|Directed by||Robert Butler|
|Written by||Gene Roddenberry|
|Produced by||Gene Roddenberry|
Leonard Nimoy as Mister Spock
|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 To resurrect The Cage in its entirety, these several minutes have been replaced by the original black and white footage from Gene Roddenberry's personal work print.