I am sure this has been brought up before, but: So there i am watching this (lesser) sequal on cable the other night, the dammed sexy Nova is dead, the mutants are dead, Franciosa is dead and just as Chuck Heston is dying he blows up the world is the heroic? finale. But then i wondered............WHY???? What gave him the right to do that? Why stop and deny the Apes who were not total assholes and certainly no more than man, the right to determine their own history? Why after admonishing man at the end of the first film for "blowing it all to hell" does he do the same? 40 odd years down the track it does not sit quite as right as it did when i first saw it.