arrives at Starbase 11 and Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to meet with Commodore Mendez and his assistant Miss Piper. Mendez wonders why they rerouted to Starbase 11 and Kirk informs him that they received a message from Fleet Captain Christopher Pike ordering them to proceed there. Mendez realizes they hadn't heard the news and explains that Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise
and Spock's former commander, was crippled by radiation rescuing cadets during an inspection tour. Badly scarred and trapped in a vegetative body, Pike can only signal yes or no via a flashing light. Pike refuses to see them but finally agrees to see Spock. After the others leave, Spock says that his plan is underway. Despite the fact that Pike flashes disagreement, Spock plans to continue even though it involves mutiny...Read the full recap
This episode extensively re-uses footage from "The Cage
". Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Malachi Throne (Voice of the Keeper/Commodore Mendez), and Majel Barrett (Number One/Voice of the Enterprise Computer) are the only actors to appear in both that episode and this two-parter.
The following staff are incorporated into the remastered footage for the new matte shot: Richard Barnett, Jimmy Berndt, Toni Pace Carstensen, James Holt, Nicki Kreitzman, David LaFountaine, Denise Okuda, Michael Okuda, Dave Rossi, Wendy Ruiz, Cliff Welsh, Niel Wray
This is the first episode to feature a shuttlecraft. "The Galileo Seven" was filmed prior to this episode, and stock footage of it is used here.
Marc Daniels is the only director credited. Only the production crew for the "modern day" parts of this episode are credited. In the next episode, only Robert Butler and the other "The Cage" production crew are credited, but receive no credit here.
Commodore Jose I. Mendez: Oh, have I introduced Miss Piper, Jim? This is Captain Kirk, Miss Piper.
Miss Piper: I recognized the captain immediately. A mutual friend described you, sir... Lieutenant Helen Johansson.
Kirk: Helen described...
Miss Piper: She merely mentioned she knew you, sir.
Commodore Jose I. Mendez: There is, of course, Mr. Spock's years of service with Captain Pike. Indications of loyalty to this former commander.
Kirk: A Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist without breathing, present commander as well as past.
McCoy: Blast medicine anyway. We've learned to tie into every human organ in the body except one--the brain. The brain is what life is all about. That man can think any thought that we can, and love, hope, dream as much as we can, but he can't reach out, and no one can reach in.
Kirk: Either someone sent a message diverting us here, or someone lied about receiving it. Could that someone be Mr. Spock?
McCoy: Forgetting how well we both know Spock, the fact that he's a Vulcan means he's incapable of telling a lie.
Kirk: He's also half human.
McCoy: And that half is completely submerged. To be caught acting like us or even thinking like us would completely embarrass him.
McCoy: Mr. Spock is, uh... under arrest. Is confinement to quarters enough?
Spock: Adequate, Doctor. I'll make no trouble.
Capt. Christopher Pike: What are you putting in there, ice?
Dr. Philip Boyce: Who wants a warm martini?
Capt. Christopher Pike: What makes you think I need one?
Dr. Philip Boyce: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things that he'll never tell his doctor.
Dr. Philip Boyce: A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.
Dr. Philip Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers--the living... and the dying.