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
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Just as the Talosians have Capt. Pike re-enact his experiences on Rigel VII, there is the following situation: We (the TV viewers) are watching the court-martial (via TV) on the Enterprise; the court is watching the Talosians of 13 years before via their view-screen; and the Talosians are watching Capt. Pike relive his visit to Rigel VII via their view-screen. See more
When Spock takes Pike to the transporter, they barely get out the door before Kirk is shown Pike with Veena on the view screen. Spock and Pike did not have time to get to the transporter room, much less have time for Pike to beam down before this scene. See more
Nice place you have here, Mr. Pike.
Referenced in South Park: 4th Grade