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MOURNS FOR ADONAIS? > Synopsis
As the U.S.S. Enterprise nears
the planet Pollux IV, a huge, green hand made of energy materializes
in space, catching the U.S.S. Enterprise and holding it captive.
Kirk and a landing party are transported to the planet's surface where
they find a being who claims to be Apollo, the last of the Greek gods
who dwelled on ancient Earth's Mount Olympus. All the other gods, Apollo
tells Kirk, died of loneliness when they left their home of Mount Olympus.
Apollo's plan for the U.S.S. Enterprise crew is that they settle
on Pollux IV and worship their god, Apollo.
Sensors show that Apollo's god-like abilities come from an organic ability
to use energy from sources outside himself. His apparent powers include
storms, thunderbolts and an ability to grow into a giant, towering above
the Enterprise landing party.
Attempts to foil Apollo's plans are hampered by Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas,
who has fallen in love with the god and whom Apollo decides will be
his bride. Scotty, who has beamed down with the party, had harbored
hopes of romance with the young lieutenant and objects to Apollo's attentions.
Apollo's response is to hurtle the engineer through the air by way of
Spock determines that the god's powers come from his temple. When Kirk
tells Lt. Palamas to reject Apollo, which she reluctantly does, the
captain uses the U.S.S. Enterprise's weapons to destroy Apollo's
temple. Apollo, rejected by a mortal woman and bereft of his powers,
spreads himself upon the winds to join his fellow gods.