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The Menagerie: Part II 

At Spock's court martial, he explains himself with mysterious footage about when Capt. Pike was kidnapped by powerful illusion casting aliens.

Directors:

Robert Butler, Marc Daniels (uncredited)

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Jeffrey Hunter ... Captain Christopher Pike (archive footage)
Susan Oliver ... Vina (archive footage)
Malachi Throne ... Commodore José Mendez
Majel Barrett ... Number One (archive footage) (as M. Leigh Hudec)
Peter Duryea ... Lt. José Tyler (archive footage)
John Hoyt ... Dr. Phil Boyce (archive footage)
Laurel Goodwin Laurel Goodwin ... Yeoman J.M. Colt (archive footage)
Adam Roarke ... C.P.O. Garrison (archive footage)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (credit only)
James Doohan ... Scott (credit only)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Sean Kenney ... Christopher Pike
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Lt. Hansen
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Storyline

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. Written by Tom D.

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English

Release Date:

24 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

"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 »

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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 »

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The Keeper: Despite its frustration, the creature appears more adaptable than our specimens from other planets. We can soon begin the experiment.
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Alternate Versions

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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Features Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I (1966) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Kirk Observes his Predecessor in Action - part two
28 June 2006 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

This continues the plot of part one, with most of the episode consisting of Spock, Kirk, commodore Mendez and the crippled Pike (played by another actor, not Jeff Hunter) seated in a conference room watching movies of one of Pike's past missions. This may sound quite boring, but viewers had the opportunity to see how two separate suspenseful plots would conclude - the one with Pike in the past and the one with Kirk and Spock. This doubled impact was especially true if a viewer had never seen the original pilot "The Cage." Footage from "The Cage" dominated this second part, consisting of about 70% of this episode (whereas this was the case for the wraparound portion in the first part).

There was at least one unexplained delay during the showing of these space home movies as the 3rd act ended, as the images stopped being transmitted. This allowed the script to throw in some more jeopardy as Spock was found officially guilty by the 3 ranking officers as they waited for the show to continue. Yep, things still looked pretty grim at this point: Spock still seemed to have betrayed his current captain - Kirk - and faced a death penalty (I do wonder how it was done in the 23rd century - death by phasers? That would probably be painless). But, to Roddenberry's credit, he managed to throw in a little whammy towards the end of his wraparound tale which probably surprised the audience and made complete sense in view of what kind of aliens Pike had faced during his past mission. I think Kirk forgave Spock a bit too quickly as the episode ended and all the 'death penalty' threats evaporated too easily, but Pike's final scene and final fate here is about as good as science fiction gets.


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