History Recap / StarTrekS1E0TheCage

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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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Hey, why do the uniforms look like that? Who's that on the captain's chair? Where are Sulu and Uhura? Why isn't anyone wearing a red shirt? Why is Christine Chapel on the bridge? Who's that sitting next to her? And what are those lamp things doing there?]]]]
24th Feb '17 9:09:30 PM katrinahood
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Series: Series/{{Star Trek The Original Series}}\\
Episode: Unaired Pilot Episode\\
Title: The Cage\\
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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.
3rd Dec '16 4:27:05 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: A few novels have theorized as to the cause for the vast differences between Spock's highly emotional behaviour in this episode and his reservedness in the regular series. Examples of this include Spock possibly not having complete control of his emotions at that point, as he was still quite young, and that he achieved full control of his emotions by observing Captain Pike. In fact, the novel ''Burning Dreams'' establishes that indeed, whether Pike liked it or not, Spock did consider him a mentor and so Pike tried his best to live up to that assignment. The novel ''The Fire and the Rose'' establishes that Spock was simply emulating Human behaviors such as smiles, and that there was truly no emotion behind his own smile. He eventually stopped though when his crewmates came to distrust him, believing him not to be truthful about himself to them.


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* PlotHole: Vina claims her misshapen but correctly functioning body is the result of the Talosians having put her back together without ever having seen a human before. But even ignoring the fact that the Talosians themselves are HumanoidAliens with perfect bilateral symmetry along their long axis, ''they could have read her thoughts'' to see what humans looked like.
** Earlier drafts of the episode describe the Talosians as [[StarfishAliens crustaceans]], and the change to humanoids in the final product was a budgetary concession. The telepathy point depends on whether a subject needs to be conscious to have their minds read. It's doubtful Vina was in anything resembling a lucid or communicative state after the crash, considering she herself describes her condition at that point as a "lump of flesh."
** We know the Talosians can't read the mind of someone who's caught up in primal hatred. Possibly the mental state of someone whose body has been mangled in a starship crash is even more primal than that, a frenzy of pain and terror they can't (or possibly don't ''dare'') connect with. Also, who's to say they aren't ''still'' crustaceans, but made themselves look humanoid for convenience during their interaction with Pike?


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* SameLanguageDub: Clegg Hoyt played the transporter chief, Pitcairn, but his voice was dubbed in by Bob Johnson.
3rd Dec '16 3:41:23 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* LostEpisode: A narrow aversion. Gene Roddenberry kept a 16mm black and white print of the episode, but the color negative was cut up to use for "The Menagerie". The color clippings were found in a film lab, and were used to restore the full color version of the episode.
7th Nov '16 9:32:13 AM Bense
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* DyingRace: The Talosians.

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* DyingRace: The Talosians. Turns out being able to create illusions indistinguishable from real life but better makes you largely uninterested in real life.



* PilotEpisode

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* PilotEpisodePilotEpisode: A failed one, in fact, but it showed enough promise for the network to commission a second pilot.



* RubberForeheadAliens
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands

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* RubberForeheadAliens
RubberForeheadAliens: The Talosians have entire rubber heads. They are more elaborate than later makeups in the series, and they also cast female actors but dubbed over male voices in an attempt to make them more alien.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemandsSurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The Talosians seem perfectly capable of seeing everything that goes on in the cell as well as reading minds, but the Keeper doesn't see Pike waiting to ambush him.



* TelepathicSpacemen

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* TelepathicSpacemenTelepathicSpacemen: The Talosians are telepathic, and it's how they create their illusions.
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