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Encyclopedia > The Cage (TOS episode)
Star Trek: TOS episode
"The Cage"
Image:STTheCage.jpg
The Talosians,
"The Cage".
Episode no. 1
Prod. code 001 - Restored Version
099 - Original Version
Airdate October 4, 1988
Writer(s) Gene Roddenberry
Director Robert Butler
Guest star(s) Susan Oliver
Meg Wyllie
Peter Duryea
Laurel Goodwin
John Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt
Malachi Throne
Michael Dugan
Georgia Schmidt
Robert C. Johnson
Serena Sande
Adam Roarke
Leonard Mudie
Anthony Jochim
Ed Madden
Robert Phillips
Joseph Mell
Janos Prohaska
Year 2254
Stardate Unknown
Episode chronology
Previous "None"
Next "The Man Trap"

"The Cage" is the original pilot episode of the original Star Trek science fiction series and resulting franchise. It was filmed in November-December 1964, but never broadcast on television in its complete form until 1988. The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Robert Butler. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Cage © 1964 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Robert Butler (born November 17, 1927) was a very influential and highly demanded director from the mid 1960s all the way through the 1980s. ... Susan Oliver Susan Oliver (February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990) was an American actress, television director and record-setting pilot. ... Meg Wyllie (born Margaret Gillespie Wyllie on February 15, 1917 in Honolulu, Hawaii-died January 1, 2002 in Glendale, California, USA of heart failure) was an American actress. ... Peter Duryea (born July 14, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actor. ... Laurel Goodwin (born August 11, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas) is an American actress. ... Promotional photo for John Hoyt John Hoyt (October 5, 1904 – September 15, 1991) was an American film and television actor. ... Clegg Hoyt (born December 10, 1910 in Connecticut, USA-died October 6, 1967 Woodland Hills, Los Angeles] of a stroke) was an American actor. ... Malachi Throne is an American character actor. ... Michael Dugan is an American actor. ... Georgia Schmidt (born August 26, 1904-died April 18, 1997) is an actress. ... Bob Johnson (born Robert Cleveland Johnson in 1921 in Portland, Oregon - died 1994) was an American actor and voice actor who played supporting roles on series television and in films from the late 1950s til a few years before he died. ... Serana Sande is a film and television actress. ... Adam Roarke (born Richard Jordan Gerler on August 8, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA-died April 27, 1996 in Euless, Texas, USA of an apparent heart attack) was an American actor and film director. ... Leonard Mudie (1883-1965) was a British-born character actor whose career ran many decades. ... Janos Prohaska (October 10, 1919 - March 13, 1974) was a Hungarian actor and stunt man, best known for playing the roles of animals, real and imaginary. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Man Trap was the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series to air on NBC. It is episode #6, and was broadcast on Thursday, September 8, 1966 at 8:30pm. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Robert Butler (born November 17, 1927) was a very influential and highly demanded director from the mid 1960s all the way through the 1980s. ...

Contents

Primary cast

Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter (November 25, 1926 - May 27, 1969) was a film and television actor. ... This article is about Christopher Pike, the Star Trek character. ... Susan Oliver Susan Oliver (February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990) was an American actress, television director and record-setting pilot. ... Vina was a character who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode The Cage. Vina was the only surviving crew member of the S.S. Columbia, an Earth starship which crashed on the planet Talos IV in 2254 during a scientific expedition. ... Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ... For other uses, see Spock (disambiguation). ... Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Number One, in The Cage, the original pilot episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek, was the un-named intellectual, problem-solving second-in-command serving under Captain Christopher Pike. ... Promotional photo for John Hoyt John Hoyt (October 5, 1904 – September 15, 1991) was an American film and television actor. ... Phillip Boyce was a character who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode The Cage. Doctor Phillip Boyce was the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise in 2254, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. ... Peter Duryea (born July 14, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actor. ... José Tyler was a character who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode The Cage. José Tyler was the navigator aboard the USS Enterprise in 2254, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. ... Laurel Goodwin (born August 11, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas) is an American actress. ... J.M. Colt is a character who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode The Cage. She was portrayed by actress Laurel Goodwin. ...

Overview

"The Cage" had most of the essential features of Star Trek, but many differences in cast and terminology. The Captain of the starship USS Enterprise was not James T. Kirk, but Christopher Pike. Spock was present, but not as First Officer. That role was taken by a character known only as Number One, played by Majel Barrett. Spock's character differs somewhat from that seen in the rest of Star Trek: he displays much more emotion than usual. One of the fictional ships called the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, one of the most famous fictional starships. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Tiberius Kirk (2233 - 2293/2371), played by William Shatner, is the leading character in the original Star Trek television series and the films based on it. ... This article is about Christopher Pike, the Star Trek character. ... For other uses, see Spock (disambiguation). ... Number One, in The Cage, the original pilot episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek, was the un-named intellectual, problem-solving second-in-command serving under Captain Christopher Pike. ... Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


NBC reportedly called the pilot "too cerebral", "too intellectual", "not enough action", and "too slow", but rather than rejecting the series outright the network commissioned (in an unusual move) a second pilot: "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Rather than abandon the expensive footage, much of it was recycled in the later Star Trek: The Original Series episode - "The Menagerie" (leaving the pilot itself to revert to its earlier name of "The Cage"[1]), a two part episode (episodes 016-1 and 016-2), which revisited the events of the plot, and made it part of the continuity of the rest of the series. The episode is sometimes listed as episode 80 when shown. NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Where no man has gone before is a saying used in the introductory sequence of all but one of the episodes of the original Star Trek science fiction television series. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... The Menagerie is the only two-part episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...


The process of editing destroyed the then only known color print of the episode. For many years, a print of the original pilot combining color footage from "The Menagerie" with black-and-white footage of the "lost" scenes taken from Roddenberry's all black-and-white print was shown at conventions and later used for early video releases of "The Cage". It was only in the late 1980s that a full-color print was discovered in Paramount's archives. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


"The Cage" was aired for the first time in its entirety and in full color in 1988 as part of "The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next", a two-hour retrospective special hosted by Patrick Stewart which contained interviews with Gene Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, Mel Harris and cast members from the old and new series, clips from both series and the Star Trek films I through IV. Patrick Stewart, OBE, (born July 13, 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor and Vice-Chancellor of Huddersfield University. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Rick Berman Richard Keith Rick Berman (born December 25, 1945 in New York, New York, USA) is an American television producer. ... Mel Harris (b. ...


The events of "The Cage" take place thirteen years before the first season of Star Trek. No stardate was given. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Plot

Captain Christopher Pike with Mr. Spock
Captain Christopher Pike with Mr. Spock
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, receives a radio distress call from the fourth planet in the Talos star system. A landing party is assembled and beamed down to investigate. Tracking the distress signal to its source, the landing party discovers a camp of survivors from a scientific expedition that has been missing for 18 years. Among the survivors is a beautiful woman named Vina. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Cage © 1964 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Cage © 1964 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... This article is about Christopher Pike, the Star Trek character. ... In the fictional Star Trek, Talos IV is the fourth planet of the Talos System; inhabited by the Talosians. ...


Captivated by her beauty, Pike is caught off guard and is captured by the Talosians, a race of humanoids with bulbous heads who live beneath the planet's surface. It is revealed that the distress call, and the crash survivors, except for Vina, are just illusions created by the Talosians to lure the Enterprise to the planet. While imprisoned, Pike uncovers the Talosian's plans to repopulate their ravaged planet using himself and Vina as breeding stock for a race of slaves. In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Talosians were a race of humanoids who inhabited the planet Talos IV. They were very highly evolved and had incredibly large crania due to the extreme level to which their brains had been developed. ...


The Talosians try to use their power of illusion to interest Pike in Vina, and present her in various guises and settings, first as a Rigellian princess, a loving compassionate farm girl, then a seductive, green-skinned Orion slave girl. Pike resists all forms, so the Talosians lure Pike's first officer and yeoman — both women — down from the Enterprise to offer further temptation. By then however, Pike discovers that his primitive human emotions can neutralize the Talosians' ability to read his mind, and he manages to escape to the surface of the planet along with his landing party. In the fictional Star Trek universe, Orions are a green-skinned alien species which seem to have a hostile attitude towards the Federation. ...


The Talosians confront Pike and his companions before they can beam up, but the captain refuses to negotiate, even threatening to kill himself and the others rather than submit to the Talosians' demands. Frightened at losing their only hope in their future, the Talosians analyze the Enterprise's records and realize the human race is far too "independent" to be of adequate use to them.


Faced with no other options, the Talosians let the humans go. The others beam up, but Pike remains behind with Vina, urging her to leave with him. Vina then claims she is unable to leave the planet. It is discovered that an expedition had indeed crash landed on Talos IV, and Vina was the sole survivor. She was badly injured however, and left horribly disfigured, but with the aid of the Talosians' illusions, she is able to appear beautiful and in good health.


Realizing that the continued Talosian illusion of health and beauty is necessary for Vina, Pike is ready to return to the Enterprise, but in an act of goodwill, the aliens show him that Vina sees an image of Pike next to her, and they walk up to the entrance that takes them into the Talosian habitat, and then Pike beams up after the Keeper's closing words, "She has an illusion and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant."

Spoilers end here.

The Menagerie

Of the 63-minute pilot, some 52 minutes was used in the two-part Menagerie episode, although the final surface scene was altered slightly and used as the Talosians' final message to Captain Kirk. Pike, now able to enjoy the illusion of being healthy and independently-mobile again, accompanies Vina up to the entrance to the Talosian habitat. What had been the Keeper's final words to Pike become the final words to Kirk, slightly altered: "He has an illusion and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant." The voice over, however, is placed over the threatening scene earlier when the Keeper communicates, with a smug nod, "We may soon begin the experiment."


According to "The Menagerie", Starfleet as a result of the Enterprise's first encounter with Talos IV, placed the planet under strict quarantine, the violation of which was the only crime that still carried the death penalty. Not only that, but when Spock violates the ban, Kirk (as his commanding officer) also becomes eligible to be executed. It is never clearly explained why such a harsh sentence was warranted, although the Keeper tells Pike that if humans and Talosians were to maintain contact, "Your race would eventually discover our power of illusion and destroy itself, too." At the end of "The Menagerie", Starfleet allows an exemption for Kirk and Spock, but it has yet to be established in Star Trek canon whether the death penalty punishment for breaking the Talos IV quarantine was ever repealed.


Miscellanea

  • Though never stated officially, "The Cage" may have been inspired (or heavily influenced) by the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, and through that, Shakespeare's play The Tempest.[citation needed]
  • The episode featured the first appearance of green-skinned Orion Slave Girls. An episode of Star Trek: Enterprise titled "Borderland", broadcast on October 29, 2004, featured the first indisputable on-screen appearance of male Orions (discounting Spock's unverified speculation of an Orion origin of Thelev, an assassin surgically altered to appear as Andorian in the original-series episode "Journey to Babel"), 38 years after their species was first mentioned.
  • The uniforms worn by Starfleet personnel differ in one substantial way from most future series in that the outfit includes a hat or a cap, though no one is shown wearing one in this film. (One can be seen in Pike's quarters). The idea of a cap being part of the Starfleet uniform would be revived (in an on-again, off-again manner) in the prequel series, Star Trek: Enterprise, which takes place roughly a century earlier than "The Cage", although several Star Trek movies featured Starfleet security officers wearing helmets and hats of various different designs.
  • Jeffrey Hunter had a six-month exclusive option for the role of Captain Pike. Although he was required to continue if the series was picked up by the network, he was not required to film the second pilot that NBC requested. Deciding to concentrate on motion pictures instead, he declined the role. Gene Roddenberry wrote to him on April 5, 1965:
I am told you have decided not to go ahead with 'Star Trek'. This has to be your own decision, of course, and I must respect it. You may be certain I hold no grudge or ill feelings and expect to continue to reflect publicly and privately the high regard I learned for you during the production of our pilot.[2]
Two weeks after the option expired on June 1, 1965, Hunter formally gave his letter requesting separation from the project. He died in an accident in 1969. Roddenberry later suggested that it was he, unhappy with interference by Hunter's wife, who decided not to rehire Hunter, but Executive Producer Herbert F. Solow, who was present at the refusal, pointed out in his memoir that it was the other way around.[3]
  • Gene Roddenberry considered, at this early stage, having Starfleet be basically a civilian-oriented space service which had no need for ranks. (This is why, in "The Cage", most officers on the ship wear the same insignia — a single gold stripe on the sleeve — regardless of their shipboard duties.) However, by the time the actual series came to be made, Starfleet was clearly established as being based on the military, specifically the rank system and structure of the United States Navy.
  • Some have pointed out Spock's limping on the surface of Talos IV as an error. In fact, this was intentional. Navigator Jose Tyler's hand can be seen wrapped in bandages throughout this episode, and another officer has a bandage on his neck. Although not stated explicitly in "The Cage", these injuries came from the battle the Enterprise crew had on Rigel VII (to which Captain Pike refers early on in the story, and partly relives through the Talosians' illusions).
  • All of the Talosians were portrayed by women, with their voices overdubbed by male actors. This was done to give the impression that the Talosians had focused their efforts on mental development to the detriment of their physical strength and size.

See also: 1955 in film 1956 1957 in film 1950s in film years in film film // Events November 15 - The film Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley (his first film) opens. ... Forbidden Planet is a 1956 science fiction film and a subsequent novelization by W.J. Stuart. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vina, the Orion Slave Girl. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Borderland is the name of the 80th episode from the television series Star Trek: Enterprise. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shran, from Enterprise In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Andorians are a species of humanoids native to the planet Andoria, placed in Star Trek: Enterprise in the Procyon System. ... Journey to Babel is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter (November 25, 1926 - May 27, 1969) was a film and television actor. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Herbert F. Solow has worked in Hollywood as a producer, director, production manager, talent agent, and writer. ... The United States Navy, also known as the USN or the U.S. Navy, is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... Rigel VII, is a fictional planet featured in the Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. ...

References

  1. ^ Whitfield, Stephen E and Roddenberry, Gene (1968). The Making of Star Trek. Ballatine Books. 
  2. ^ David Alexander, Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry, p. 244.
  3. ^ Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, Inside Star Trek, p. 63.

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