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
Majel Barrett's character, Number One, was rejected by the studio executives. They considered a female authority figure unrealistic. See more »
When the phaser cannon being used to breach the Talosians stronghold begins to overheat, Number One uses her communicator to call up to the starship Enterprise (which is supplying the power) and order them to "disengage." When the cannon continues to fire, she lowers the communicator, looks up, and YELLS "Enterprise, disengage!" to the orbiting ship. See more »
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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