|Brent an astronaut from Earth's
past arrives on the Ape world in search of
Taylor from the first movie who was sent to
find. He lands near the Forbidden Zone and
soon finds Nova, Taylor's girl from the first
movie. Nova leads Brent to Chimpanzee Zira
who helps him escape ape authorities and find
his way back into the Forbidden Zone in search
of Taylor who he nearly kills in a fight he is
forced to participate in.
|General Ursus is the commander
of the Gorilla armies of Apedom. Ursus
collaborates with orangutan Dr Zauis and uses
Zauis' status in politics to spur his own
desires for conquest and war. Ursus utterly
hates man, and sees man purpose as target
practice, and reluctantly as slaves. Ursus
utters to the world. that "The only good
human is a dead human." This pretty much
summarizes the General's true feelings of man.
Unlike Dr. Zauis that sees the scientific
ramifications of large population of humans,
Ursus just doesn't like seeing humans around.
Ursus is the brutish gorilla commander that
everyone loves to hate.
|Dr Zaius serves as a
political leader and the "Defender of the
Faith" in Ape Society. He knows of Man's
past as the dominating life force on Earth,
and of the Ape's true past as beasts and then
slaves to man. Along with his Gorilla Ally
General Ursus he keeps the secret of Man's
legacy from Ape society . Petrified of man and
his dangerous bloodthirsty nature Zauis keeps
watch over an area known as the Forbidden Zone
where artifacts of man's past exist. Zaius
watches as his people decide its time to
invade the Forbidden Zone. Zaius has no choice
but to go along despite his reservations about
explorings the Forbidden Zone.
the first movie returns for a brief role in
this second Apes films. The original actor,
Roddy McDowall who played Cornelius was unable
to reprise his role. Instead a new actor is
brought in and Roddy McDowall provides the
voice while the actual actor mouths the words.
Cornelius watches as his wife Zira becomes
more rebellious and pretends to have hit her
at home for her behavior so that Dr Zauis
would not give him trouble.
|Zira is a
veterinarian and noted
scientist in the areas of psychology on the Ape
world. Zira becomes rebellious when she sees
Gorilla militaristic talk everywhere. The
Gorilla leader Ursus she greatly fears.
Another talking man, Brent is lead to her and
she helps him to escape Ape authorities.
|Charlton Heston reprises his
role as Taylor the American astronaut who
crashed lands on Earth in a future where Apes
rule. Another astronaut, Brent is sent to
find out what happened to Taylor. Together
Brent and Taylor battle a group of subterranean
mutants who worship an atomic
bomb as well as hordes of Gorilla soldiers in
an attempt to save the world from destruction
by a great doomsday bomb. At the movie's end
Taylor is shot and asks Orangutan Dr Zaius
for help to save the world. He refuses and
then Taylor pushes a button that detonates the
nuclear bomb to signify that the world has
gone to hell and he might as well finish the
job for good.
|Nova, the human female that
astronaut Taylor found so appealing in the
first movie returns in this second film. She
has lost Taylor who feel through a mirage into
an unknown place. She discovers a new talking
man, an astronaut named Brent and together
she and Brent search for Taylor. Along the way
they encounter mutant people with mind control
powers who try to force Brent to kill Nova.
The mutants have captured Taylor and force
Taylor and Brent to fight to the death. Nova
speaks for the first time to say Taylor's name
and kills the mutant forcing Taylor and Brent
to fight. Nova is shot by a Gorilla guard
right afterwards which greatly devastates Taylor and contributes to his decision to let
a nuclear bomb destroy the world.
|The mutants live in the
Forbidden Zone and worship an atomic bomb they
believe is an instrument of peace. They have
great telepathic powers and can force people
to kill each other just by projecting
thoughts. The mutants force Taylor and Brent
to fight, and begin preparations to launch a
nuclear bomb to bring peace to the world.