Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 5
Original Air Date: October 13, 1967
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In "The Apple," our heroes visit Gamma Trianguli VI, an apparent paradise. However, it turns out the native primitive civilization lives under the rule of a tyrannical computer, Vaal. This story shares many similarities with the Season 1 episode, "The Return of the Archons" (reflection here) including the rationale for violating the Prime Directive. But rather than decked out in 19th century garb, GT6's inhabitants are scantily clad primitives, beautifully sculpted but with the innocence of children.
There's a lot of sex talk in this story. Or rather, there's a lot of meaningful eyebrow raising between characters as they allude to without ever actually saying anything about sex. After the crew frees the natives from Vaal, the planet's mechanical overlord, they must educate them about sexual reproduction. Apparently Vaal had managed to keep them perfectly preserved in their youthful state, negating the need for children. Sex and physical affection of any kind had been entirely forbidden by Vaal.
This episode holds a special place in the hearts of the devoted as it marked the beginning of the Redshirt Trope. Longtime followers of the franchise know that pretty much anyone in a red shirt who beams down with a landing party is doomed to a gruesome death. All four of the men in red who beam down in "The Apple" are killed off very quickly by Vaal's tricks and traps. Interestingly, they all had lines of dialogue before perishing. That's another tip off in future episodes. Red shirt? No lines? He's a goner.
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