ok but you know how the talosians could’ve kept pike captive in “the cage”/“the menagerie”? they could’ve just created an illusion where he escaped with vina. they could just keep an ongoing running illusion of him captaining the enterprise and continuing on his journey and he would’ve never known the difference
ok but in the TOS episode “miri” they make a huge dramatic deal at the beginning about the planet being /exactly/ like earth, right down to the continents and then it has absolutely nothing to do with the plot??? it’s never explained or even mentioned again for the rest of the episode???
“An alien smart enough to pull this would be smart enough to keep my medical scanner from going ‘bleep!’”
– Dr. Leonard H. McCoy