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The Cage 

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


Robert Butler


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene Roddenberry

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Captain Christopher Pike
Susan Oliver ... Vina
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Majel Barrett ... Number One (as M. Leigh Hudec)
John Hoyt ... Dr. Phillip Boyce
Peter Duryea ... Lt. José Tyler
Laurel Goodwin Laurel Goodwin ... Yeoman J.M. Colt


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 <>

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27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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$630,000 (estimated)
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Desilu Productions See more »
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According to William Shatner's book "Star Trek (1966) Memories", Lloyd Bridges was approached to play Captain Pike, but refused because he didn't feel like taking part in an outer-space series. See more »


The sound of The Keeper's voice constantly changes. This is because the video was put together from footage used in "The Menagerie" using Vic Perrin's voice, and 'rediscovered' footage with Malachi Throne's voice. Vic Perrin was used to dub the keeper in Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II because Malachi Throne appeared in The Menagerie in person as Commodore Mendez, and the voice would have confused viewers. Originally, the whole of "The Cage" used Malachi Throne's voice for the keeper. See more »


Dr. Boyce: The inhabitants of this planet can read our minds. They can create illusions out of a person's own thoughts, memories and experiences, even out of a person's own desires - illusions just as real and solid as this table top and just as impossible to ignore.
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Alternate Versions

Aside from the alternate versions released on video, the version currently airing on cable TV is edited down to the sixty minute format for the syndication market (47 minutes without commercials). See more »


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The Original Pilot Episode
14 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 1, episode 0. This is the original pilot episode of Star Trek. It is copyrighted 1964, was completed in 1965. It was released on VHS in 1986 and first aired on television in 1988. This episode was reworked into the season 1, two part episode (episodes 11 & 12) called "The Menagerie". "Where No Man Has Gone Before" became the pilot episode for Star Trek TOS by orders of the network.

This pilot is much like the Star Trek we all come to know but not with Captain James T. Kirk commanding the Enterprise, instead it is Captain Christopher Pike in command.

The Vulcan Mr. Spock is in this episode - played by Leonard Nimoy - but the character is a bit different. Here we have a young, eager to learn Spock instead of the well seasoned and logical Spock that we all know from the rest of the episodes.

Majel Barrett is in the pilot as Number One. After this episode Barrett played the role of Nurse Chapel and the voice of the ship's computer.

The Cage was considered to be partly lost, only known footage to survive was from The Menagerie, outside of some b&w footage Roddenberry had made on 16mm for reference purposes - that must have been put together to create the 1986 VHS tape because in 1987 a film archivist found an unmarked and must 35mm of The Cage with the unused trimmed footage. Using the Menagerie, 35mm with the cut scenes, the archivist put the film back together - thus we have a fairly good restoration of The Cage today.

Recommended viewing for Star Trek fans and Sci-Fi fans in general. The Cage does have a lot of things that made Star Trek "Star Trek" but with some noticeable differences.

I am fond of this episode that was once thought lost.


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