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José I. Mendez

José I. Mendez
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Affiliation: Starfleet
Rank: Commodore
Occupation: Starfleet officer
Status: Active (2267)
Played by: Malachi Throne
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An illusory Mendez in dress uniform

An illusory Mendez in dress uniform

José I. Mendez was a Starfleet commodore in the 23rd century. In 2267, he replaced Commodore Stone as commanding officer of Starbase 11.

In his capacity as commander of Starbase 11, Mendez oversaw the care of Fleet Captain Christopher Pike, who had been hospitalized there after exposure to delta radiation left him an invalid.

Shortly thereafter, Mendez greeted Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and Doctor McCoy, after the Enterprise diverted to the starbase. Despite Captain Kirk's insistence that they had received a subspace message from Captain Pike ordering them to travel to Starbase 11, Mendez maintained that the starbase sent no such message, and informed them of Captain Pike's accident, revealing that, in the condition he was in, Pike could not have even asked for the message to be sent. It was soon discovered that the message had been falsified by Spock, who covertly transported Captain Pike to the Enterprise and then commandeered the ship, for the purpose of taking Pike to the planet Talos IV.

Mendez and Kirk pursued the Enterprise in a shuttlecraft, which was taken aboard when Spock realized that the shuttle would soon run out of oxygen if he did not. As traveling to Talos IV was illegal, Mendez and Kirk convened a court martial on Spock's actions, during which they learned about Pike and Spock's previous visit to that planet. It was eventually revealed to Kirk that Mendez's presence on the Enterprise was an illusion created by the Talosians, who felt that the fiction of a court martial would delay Kirk in regaining control of the ship before it reached Talos IV, and that Mendez had never actually left the starbase. Mendez later contacted the Enterprise, revealing that the Talosians had allowed him to be a witness to the evidence presented at the court martial and that, due to the extreme circumstances surrounding Spock's actions, the restriction against traveling to Talos IV had been temporarily lifted. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")

The character's middle initial was visible on paperwork visible in closeups, and was spoken by Uhura at the end of Part II. The commodore was played by Malachi Throne, who had previously provided the voice of The Keeper in "The Cage". His casting on this episode was fortuitous (or finagled) because there were several new lines written for The Keeper that he needed to record.
In the non-canon comic book "Alien Spotlight: Orions", Mendez acts as a contact for Pike at Starfleet, giving him information about Muso, a suspicious Tellarite.

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