With all the talk about Trek getting darker in tone as the years go by, what about the beginning? What about this story, the second pilot that sold the show to NBC? Doesn't it have quite a dark tone? Gary Mitchell gets changed and starts killing his fellow shipmates. That suggests dark threats out in the galaxy, right from the get-go. And this is not even bringing other races like the Klingons and Romulans into things yet. This was just something that was able to turn humans against one another. With threats of that magnitude, and the need to respond to them, it seems like that would have had an effect on optimism and tempered it. I think that people take Gene Roddenberry's vision too far when they criticize DS9 and Discovery and other Trek. Rather than contradicting the vision, I think they push the pendulum back toward the center, and balance, rather than pulling it to the other extreme. Was Gary Mitchell completely altered? Or were certain elements already present deep down in his character brought to the surface and highly magnified? It might have been a bit more interesting for TFF to have gone back to the edge, instead of the center, and tied back to this story.