Pilot: The Cage #DiscoveringTOS
Stream-of-conscious impressions [Note: SPOILERS], not really in any particular order:
I know in advance that this episode doesn't have Kirk. I kinda like this Pike guy, wonder why they didn't stick with him for later episodes. (Later read on Wikipedia that there doesn't seem to be a good consensus on what happened there, and the actor died in 1969. And this episode apparently didn't air until the 1980s, so maybe I shouldn't be watching it first for the most authentic experience?)
Distress call makes me think of Kobayashi Maru. Nothing good ever comes of answering distress calls.
The dusty sets remind me of the considered title "Wagon Train to the Stars".
Why is Spock limping? He also seems more emotional than I remember from later episodes. Also not wearing blue.
Their phasers totally don't match what I remember from the Technical Manuals.
Those pulsating bits on their heads look awesome.
Awesome that the freaking PILOT already has a woman taking command of Enterprise!
Aliens are so smug! So are the humans.
The episodes on Netflix are apparently remastered HD; the higher detail on the original print is awesome, but the remaking of the special effects in the space shots is disorienting, especially when the practical and on-set special effects haven't been updated. I kinda wish there were an option to watch the original special effects, even though they'd probably feel awkward with the great on-set video.
Green-skinned woman! I feel my trope experience threshold has just raised considerably.
Oh good, Pike has one of each to choose from--blonde, redhead, brunette.
Setting up the whole reason-vs-emotion thing that is probably the number one theme underlying Star Trek's long-running popularity. I wonder if it's a form of ASD therapy.
Kind of a touching ending. Those aliens weren't so bad after all. But don't they know fish don't need bicycles?