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But there's one essay missing from here that I would have liked to see. It seems that the "science good religion bad" theme that a lot of people take away from Apes is not as nuanced as the screenwriters intended. Ape religion is draconian, but it's pragmatic rather than supernatural and could have prevented the destruction of the entire planet if Taylor and the scientists hadn't escaped. Why feel indignation for the humans when the apes were so vindicated about man's destructive nature? On the other hand, it is the scientist Cornelius who believes flight to be impossible, is extremely closed minded to Taylor's tale, and thinks that ape evolved from man (which turned out not to be true). The writers were definitely mixing up expectations here more than is usually acknowledged.
Also, all of the knowledge Cornelius had in Escape (like Aldo said no) seems like it would have been totally forbidden in the first movie as it admits humans having control over apes. How'd he get it? Anyway, my rants over. Check out the book!
The essays range all the way from the original novel, its French author, the development of the movies, the expansion to TV, the innumerable novels, etc. (For ape-related comics see instead "The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on The Planet of the Apes")
Also covered are the precursors, spinoffs, parodies, live action shows, and many many more subjects.
Regardless of your current degree of knowledge, you will finish the book made an expert!