Hello all. I'm not sure if I've posted in this forum before. I like the décor, all the other forums are coloured grey or brown, but I see that you guys have decorated this place in bright primary colours. Very nice. Who am I? Oh, that's right, I should explain. Many aeons ago, I wrote some review threads for DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and Babylon 5. Then I stopped. Stopping wasn't intentional, I had planned to continue the project with TNG, but then I signed up for a Netflix account and, well, the Earth circled the Sun a few times, let's just put it that way. But the Star Wars hype of a few weeks ago inexplicably caused me to get nostalgic for TOS, so I started a rewatch a few days ago. When I began, I had no intention of making a review thread for TOS. The truth is that I grew up with TNG and the later spin-offs, and while I have watched all of TOS once, and enjoyed it for the most part, I've never seen it as “my” Star Trek, if that makes sense. I'm not entirely comfortable criticising a show that started two decades before my birth. But after watching a few episodes, I found myself wanting to discuss my journey, so I'm tentatively giving this a go. It may not work out, but I'll see what happens. I'm watching the remastered versions, not that that should change anything, and I'm watching them in production order, because it's the future and I'm not going to let NBC decide what I should watch and when! Also, I tend to make jokes. And graphs. And counters. And awfully photoshopped images. And sometimes I get drunk and start crying inconsolably. But you don't need to know about that. So, I guess I should begin? The Cage (**½) The Cage is an odd duck. It's a vision of a Star Trek series that was never made, featuring a crew that we'll never get to know. It's familiar, but unique. Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike puts in a solid performance, he could have been a great captain if he had the chance. Spock is disappointing in his first outing, not because he's not like the Spock we later come to know, but because he doesn't have any unique feature that justifies his being an alien. Number One may have been a strong female presence for a 1960s TV show, but the character isn't that interesting in this story, she doesn't even have a name. Maybe she would have improved like Spock did if given the opportunity. All the other characters sort of fade into the background. The story has an interesting premise, but it ultimately involves the lead character being locked in a room for most of the hour. I feel like it might have benefited by being cut down to the length of a regular episode so that it doesn't feel so drawn out. The Talosians are good antagonists; not evil, simply "superior", and their mind abilities make them stand out amongst the hundreds of species we later encounter in this franchise. Unfortunately, the blatant sexism at several points dates the episode pretty badly. I try not to judge it for that, but it's not easy. This is certainly going to be an issue going forward, the conflict between historical standards and modern expectations. One final thought is that the episode has a number of similarities with DS9's first episode, Emissary. There's the sullen lead character who is thinking of resigning from Starfleet, he encounters magical aliens, they force him to relive the incident that caused his bad mood, and the episode ends with him feeling reinvigorated by his experience. Well, that's 1 episode down, 79 to go.