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Star Trek: The Original Series Episode 12 - The Menagerie, Pt. 2

Original Airdate: November 24, 1966


Synopsis

Spock, Mendez
Picking up where we left off, Spock pleads guilty to all charges. The question of where this detailed, super-sharp footage has been coming from all along is answered: it’s a feed directly from Talos IV, which scandalizes Mendez. It’s not just forbidden to go to Talos IV but to have any communication whatsoever with it. Spock says they have no choice, as the Talosians have taken control of the signal.

Back to footage of the pilot! I’m going to do a little light reading over at Final Girl; I’ll meet you back here after.

Wait, here's a commercial break, not just for us, but for the Talosians. The footage stops, and Mendez and Kirk ask why. Spock tells them, pointing at Pike, who is nodding off, that the Talosians appear to be aware that Pike is tired and want to let him rest. Mendez wants to know if they actually care about him. Spock says that they do. Mendez demands to know why, and Spock replies that the answer would be quite unbelievable. He explains that they will just have to wait.

We’re back! And back to pilot footage. See ya! Imma upload an mp3 to my Tumblr blog.

During the part where Vina’s an Orion Slave Girl, Kirk and Mendez talk briefly about same. They’re evidently vicious, and like animals. They say no human man can resist them. If Enterprise (oh shut up) hadn’t asserted that they throw off pheromones that render men extremely pliable and suggestible, I’d wonder why men were unable to resist women described as being a step up from wolverines or rabid weasels.

the real Vina

So Spock gets done with rolling the footage for a moment and there is a quick vote, in which all three flag officers vote Spock guilty. Before anything more is said or done, the helm buzzes Kirk and tells him that they are now in orbit around Talos IV. Spock says that the Talosians are in control of the vessel now as they were 13 years ago. When asked why, he runs the exciting conclusion of The Old and The Telepathic.

When it’s finally over, Jim turns to ask Mendez something, but Mendez isn’t there. One of the Talosians speaks to Jim telepathically from the planet; Mendez was never there, not aboard the shuttlecraft, nor the Enterprise. Spock told them of Jim’s strong will and they thought if they distracted him with a court-martial, he wouldn’t move to regain his ship too quickly. They offer an invitation to Pike to spend the rest of his life there with Vina.

Jim, a little pissy, tells Spock that no matter what, he could have come to him to tell him the truth. Spock answers with “and ask you to face the death penalty too? One of us was enough, Captain.” Then Uhura breaks in with a message from Starbase 11, specifically from Mendez himself, who says that they received all the same footage Kirk did on the Enterprise. Given Pike’s service record and importance to the Federation, General Order 7 – the death penalty – is suspended on this occasion. Kirk is free to make his own decision about how to handle the situation. Trivia Buffs: Commodore Jose Mendez’s middle initial is “I.”

Jim asks Pike if he wants to go to the planet. He blinks the light once for yes. As Spock is leaving to take Pike to the transporter room. Jim gets in a little dig. He asks him to come back and see him when he’s done; “this regrettable tendency you’ve been showing lately towards flagrant emotionalism…” Spock, slightly appalled, comes back with, “I see no reason to insult me sir. I believe I’ve been completely logical about the whole affair.” Spock leaves, and Jim smiles. The Talosian speaks again and shows an image of Vina and Pike walking together. A pleasant farewell from the alien and that’s that.

Notable Moments

  • At the end there, even if the transporter room had been in the very next room, there is no way Pike could have beamed down that quickly. I know this sounds like typical trekkie nitpicking, but seriously: Spock pushes the wheelchair out the door, it closes, and the aliens are instantly showing Pike on the planet. Had they just exchanged a few words and then showed him, it would have been more believable, time-wise.
  • Best Line of the Episode

    “Captain Pike is welcome to spend the rest of his life with us, unfettered by his physical body.”

    Boy, that was a short one, wasn't it? Consider this my apology to you for the length of the Balance of Terror recap.

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