In the two-parter The Menagerie some revelations seem to have consequences I can't wrap my head around:

It is said that the footage we first thought was a record was in fact a broadcast from Talos IV.

What does that mean, exactly? We clearly see past events, so I assume it is implied that the Talosians send an illusion that describes the past. Is that actually the correct interpretation?

It is shown that the Commander Mendez of the trial is an illusion.

But there is a real Commander Mendez of Star Base 11 that sends a message at the end of the two episodes. So at what point are we seeing the wrong one? Mendez leaves the Star Base with Kirk in a shuttle, so really it must be there at the latest. But does that not imply that the Telosians power reach to that Star Base?

If so, Star Fleet can't know that and tolerate it, but obviously they would know that at the end of the two episodes then, or would they not? Is that actually an implication of all the premises established in the series?

closed as too broad by Thunderforge, Bellatrix, Möoz, Brythan, RDFozz Jun 18 '18 at 22:59

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    You've got questions within questions there. Maybe cut it down to one question, and leave the other additional questions for later? – James from NZ Jun 18 '18 at 21:11
  • How about this: The first answer to one of the many questions gets accepted and I then cut the question to the piece that was answered. Because, frankly, as of now it looks as if there isn't going to be one that can answer anyhow - so why would I bother splitting it up making it even more unlikely that I find somebody who can? – John Jun 19 '18 at 7:29
  • @John No one can answer a question if it is on hold. To get it opened you will need to make this one question. You can then ask your other questions as separate ones. – TheLethalCarrot Jun 19 '18 at 9:29
  • Filed a new question. – John Jun 19 '18 at 9:32