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)
Sean Kenney ...
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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When Spock presents himself for arrest, he states; 'Lt. Hanson is in operational control.' No in-universe reason is given for command not falling to 3rd in command Lt. Commander Scott (Scotty). See more »


The younger Spock shows emotion by smiling and gazing in wonder or awe when touching the humming leaf when on the scout mission at the beginning. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: [stranded in a shuttle] Part of me is hoping that the Enterprise WON'T come back for us. We step on that deck, Spock is finished, court-martialed, disgraced.
Commodore Jose Mendez: He's DEAD if he makes it to Talos 4.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Cage (1986) See more »


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Written by Alexander Courage
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The original pilot revisited - Part One
25 April 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

It is a well known fact that when Gene Roddenberry first pitched Star Trek to NBC, the original pilot episode, The Cage, was rejected for being "too cerebral". When the series was given another chance, Roddenberry thought it would be fun to establish the events of the rejected episode as canon, and did so by writing The Menagerie, which has the unique distinction of being the sequel to what was still, at the time, an unaired episode.

This time, rather than exploring a new planet, Kirk and his crew are on Starbase 11, paying a visit to the former commander of the Enterprise, Christopher Pike (Sean Kenney), now horribly disfigured and paralyzed because of an accident. Pike joins his successor on the starship, where an unpleasant surprise awaits: Spock, who used to serve under Pike, has effectively hijacked the vessel and set the course for Talos IV, a planet which is off-limits (the punishment is death) since Pike and Spock's last visit there, 13 years earlier. Naturally, being a logical creature, Spock turns himself in and arranges a court-martial so that he can justify his actions.

There's no need to say more about the plot, since the rest will play out in Part 2. What really impresses is how Roddenberry creates the connection between The Cage and the rest of the Star Trek universe, by coming up with a particular type of flashback (to say more would be too much) that allows everyone, on screen and off, to see what could have been of Trek, had NBC not turned down the original project. In particular, it's fun to see Jeffrey Hunter (who was unable to return in The Menagerie) play Pike as a more serious captain than Kirk usually is and Nimoy's early days as Spock, whose personality hadn't been fully established yet: this is the only time in the entire series that everybody's favorite Vulcan spontaneously grins.

In short, not just a great "mystery" episode, but also a treat for those who can't be bothered to track down The Cage in its original form (it's available as part of the Season 3 box set).

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