Column: Exhibit traces how ‘Planet of the Apes’ evolved

I’m a fan of the Planet of the Apes, so when I heard about a 50th anniversary exhibit in LA for the franchise, I had to check it out. Having checked it out, I had to write about it. That’s Sunday’s slightly silly column.

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  • Doug Evans

    Loved this column! Especially the last paragraph, for obvious reasons. I think I’ve shared that I’m just a year or two too young to have been caught up in Planet of the Apes fever (but I do remember sitting down to watch the first episode of the TV series with my parents! Which, Wikipedia tells me, would have been on September 13, 1974, when I was five years old). But in just a few years I embarked upon my life-long Star Trek love, soon followed by Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, even the short-lived Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century. Probably the closest I come to your POTA affection would be my love of Battlestar Galactica, in that as a kid I watched all the episodes, bought all the books, and purchased as many of the Marvel comics as I could find. When the Galactica remake came around in the 2000s, I approached it as it sounds like you have the recent POTA movies: I can acknowledge that it’s technically superior, and maybe even a little more grounded, given the outlandish concepts of both, but nothing will ever take the place in my heart of the original.

    On a sadder note… On the same day that your column appeared, this appeared…

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/05/05/pulitzer-prize-winning-author-junot-diaz-accused-of-sexual-misconduct-misogynistic-behavior/?utm_term=.e4d2481e1a51

    Sigh.

    • davidallen909

      Thanks, Doug.

      About Diaz, I saw on Thursday, maybe, but definitely Friday, that he was trending on Twitter, and looked to see why. Had I been writing the column at that moment, rather than being on vacation after filing the column three days earlier, I might have re-thought his inclusion. Or made a “get your stinkin’ paws off me” allusion.

  • SAWZ

    Does the James Franco movie, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” count? It was the only ape movie I have seen. I don’t remember much of it but It was entertaining–the apes took over the Golden Gate bridge at one point.

    • davidallen909

      Of course! It’s one of the nine movies.