Hasslein Hypothesis Statement

And that completes my final report
until we reach touchdown.
We're now on full automatic,
in the hands of the computers.
I've tucked my crew in for the long sleep
and I'll be joining them
In less than an hour we'll finish
our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy.
Six months in deep space.
By our time, that is.
According to Dr. Hasslein's theory of time in a
vehicle traveling nearly the speed of light,
the Earth has aged
nearly 700 years since we left it,
while we've aged hardly at all.
It may be so.
This much is probably true.
The men who sent us on this journey
are long since dead and gone.
You who are reading me now
are a different breed.
I hope a better one.
I leave the 20th century with no regrets, but...
one more thing.
If anybody's listening, that is.
Nothing scientific. It's... purely personal.
Seen from out here,
everything seems different.
Time bends.
Space is... boundless.
It squashes a man's ego.
I feel lonely.
That's about it.
Tell me, though...
Does man, that marvel of the universe,
that glorious paradox
who has sent me to the stars,
still make war against his brother,
keep his neighbor's children starving?
Are you all right?
We're in the soup!
She's sinking! Dodge, read the atmosphere!
Landon, get out a last signal!
What signal?
To Earth! That we've landed!
The air's OK!
Blow the hatch before we lose all our power!
It's no use! The power's gone!
Forget it! Abandon ship!
She's sinking.
OK. We're here to stay.
Well, where are we?
Do you have any notion, skipper?
We're some 320 light years from Earth
on an unnamed planet in orbit
around a star in the constellation of Orion.
Is that close enough for you?
That could be Bellatrix.
It's too white for Bellatrix.
You didn't have time to read the tapes.
So you really don't know, do you?
What went wrong?
We weren't programmed to land in the water.
The question is not so much
where we are as when we are.
We've had enough sleep
to hold us for a while.
Let's start earning all that back pay.
Dodge, run your soil test.
- Got your sensors?
- Right.
- Geiger counter?
- Got it.
Let's see. One pistol,
We've got food and water
enough for three days.
How long is a day?
That's a good question.
Hey, Landon!
Join the expedition.
Sorry. I was thinking about Stewart.
What do you suppose happened?
Air leak. She died in her sleep.
You don't seem very cut up about it.
It's a little late for a wake.
She's been dead nearly a year.
That means we've been away
from Earth for 18 months.
Our time.
You've gone gray.
Apart from that you look pretty chipper
for a man who's 2,031 years old.
I read the clocks.
They bear out Hasslein's hypothesis.
We have been away from Earth
for 2,000 years,
give or take a decade.
Still can't accept it?
Time's wiped out everything you ever knew.
It's all dust.
Prove it.
If we can't get back, it's still just a theory.
It's a fact, Landon. Buy it. You'll sleep better.
Nothing will grow here.
There's just a trace of carbohydrates.
All the nitrogen is locked into the nitrates.
No dangerous ionization?
If there's no life here,
we've got just 72 hours to find it.
That's when the groceries run out. Let's go.
Which direction?
That way.
Any particular reason?
None at all.
Come on...
Everybody all right?
Water check.
Eight ounces.
It doesn't add up.
Thunder and lightning, and no rain.
Cloud cover at night.
That strange luminosity...
yet there's no moon.
If we could just get a fix.
What would that tell you?
I've told you where you are and when you are.
All right, all right.
You're 300 light years
from your precious planet.
Your loved ones are dead
and forgotten for 20 centuries.
you were something that fell out of a tree.
Taylor, quit riding him.
There is just one reality.
We are here and it is now.
You get hold of that,
or you might as well be dead.
I'm prepared to die.
He's prepared to die.
Doesn't that make you misty?
Chalk up another victory for the human spirit.
Clue me in on something, will you?
Why did you sign on for this trip?
You volunteered. Why?
Never mind. I'll clue you in.
You were the golden boy of the class of '72.
When they nominated you for the big one,
you couldn't turn it down.
Not without losing your all-American image.
Climb off, will you?
Oh, and the glory. Don't forget that.
There's a life-size bronze statue of you
standing out there somewhere.
It's probably turned green by now
and nobody can read the nameplate.
But never let it be said
that we forget our heroes.
- Taylor, I'm telling you to climb off my back.
- And there's one last item.
You wanted to live for ever, didn't you?
Well, you damn near made it.
Except for me and Dodge,
you've lived longer than anyone ever born.
And with our lovely Lieutenant Stewart dead,
it looks like you're the last of the line.
You got what you wanted, tiger.
How does it taste?
OK. You read me well enough.
But why can't I read you?
Don't bother.
Dodge, there. He's not like me at all.
But he makes sense.
He'd walk naked into a live volcano
if he thought he could learn something
that no other man knew.
But you... You're no seeker.
You're negative.
- And I'm not prepared to die.
- I'd like to know why not.
You thought life on Earth was meaningless.
You despised people.
So what did you do? You ran out.
No, no. It's not like that, Landon.
I'm a seeker too.
But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help
thinking somewhere in the universe
there has to be something
better than man. Has to be.
Taylor, over here!
Where there's one, there's another.
And another and another.
Let's find 'em.
Let's see.
To hell with the scarecrows!
Look at this.
Taylor, look!
They didn't leave much, did they?
Well, at least they haven't tried to bite us.
Blessed are the vegetarians.
They look more or less human,
but I think they're mute.
We got off at the wrong stop.
You're supposed to be the optimist, Landon.
Look on the bright side.
If this is the best they've got around here,
in six months we'll be running this planet.
Which one was wearing
the strange clothes?
This one.
Will he live?
I don't know.
This beast has lost a lot of blood.
There's no probe here. Find one!
Yes, sir.
This place is dirty, doctor.
Doctor, these animals are dirty. They stink
and they carry communicable diseases.
Why aren't they cleaned up
before they're brought here?
- You don't sound happy in your work.
- I'm little more than a vet in this laboratory.
You promised to speak to Dr. Zaius about me.
I did. You know how
he looks down his nose at chimpanzees.
But the quota system's been abolished.
- You made it. Why can't I?
- What do you mean - made it?
I'm an animal psychologist, that's all.
We have no authority.
You do all right when it comes to
getting space and equipment.
That's because Dr. Zaius
realizes our work has value.
The foundations of scientific brain surgery
are being laid right here
in studies of cerebral functions
of these animals.
They're still dirty, doctor.
And their bite is septic. There. Look at that.
Hold his jaw.
- Good morning, Dr. Zira.
- Good morning, Julius.
- How's our patient today?
- No change.
The minute you open the door,
he goes into his act.
And what do we want this morning?
Do we want something? Come on. Speak.
Come on.
Do we want some sugar, old-timer?
You could get hurt doing that, doctor.
Oh, don't be silly. He's perfectly tame.
They're all tame
until they take a chunk out of you.
Well, Bright Eyes. Is our throat feeling better?
Still hurts, doesn't it?
See? He keeps pretending he can talk.
That Bright Eyes is remarkable.
He keeps trying to form words.
You know what they say.
Human see, human do.
Now what?
He seems to want something.
I'd be careful, doctor.
What did I tell you?
Try that again and I'll break your arm!
Good morning, Your Excellency.
Dr. Zaius.
Good morning, sir.
Open up, please.
I'm so glad you could come.
Sir, he's over here.
Bright Eyes...
Show him. Go ahead.
Do your trick.
Go on. Speak again.
There! Can you believe it?
Yes, amusing.
A man acting like an ape.
Dr. Zaius, I could swear he's answering you.
He has a definite gift for mimicry.
Most unusual.
He's using that old blanket as clothing.
I wonder how he'd score
on a Hopkins manual dexterity test.
An animal?
He's moving his fingers.
Only because he saw you moving yours.
But perhaps he understood.
Man has no understanding.
He can be taught a few simple tricks.
Nothing more.
I'm afraid I must disagree.
- According to my experiments...
- Dr. Zira, I must caution you.
Experimental brain surgery
on these creatures is one thing,
and I'm all in favor of it.
But your behavioral studies
are something else again.
To suggest that we can learn anything
about the simian nature
from the study of man is sheer nonsense.
Besides, man is a nuisance.
He eats up his food supplies in the forest,
then migrates to our green belts
and ravages our crops.
The sooner he is exterminated the better.
It's a question of simian survival.
Is this the one you wanted, doctor?
Oh, yes. Thank you.
Bright Eyes, I've got a present for you.
Put her in with him.
Cornelius! Up here.
Do you have to work tonight?
Neither do I.
Oh, Cornelius.
There's Bright Eyes.
The one I was telling you about.
What's so special about him?
Hello, Bright Eyes.
How's our throat today?
- Look! She remembers!
- Remembers what?
The blood transfusion.
Zira, really!
You know, they can't... Watch out.
Here comes number one.
Something's bothering him. He's been
prying around the lab for the last two days.
Good morning, Dr. Zaius.
- You know my... Dr. Cornelius, my fianc?
- Of course.
The young ape with a shovel. I hear you're
planning another archaeological expedition.
- With the Academy's approval, sir.
- The project will require my support.
I hope I may count on it, sir.
Cornelius, a friendly warning.
As you dig for artifacts,
be sure you don't bury your reputation.
You'll hurt him!
Take him inside.
Cornelius! Cornelius,
if you have a moment today,
I'd like to discuss
this expedition of yours in more detail.
Certainly, sir. I'll pick up my notes
and I'll come right over.
I don't understand
these animal psychologists.
What's Dr. Zira trying to prove?
That man can be domesticated.
- What happened?
- Oh, those fools and their torches.
- Do you have any ointment?
- I'll see.
I'm sorry, Bright Eyes.
I told you what you'd get!
Julius, don't, don't, don't!
It doesn't matter!
Julius, don't hurt him!
Natural-born thieves, aren't they?
Get me a collar and leash.
- I'm taking him out of here.
- He's vicious, doctor.
- Besides, it's against the rules.
- Do as I say!
You... you wouldn't hurt me, would you,
It's a stunt.
Humans can't write.
Dear, you're a scientist.
Don't you believe your own eyes?
Where did you learn to do this?
Public School."
"Fort Wayne,
Back on that planet you say you came from?
Maybe he is intelligent.
But he is also... crazy.
Cornelius, please.
"Dodge was killed in the hunt."
"What happened to... Landon?"
I don't know.
They fell out of the sky with you?
"Not fell. Flew."
Flight is a scientific impossibility.
And even if it weren't, why fly?
Where would it get you?
"Do you have maps?"
We're here. You were captured here.
You fell into the water here?
You came ashore...
Marched across the desert?
Many days and nights.
And reached the jungle.
Out of the question.
Cornelius, why do you insist
on provoking him?
No creature can survive in the forbidden
zone. I know. I've been there. I've seen it.
"Then how do you account for me?"
I don't.
And I'm not going to try.
But what about your theory?
The existence of someone
like Taylor might prove it.
Do you want to get my head chopped off?
Don't be foolish.
If it's true, they'll have to accept it.
No, they won't.
Cornelius has developed
the most brilliant hypothesis.
But I'm probably wrong.
That the ape evolved from
a lower order of primate,
possibly man.
In his trip to the forbidden zone,
he discovered traces
of a culture older than recorded time.
- The evidence was very meager.
- You didn't think so then.
That was before Dr. Zaius and half
of the Academy said my idea was heresy.
How can scientific truth be heresy?
What if Taylor is exactly
the proof you needed?
A mutation.
A missing link between
the unevolved primate
and the ape.
Touchy, isn't he?
"I am not a missing link."
Well, if he were a missing link, the sacred
scrolls wouldn't be worth their parchment.
Well, maybe they're not.
Oh, no, thank you.
I'm not going to get into that battle.
- Cornelius, show some strength!
- Zira, listen to me!
Now, we both have fine futures.
Marriage, stimulating careers.
I'm up for a raise.
Dr. Zaius.
Did you forget our appointment, Cornelius?
No, sir. I was just collecting my notes.
You know Dr. Maximus, of course.
Our commissioner for animal affairs.
Yes, sir. It's a pleasure to see you again.
What is that?
A man, Dr. Maximus.
I know it's a man. And you know the rules.
No animals allowed outside the compound,
and most especially not without a leash.
Yes, sir, but... but this
creature is a special case.
Why special?
We're conducting a new experiment.
Wouldn't that more properly be done
in your office?
Yes, sir.
Guards, return this beast to the compound.
What is this?
A toy.
It floats on the air.
Try it.
- What's up, lieutenant?
- We're taking number four to surgery.
- Have him ready.
- How come?
- The beast's throat's nearly healed.
- The vet's going to geld him.
Dr. Zira won't like it.
She wants that pair to mate.
These orders come from Dr. Zaius himself.
There's nothing she can do about it.
If only you knew what they're going to do.
Stay still now. Don't give me any trouble.
Weep if you must,
but make an end of sorrow.
He lives again.
Yes, he has found peace in heaven.
He was a model for us all,
a gorilla to remember...
Hunter, warrior,
defender of the faith.
Cherished husband,
beloved father,
generous master, yes.
He was
The dear departed once said to me
"I never met an ape I didn't like."
Look! It's a man!
In heaven's name! Get rid of that creature!
Catch him!
Catch him! Catch him!
Come on, Quintus.
- Go get him!
- Taylor!
- Why did you run away?
- Security police.
I'm in charge of this man.
He is in the custody
of the ministry of science.
Take your stinking paws off me,
you damn dirty ape!
No one'll listen to me.
Only you.
You... Nova.
Yeah. Me Tarzan, you Jane.
What are you doing?
Leave her alone,
damn you!
Where are you taking her?
Where are you taking her?
Damn you! You hairy scum!
Shut up, you freak!
Julius, you...
I said shut up!
It's a madhouse!
A madhouse!
Now I don't even have you.
Imagine me needing someone.
Back on Earth I never did.
Oh, there were women. Lots of women.
Lots of... lovemaking, but no love.
That was the kind of world we'd made.
So I left
because there was no one to hold me there.
Did I tell you about Stewart?
Now there was a lovely girl.
The most precious cargo we'd brought along.
She was... to be the new Eve.
With our hot and eager help, of course.
Probably just as well
she didn't make it this far.
Do you love me, I wonder?
Can you love, I wonder?
You're not as smart as Stewart, but
you're the only girl in town.
Look at that. I...
I taught you to smile.
It's been weeks.
What happened? Where have you been?
Why didn't you come to see me?
- What is this?
- A hearing.
- Be clever. Be quiet.
- All rise!
Be seated!
This ad hoc tribunal of
the National Academy is now in session.
The president of the Academy presiding.
On my right, Dr. Maximus, commissioner
for animal affairs. And on my left,
Dr. Zaius, minister of science
and chief defender of the faith.
And appearing for the state,
Dr. Honorious, deputy minister of justice.
Bailiff! Your instructions:
To clean up the beast.
These rags he's wearing give off a stench
that's offensive to the dignity
of this tribunal.
You may proceed,
- Dr. Honorious.
- By your leave, Mr. President,
this tribunal has not yet defined
the purpose for this inquiry.
You asked for the opportunity
to present your case.
Surely you must know why you're here.
At the very least, this man has the right to
know whether there's a charge against him.
This exhibit is indeed a man.
Therefore he has no rights under ape law.
Dr. Zira, this is a man,
- is it not?
- He is unlike any man you have ever seen.
As we hope to prove.
Answer the question, Dr. Zira. Is it a man?
Sir, perhaps the... question
is the point at issue.
Is he a man, is he a deviant,
or... a freak of nature?
- Objection!
- Sustained.
Now, Dr. Zira, in all fairness,
you must admit that
the accused is a non-ape
and therefore has no rights under ape law.
Then why is he called the accused?
Your Honors must think him
guilty of something.
The creature's not being tried.
He's being disposed of.
It is scientific heresy that is being tried here.
Well put, Dr. Zaius.
Let us warn our friends
that they endanger their own careers
by defending this animal.
Then I'll... defend myself.
Dr. Zira, would you tell
Bright Eyes to be quiet?
- My name is Taylor!
- Bailiff! Silence the animal!
Wait! Let me...
You may proceed, Mr. Prosecutor.
Learned judges, my case is simple.
It is based on our first article of faith.
That the almighty created the ape
in his own image.
That he gave him a soul and a mind.
That he set him apart from the beasts of the
jungle and made him the lord of the planet.
These sacred truths are self-evident.
The proper study of apes is apes.
But certain young cynics
have chosen to study man.
Yes! Perverted scientists who advance
an insidious theory called evolution.
Come to the point, Dr. Honorious.
The state charges that Dr. Zira
and a corrupt surgeon named Galen
experimented on this wounded animal,
tampering with his brain and throat tissues,
to produce a speaking monster.
That's a lie!
Mind your tongue, madam.
Did we create his mind as well?
Not only can this man speak,
he can think! He can reason.
That can reason?
With the tribunal's permission, allow me
to expose this hoax by direct examination.
Proceed, doctor. But do not
turn this hearing into a farce.
Tell the court, Bright Eyes,
what is the second article of faith?
I know nothing of your culture. I admit that.
Of course he doesn't know our culture,
because he cannot think!
Tell us... Why are all apes created equal?
Some apes, it seems,
are more equal than others.
Tell us, Bright Eyes.
Why do men have no souls?
What is the proof that a divine spark
exists in the simian brain?
Read this for me.
Since the defendant has been forbidden
to speak in his own defense,
he requests that the following statement
be read into the record.
You read it, Dr. Cornelius. Read it.
"I have, uh, come to you from a planet
in a different solar system."
"I am an explorer in space..."
Stop right there. Let me see that paper.
It's a joke.
In very poor taste.
Is it a joke to seek the truth about this man?
Dr. Zira,
you state here that a ship from outer space
sank in an inland sea of our eastern desert.
You state that Bright Eyes had
two intelligent companions with him
at the time of his capture.
That is his assertion.
Mr. President,
in addition to Bright Eyes,
I believe the prosecutor has reassembled
all the surviving humans
that were captured in the hunt.
That's true, Dr. Zaius.
Very well.
Then I suggest that we...
go take a look at 'em.
That's him! That's Landon!
- Which one?
- The tall one in the back.
Do you acknowledge kinship
with any of these creatures?
- With one of them, yes.
- Identify him, then. Speak to him.
Oh! They cut him!
Did you know about this?
No. I... I swear. I never saw this man before.
But they...
You did it.
You cut up his brain, you bloody baboon!
Stop him!
Take him inside!
Mr. President, a word of explanation.
The human specimen you saw outside
suffered a skull fracture
in the course of the hunt.
Two fine veterinary surgeons under
my direction were able to save his life.
But the beast could not speak, of course.
Nor will he ever speak.
You did that to him, damn you!
Cut out his memory, took his identity,
and that's what you wanna do to me!
Bailiff! Gag the animal!
Damn you!
May it please the tribunal,
I grant you that this creature
cannot have come from another planet.
But this much is certain. He does come
from somewhere in the forbidden zone.
He's described the region to us and described
it accurately for... I have been there.
You visited the forbidden zone?
Yes, sir.
A year ago.
With the permission of the Academy.
He exceeded his orders.
His travel permit was canceled immediately.
Yes, sir. That is true, thanks to you.
But not before I discovered evidence
of a simian culture that existed
long before the sacred scrolls were written.
Objection! These remarks
are profane and irrelevant!
Sustained. Your archaeological theories have
no bearing on the disposition of this creature.
Let them talk, Mr. President. Let them talk.
Sirs, our theories
have a bearing on his identity.
How so?
Let us assume, as common sense dictates,
that the prisoner's story is false.
But if he did not come from another planet,
then surely he sprang from our own.
Yes! Sprang! As an animal psychologist,
I have found no physiological defect
to explain why humans are mute.
- Objection!
- Sustained!
Their speech organs are adequate.
The flaw lies not in anatomy, but in the brain.
- Objection!
- Sustained!
Sustain all objections, but face the truth!
Yes! Behold this marvel!
This living paradox!
This missing link in an evolutionary chain!
Silence there!
You go too far.
I think an indictment is in order.
Yes, sir. The state charges Drs Zira and
Cornelius with contempt of this tribunal,
malicious mischief, and scientific heresy.
It is so ordered.
This tribunal will examine the evidence
and in due course render its verdict.
As to the proposed indictment
and as to the disposition
of the deviate in question,
this hearing is adjourned.
Wait outside.
Well, the verdict is in.
At the moment, your two simian friends
and sponsors are free on bail.
But they'll soon be brought to trial for heresy.
What about me?
Your case was preordained.
In a way, you did the state a service
because you made it possible for us
to expose Zira and Cornelius.
Now the tribunal
has placed you in my custody
for final disposition.
Do you realize what that means?
Emasculation to begin with.
Then experimental surgery
on the speech centers - on the brain.
Eventually a kind of living death.
I have it in my power to grant a reprieve.
That is why I summoned you here tonight.
Tell me who and what you really are
and where you came from,
and no veterinary shall touch you.
I told you that at that hearing of yours.
You lied!
Where is your tribe?
My tribe!
They live on another planet
in another solar system.
Even in your lies, some truth slips through.
That mythical community
you're supposed to come from - Fort Wayne.
- What about it?
- A fort!
Unconsciously you chose a name
that was belligerent.
Where were you nurtured?
Then... you don't believe that prosecutor's
charge that I'm a monster created by Dr. Zira?
Certainly not.
You're a mutant.
That's what Zira and Cornelius claim.
You're talking heresy, doctor.
Of course!
Suppose I am a mutant.
How can the appearance of one mutant
- send you into a panic?
- Because you're not unique.
- There's the one you call Landon.
- Oh. Then you admit that...
I admit that where there's one mutant,
there's probably another and another.
A whole nest of them.
Where is your nest, Taylor?
Where are your women?
Thank you.
Thank you for calling me Taylor.
Dr. Zaius,
I know who I am.
But who are you?
How in hell did this upside-down
civilization get started?
You may well call it upside down,
since you occupy its lowest level.
And deservedly so.
Our eastern desert has never been explored
because we've always assumed
that life cannot exist there.
Taylor, save yourself!
Tell me, is there another jungle
beyond the forbidden zone?
I don't know.
If you're trying to protect others of your kind,
it'll cost you your identity.
I'm not protecting anyone.
This whole thing is insane!
What have I done?
You are a menace.
A walking pestilence!
I do know who you are, Taylor.
I'll give you just six hours
to make a full confession.
After that I shall use surgery to obtain one.
All right. You can cut pieces out of me.
You've got the power.
Return this creature to his cage.
But you do it out of fear!
Remember that! Because you're afraid of me!
What are you afraid of, doctor?
Are you Julius?
- Who are you?
- I'm from the office of animal affairs.
That male is to be transferred to the zoo.
At this hour?
Who says so?
Don't they tell you anything?
The antivivisectionist society is up in arms.
They're gonna save this beast
from those butchers in the lab.
If he can speak, he belongs in a public zoo,
but what'll probably happen
is some money-mad grown-up'll put him
in a circus, and we'll have to pay...
Stop making speeches
and show me the order!
This order's no good.
It must be countersigned by Dr. Zaius.
Grab him!
Who are you?
So you can talk!
I'm Dr. Zira's nephew.
This abduction was her idea.
You're not really going to the zoo.
That's our story if somebody stops us.
Get me out of this.
We've gotta move fast!
She comes along too.
- Zira doesn't want your female.
- I want her.
If you insist, but I'm not taking any orders.
All right. Come on! Let's go!
- I told you not to bring the other one!
- He wouldn't leave her.
Oh, all right. Come on!
- Here. Put this on.
- Don't you have any clothes for me?
What do you expect? An ape's new suit?
- This stuff stinks!
- Well, so do you. Like all men.
Taylor, remember,
all men look alike to most apes.
So put it on and keep quiet,
and we may just get away with this. Hurry!
How'd it go?
Come on!
Let me out of this!
Well, Taylor, we're all fugitives now.
Do you have any weapons? Any guns?
The best. But we won't need them.
I'm glad to hear it. I want one anyway.
Taylor, I'm in charge of this expedition!
Good for you.
But you're not in charge of me. Not any more.
I don't plan to be caught again.
- As you wish.
- Dr. Zaius seemed to think there was
another jungle beyond the forbidden zone.
I'll try for that. What about you?
Cornelius and I have been
indicted for heresy.
Unless we can prove our theories,
we don't stand a chance of acquittal.
You're going back to the forbidden zone?
We're going back to the diggings
I worked at over a year ago.
It's a three-day ride across the desert.
Near where you claim you landed
from that planet of yours.
- You still don't believe me, do you?
- It's a long detour to Dead Lake.
- What would we find?
- Nothing much.
An empty rubber life raft. Maybe a...
little flag, the emblem of my countrymen.
The terrain around that lake
is poisonous. There's no fresh water,
no vegetation - nothing.
Anyway, I... ought to thank you
for saving me. You'll be in trouble for that.
We've been in trouble
since the moment we met you.
What's she pointing at?
This must be close to home for her.
She knows it.
Nova, no. Nova!
Nova, you can't go there! It's not safe! Nova!
We'd better get started. If the mounted police
pick up our trail, they'll come this far.
Right. Let's get the water
and provisions into the wagon.
Where does this river lead to?
It flows into a sea some miles from here.
That's where we'll find the diggings.
And beyond that?
I don't know. You can't ride
along the shore at high tide
and we had no boats on our last expedition.
You never told me -
why do you call this the forbidden zone?
No one knows. It's an ancient taboo,
set forth in the sacred scrolls.
The lawgiver pronounced
this whole area deadly.
Shouldn't we be moving on?
I'm for that.
Well? Do you like it?
Why did you do that? Scrape off your hair?
In my world, when I left it,
only kids your age wore beards.
I don't go in for fads.
it makes you look less intelligent.
When will you show me what's in that cave?
Right now, if you like.
- Lucius, don't fire at them!
- You're all under arrest!
If there's any more shooting, Dr. Zaius,
you'll be the first to go. You can count on it.
You are not in command. Put down that gun.
Shut up!
Very well.
Lower your weapons.
Tell them to pull back around the rocks,
out of range.
How did you know we'd come here?
It wasn't difficult. Only an apostate
would flee to the forbidden zone.
And only a fool
would give a gun to an animal.
I see you've brought
the female of your species.
I didn't realize
that man could be monogamous.
On this planet it's easy.
I'll ask you to reconsider
the rash course you've undertaken.
If you're convicted of heresy,
the most you'll get is two years, but
if you persist in pointing guns in
my direction, you'll hang for high treason.
We never meant to be treasonous, sir.
But up there, in the face of that cliff,
there is a vast cave,
and in that cave a fabulous treasure
of fossils and artifacts.
I've seen some of your fossils and artifacts.
They're worthless.
There's your minister of science.
Honor-bound to expand
the frontiers of knowledge.
- Taylor, please!
- Except he's also chief defender of the faith.
There is no contradiction
between faith and science - true science.
- Are you willing to put it to the test?
- Taylor, I would rather...
Take it easy. You saved me from this fanatic.
Maybe I can return the favor.
What is your proposal?
When were those sacred scrolls
of yours written?
All right. If they can prove those scrolls
don't tell the whole truth of your history,
if they can find some real evidence
of another culture from some remote past,
will you let them off?
- Of course.
- Let's go up to the cave.
Sorry, Lucius. You've got to stay here
and guard the camp.
Always giving orders.
Just like every other adult.
Relax. You'll get to see it all later on.
Present your evidence, Cornelius.
It was at this level that I discovered
traces of an early ape creature.
A stage of primitive barbarism really,
dating back some 1,300 years roughly.
It was at this level... I discovered
cutting tools and arrowheads of quartz
and the fossilized bones
of carnivorous gorillas.
But the artifacts
Lying here
were found at this level,
and date back... 700 years earlier.
That's the paradox.
For the more ancient culture
is the more advanced.
Now, admittedly,
many of these objects are unidentified.
But clearly they were fashioned
by beings with a knowledge of metallurgy.
Indeed, the fact that many of these tools
are unknown to us
suggests a culture which
in certain ways equals our own.
Some of the evidence is uncontestable.
Don't speak to me in absolutes.
The evidence is contestable!
I apologize, sir.
To begin with, your methods of dating
the past are crude to say the least.
There are geologists on my staff
who'd laugh at your speculations.
But there's the doll, sir.
Oh, lying right there. The human doll.
What does this prove?
My granddaughter plays with human dolls.
The doll was found
beside the jawbone of a man
and no trace of simian fossil
has been found in this deposit.
Your conclusion is premature.
Have you forgotten your scripture?
The 13th scroll?
"And Proteus brought the upright beast
into the garden and chained him to a tree,
- and the children did make sport of him."
- No, sir, I have not forgotten.
Well, for a time the ancients
kept humans as household pets
until our lawgiver proved
that man could not be tamed.
Keep digging, Cornelius. You'll find evidence
of the master of this house...
An ape.
What are you doing?
Reconstructing a past life.
You say these things were found
at the same level as that doll?
Whoever owned them
must have been in pretty bad shape.
He wore false teeth.
And eyeglasses.
He had a failing heart.
Towards the end, he... had
this prefabricated valve put in it.
I don't say he was a man
like I knew at home,
but he must have been a close relative.
He had all the same weaknesses.
He was a weak,
fragile animal.
But he was here before you
and he was better than you are.
That's lunacy! I can offer alternate
descriptions of every one of those articles
which is just as ingenious as yours.
But it'd be conjecture, not proof.
Dr. Zaius, would an ape make a human doll
that talks?
You dirty...
Help me!
I oughta kill you right now.
Come on!
Tell 'em to pull back. Now!
Cease fire! Withdraw!
Up there!
Get down!
Lucius, are you all right?
They took me by surprise.
Sneaked up on me
while I was feeding the horses.
What's happened to honor?
I got off two rounds to warn you.
- They've taken everything.
- Not quite everything!
They left a hostage behind.
- How are you feeling?
- Disillusioned.
You can't trust the older generation.
I know what you mean.
I want you to go round the rocks and tell
those gorillas I've got Dr. Zaius prisoner.
Yes, I can do that.
I want a horse, food, and water.
Enough for a week for me and this female.
- And 50 rounds of ammunition.
- What if they won't agree to your terms?
Tell them I'll shoot him.
Taylor, you can't!
Oh, yes, he can.
He's a born killer.
Deliver the message.
Over here.
Sit down.
Taylor, please! Don't treat him like that!
- Why not?
- It's humiliating.
The way I was humiliated... by all of you?
You led me around on a leash!
That was different.
We thought you were inferior.
Now you know better.
Cornelius was right, doctor. He proved it.
Man was here first. You owe him
your science, your culture,
- whatever civilization you've got.
- Then answer me this.
If man was superior, why didn't he survive?
Wiped out by a plague, some natural
catastrophe, a storm of meteors.
From the looks of some parts of this planet,
I'd say that was a fair bet.
But we can't be sure.
He is.
He knew all the time.
Long before you found your cave, he knew.
Defender of the faith?
Guardian of the terrible secret.
- That's it, isn't it, doctor?
- What I know of man was written long ago.
Set down by the greatest ape of all,
our lawgiver.
come here.
Reach into my pocket. Read to him
the 29th scroll.
"Beware the beast man,
for he is the devil's pawn."
"Alone among God's primates,
he kills for sport or lust or greed."
"Yea, he will murder his brother
to possess his brother's land."
"Let him not breed in great numbers,
for he will make a desert
of his home and yours."
"Shun him."
"Drive him back into his jungle lair."
"For he is the harbinger of death."
I found nothing in the cave
to alter that conception of man
and I still live by its injunction.
That's far enough!
They think you're behaving foolishly.
I must say, I agree!
Where will you go?
To start with, I'll follow
the shoreline and my nose.
But suppose you find nothing
but... but wasteland?
How will you survive?
He won't survive.
How about coming along?
- We can't.
- It's better than going to jail for heresy.
Oh, they can't convict us of heresy.
You've helped prove our innocence.
Besides... his culture
is our culture.
Well, good luck, then.
I still say you're making a mistake.
That's the spirit. Keep 'em flying.
- What?
- The flags of discontent.
Remember, never trust anybody over 30.
Doctor, I'd like to kiss you goodbye.
All right, but
you're so damned ugly.
Don't try to follow us.
I'm pretty handy with this.
Of that I'm sure.
All my life I've awaited your coming
and dreaded it, like death itself.
I've terrified you from the first, doctor.
I still do.
You're afraid of me and you hate me. Why?
Because you're a man.
And you're right.
I have always known about man.
From the evidence, I believe his wisdom
must walk hand in hand with his idiocy.
His emotions must rule his brain.
He must be a warlike creature
who gives battle
to everything around him, even himself.
What evidence?
There were no weapons in that cave.
The forbidden zone was once a paradise.
Your breed made a desert of it... ages ago.
It still doesn't give me the why.
A planet where apes evolved from men.
There's gotta be an answer.
Don't look for it, Taylor.
You may not like what you find.
Untie me!
No, no, no! Wait!
Let him go!
Lieutenant, fetch your explosives.
We're going to seal up the cave.
Yes, sir!
- Seal the cave?
- That is correct.
And you will both stand trial for heresy.
- But the proof! The doll!
- In a few minutes there will be no doll.
There can't be. I'm sorry.
Dr. Zaius!
Dr. Zaius, you mustn't! You promised!
What I do, I do with no pleasure.
- Silence him!
- Doctor.
Dr. Zaius, this is inexcusable!
Why must knowledge stand still?
What about the future?
I may just have saved it for you.
What will he find out there, doctor?
His destiny.
Oh, my God!
I'm back!
I'm home.
All the time, it was...
We finally really did it.
You maniacs!
You blew it up!
God damn you!
God damn you all to hell!

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This Apes Chronology was first printed in 1975 in Marvel Comics' Planet of the Apes comics magazine (Issue #11). It was provided by NetTrekker, who beefed up the passing references to how they described filmed events. It also features Marvel's Apes stories in the timeline. NetTrekker integrated the animated series, fit into the timeline. The Adventure Comics stories are not included, but hopefully they will in time. RogerApple has added the film, TV, and comic references where appropriate.   ANSANAUT has added more information where I saw fit to, especially with regards to the animated series.

1961May:  President John F. Kennedy commits ANSA and the nation to the Great Project on May 25, 1961.

"Now is the time to take longer strides, farther strides, time for a great new American enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement and deep space exploration.  A role which, in many ways, may hold the key to our future on Earth."

"A role which, in may ways, may hold the key to our future on Earth."  More prophetic words are never spoken...


January 8:  Astronauts Dodge, Taylor, Stewart, and Landon (l-r) are launched on America's first interstellar exploration flight, the "Big One of '72". (Planet of the Apes) Their ship, the "Icarus", launches from Launch Complex #39 at Cape Kennedy without incident.  The crew enters suspended animation for the long voyage to Alpha Centauri (POTA).   The mission is launched amid high support from the nation and the world.  This is ANSA's most expensive mission yet.




May:  The "Icarus" mysteriously drops out of communications under mysterious circumstances.  The media has a field day and the government institutes several special investigations into ANSA protocols.  Later, it will be discovered that at near FTL velocities, the "Icarus" has created / entered a Hasslein curve in space / time and was thrown several thousand years into the future. ANSA hurriedly readies a rescue team to be dispatched along Taylor's last known trajectory.

November:  ANSA Astronauts "Skipper" and Brent are launched along the same flight path as the previous vessel to probe its unexplained disappearance from detection. (Beneath the Planet of the Apes).


January:  Astronauts Bill Allen, Jeff Hudson, and Judy Franklin enter the (NASA) space program. (Animated Planet of the Apes)

April:  The first vessel, referred to simply as "Taylor's Ship", reappears mysteriously within nearby space. It lands off the California coast, slightly north of San Clemente and is met my mobilized United States Navy space-flight recovery crews. The capsule is found to be piloted by three English speaking chimpanzees who identify themselves as Doctors Cornelius, Zira and Milo. The apes are taken to the Los Angeles Zoo, where Milo is accidentally killed by a primitive gorilla. Cornelius and Zira are brought before a scientific inquiry and are accepted as friends of the planet Earth. (Escape From the Planet of the Apes)

June:  Through underhanded interrogation and analysis of the spacecraft, Doctor Otto Hasslein learns of the ultimate fate of the human race and the planet Earth. He convinces the President that the apes are a threat to Humankind. Cornelius and Zira are taken to a military base for further interrogation. After escaping, they flee to a circus where Zira, now pregnant, gives birth to the baby Milo. Shortly thereafter, Cornelius and Zira are killed, and Milo begins his long education under the care of Armando, the owner of the circus. (Escape From the Planet of the Apes)

1973 to 1981

Eight complex years marked by contradictory developments in two aspects of society. Space exploration expands. Unmanned space probes range to the stars and back. Manned flights over greater distances are becoming more common. At the same time however, the governments of Earth are becoming more totalitarian in order to cope with increasing economic, political and energy pressures. All information concerning the two lost spaceships and the secrets of the future as revealed by Cornelius and Zira is locked away under heavy security clearance. Few are allowed access to it. Publicly, it is spread that the two talking chimpanzees were merely a hoax, and nothing more. Armando gives Milo the name of "Caesar." (Escape From the Planet of the Apes)  Great advances are made in space-flight technology (Animated Planet of the Apes)


August:  Astronauts Allen, Hudson and Franklin are launched from Earth aboard the (NASA) spacecraft "Venturer".  The "Venturer" is a very advanced design capsule equipped to fully utilize Dr. Stanton's Theory of Time Thrust.  Their vessel enters a strange energy distortion and disappears. (Animated Planet of the Apes)


NASA "Venturer"

(L-R) NASA Astronauts Jeff Hudson, Judy Franklin, and Bill Allen.


March:  Astronauts Virdon, Burke and Jones are launched from Earth. Their ship encounters a strange electrical storm near Alpha Centauri and disappears.   (Planet of the Apes TV)

Caesar, aged 8 1/2, begins his bareback riding acrobatics with Armando's circus. With political repression, the smaller circuses are forced to play to dwindling country audiences, thus helping Caesar avoid dangerous publicity.


The year of the Plague from space. Possibly brought back to Earth by an unmanned space probe (Many records were lost in the War), the Plague spreads over the planet in weeks, killing all cats and dogs. "Apparently" harmless to humans and other animal species.

1984 to 1991

It is during this period of time that the repercussions of the Plague begin to be felt. Humans, to replace their lost pets, turn to keeping small primates, birds, lizards, etc. The primates are found to be the most useful and gradually become the most common household animal. Gradually, larger and larger ones are taken in. It is in this generation of primates that the Plague's genetic effects show themselves: stature increases and so does intelligence in the larger orders. The Government increases to be more and more authoritarian. A reverse migration of people from suburbs into cities results in large towns becoming mostly feudal ports surrounded by farmland; the "provinces." Pollution in many areas is brought under control. A massive air purification plant in the Rockies keeps California air perfectly clean. However, with this increase in governmental structure a slave class develops: the apes. Ape Management, Incorporated becomes a semi-public branch of the Government in late 1989. By 1991 they are a monolith, now fully government operated, with a huge range of responsibilities.   The apes' training and day-to-day life with humans brings on an acceleration in the mental development of the apes.  (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)


April:  Armando decides that Caesar, now nearly eighteen and an accomplished performer, is old enough to see the truth of the "ape condition." He brings the circus to play at an unnamed city on the west coast (very likely San Francisco). There, Caesar unwittingly reveals his intelligence to police officers engaged in subduing a rebellious gorilla. Caesar runs and Armando goes to the Governor, attempting to bluff their way out of the situation. He is arrested. The Governor, fully believing that the runaway chimpanzee possesses human intelligence, is almost panic-stricken at the thought of ape rebellion. Caesar, in an attempt to blend in with the other apes, hides with a shipment of apes going to Ape Management. There, he is conditioned, though he understands the process and avoids the harsher punishments. He is purchased by Governor Breck, who is unaware of his prize. After learning of Armando's death as a result of interrogation about him, Caesar begins to plant the seeds of rebellion in the clouded minds of the apes. (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)

June:  Eighteen years after his birth, Caesar comes of age at the head of the Ape Rebellion. The fall of Humankind begins. (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)

June 1991 to late 1992

Caesar leads his people from the city into the provinces. In this case, the San Francisco peninsula. Here, Caesar attempts to build a new home for his people with the aid of a few human advisors. Massive educational programs within the community are developed. They face little harassment because elsewhere in the country and perhaps the world, the Ape Rebellion is spreading. The Government's breakdown has begun and it cannot police itself as in the past. Tension grows, until...


December:  NUCLEAR WAR.  The work of a single madman? International political pressure? Some country taking advantage of a U.S. governmental paralysis? Unknown. It is swift and effective. Laser defensive systems prevent the war from utterly destroying all life. Major cities are destroyed, but surrounding areas remain livable... to a certain degree.

1992 to 2001

The human population that remains is in a state of shock. There is little or no communication over great distances, so Caesar's community, now completely isolated, accepts the survivors in its area and a new ape/human society begins to grow. Despite Caesar's wishes, humans become effectively second-class citizens, and cultural divisions among the apes begin to develop. A gorilla named Aldo declares himself General and begins to train an "army" of gorilla soldiers. In 1995, Caesar's son is born by his wife, Lisa, and named Cornelius.

During this time residual radiation is having its effect on both humans and apes. The Plague-altered genes of the apes increase their already rapid intellectual development, in some cases (i.e., Virgil and Mandemus) incredibly so. Humans tend to become more docile, less given to action when angered. It is not clear at this time whether that is a radiation effect, Plague effect or just living with the evolved apes, the weakest of whom could kill the average human easily.
Meanwhile, another branch of Humanity is developing: the ones that survived the War but stayed in the cities, the Mutants. Inspector Kolp, a former aide to Governor Breck, has taken over in the remains of San Francisco and runs a scavenger city full of repressed hate.


December:  Caesar, along with Virgil and a human, MacDonald, venture to the remains of San Francisco in search of the tapes made of Cornelius and Zira, thereby unlocking the secrets of the future. They are discovered by Mutants and just barely escape. However, they are followed back to Ape City. Kolp launches an attack on Caesar's community in a last-ditch effort to destroy the Ape Rebellion. The attack is repelled by the apes. The humans living in the Ape City win a slightly ideological victory and temporary equal status with the apes. Kolp, Aldo and young Cornelius die. (Battle for the Planet of the Apes)

2001 to 2040

This, the first Ape City, grows. Caesar rules benevolently and well but human position in the community continues to erode, seemingly without solution. The Forbidden Zone begins to become a real danger as animal and plant mutations get out of hand. In the city of San Francisco, the Mutants are splitting into factions under the leadership of Mendez and the being destined to become One with the Gestalt Mind.


August:  Lisa dies.


May:  Caesar dies, at 67. Not survived by children, his rule is turned over to a council of apes and humans under the leadership of a particularly well-respected orangutan. He and the office are christened "Lawgiver."

2040 to 2052

Conditions between apes and humans get worse. While educational programs maintain that there is no difference, humans labor under an aura of inferiority. Voluntarily, they tend to withdraw from active participation in the council and draw themselves into a community-within-the-community, separated by a river from the apes. It is only partially a ghetto. The level of culture is falling.

In the city, the Mutant factions have gone to war with one another, the followers of the Gestalt Mind winning out. Mendez and his loyal followers manage to escape into transnational transport tubes and work their way towards an unknown new home. They take with them the Alpha-Omega device, which has begun to carry an almost religious significance with it.


Jason the human and Alexander the chimpanzee are born. (Marvel Comics Planet of the Apes)

2052 to 2069

A gorilla named Brutus rises to a position of power in the Ape City hierarchy. He is appointed Peace Officer under the second Lawgiver. Jason and Alexander become friends. Human position grows slowly but steadily worse. (Marvel Comics Planet of the Apes)


July:  General Brutus' scouts encounter the Inheritors in caves near the Forbidden City. Brutus investigates and becomes ally/underling of the Gestalt Mind in a power ploy aimed at taking control of Ape City. The original scouts are "persuaded" to forget what they saw. (Marvel Comics Planet of the Apes)


Jason, Alexander and the Lawgiver are embroiled in a conflict with the Inheritors. At the same time they begin to get a hint of what is happening in the world outside Ape City's tiny boundaries. A man/ape mute mutation has begun to live in the Forbidden Zone, some serving as slaves of the Mutants. Gigantic animals roam everywhere. Many small, semi-nomadic communities of apes and humans also exist, each as isolated as the others. In certain of these, a startling equity of apes and humans has developed. But, can it last? (Marvel Comics Planet of the Apes)

2070 to 2220

A large leap of time that can only roughly be filled in. Both ape and human cultures expand into the Forbidden Zones, taming them as population needs demand. However, these cultures tend to isolate and grow bitter towards one another. Humans, devolving due to the radiation, are becoming more barbaric. A sudden, fierce strain develops out of the docility in evidence just after the War. Clearly, the human and gorilla armies are in their way to war.

In this period, Mendez's mutant groups have reached what was once New York City and have established themselves there. Mixture of their bloodline with the local mutants begins to produce rudimentary telepathic powers.


May 5:    Ronald Brent is born.


August 6:    Ronald Brent lifts off from Earth.   His spacecraft, a new and very advanced design, is soon lost in space.  His craft enters a Hasslein time curve and is propelled into the far future.

NASA Astronaut, Colonel Ronald Brent


October:  Gorilla and human armies slaughter one another in battle thirty or forty miles north of San Francisco. Two survivors, Solomon the gorilla and Jovan the human, form an uneasy but necessary truce. They are healed and taught by the hermit man/ape Mordecai and meet their death in San Francisco at the hands of the animalistic ape and human mutants.

This is the balancing point in the history. It is where the human devolvement coincides with the ape evolution most clearly. It is also the last gasp of human aggressiveness.

2220 to 2750

Humans are defeated and become, primarily, a slave culture tolerated but completely disrespected by the apes. Gorillas dominate the apes now, and it is an age of exploration. Populations push out in all directions. Land is tamed and with slave help, cultivated. New outposts are set up and contact is made with other surviving groups from the War. Not a few minor wars are caused by gorilla aggressiveness. On the whole, however, a peaceful time as energies are channeled into retaking a world.

The cultural heritage of Caesar's Ape City gains a widespread usage and regional governments are often designed after the Lawgiver/Council mold.
Some bands of renegade humans do exist and continually harass ape outposts.


One particularly daring raid into a fairly large ape population causes an outraged public cry from the apes. Systematic destruction of the outlaw bands is instituted. The Lawgiver of the day (whether only a regional level Lawgiver or more is unknown) writes the Sacred Scrolls and their rather unflattering portrait of Humanity.

2750 to 3085

The general spread of the Sacred Scrolls proves to be a reactionary move, and their influence reinstates the earlier days of isolation. When growth has slowed in the previous century, orangutans take more and more of the power formerly in the hands of the gorillas. Now they rule completely.

The loss of communication between population centers is slow at first but speeds up when Forbidden Zones start to become unlivable again.

This time, it is largely the result of poor conservation techniques. The radiation-blasted soil starts to give up and the deserts, as deserts, bloom.

Humankind grows completely docile.

Cultural patterns in the isolated areas retain shards and snippets of others. Thus, one area might continue to have the Lawgiver officer while another might operate completely differently. The Ape City near New York City becomes isolated in this period after its incorporation into the Pan American Ape Society in the previous growth period. It was not a colony of the first Ape City, but developed independently and therefore does not have an historical record that accurately chronicles the west coast developments.


ANSAnauts Jones, Virdon, and Burke


Colonel Virdon's spacecraft arrives back on Earth,
crash landing in a remote part of California.

Burke and Virdon

March 21:  Astronauts Lt. Peter Burker (l) and Colonel Alan Virdon (r) crash-land but survive (unlike their fellow astronaut, Jones who dies on impact) in the region of the United States that was once southwestern California. At this time the ape government which rules over most of the area is an orangutan faction headed by Doctor Zaius. General Urko, a gorilla, works cooperatively with him, with continual "reminding" from Dr. Zaius that it is Zaius who in fact is in charge and not Urko. Urko chafes at the situation. To Zaius and Urko, the constant threat of the renegade astronauts starting a human rebellion leaves the apes with the task of apprehending and executing them. The astronauts gain the chimpanzee Galen as a friend and traveling companion. Between them they leave a few traces of twentieth century human culture, like certain agricultural and farming techniques, that don't do much good for the humans but eventually serve to advance ape civilization. Virdon, Burke and Galen have fates as yet untold. (TV Planet of the Apes)

3085 to 3479

The fall of Humankind is complete. By approximately 3400, the combination of radiation deterioration and general demoralization succeeds in wiping the minds from Humanity. They are forced away from the ape cities as unproductive and useless animals. They begin to live in the forests, wild and resort to primitives.

3459 or 3464 ?

Colonel Ronald "Ron" Brent's advanced spacecraft crashes in a desert leaving very little in the way of useable equipment or supplies.  His leg is broken on impact and he is hurt badly.  Fortunately, he is discovered shortly thereafter by a wandering tribe of primitive nomads who take him in and nurse him back to health.   One of the young nomad children befriends Brent.  Brent gives her the name of "Nova" and teaches her to say her name.  He gives her his dog tags and travels with the tribe for a while until he becomes separated from the tribe during a severe sand storm.  Lost from the tribe, he finds his way back to his crashed ship where he will live as a hermit for the next decade and a half with no contact with any other human beings.


February to June:  Astronauts Bill Allen, Jeff Hudson and Judy Franklin crash-land in a lagoon southwest of New York. While traversing the desert, Franklin disappears into a chasm that mysteriously closes in on itself. Allen and Hudson continue on to find a forested glade inhabited by savage humans.  They meet "Nova", a primitive woman who can speak her name and has a set of dogtags around her neck.  The dogtags are an enigma, belonging to a "Colonel Ronald Brent, USAF" who was born nearly a hundred years after Allen, Hudson, and Franklin left for space, and who himself left for space nearly a hundred and fifty years after they did.   In a raid by gorilla soldiers, Allen is captured along with several of the primitive humans. Shortly thereafter, he escapes and along with Hudson, returns to the Forbidden Zone. There, they discover the now buried ruins of New York City. After finding Franklin, whom the mysterious Underdwellers worship as a prophetess "Usa" (taken from a relic they have, a marble bust of a female astronaut bearing Judy's likeness with the sole word "USA" on the bottom...).  Together, the three eventually elude the apes while helping both the mutants of the dead city and the humans.

While helping the humans escape from the caves that they were living in, Allen, Hudson and Franklin are forced to cross a vast desert on their way to New Hope Valley.   In the middle of the desert, they chance upon the wreckage of a American spacecraft of unknown type and design.  Here they encounter Colonel Ronald Brent who explains his history but isn't sure of when he crashed on the Planet of the Apes, it could have been 15 or 20 years ago.  It is hard to tell time in the desert.  Brent joins the other three astronauts and their human party and leads them to New Hope Valley.   Once in the valley, they begin to herd wild buffalo type creatures and the astronauts use a laser drill salvaged from the "Venturer" to cut rock into squares in order to build an adobe style Indian fortress that is defense against not only the apes, but against a giant monster dragon bird!  It is unknown as to what eventually became of the four astronauts or Nova and her people. (Animated Planet of the Apes)

3479 to 3955

Continually encroaching Forbidden Zones have brought on a complete Dark Age. Progress slows to a halt in some areas, like the New York Ape City. There, all knowledge that humans once had a major civilization is lost. It becomes mere legend, and then almost nothing at all. It is either lost or concealed by conservative orangutans. Progressive chimpanzee elements are stifled.

Late in this period humans begin to be used as experimental animals and entertaining hunting diversions for the gorillas. A certain instinctive survival pattern remains in the humans but it is less than successful.


November:  (11-25) The ANSA spacecraft containing three surviving male astronauts (Dodge, Taylor, and Landon), along with one dead female astronaut (Stewart), crash-lands in an inland sea somewhere in the area south of what was once Long Island. Land masses have shifted so that where they land is no longer ocean but a land locked inland sea ...


The astronauts journey across the barren desert to a forested area, where they find representatives of what was once the human race. In a gorilla raid, Taylor and Landon are captured but are separated, and Dodge is killed. Taken to Ape City, Doctors Zira and Cornelius discover Taylor's intelligence. The council perceives this as a threat and makes plans to exterminate the human.  Taylor tries to escape but is captured.  During his escape attempt, he finds the body of Dodge has been stuffed and put on display in a human history museum.  Taylor is quickly recaptured in the center of the city.  During a mock trial, Taylor discovers that Landon has undergone brain surgery, leaving him a mental vegetable. Zira and Cornelius take Taylor and his female companion, Nova, into the Forbidden Zone to the site of an archeological expedition conducted by Cornelius. Taylor and Nova escape from Zaius and the gorilla patrols farther into the Forbidden Zone. There, Taylor discovers that he has in fact returned to Earth when he comes upon the ruins of the Statue of Liberty. (Planet of the Apes)


July:  Ape City is awash in political undercurrents. Zaius has succeeded in quashing the ripples caused by Taylor's appearance and abilities, but General Ursus, campaigning for war, is beyond his control. Several scouts are lost in the Forbidden Zone not long after Taylor disappears and war is on. There is also a chimpanzee undercurrent.

July  (late):  Taylor and Nova investigate the ruins of New York City.  Taylor disappears without a trace into a strange, fiery illusion.  Nova wanders the Forbidden Zone aimlessly without her mate.

August (early):  Nova witnesses a pair of fireballs in the early afternoon sky, fireballs which are actuallya pair of ANSA spacecraft making reentry.  Commander "Skipper" Maddox and Brent have been sent along Taylor's original trajectory on a rescue mission to find Taylor and his crew.  Atmospheric disturbances damage Skipper's ship which crash lands in the Forbidden Zone.  Skipper's craft suffers very heavy damage on touch-down, catches fire,  and is totally destroyed when it falls over and explodes.  Brent manages to land the second rescue ship nearby and rushes on foot to his commander's aid.  Brent's commander, "Skipper", is rendered blind from the fires and damage to his ship and soon after succumbs to his internal injuries.  Brent buries his commander with the slow understanding that now he is the only survivor of an already failed rescue mission.  Brent's flight is down one ship and three seats meaning that when Brent lifts off he can only carry half of Taylor's crew with him, that is, if Taylor and his crew are still alive and if Brent can find them. 

Nova sits astride Taylor's horse and carefully watches the stranger, noticing that he is like Taylor.  She rides to the wreckage site, wary, but Brent befriends her.  After reading Taylor's dog tags around her neck, Brent's mission and purpose are instantly renewed. After an encounter with Zira, Cornelius, the gorillas and Ape City, Brent and Nova travel to the Forbidden City in search of Taylor. (Beneath the Planet of the Apes)



Brent's arrival plus one day:   Cornelius, Zira, and Milo go in search of Taylor's ship, but instead they find Brent's ship.  They will spend the next day studying it and eventually accidentally launching it with all three chimpanzees aboard.

Brent's arrival plus two days:  Cornelius, Zira, and Milo accidentally start the automated launch and return sequence for Brent's ANSA rescue spacecraft.  As they lift off, the fighting in the ruins of New York City intensifies, leading to...  THE END.  The Alpha-Omega bomb, originally stored in the vaults of a San Francisco missile complex and cherished by twenty generations of the House of Mendez, is detonated while in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in the ruins of New York City.


The end of everything and all life.

A cataclysmic reaction spreads across the globe in minutes, destroying the entire planet and every living thing, reducing the Earth to a burnt cinder in space.  Zira describes the cataclysm by telling others that she saw "the rim of the Earth melt."

Shockwaves of the blast are sent into space and strike the spacecraft containing the Simian Doctors Milo, Cornelius and Zira.    Zira comments that she witnessed "the rim of the planet melting...".  The ship is thrown into a Hasslein Curve, a 'bend in time', and cast back to 1973 to .... (Escape from the Planet of the Apes).


November:  (11-25-3978 SHIPS CHRONOMETER READING) The ANSA spacecraft containing three surviving male astronauts (Dodge, Taylor, and Landon), along with one dead female astronaut (Stewart), crash-lands in an inland sea somewhere in the area south of what was once Long Island. Land masses have shifted so that where they land is no longer ocean but a land locked inland sea ... (this is the reading displayed on the chronometer in Taylor's spacecraft in the first movie.  However, in the second movie, Brent, who arrives later than Taylor, says that the year is 3955.  In the third movie, Zira tells a congressional panel that the Earth was destroyed in the future, and the reading on the chronometer in the spacecraft read 3955.  The discrepancy cannot be logically explained other than Taylor's chronometer was off, which would account for his statement of:

Landon: That means we've been away from Earth for 18 months.

Taylor: Our time...you've gone gray. Apart from that, you look pretty chipper for a man who's 2,031 years old. I read the clocks. They bear out Hasslein's hypothesis. We have been away from Earth for 2,000 years...give or take a decade. Still can't accept it, huh? Time's wiped out everything you ever knew. It's all dust.

"... Give or take a decade." Taylor says. 

Maybe two decades and some years, especially if the vehicle is not functioning correctly.  Taylor's chronometer could very well be damaged or 'off' due to problems with the spacecraft itself.  The subject is open to speculation.   Despite what Taylor's chronometer shows, and what we, as the audience see with our own eyes as the readout for the date that Taylor returns to Earth,  the 'official' date used for Taylor's arrival is 3955, not 3978.

23 years before his ships chronometer said that he actually arrived.


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