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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

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STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind's future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it?
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by IDW Publishing (first published December 1st 2014)
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I'll have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard news that IDW was crossing over the Star Trek and Planet of the Apes franchises. Unlike the crossover of Trek and Doctor Who, this one didn't necessarily seem like two great tastes that would taste great together.

And now having read all five issues in this collected edition, I can only say that my initial doubts were confirmed by what we get here. Set in the non-rebooted TOS era, the Klingons have found a gateway into an alternate unive
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Enterprise follows a Klingon ship to a parallel world where they find “Earth” overtaken by apes. Now they must stop the Klingon's from starting civil war on the planet.

Have you always wanted to know what would have happened if Kirk and the rest of the crew happened to find themselves on the "Earth" from the Planet of the Apes? Well I haven't, but it was an interesting reading experience and this mixing different science fiction shows/movies together is a fun idea. What's next Star trek meets
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The Klingon Empire has had some setbacks. Forced into signing the Treaty of Organia with the Federation which mandates a cease fire and hemmed in by the Romulan Empire, the Klingons are looking to stir up trouble.

They do so by finding a wormhole that takes them to another universe. Kirk and the Enterprise, finding out about this strange location, end up engaging the Klingons and are sucked into the wormhole. Yet it seems like the wormhole has transported them to Earth. But, it is not the Earth o
Rob Walker
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was a lot of fun but I can't imagine it being for anyone other than Trek or Apes fans. The art is well done and the dialogue captures both the writing of Star Trek and PotA. However, my favorite part of this crossover wasn't the comic itself, but the essays by comedian Dana Gould at the end of the volume. Gould, a lifelong Apes fan, provides brilliant insight into the historical context of these two series as well as their differing outlook on humanity and their Hollywood conn ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott Tipton is a fanboy's secret trove, right under the bed with the 10 year old stash of wrinkled porn magazines. The Enterprise, under Captain James T. Kirk and the Planet of the Apes? Not the crappy Markie Mark version either. But the old Charleston Heston, horses and bolt action rifles, and demolished Statue of Liberty Planet of the Apes. Yes, it is that much fun!

The Enterprise battles Klingon Bird of Preys (yes I know what they are cal
Wayne McCoy
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Despite the groaner title 'Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive' is a pretty decent crossover comic between the original Star Trek crew and the original Planet of the Apes movie.

When the crew of the Enterprise discovers the Klingons are up to something, they decide to investigate. When their pursuit puts them into a slingshot maneuver, they find themselves in an alternate universe. In this universe, there was also a nuclear war, but there is no Federation and the planet is run by
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, st-comics
I thought this was great & I enjoyed it immensely from cover to cover. Great writing, great artwork. The only complaint I have is I think maybe the ending was a little anti-climactic but not horribly so. Highly recommend.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

What on earth did I just read? Do people not have ideas for things anymore? Who let this happen? Word
Andrew Sorrentino
An average adventure story. The illustrations are fair, however any action sequences are not choreographed well at all. It's clear from the essays included with this collection that the author is passionate about both franchises. It's disappointing that I enjoyed the essays more than the graphic novel.
Quentin Wallace
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a crossover that worked better than you'd think. Star Trek has an advantage with crossovers like this because due to the nature of the Enterprise and its explorations, it can cross over with almost anything and at least have a somewhat plausible explanation. Time Travel, other universes, etc. were all commonplace with Star Trek.

So here we have two beloved franchises finally meeting, and it was pretty enjoyable. We find the crew of the Enterprise landing on the Planet of the Apes right a
"Two great tastes, that taste great together." What can I say. This is one of those silly fan-boy mash-ups that is so stupidly wrong it should be laughable. Except it is only laughable because it so much fun. Honestly, this should be terrible, but the writers and artists pulled off a wonderful story that pays homage to both franchises and offers some interesting and thoughtful ideas and insights about both. The character's "voice" seem to ring fairly true and the story has just enough continuity ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, idw
Collects Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive issues #1-5

I enjoy both of these franchises (especially the Planet of the Apes), so when I heard that they would be featured in the same story, I knew I had to check it out. This seems like an obvious combination, so I'm surprised it was never done before.

The actual story focused more on the Star Trek cast (as they were featured as the primary protagonists and the story was told from their perspective).

Interestingly, this story doesn't
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Totally believable crossover between these two universes that hit its mark. A lot of fun as the original Star trek team enters a portal to an alternate universe and finds themselves on the Planet of the Apes where a Klingon is arming the Gorillas for his own nefarious reasons. Great story with all the characters from each side you could possibly hope for and good art with everyone looking just like you'd expect them too. They can re-invent Star Trek as many times as they want but give me the ori ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. While reading it, it felt just like an episode of Star Trek The original series. The artwork was great, and more importantly looked like the crew of the Enterprise. I mean they chase a Klingon ship into a portal that places them in an alternate reality/Earth. Sounds just like a Star trek episode. If You're a fan of eithet Planet of the apes, or Star Trek, check this out. I really enjoyed it, and I think You will too.

I recieved an advanced copy from and the Pu
Gaz Watson
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Awful. I've got to stop buying IDW, every one I've tried has been horrific so far.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't work for me. It's really hard to get Apes to work right.
Joe Kessler
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This trade paperback collects the complete five issues of a comic book crossover between Star Trek and Planet of the Apes, and I have to admit that I didn't have very high expectations for it. Franchise crossovers and comic book media tie-ins can each struggle to present significant stakes in the face of a mandated status quo, so I had some skepticism over the prospect of both in one book.

Happily, "The Primate Directive" exceeds my expectations on that front. The plot that brings these two unive
Zachary King
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ripping good yarn pitting the original Star Trek crew against the 1960s Planet of the Apes. Maybe this would have scanned better if I knew more about Star Trek, but the Apes segments held my attention much more raptly. I really liked the way this book tied into the Apes films and would have happily read more about the apes. Always a treat seeing Dr. Zaius!
Hannah Givens
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
For a little while there I thought this might shape up into something cool. It does a great job of mimicking a TOS-style episode where they stumble onto a remarkably earthlike planet with a twist. Unfortunately it just kind of dribbles off, and as with most crossovers, there can't be much lasting impact so it feels like not much at all.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
More planet of the apes than Star Trek. Nothing much added to either PotA or Star Trek's story line.
Baris Bey
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Z.S. Diamanti
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic nostalgia feel and beautiful art by Rachel Stott and Charlie Kirchoff. Worth reading!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Anything less than 1 star available? uggggggh
What a wasted premise.
Stephen Theaker
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Neat how it fits into the Planet of the Apes continuity.
Simon Ford
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This one I liked initially for the title alone "The Primate Directive", I mean c'mon buy the man/woman a drink.
Not as plausible as the Tarzan/PotA crossover novel that they messed up (IMHO, see that review).
A nice nod to the original movies of the past and a few guest appearences from favourite/iconic characters.
All in all a good read but mainly for the title, for me.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.0 of 5

Apparently I'm not the only sci-fi geek old enough to remember the original Star Trek AND the Planet of the Apes franchise, otherwise why would anyone bother to do a cross-over with these two science fiction classics from the 1960's-70's?

At the time, I was just the right age and stereotype to be enjoying the 'Apes' franchise. I was a white, middle-class teenage geeky boy who saw the last couple of Apes movies in the theat
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super fun!
David Nicholls
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read all in all. I think that it if you have seen the original Planet of the Apes movie, and any Star Trek TOS, you will kind of know what to expect. The concept of crossing over a famous utopian series with an equally famous dystopian series is great.

I couldn’t help feel while reading this what it would look like if the rebooted series were used. Because both Star Trek TOS and the original Planet of the Apes have been rebooted in order to have a grittier feel, I felt that
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Incredibly brilliant, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive crosses over two of the most influential series of the sci-fi genre. After learning that the Klingons are using a spatial anomaly to further their military expansionism, the U.S.S. Enterprise goes to investigate and discovers that it leads to a parallel universe where Earth is ruled by intelligent apes and humans have devolved into dumb beasts; however, the Enterprise crew soon find allies in a marooned astronaut named Tay ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
There's a certain sense of this title being complete sacrilege – to combine two classic, much-loved franchises, with equal importance to both. That's only added to when you see that this is an immediate sequel to the first PotA film, as well, but dammit it's actually pretty enjoyable. Not pretty visually, mind – Kirk here is a bloated parody of how he should look, and as for Charlton Heston… Also marking it down are repetitive elements of the script, unclear fight scenes with which the red shirt ...more
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