Conquest of the Planet of the Apes finally tells the origin of how the apes were able to rise above humanity and become the dominant species on Earth. If only the final result wasn’t quite so sloppy. Decades after the death of Zira and Cornelius in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, their child (now named Caesar) is fully grown and keeping his ability to speak from everyone but Ricardo Montalbán. Apparently between this time a disease wiped out all cats and dogs. So apes instead became replacement pets and eventual slave labor. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes has far stronger racial undertones. And by undertones I mean there’s a character who directly makes those connections. It wouldn’t be so ridiculous if the apes weren’t all wearing bright jumpsuits. If they’re not intelligent they just look like a bunch of people in cheap gorilla masks. Caesar is actually played by Roddy McDowall. His performance translates well to the son of his former character. Inspired to start his conquest, Caesar overthrows society by freeing all the captive apes and ordering an execution. His speech about man’s inevitable downfall is what sets the planet of the apes into motion. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes has the right idea, but it would take at least 5 more decades for them to get it right.