7 November 2006 | dinky-4
The best of the series
Too often the "Planet of the Apes" TV series slipped into routine "chase" formulas but here the two astronauts pause long enough for a good story stressing the interactions between apes and humans. Downplaying the role of "action" and "suspense," this episode shows both the difficulties and rewards of inter-species cooperation and like the other better-than-average episode written by Robert Lenski -- "Tomorrow's Tide" -- it provides welcome opportunities for 37-year-old Ron Harper and 28-year-old James Naughton to indulge in some blatant "beefcake." We see the bare-chested Harper and Naughton performing a variety of farm chores, wearing their pants just low enough to show off their navels. Naturally they work up real sweats in the process so then we see them washing off under an outdoor, make-shift shower. Of course, these two aren't allowed to display any frontal nudity because that's apparently still frowned upon, even in the 30th century, but those suntanned chests are mighty easy on the eyes.