The Cage
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Episode 1
Airdate Never

Catalog Number LV60040-106
Format Extended Play CLV
Running Time 73 minutes *
Side Running Time
1 38min 50sec
2 33min 13sec
72min 03sec *
* Includes remarks by Gene Roddenberry.
Pressing Location Pioneer Video Manufacturing
Retail Price $29.98
Issued January 16, 1987

Directed by Robert Butler
Written by Gene Roddenberry
Produced by Gene Roddenberry
Starring Jeffrey Hunter
Susan Oliver
Leonard Nimoy as Mister Spock
Majel Barrett
John Hoyt
Peter Duryea
Laurel Goodwin
This is the first voyage of the Starship Enterprise. Kirk's predecessor, Captain Christopher Pike, tries to rescue an earth crew that disappeared eighteen years earlier. But it's a trap! Pike is imprisoned in a zoo-like cage and studied by a mysterious higher life form.

The Cage was reconstructed with black & white footage from the original pilot and color footage from The Menagerie.

In 1965, STAR TREK's original television pilot, The Cage, starring Jeffrey Hunter as USS Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike, was not accepted because network executives thought it was too cerebral. A second pilot was made starring William Shatner as the "new" Captain, and was accepted. The series began production.

The first pilot, however, had been an expensive undertaking and producer-creator Gene Roddenberry felt that the project could still, somehow, be used. So an episode was specially written featuring the current crew of The Enterprise and revealing the history of the starship and the adventures of it "earlier" Captain. This was accomplished by integrating scenes from The Cage into what would become Star Trek's only two-part episode, The Menagerie, which aired during the show's first season.

Since the only [known] existing color copy of The Cage was used in the actual editing process of The Menagerie, several minutes of the original color film were destroyed. To resurrect The Cage in its entirety, these several minutes have been replaced by the original black and white footage from Gene Roddenberry's personal work print.

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