In order to weave these sometimes disparate sources together, Gaska has devised detailed back stories
for previously minor characters such as 20th century astronaut Landon (played by Robert Gunner) whom we last saw lobotomized by the apes in the 1968 original film.
Dr. Milo, the ill-fated chimpanzee scientist colleague of Zira and Cornelius, who didn't actually make an appearance in the Apes saga until the 1971 third installment
(Escape from the Planet of the Apes) is also reportedly featured quite prominently in the book. This, despite his relatively brief
appearance in only one of the five original films - due to being strangled to death by a disgruntled gorilla in
the Los Angeles Zoo, no less.
A deeper examination of Dr. Milo is perhaps long overdue, since this character has always played an extremely pivotal
role in the POTA franchise. An apparent "genius ahead of his time," the learned doctor somehow managed
to salvage Colonel Taylor's ship from its watery grave in the Forbidden Zone, just in time to avoid the apocalyptic ending seen in the 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
As a life-long Planet of the Apes fan,
it is great to see this particular plot thread finally fleshed out. Yet most satisfying of all is the fact that
the fantastic simian world we first glimpsed in the 1968 classic will finally be expanded upon, rather than simply being ignored
in favor of a lackluster re-make. If you love Planet of the Apes as much as I do, you're sure to love this
book. Click on the image below to get your stinking paws on a copy of your very own today.