At Spock's court martial, he explains himself with mysterious footage about when Capt. Pike was kidnapped by powerful illusion casting aliens.

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Captain Christopher Pike (archive footage)
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Vina (archive footage)
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Number One (archive footage) (as M. Leigh Hudec)
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Lt. José Tyler (archive footage)
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Yeoman J.M. Colt (archive footage)
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C.P.O. Garrison (archive footage)
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Spock's court-martial board views the video stream from Talos IV of Captain Pike's imprisonment 13 years earlier and of the Enterprise's attempts to rescue him. The Talosians, using their powers of mind-reading and illusion, place Pike in worlds from both his memory and his imagination. The one constant is Vina, the beautiful blonde survivor of a crashed Earth ship (the other half of a Talosian plan for a captive Adam and Eve). Number One's attempts to liberate Pike result in her and Yeoman Colt's capture (additional breeding stock for the Talosian plan), but when the humans and Talosians learn more of each other, the situation takes a turn neither side expects. As the Enterprise approaches Talos IV once again, Kirk and the court watch the past unfold and learn the real reason for Spock's mutiny. Written by Tom D.

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24 November 1966 (USA)  »

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In the script, McCoy and Scott have a scene wherein they explain to Kirk how they figured out which computer bank Spock tampered with to lock the ship on course. They took perspiration readings on all banks, and since Spock's sweat has copper in it, traces of copper were found. This scene isn't seen in the episode. See more »

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When the Enterprise approaches Talos IV we see a close-up of Lt. Hansen sitting at the helm. In the next wide shot of the bridge Lt. Hadley occupies his place. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: Mr. Spock, even if regulations are explicit, you could have come to me and explained.
Mr. Spock: Ask you to face the death penalty, too? One of us was enough, Captain.
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Referenced in South Park: 4th Grade (2000) See more »

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A Worthy Conclusion
26 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the first half ended, Spock asked to have the second tape played. He doesn't care if he is vindicated, only that his former Captain be given piece. We now focus on Jeffrey Hunter who was Kirk's counterpart in "The Cage." We are let in on the secret of his adventures on Talos IV. It is about an effort of a dying race of superbrains who need to repopulate the planet. They are able to create incredible illusions, offering Pike anything to mate and be the new Adam. Unfortunately, Starship Captains don't always go along with someone else's agenda. Beautiful women (illusions) are offered up but Pike wants to understand what is going on. The joy of this is that he thoughtfully unravels things. Not to spoil this, it really works. The conclusion is quite satisfying. This also is Leonard Nimoy's opportunity to get beyond the "weird looking guy with the pointy ears." I recommend this.


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