||So Commodore Mendez, who has been causing acrimony all along, is in fact the Talosians playing devil's advocate. I didn't see that coming! My congratulations to Gene Rodenberry for giving us an episode where everything fell into place just right, and for some clever recycling. If it wasn't for the unnecessary death threat hanging over Spock, I would have given this five stars. As it is, it gets four. As for "The Cage", I haven't re-watched that yet and haven't seen the original ending, so that will stay unwritten for now.