This is the pilot to the series that would star William Shatner. Only in this version there is different Captain, Christopher Pike, and with the exception of Mr. Spock, an entirely different crew. Now it begins when the Enterprise receives what appears to be a distress message. But when they get to the planet where the message was sent from, they discover that the supposed survivors were nothing more than illusions created by the inhabitants of the planet, for the purpose of capturing a mate for the one genuine surviving human, and Captain Pike is the lucky winner. While Captain Pike tries to cope with the experiments and tests that the aliens are conducting on him, his crew tries to find a way to rescue him. But the aliens' illusions are too powerful and deceptive (at first). Written by
The original script called for the aliens to be crab-like arthropods. Since the budget would not allow this, they were made into humanoids with bulging brains, beginning a Star Trek tradition of almost all aliens being of a shape that could be easily played by human actors. See more »
The sound of The Keeper's voice constantly changes. This is because the video was put together from footage used in "The Menagerie" using Vic Perrin's voice, and 'rediscovered' footage with Malachi Throne's voice. Vic Perrin was used to dub the keeper in Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II because Malachi Throne appeared in The Menagerie in person as Commodore Mendez, and the voice would have confused viewers. Originally, the whole of "The Cage" used Malachi Throne's voice for the keeper. See more »
[talking about Pike, who is being held in a Talosian prison cell]
It appears, Magistrate, that the intelligence of the specimen is shockingly limited.
This is no surprise, since his vessel was baited here so easily with a simulated message. As you can read in its thoughts, it is only now beginning to suspect that the survivors and encampment were a simple illusion we placed in their minds.
Captain Christopher Pike:
You're not speaking, yet I can hear you.
You will note the confusion as it reads our thought transmissions.
Captain Christopher Pike:
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This show should not be compared to the later Star Trek series, except for the title. This sci-fi ouclassed other shows of the time 2 to 1. There had never been anything like this on television up to this point.
Jeffery Hunter portrays a good starship captain. The supporting cast do an admirable job, too.
Sure, the effects look cheap, but, hey... this was a PILOT for the series. This story was good enough to be decked out into a 2-parter episode in the Star Trek series that began the next year in 1966.
I am glad that Paramount released this show to the home market. It stands alone in its simple story of space travel. And it works!
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