First there was darkness. Then came the Strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology. The ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning".
narrating the Strangers' history
“Everything is different, but the same... things are more moderner than before... bigger, and yet smaller... it's computers... San Dimas High School football rules.”
“At this moment of our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: we are the gods now.”
“- Pike: That's a technicality.
- Spock: I am Vulcan, sir. We embrace technicality.
- Christopher Pike: Are you giving me attitude, Spock?
- Spock: I am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously. To which are you referring?”