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.
Did You Know?
The Talosian "Keeper" alien was actually played by a woman - Meg Wyllie
(as were all Talosians). The telepathic voice is alleged to have been dubbed by Malachi Throne
who coincidentally played Commodore Jose Mendez in "The Menagerie.' 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
Captain James T. Kirk
Miss Piper, a Vulcan can no sooner be disloyal than he can exist without breathing. That goes for his present commander as well as his past.
Paramount's 1980 home video release is edited to present this episode and "The Menagerie, Part II(#1.12)" as one episode. The producer/writer credits are removed at the end of this episode, along with the closing credits on this version. The episode fades out quickly instead, and fades back in to Act I of "The Menagerie, Part II". The episode's 1981 RCA Selectavision Videodisc release, 1984 laserdisc release and 1985 VHS reissue restore this episode to its proper two-part format. See more
Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage See more