Spotlight Podcast 5:26 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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A new dawn is rising on the Planet of the Apes franchise. Humanity is decimated but not quite extinct. Caeser the intelligent ape presides over his tribe near San Francisco. Can ape and man live in peaceful co-existence? Find out in the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Volume 5, Number 26, as Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski discuss DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

2 Responses to “ Spotlight Podcast 5:26 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ”

  1. Steve wondered why the simian flu doesn’t kill apes as well as humans. I haven’t seen RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES since its debut, but the way I’m remembering it, the “simian flu” was actually a genetically engineered virus meant to cure Alzheimer’s, and intended to be administered through aerosol. It was successful in heightening the intelligence of apes — Caesar was the first test subject — but would eventually kill humans. That doesn’t completely explain why the effect was different on two species, but close enough.

  2. Thanks for the explanation.

    In retrospect, I asked the question backwards. It should have been: If it doesn’t kill simians, why is it called “Simian Flu”? (Think of “Swine Flu,” for example, which affects pigs and rarely if ever jumps to the human population.)

    The official explanation seems to be that the public became aware of the “connection” between Ceasre and the virus and therefore dubbed it “Simian Flu” – regardless of the fact that virus was spread from human to human, not from ape to human.

    Uh, yeah, right. I’ll buy that for a dollar.

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