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Encyclopedia > The Menagerie (TOS episode)
Star Trek: TOS episode
"The Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)"
The disabled Captain Pike,
The Menagerie.
Episode no. 11, 12
Prod. code 016
Airdate November 17, November 24, 1966
Writer(s) Gene Roddenberry
Director Marc Daniels
Guest star(s) Jeffrey Hunter
Malachi Throne
Sean Kenney
Julie Parrish
Year 2267
Stardate 3012.4
Episode chronology
Previous episode "The Corbomite Maneuver"
Next episode "The Conscience of the King"

"The Menagerie" is the only two-part episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Part one of the episode was broadcast on November 17, 1966 with the second part broadcast a week later on November 24, 1966. NBC repeated the two shows on May 18 and 25, 1967. It is episode #16, with the screenplay written by Gene Roddenberry, and directed by Marc Daniels. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Menagerie © 1966 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991 Born in El Paso, Texas) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Marc Daniels (January 27, 1912–April 23, 1989) was a television director from Pennsylvania. ... Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter (November 25, 1926 - May 27, 1969) was a film and television actor. ... Malachi Throne was an actor. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The Corbomite Maneuver is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first aired November 10, 1966, and repeated May 11, 1967. ... The Conscience of the King is an episode of Star Trek: The Original 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. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... May 18 the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991 Born in El Paso, Texas) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Marc Daniels (January 27, 1912–April 23, 1989) was a television director from Pennsylvania. ...

Since the true 1964 pilot episode, "The Cage", was never shown on television until 1988, and The Original Series began with a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Desilu, the show's production company, made a decision on what should be done with the wasted footage from the unused pilot movie. For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... The Cage is the original pilot episode of the Star Trek science fiction franchise. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Where no man has gone before is a saying used in the introductory sequence of episodes of the science fiction television series Star Trek. ... Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ...

Gene Roddenberry declared that in order to utilize "The Cage" footage, he would write an entirely new bookend story, so that "The Cage" would serve as a backstory for the Starship Enterprise's early history. New footage would be combined with the old and placed into the continuity of the overall Star Trek storyline. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991 Born in El Paso, Texas) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The early Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01) The original Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701) The second Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) The third Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) The fourth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) The fifth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) The sixth Federation starship...

Quick Overview: Spock helps his former Captain, Christopher Pike, return to Talos IV. Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike Christopher Pike is a fictional character in Star Trek. ...


Part One

Part I of the episode takes place on stardate 3012.4 as the USS Enterprise diverts to Starbase 11 when Mr. Spock receives a subspace call from the former captain of the Enterprise, Christopher Pike (whom Spock served under for 11 years). When the ship arrives, the commander of the starbase, Commodore Mendez, states that communication with Pike is impossible, since he has been severely burned and paralyzed by exposure to delta rays during a maintenance accident aboard another starship. He couldn't have possibly sent the message. In fact, it is revealed that Pike is confined to a wheelchair operated by brainwaves. He cannot speak, and only communicates with a flashing light: one flash means "yes", two flashes mean "no". Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ...

Pike is at the station, and refuses to talk to either Captain Kirk or Dr. McCoy and only allows his old friend and former officer, Mr. Spock, to talk with him in private. Spock partially explains his appearance by indicating his intention to take Captain Pike against Starfleet regulations. James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner, was captain of two starships Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones (as in Sawbones, an old-fashioned colloquialism for a doctor or a surgeon), is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ...

Back in Mendez's office, Kirk discovers that the communication logs reveal that Spock had not received any messages from Pike at all, and can't understand his deception. Spock sneaks into the station's computer center, nerve-pinches the technician, and proceeds to override the computer system, sending the Enterprise fake orders to go to the quarantined planet, Talos IV. He informs the navigation chief on the bridge that the navigation data will automatically pilot the ship. He overrides the voice authorization protocols with bogus recordings of Kirk's voice. The bewildered navigator accepts the strange authorization and Spock uploads the data. Meanwhile, another station technician enters the computer room and confronts Spock, but Spock easily subdues him with another nerve pinch. In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used by Vulcans to render other humanoids unconscious by pinching the base of their neck. ... In the fictional Star Trek, Talos IV is the fourth planet of the Talos System; inhabited by the Talosians. ...

Dr. McCoy is tricked into returning to the Enterprise by a request for medical assistance, after which Mendez shows Kirk a secret file on the fate of Talos IV, a file that cannot explain why unauthorized passage to Talos is grounds for the death penalty under General Order 7, of Federation Law. Spock then transports himself and the disabled Captain Pike aboard. By the time a duty nurse notices Pike is missing, the Enterprise has left orbit about Starbase 11 and warped away to Talos IV. Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the General Orders of Star Fleet are a list of very important standing orders that members of Starfleet must ensure are followed throughout all operations. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the United Federation of Planets (UFP) – widely referred to and known as merely the Federation – is an interstellar federal state of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies. ... In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the warp drive is a form of faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion. ...

Kirk and Commodore Mendez head out and follow the Enterprise with one of the station's shuttlecraft. Spock detects the pursuing craft, which is burning its fuel reserves just to keep up, and surrenders himself to the Enterprise crew for arrest, confessing that he mutinied and that he never received command orders. The Vulcan is taken away. Commander Scott beams Captain Kirk and Commodore Mendez aboard. They demand that the system's computer explain Spock's actions and return control of the ship to the navigator. The computer informs them that any attempt to override the navigation computer will disable ship's life support, and that the system cannot disengage until the Enterprise has reached Talos.

Commodore Mendez orders a preliminary hearing on Spock, who requests immediate court martial, which requires a tribunal board of three command officers. Spock points out there are three already there – Kirk, Mendez, and Pike, who is still listed as being on "active duty". Spock begins showing video footage of the recorded events that took place during "The Cage" to explain how this "story" begins. A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ...

The video recounts how 13 years earlier the Enterprise, commanded by Captain Pike, received a weak distress signal from the SS Columbia, a survey ship reported lost 18 years before. The Columbia reportedly crash-landed on Talos IV.

A landing party beams down and a few remaining survivors are found, including a young woman, Vina, who was born shortly before the Columbia's crash, and whose parents had died. Pike immediately takes an interest in her. Little do Pike and the others know that they are being monitored by the planet's native inhabitants, the Talosians, who can create very realistic illusions and wish to study the humans that have come to their planet. 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. ...

Dr. Boyce, Pike's chief medical officer, monitors the survivors but finds them in remarkable health, far better off than he expected and becomes suspicious that something isn't right. Before he can inform his Captain, Pike is lured away into a Talosian trap by Vina. Pike disappears behind a stone door and the survivors all disappear, having been only illusions.

Part one ends when Kirk discovers that the images Spock is showing are actually being transmitted to the Enterprise from Talos IV, and Starfleet orders a stop to the transmission. The court stands in recess as the final credits roll.

Part Two

Part II continues with the trial, even though Starfleet has denied the Enterprise further access to the Talosian transmission. Kirk wants the event recordings to proceed. The recordings show Pike in a cage, and he learns that the Talosians wish for him and Vina to mate and produce offspring so that the Talosian captors can rebuild their destroyed civilization. Meanwhile, Pike's crew frantically try to rescue him, still trying to get past the first hurdle, a seemingly indestructible door that even the ship's weapons can't penetrate. The larger problem for the crew also is that with the evident power of Talosian's illusion-casting ability, nothing they sense or experience in the race's range can be relied upon as real.

The aliens send Pike through numerous virtual realities with Vina, hoping that the settings will move his interest with the girl into passionate love for her, and the two will copulate. However, Pike resists their mind games and demands to be set free. On the Enterprise, a landing party is organized to attempt a rescue mission by beaming directly into the underground network of the Talosians. However, the Talosians are aware of this raid and manipulate the transport operators to only beam down the female members so that Pike can have a selection of mates. Furthermore, the new captives' fully charged phasers are seemingly rendered inert, thus precluding the option of shooting their way out.

That night, Pike captures one of the Talosians attempting to confiscate the guns while the captives sleep. Pike tells his new prisoner that he believes that the previous firings were in fact successful and the results were hidden, and he threatens to test out the theory by shooting the Talosian unless the phaser damage is revealed. The Talosian complies and reveals the large hole in the transparency that allows the group to escape. However, upon reaching the surface, the Talosian reveals that they were allowed to escape so as to settle the new slave colony on the planet's surface.

In reaction, Number One sets her phaser on overload to kill all of them instead to being enslaved. However, she is persuaded to deactivate her weapon when more Talosians arrive with the results of their scan of the Enterprise's records. Upon examination, the Talosians decide that humans are far too dangerous and violent for their needs, and are willing to release them. When Pike complains that they are getting away with kidnapping and threatening himself and his crew, the Talosians explain that their captives were the last hope of the survival of their species, but now they are doomed.

Before Pike leaves, he goes to Vina and discovers the girl is hideously deformed, the results of the injuries she sustained in the crash of the Columbia. Her beauty was only maintained by a Talosian illusion.

Suddenly the video transmission ends and Kirk understands what Spock has been planning. Pike, now disfigured and disabled, can be "revived" by the Talosians' power.

To Kirk's surprise, Commodore Mendez suddenly disappears, having been a Talosian illusion, created so he could force Kirk to watch Pike's story, and delay regaining control of the ship and diverting away from Talos IV. Starfleet command, which has been watching the trial footage from Starbase 11, gives Kirk official permission to finish the journey to Talos IV and beam Captain Pike to the planet.

Spock is cleared of all charges against him. Kirk demands to know why Spock did not tell him what he was planning so he could help. Spock explains that doing so would have unnecessarily put him at risk of execution himself while his friend could manage on his own. Kirk also notes his concern about Spock's mental state, but the Vulcan maintains that he has been "logical about the whole affair". Spock sees Pike out, and once Pike is beamed to Talos, the Talosians return the former captain to his normal state (via illusion), thus Pike is reunited with Vina. The Talosians final message to Kirk is "Captain Pike has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant." The Enterprise then leaves Talos and returns to Starfleet.


  • Since actor Jeffrey Hunter was unavailable to reprise his role as Captain Pike, a lookalike actor Sean Kenney played the injured captain in the new scenes, although Hunter was represented in the "Cage" flashback footage and credited accordingly (along with the original "Cage" cast). Also in the new scenes, Malachi Throne (who played the Keeper in the original "Cage") portrayed Commodore Joe Mendez, while Julie Parrish played personal assistant Miss Piper. Because Throne played a second role in "The Menagerie", the Keeper's voice was re-recorded by another actor, Vic Perrin.
  • The footage from "The Cage" that was edited into the final master negative of "The Menagerie" was taken from what was thought to be the only color print of the original pilot. Years later, a full-color print of the complete "Cage" was discovered in Paramount's archives.
  • "The Menagerie" won a Hugo Award for Best Television Sci-Fi Program.
  • The original episode, "The Cage", ended with the Talosians creating an illusion of Captain Pike to keep Vina happy, while the real Captain Pike set off with the Enterprise. When that footage was edited to create "The Menagerie", the same shot is used to show that Pike has returned to Talos IV, and that the Talosians have used their abilities to create the illusion that Pike is young and healthy once more. "The Menagerie" does not reveal what actually happened to Vina after Pike left her.
  • An episode of South Park has two characters arguing over how many episodes there were for Star Trek. Counting "The Menagerie" as one or two episodes is the point of disagreement. In a later episode of South Park, Pre-School, the kids revisit the past after they hear about an old classmate getting released from prison. The events that led up to the imprisoment involved the kindergarten teacher getting burned to near death. Now, she travels in a wheelchair much like the one used by Pike.
  • In a Futurama episode, Fry was in a "wheelchair" similar to Pike's.
  • This episode is the source of the cliché of referring to "green women" when talking about Star Trek. Often, Captain Kirk is referred to as "seducing green women." However, it was in fact Captain Pike who was involved with a green woman, and she was the one attempting to seduce him.

Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter (November 25, 1926 - May 27, 1969) was a film and television actor. ... Malachi Throne was an actor. ... Vic Perrin (1916-1989) was an American actor and voice artist. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... The Cage is the original pilot episode of the Star Trek science fiction franchise. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a flag officer. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... 4th Grade is the title of episode 412 of the South Park television series. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Pre-School is episode 810 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Futurama is an American animated television series created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen (also a writer for The Simpsons). ... Philip J. Fry Philip J. Fry (born 1974), better known simply as Fry, is the central character of the television series Futurama. ...

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Next transmitted:
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