History Recap / StarTrekS1E0TheCage

26th Sep '17 6:26:59 PM JamesAustin
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!!! '''The Cage''' provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!! '''The Cage''' !! "The Cage" provides examples of the following tropes:
11th Sep '17 8:09:03 AM MadAnthony94
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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Deconstructed with the Talosians. Their manner dress and their city is very elegant, but they're also completely detached from any kind of adventurous spirit, not understanding why anyone would choose a pleasant dream over unpleasant reality, and being unable to grasp the more primal emotions.
26th Aug '17 2:42:59 AM Arivne
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While talking with Doctor Boyce, Captain Pike talks about the battle on Rigel Seven and two activities he might partake in after retiring: going on a picnic on Earth or becoming an Orion trader. Each of these is used as the basis for one of the telepathic illusions the Talosians use on him later.
2nd Jul '17 2:23:07 PM ading
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Although they keep sentient beings enslaved ForScience, the Talosians aren't exactly evil; they just don't understand why humans hate being held captive against their will so much.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Spock's joyful reaction to hearing the singing plants on Talos IV, and also his panic when he realizes [[MemeticMutation THE WOMEN]] have been kidnapped. Actually, Spock in general. According to Spock's actor Creator/LeonardNimoy, this was because he felt that Spock needed some warmth to balance out how Hunter played Pike. At this point, Spock was just supposed to be an alien, "probably half Martian". Vulcan heritage and stoicism weren't part of his character yet.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Spock's joyful reaction to hearing the singing plants on Talos IV, and also his panic when he realizes [[MemeticMutation THE WOMEN]] "THE WOMEN" have been kidnapped. Actually, Spock in general. According to Spock's actor Creator/LeonardNimoy, this was because he felt that Spock needed some warmth to balance out how Hunter played Pike. At this point, Spock was just supposed to be an alien, "probably half Martian". Vulcan heritage and stoicism weren't part of his character yet.
28th Jun '17 1:27:43 AM Arivne
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* BridgeBunnies: Yeoman Colt; ironically her presence makes Captain Pike uncomfortable as he's not used to having a woman on the bridge.

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* BridgeBunnies: BridgeBunnies
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Yeoman Colt; ironically her presence makes Captain Pike uncomfortable as he's not used to having a woman on the bridge.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Spock's joyful reaction to hearing the singing plants on Talos IV, and also his panic when he realizes [[MemeticMutation THE WOMEN]] have been kidnapped. Actually, Spock in general.
** According to Nimoy, this was because he felt that Spock needed some warmth to balance out how Hunter played Pike. At this point, Spock was just supposed to be an alien, "probably half Martian". Vulcan heritage and stoicism weren't part of his character yet.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Spock's joyful reaction to hearing the singing plants on Talos IV, and also his panic when he realizes [[MemeticMutation THE WOMEN]] have been kidnapped. Actually, Spock in general.
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general. According to Nimoy, Spock's actor Creator/LeonardNimoy, this was because he felt that Spock needed some warmth to balance out how Hunter played Pike. At this point, Spock was just supposed to be an alien, "probably half Martian". Vulcan heritage and stoicism weren't part of his character yet.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: An in-universe example. The consoles on the ''Enterprise'' bridge are here fitted with what look like personal computer printers (which print out messages on paper), and the Yeoman is seen using a clipboard with paper sheets on it. The beam weapons are called lasers instead of the later phasers. And the weapon used in the attempt to blast the Talosian entrance is a bulky device transported from the ship instead of ship mounted weapons. By the time of the series proper, both would be replaced by more futuristic devices. [[spoiler: Medical science is presumably more primitive than it's portrayed in TOS, as Pike doesn't even speculate about the possibility that Vina's disfigurements might be repairable with ''Trek''-era medicine.]] But technology has also already marched on, as one crewman enthusiastically says to the "survivors" : space travel is now incomparably faster that 18 years before.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: An in-universe example. The consoles on the ''Enterprise'' bridge are here fitted with what look like personal computer printers (which print out messages on paper), and the Yeoman is seen using a clipboard with paper sheets on it. The beam weapons are called lasers instead of the later phasers. And the weapon used in the attempt to blast the Talosian entrance is a bulky device transported from the ship instead of ship mounted weapons. By the time of the series proper, both would be replaced by more futuristic devices. [[spoiler: Medical science is presumably more primitive than it's portrayed in TOS, as Pike doesn't even speculate about the possibility that Vina's disfigurements might be repairable with ''Trek''-era medicine.]] But technology has also already marched on, as one crewman enthusiastically says to the "survivors" : space travel is now incomparably faster that than 18 years before.
16th Jun '17 3:27:08 AM vnz
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: An in-universe example. The consoles on the ''Enterprise'' bridge are here fitted with what look like personal computer printers (which print out messages on paper), and the Yeoman is seen using a clipboard with paper sheets on it. The beam weapons are called lasers instead of the later phasers. And the weapon used in the attempt to blast the Talosian entrance is a bulky device transported from the ship instead of ship mounted weapons. By the time of the series proper, both would be replaced by more futuristic devices. [[spoiler: Medical science is presumably more primitive than it's portrayed in TOS, as Pike doesn't even speculate about the possibility that Vina's disfigurements might be repairable with ''Trek''-era medicine.]]

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: An in-universe example. The consoles on the ''Enterprise'' bridge are here fitted with what look like personal computer printers (which print out messages on paper), and the Yeoman is seen using a clipboard with paper sheets on it. The beam weapons are called lasers instead of the later phasers. And the weapon used in the attempt to blast the Talosian entrance is a bulky device transported from the ship instead of ship mounted weapons. By the time of the series proper, both would be replaced by more futuristic devices. [[spoiler: Medical science is presumably more primitive than it's portrayed in TOS, as Pike doesn't even speculate about the possibility that Vina's disfigurements might be repairable with ''Trek''-era medicine.]]]] But technology has also already marched on, as one crewman enthusiastically says to the "survivors" : space travel is now incomparably faster that 18 years before.
14th May '17 4:28:45 AM LondonKdS
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* AnatomicallyIgnorantHealing: Vina turns out to have been left disabled and disfigured by the Talosians' well-intentioned efforts to heal her.
9th Apr '17 5:16:38 PM katrinahood
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24th Feb '17 9:09:30 PM katrinahood
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19th Dec '16 4:59:45 PM eowynjedi
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* AdamAndEvePlot: The Talosians kidnap Captain Pike, and then Number One and a female lieutenant to act as breeding stock.
-->'''Number One:''' "Offspring" as in... he's Adam.



* TheDulcineaEffect: Pike correctly deduces that the Talosians are trying to make him feel protective of Vina so that he'll fall in love. However, after he points to the illusions that cast her as a DamselInDistress he protests against their treatment of her in the real world, proving that their ploy is indeed working.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Rather than allow Pike to submit to Talosian captivity, Number One puts her phaser on overload to destroy all three of them. Vina elects not to retreat underground either, since it would mean the Talosians would just grab another man later.



* HumansAreSpecial: The Talosians access the records of the ''Enterprise'' and conclude that humans have "a unique hatred of captivity" that renders them unsuitable for their purpose.

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* HumansAreSpecial: The Talosians desire humans for their adaptability, but then they access the records of the ''Enterprise'' and conclude that humans have "a unique hatred of captivity" that renders them unsuitable for their purpose.



* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Pike doesn't know Vina and doesn't especially like her, but he objects when she's punished for ''his'' lack of cooperation. This is all part of the Talosians' plan to make him breed with her.



* MovingTheGoalposts: Pike agrees to pick an illusion to share with Vina if she answers his questions. After she does, he says that he made a "bargain with someone that didn't exist" and it doesn't count which forces her to admit that she was lying about being yet another illusion.



* PsychicStatic: The Talosians can't read "primitive" emotions like anger or violence.



* RecycledInSpace: The start of the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower In Space'' subgenre of sci-fi. Pike's ruminations on choosing which crewmen will live and die are remarkably similar to Hornblower's thoughts on being a Valkyrie "chooser of the slain" in ''Hotspur.''



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Pike and J.M. Colt in particular. And according to the Talosians, possibly also Number One.

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: UnresolvedSexualTension:
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Between Pike and J.M. Colt in particular. And according to the Talosians, possibly also Number One.
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