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The Menagerie: Part I 

Spock kidnaps the crippled Capt. Pike, hijacks the Enterprise and then surrenders for court martial.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Christopher Pike (archive footage)
Vina (archive footage)
Number One / Enterprise computer (as M. Leigh Hudec)
Lt. José Tyler (archive footage)
Dr. Phil Boyce (archive footage)
C.P.O. Garrison (archive footage)
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Miss Piper


While visiting Starbase 11, the Enterprise is hijacked by Mr. Spock, leaving Captain Kirk behind while abducting the recently crippled Captain Christopher Pike, former commander of the Enterprise. The destination: Talos IV, off limits by Federation order since the Enterprise first visited the planet thirteen years earlier while then under the command of Captain Pike. After Kirk and Commodore Mendez, the Starbase commander, intercept the Enterprise, a court martial against Spock's apparent treachery is convened. Spock's only defense is a video feed showing Pike's capture and imprisonment by the inhabitants of Talos IV. Written by Alfetta159

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The door to Pike's quarters, in the Intensive Care area of Starbase 11, opens on hinges, rather than sliding into the wall. The courtroom door in Star Trek: Court Martial (1967) is similarly hinged. See more »


Just before their first visit with the injured Capt. Pike, Commodore Mendez asks Kirk if he knows Pike. He then states that Pike was about Kirk's age. However, the plot is about an incident that happened 13 years before, when Spock was Capt. Pike's science officer. This would make Pike a 21-year-old starship captain. See more »


Mr. Spock: Doctor, as senior officer present, I present myself to you for arrest.
Dr. McCoy: What?
Mr. Spock: The charge is mutiny, Doctor. I never received orders to take command.
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Death to go to Talos IV
6 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For those who speculate on how Star Trek might have turned out had the original cast from the original pilot been used, the two part episode The Menagerie is your chance to see. Instead of dying after an injury on a film set Jeffrey Hunter had been with the Star Trek series for it's three season run, would it have become the iconic thing it has? Would Hunter be the cult figure that William Shatner has?

In Menagerie Shatner on a space station lay over with the Enterprise discovers his predecessor Captain Christopher Pike now confined to a futuristic wheelchair, his body destroyed pretty much by an explosion. Leonard Nimoy was part of the crew that served with Captain Pike.

The arrival of the Enterprise at the space station however is all part of a carefully laid plan by Leonard Nimoy. He takes the Enterprise out with Captain Pike on board and they're heading to Talos IV a planet where the Federation has prohibited visiting under penalty of death.

Shatner with Malachi Throne the commander of the space station gives pursuit in a shuttle craft. But when the craft runs out of fuel Nimoy halts the Enterprise and submits himself for court martial. As his defense we see very accurate computer records of Captain Pike's journey to Talos IV when it was unexplored by the Federation.

Here we see Jeffrey Hunter as Pike answering a distress call on Talos IV and when they arrive there he and an away team beam down to get the survivors. But the Talosians take Hunter prisoner down to an underground city where they live.

What they want him for and why visiting Talos IV is death is in the second part, but it has a lot to do with the beautiful Susan Oliver one of the survivors.

A lot of Christopher Pike's character is later incorporated into James Kirk. I would say Captain Kirk is a far more intellectual character than Pike, but Pike's no slouch in the brain department. Spock is not a fully formed character, we really have no point of reference for him in the Menagerie episode only. The rest all come in the cast we all have come to know.

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