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
Did You Know?
Although scenes from Star Trek: The Cage
(1986) were used in this story that featured Jeffrey Hunter
as Captain Christopher Pike, he was unavailable and unaffordable for the framing story into which the scene were inserted. Sean Kenney
, an actor who resembled Hunter, was used instead. He plays the mute, crippled Captain Pike, now wheelchair-bound after an accident. See more
The closeup of Kirk, Spock and McCoy first arriving at Starbase 11 shows a low hedge to their right. This is not present on the previous matte shot where Miss Piper walks out to meet them. See more
Commodore Jose Mendez
[about Captain Pike
His mind is as active as yours and mine but it's trapped inside a useless, vegetating body. He's kept alive mechanically - a battery-driven heart.