computer that is keeping the people on the planet immortal but also forbidding them from love/sex
  5. Away team + Enterprise kill Vaal because Kirk thinks people should not live in ignorance, despite Spock’s concerns about the Prime Directive
  6. Kirk and McCoy joke that Spock kinda looks like Satan.
  7. The End

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Some parts of “The Apple” work better than others. Let’s start with the others.

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