8 November 2006 | dinky-4
The episode with the most "beefcake"
The second of two episodes written for the "Apes" series by Robert Lenski, this one -- like the even better "The Good Seeds" -- provides ample opportunities for Ron Harper and James Naughton to display their manly physiques. In fact, aside from a few scenes in the early going, they spend the entire episode stripped to a pair of shorts which, while not exactly snug, are nonetheless suitable for swimming.
The plot, like "The Good Seeds," succeeds because it substitutes character and story for the usual "chase" ingredients, and like that other episode, it involves the astronauts demonstrating to the apes a "new" form of technology. What's more, this episode benefits from an unusually good supporting cast: John McLiam as Gahto, the ever artful Roscoe Lee Browne as Hurton, and the hammy but enjoyable Jay Robinson as Bandor. Soap-opera actor Jim Storm pops up in a small role as Romar, Soma's husband, and, yes, he gets to go bare-chested, too.