Talk:Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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Why LA?[edit]

I always wondered why they changed from New York of the first 2 movies to LA in this one. The next movie "Conquest" takes place in LA also with the name "Central City" I presume since it was filmed in Century City, LA. This leads to a major break when the bomb being worshiped in the second movie is shown in the fifth but now they are in 2 very different ruins. Ben

The first two movies were set in the ruins of New York, but they — and this one, and all the films — were filmed in California. When they switched from the desert setting to a modern, domestic area, it was simply more feasible to use LA. Conquest takes place in a generic cityscape, so there's no real continuity error there; it could theoretically be New York just as much as it could, theoretically, be LA.--SB | T 02:16, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Time between Planet and Beneath[edit]

While it is never specified how much time had elapsed between "Planet" and "Beneath" it could not have been months. At the end of "Planet" Taylor asks for a week's food & water for him and Nova. At the beginning of "Beneath" Brent encounters Nova after Taylor had been captured by the mutants in the Forbidden Zone. She is riding the same horse that she and Taylor were riding at the end of "Planet". Neither she or the horse show any signs of prolonged starvation or dehydration that would have resulted if they had been riding around the Forbidden Zone for a couple of weeks, let alone months. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:21, 30 May 2009 (UTC)


By Jerry Pournelle. Published (at least in the UK) in 1973. [1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:44, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Major continuity flaw[edit]

In the sequel, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", we know that all life was wiped out by the Alpha/Omega bomb after a mortally wounded Taylor set it off. So how did anyone survive for "Escape from the Planet of the Apes"? A contrived and error-ridden ploy.

The writers would have us believe that Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Milo escaped by salvaging and repairing the astronaut Taylor's spaceship (which sank in the first movie); the salvage, repair and launch all happen within the brief period of the final act of the previous film.

1. The problem is, Zira and company had no idea their planet was about to be eradicated, so thinking about escape makes no sense.

2. Also, Taylor's ship crashed in a lake in the Forbidden Zone- they have no idea where this lake is, and to mount a salvage would require dozens of other apes, plus equipment, and the majority of apes were too afraid to break the law to go there. Not to mention, Cornelius and company are "enemies of the state" at this point, so they'd have no popular support.

3. Even overlooking this, one still has to find and do the actual retrieval of this flooded spaceship- that would require heavy equipment and divers. The Apes cannot swim and are afraid of water. They certainly do not have scuba technology.

4. And even if one disregards all of that, there is still the issue of how they make this ship operable after being flooded. Get past THAT and one has to explain how these apes, who had no understanding of flight, got this ship to not only launch, but then fly it into outer space to the time portal that takes them 2000 years in the past.

There was a reason why Heston and Serling felt "Planet of the Apes" was a stand-alone movie and required no sequels. "Beneath" stretched it, but should have ended with the destruction of all life, as was originally shown. (talk) 05:35, 7 July 2013 (UTC)