Melissa George was very good as Vina. She looked like someone from the sixties! Her and Anson Mont had good chemistry and it gave a bit more depth to Pike's decisioin to go live with her in 'The Menagerie.' The actual Talosians were a disappoining as they were just weirdos who like perving on emotiions and didn't seem as weird or alien as in 'The Cage'. Singing plants were good.
In general I liked that the episode slowed down and allowed the character moments to play out without zooming the camera around randomly. It was one of the most cinematic looking episodes of Star Trek too (but still too much lens flare.)
Was that hot blonde woman the Chief Engineer?
Georgiou still being all "haha genocide" is weird and out of place.
One of my favourite episodes so far. It was a bit peculiar to actually show scenes from The Cage only to redesign the Talosians (and the plants), but overall the design choices were really good. The scene where Pike was in his ready room talking to Michael on Talos was very well done.
All the bigging up of what Michael had done to scar Spock so much actually paid off. That was really cruel and does explain why Spock has always acted more Vulcan than human.
The (artificial intelligence?) aliens that want to destroy all life is something we’ve seen a million times before, but again, the vision was well done. They do feel like a real threat.
I feel like if they'd really wanted to go the extra mile, they could have digitally inserted their redesigned Talosians and recast actors into the "previously on" bit as well as used the remastered footage for the rest of it. They did that with "Trials and Tribble-ations" for DS9, surely it must be even easier to do now.
But maybe that was just too much effort for a 30 second stinger.
I thought it was one of the best episodes they've done. Yeah it would have been good if Ariam had been featured more throughout the show, but I was still sad when she died and liked her backstory. It's not much different than making you care about someone like Sito Jaxa in one episode.
Has "Control" being an AI ever been mentioned before?
New Spock still doesn't feel like Spock but he actually had some better scenes this time.