It could have been worse, I guess.I’ve just about recovered from my disappointment over the new Planet of the Apes movie. Did I really once hope that it wouldn’t suck? That now seems like a testament to my capacity for self-deception.

There’s one source of solace in this disaster: The knowledge that this isn’t the first time the Ape franchise has taken a wrong turn. This article about a couple of Ape-related comics proves it. Can you believe someone produced a Planet of the Apes/Alien Nation crossover? That is one sad geek wet dream.

There’s a moral to this story, Surly readers: In our ongoing quest to be entertained, we can’t allow sentiment to cloud our judgment. Apes were great 30 years ago, but that guarantees nothing about today’s Ape products.

Eternal vigilance is the price we must pay to keep ourselves perpetually amused. However, the alternative is unthinkable.

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