Spock's court-martial board views the video stream from Talos IV of Captain Pike's imprisonment 13 years earlier and of the Enterprise's attempts to rescue him. The Talosians, using their powers of mind-reading and illusion, place Pike in worlds from both his memory and his imagination. The one constant is Vina, the beautiful blonde survivor of a crashed Earth ship (the other half of a Talosian plan for a captive Adam and Eve). Number One's attempts to liberate Pike result in her and Yeoman Colt's capture (additional breeding stock for the Talosian plan), but when the humans and Talosians learn more of each other, the situation takes a turn neither side expects. As the Enterprise approaches Talos IV once again, Kirk and the court watch the past unfold and learn the real reason for Spock's mutiny.
Did You Know?
"The Menagerie, Parts I" and "II" constitute the only two-parter in the run of Star Trek
(1966). Combined, the two parts of this script only run to 64 pages, shorter than the scripts for many one-hour episodes. This is due to the heavy use of footage from Star Trek: The Cage
(1986), which only had to be briefly noted by scene designations in the script format. See more
When fighting the Kaylar in the illusion of Rigel 7, Pike holds the Kaylar off with a staff as he backs up the stairs. The staff appears to have a metal blade. When the blade is pushed against the Kaylar's body, the blade flexes like rubber. See more
Despite its frustration, the creature appears more adaptable than our specimens from other planets. We can soon begin the experiment.
Paramount Home Video's 1980 "Television Classics" release of this episode is edited to present this episode and "The Menagerie, Part I(#1.11)" as one episode. The episode's teaser, which recounts the events of Part I, and the opening credits are omitted, with part I fading out and the title card of Part II fading in. The 1981 RCA SelectaVision CED release, 1984 Laserdisc release, and the 1985 VHS release all present the episode in its proper two-part format. See more
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