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The Cage (24 Dec. 1988)

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Capt. Pike is held prisoner and tested by aliens who have the power to project incredibly lifelike illusions.

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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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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According to William Shatner's book "Star Trek (1966) Memories", Lloyd Bridges was approached to play Captain Pike, but refused because he didn't feel like taking part in an outer-space series. See more »

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When Vina is tortured by the Talosians and disappears, in the next shot her shadow is still visible moving out of frame on the left. See more »

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Captain Christopher Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm gonna find out.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Most Toys (1990) See more »

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Nice look into what Star Trek might have been...
1 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my very favorite episodes, and I've always wondered what a Star Trek with Captain Pike would have been like. It has excitement, suspense, and even a thinking plot. It definitely works much better as a stand-alone episode than it does as a backdrop for "The Menagerie". In that capacity, it is used as a flashback to propel a very odd story where Spock commandeers the Enterprise to deliver a badly injured Pike to what appears to be a morally bankrupt race so he can live out an illusion of a normal life. Very un-Spock like IMHO.

That said, it seems apparent to me that Gene Roddenberry lifted some very obvious plot ideas for this pilot from the Twilight Zone episode "People Are Alike All Over". He even borrowed actress Susan Oliver who appeared in that episode in a similar role and a with a similar name ("Teenya" vs "Vina").


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