The Ready Room 131: That Touchy Thing You Saw In the Bushes / by Trek fm

Inside The Apple with Marc Cushman.


Computers controlling humanoid populations is a common theme in The Original Series, as is the association between these situations and the worship of God here on Earth. In “The Apple,” the two were brought together in a most obvious way as Kirk and his landing party find themselves in the Garden of Eden. To drive the point home, Kirk is even cast in the role of Satan. In this episode of The Ready Room we're joined by Drew Stewart, Mike Schindler, and Marc Cushman, author of These Are the Voyages, for an inside look at this very dangerous trip to paradise. What was the public reaction in the 1960s to a story with such blatant Biblical parallels? How did Gene L. Coon, D.C. Fontana, and the rest of the TOS staff feel about the story? And how does "The Apple" fit into the overall narrative of TOS's second season?

In our news segment we take a look at a new Paramount theme park coming to Spain that will feature Star Trek in its "Plaza Futura," Oregon-based Trek Theatre performing "The Measure of a Man," and io9's list of the ten times Kirk actually faced the no-win scenario—sort of.

Running Time: 2 hours 2 minutes 6 seconds


Christopher Jones and Drew Stewart



Marc Cushman and Mike Schindler



Star Trek area coming to Paramount Park in Murcia, Spain
Oregon-based Trek Theatre group to perform "The Measure of a Man"
10 times Kirk actually faced the no-win scenario


Feature: The Apple with Marc Cushman

Religious Commentary in the '60s
Internal View of "The Apple"
Emergency Saucer Separation
Evolution of the Locals
Kirk Is Satan
Gene vs. Gene: Agendas
These Are the Voyages, Book Two



An Apple A Day
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