Star Trek (1966–1969)
7.7/10
3,637
44 user 5 critic

The Cage 

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

Director:

Writers:

(created by),
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Number One (as M. Leigh Hudec)
...
...
Laurel Goodwin ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 November 1988 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$630,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first filmed scene - the sequence with Dr. Boyce and Captain Pike sharing a martini - was filmed on Friday, 27 November 1964. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Yeoman J.M. Colt: What's happened to Vina?
Number One: Isn't she coming with us?
Captain Christopher Pike: No. No, and I agreed with her reasons.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Captains (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek Theme (Original TV Series Version)
(uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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").


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page