Star Trek: “Who Mourns for Adonais?”


By this time in the series, the story of God-like being toying with the Enterprise was already becoming a cliche and, although some of them are entertaining, I wouldn’t count this episode among them.

While it has its moments that save it from being a complete piece of crap, there is so much weird characterization and terrible guest stars that make this episode silly. First, Scotty and his attempted romance with the dreadfully one-dimensional Palamas who apparently falls in love at the drop of a hat: it’s painful.

The premise of the Greek gods being all powerful aliens is interesting, but nothing it done with it. There’s also a line from Kirk which I find facinating on a metaphysical sense where he lets it slip that he believes in God which is unique for the Trek universe.

Still, this one is a stinker.


Interesting Fact: An earlier draft of the script ended with McCoy telling Kirk that Lt. Palamas was now pregnant. James Blish’s short story adaptation of the episode also includes this ending and it was incorporated into a New Frontier novel in which a character during the TNG era is revealed to be the grandson of Apollo with similar powers.

“We’re immortal, we gods. The Earth changed. Your fathers changed. They turned away, until we were only memories. A god cannot survive as a memory. We need love, admiration, worship, as you need food.”
– Apollo

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  • Douglas Self

    More of the “God(s) were really some ancient astronaut idea. “Apollo” knows that he’s not really a God, just a super-human with an incredible lifespan, the ability to increase his bodily size at will (Apache…ee…nay…chunk!), and awesome telekinetic powers. But the boy is also psychotic, craving worship when you’d think he’d be pleased that his ‘children’ were grown up…what a narcissistic bastard.
    Another of Scotty’s poor choices in women, as Lt Palamas (is that 1LT or LT, e.g. O-2 or O-3?) who dumps his ass for the “bigger, better, deal..” Like when the Mask’s Stanley Ikpiss’ friend and bank co-worker, Charlie, warns him about the cabaret singer, Tina Carlyle, being like that, she actually turns out to have personal integrity, but not so ‘good girl’, Peggy Brandt, who needs the cash for a down payment on a swell condo (and her pay for writing the newspaper column doesn’t pay very well).