Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) does not appear on-screen but she does have several voiceover lines at the end of the episode. However, Dr. McCoy and Scotty did appear in one brief scene in the original version of the script.
This is the only two-parter in the series.
Besides archive footage from "The Cage
" and a few insert shots from the bridge, this episode takes place entirely in the hearing room.
Only Robert Butler and production crew from "The Cage" are credited in this episode. In the previous episode only the "modern day" director and production crew are credited.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Can you understand me?
Talosian #2: It appears, Magistrate, that the intelligence of the specimen
is shockingly limited.
The Keeper: This is no surprise since his vessel was baited here so easily with a simulated message. As you can read in its thoughts, it only now suspects that the survivors and encampment were an illusion we placed in their minds.
Capt. Christopher Pike: You're not speaking, yet I hear you.
The Keeper: Note the confusion as it reads our thought transmissions.
Capt. Christopher Pike: All right, then, telepathy. You can read my mind. I can read yours. Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act...
The Keeper: You now see the primitive fear/threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel, and so on. Next, frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency. (Pike does so)
Capt. Christopher Pike: Are you real?
Vina: As real as you wish.
Capt. Christopher Pike: No. No. No, that's not any answer. I've never met you before, never even imagined you.
Vina: Perhaps they made me out of dreams you've forgotten.
Vina: You're a fool.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Since you're not real, there's not much point in continuing this conversation, is there?
The Keeper: With the female now properly conditioned...
Capt. Christopher Pike: You mean properly punished! I'm the one who's not cooperating! Why don't you punish me?
The Keeper: First, an emotion of protectiveness. Now one of sympathy. Excellent.
Vina: A person's strongest dreams are about what he can't do. Yes, a ship's captain, always having to be so formal, so decent and honest and proper. You (Pike) must wonder what it would be like to forget all that.
Kirk: That's Vina again, as the green Orion slave girl?
Commodore Jose I. Mendez: They're like animals--vicious, seductive. They say no human male can resist them.
The Keeper: Since you resist the present specimen, you now have a selection.
Capt. Christopher Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm going to find out.
The Keeper: Each of the two new specimens has qualities in her favor. The female you call Number One has the superior mind and would produce highly intelligent children.
Capt. Christopher Pike: All I want to do is get my hands on you. Can you read these thoughts, images of hate, killing?
The Keeper: The other new arrival considered you unreachable but now realizes this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength plus unusually strong female drives.
Vina: With illusion, they can make your crew work the controls or push any button it takes to destroy your ship.
Capt. Christopher Pike: I'm going to gamble you're too too intelligent to kill for no reason at all. On the other hand, I've got a reason. (to the Telosian) I'm willing to bet you've created an illusion this laser is empty. I think it just blasted a hole in that window and you're keeping us from seeing it. Want me to test my theory out on your head?
The Magistrate: We had not believed this possible. The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it's pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death. This makes you too violent and dangerous a species for our needs.
Vina: He means that they can't use you. You're free to go back to the ship.
Capt. Christopher Pike: And that's it. No apologies, you captured one of us, threatened all of us.
Talosian #2: Your unsuitability has condemned the Talosian race to eventual death. Is this not sufficient?
The Magistrate: She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.
Kirk: Mr. Spock, when you're finished, I want to talk to you. This regrettable tendency you've been showing lately towards flagrant emotionalism...
Spock: I see no reason to insult me, sir.
The Keeper: Captain Kirk. Captain Pike has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.