Planet of the Apes

Question: When Pericles is sent out into space, he enters the wormhole, Leo next and then the Oberon. So how did the Oberon land first, then Leo and Pericles last?

Chosen answer: The anomaly they encountered was not merely a spatial wormhole, it was a rift in time. The order in which they entered the time-rift didn't matter; they could exit the rift in any random order, minutes or months or millennia apart.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: How exactly was Semos able to organize a rebellion against the humans, since he was just an ordinary ape who was trained for whatever assignment he would be needed for?

Chosen answer: The dialogue recorded by one of the survivors of the Oberon tells that the apes, particularly Semos are much smarter than they had ever realized. He was not ordinary, he was the offspring of two chimps that had been genetically modified for increased intelligence. Semos had intelligence near or equal to humans.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Why did Thade kill the two apes that were with him after they showed him the trail left by Leo's pod?

Chosen answer: To prevent anyone else from learning that Leo came from space. After Pericles' ship crashed, there was a prophecy of a second coming of Semos, the founder of Ape civilization. Thade wants to kill all humans, so if anyone found out, it would be considered a sign and the council might consider making peace with the humans.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: Shortly after Leo enters a pod to try and save Pericles, the crew of the Oberon receive a distress signal from an old man. Who exactly was that guy?

Chosen answer: It's Lt. General Vasich. It's a message from the future--or from the past depending on how you read the timeline--made after they attempt to rescue Captain Davidson and get thrown in time to well before Leo arrives on the other side. That's why Vasich looks so confused after seeing the message.


Question: Can someone please explain how the apes ended up taking over present-day Earth since the future apes never got hold of the time machine? I can't find anyone who can make heads or tails of it.


Chosen answer: Tim Burton has been quoted MANY times as saying it isn't supposed to make sense. Best guess is Leo travelled not just into the future, but into another dimension as well. Ironically, this ending is far more true to Peirre Boulle's original ending than the first Apes movie.

Grumpy Scot



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Colonel Attar: Take your stinkin' hands off me, you damn dirty human.



The "video history" of the crashed USAF ship makes it very clear that the planet is uninhabited when they "landed". I can understand how a race of apes develops - they had a bunch of them on board. I can understand how a race of humans develops - they are descendants of the original crew. What I don't understand is...where the heck did all the horses come from?



In order to star in the film, Tim Roth had to decline the role of Professor Severus Snape in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (2001). That role was eventually given to Alan Rickman.