Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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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Release Date:

27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$630,000 (estimated)
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Desilu Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


NBC's objection to Number One is said to be their belief that a woman wouldn't be believable in such a command position. At the time, Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett were in the midst of their extramarital affair. NBC's primary objections have been said to be related to the fact that the part of the lead female would be played by the Mistress of the series Producer. See more »


When Captain Pike is abducted, remaining crew members fire a barrage of phaser weaponry at the portal; in each of the three attempts, the exact same effect results. Parts of the entryway get blasted out, and then with each succeeding blast, the exact same thing happens to the "door." In addition, though one of the crew fires his phaser from a different location than Tyler and Spock, his shot appears to be coming from the same location as Tyler's. See more »


Captain Christopher Pike: It's funny. Just about 24 hours ago, I was telling the ship's doctor how much I wanted something else - not... very different from what we have here. An escape from reality, a life with no frustrations; no responsibilities. And now that I have it, I understand the Doctor's answer.
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Captain Christopher Pike: Because you either live life - bruises, skinned knees and all - or you turn your back on it and start dying. The Doctor's gonna be happy about one part, at least; he said I needed a rest.
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Alternate Versions

While the 1988 restoration has most of the color footage re-inserted, there are still a few pieces missing:
  • A few frames of footage in the briefing scene, including Spock switching the monitor off. (Although the monitor is back on in the last shot of the scene)
  • The picnic scene is missing some shots. To fit the existing color footage to the uncut soundtrack, some shots are repeated.
  • Before Pike's line "Don't help me. . . They can't read through hate", the Keeper exits the menagerie. After that line, a shot from a later scene of the Keeper returning is re-used. This was made to cover up the dissolve to the later scene that was made for "The Menagerie" (1966). Originally, this shot followed a closeup to Veena, a cut to the Enterprise bridge, and a cut to the prisoners asleep in the cage. All of that was ruined (maybe permanently) by the dissolve made in 1966.
  • After Pike beams back to the ship, there is a reaction shot of Number One and Spock. The color print of this shot was lost, so what is used instead is a re-photographed shot of the shot played on the view screen (taken from "The Menegerie, part II"). This is evident because the shot begins to pull back and we can see the edge of the monitor screen. All of these shots exist in there entirety, but only on the Black and White print, seen on the 1986 VHS edition.
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A Great Start For The Series
4 June 2000 | by fiascofilmscoSee all my reviews

This show should not be compared to the later Star Trek series, except for the title. This sci-fi ouclassed other shows of the time 2 to 1. There had never been anything like this on television up to this point.

Jeffery Hunter portrays a good starship captain. The supporting cast do an admirable job, too.

Sure, the effects look cheap, but, hey... this was a PILOT for the series. This story was good enough to be decked out into a 2-parter episode in the Star Trek series that began the next year in 1966.

I am glad that Paramount released this show to the home market. It stands alone in its simple story of space travel. And it works!

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