Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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)
Hagan Beggs ...
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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17 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The original version of Star Trek: The Cage (1986) was shown at a number Star Trek Conventions in the late 1970s, (as well as a "Blooper Reel"). It was listed in the program as the unaired original pilot for the series. See more »


Spock is referred to as a lieutenant commander, rather than his actual rank, as shown by the braids on his sleeves, of full commander. See more »


Commodore Jose Mendez: Mr Spock, you are aware of the orders regarging any contact with Talos IV. You have deliberately invited the death penalty. You've not only finished yourself, Spock, but you've finished your captain as well.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Cage (1986) See more »


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Cool but lousy!!
5 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, I know my summary doesn't make a lot of sense,...but neither does the show, as the two episodes that make up THE MENAGERIE were originally the pilot for the first incarnation of Star Trek spliced apart and with added new stuff--a cheap way to use up seemingly wasted film. As a kid, I liked this two-parter, but also felt the plot made no sense--and only when I learned about the show's pedigree did I understand why. Seeing the original crew and Roddenberry's original idea for the show is really amazing--especially since it's all so "alien" since only two crew members returned for the actual series and only one of those in the same role from the original pilot (Spock). Plus THE MENAGERIE is a great episode! However, since the episode is so hacked apart and spliced together in a poor and contrived way, I DON'T recommend you see it. I also think the 'clever way' of hiding the fact that Jeffery Hunter was not used in the new material was REALLY lame! Instead, try to find the original unedited pilot episode entitled THE CAGE. This is one of the better episodes ever made and it's great seeing this alternative vision for the series.

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