"The Menagerie, Parts 1 & 2," (Ep. 16) - Spock hijacks the Enterprise and risks death to help his former captain, Christopher Pike, who has been paralyzed and disfigured in a horrible accident. "The Menagerie" is "Star Trek's" only two-part episode, written to encompass footage from "The Cage," the unseen pilot episode produced a year earlier.
Volume 8 in the DVD series of original Star Trek episodes includes the fascinating two-part drama "The Menagerie." As if guided by the frugal wisdom of schlockmeister producer-director Roger Corman, Trek creator Gene Roddenberry found a clever way of using, instead of losing, extensive and costly footage from the then-unseen, discarded Star Trek pilot, "The Cage." Roddenberry's solution was to integrate pieces of "The Cage" into a whole new story context, and the surprisingly moving result was "The Menagerie." First, a bit of background: "The Cage" starred film actor Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings, The Searchers) as Christopher Pike, the original captain of the Enterprise. Among Hunter's costars was Leonard Nimoy as Science Officer Spock, who eventually carried over, of course, into the reconfigured series starring William Shatner. Rather than write off "The Cage," Roddenberry conceived of a story line in which Captain Pike would re-appear on the show in a badly disfigured, paralyzed, and mute form--the result of a terrible accident in which the character saved a number of lives but took a pounding in the process. In "The Menagerie," Spock hijacks the Enterprise to transport Pike to a secret destination. During court-martial proceedings for this crime, Spock's defense is presented via archival footage of an old, pre-Kirk mission aboard the Enterprise. That footage, of course, is a re-edited "The Cage." A must-see for Star Trek fans, "The Menagerie" is a stellar example of Roddenberry thinking on his feet. --Tom Keogh
This two part episode based on pilot #1, in which Spock is in the hot seat, is difficult to evaluate separately from 'The Cage. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by toby_tsang
The Menagerie-This two part episode based on pilot #1, in which Spock is in the hot seat, is difficult to evaluate separately from 'The Cage. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2003 by toby_tsang
The only two part episode of TOS in which Spock goes on trial for kidnapping his old captain Christopher Pike to take him to the forbidden world of Talos IV.Published on June 15 2003 by McHenry John
this is one of the best original series episodes.it shows scenes from "the cage" star treks unscreened pilot episode which starred jeffery hunter as captain christopher pike. Read morePublished on June 16 2002
This show may have had the action all on the viewer, but really this was just boring. Sitting and watching it wasn't that good, but the plot had been written well. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by Johnathan Bogart
The idea of enveloping the first, unused Star Trek pilot "The Cage" with new footage (having the pilot act as a "flashback") was an interesting, but it did not... Read morePublished on May 31 2001 by Aaron Snyder
"There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it!"
--Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike in "The Menagerie."
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The original series pilot, The Cage, was a so-so episode that was rightly rejected. The story has been enhanced considerably by wrapping it with a superior story involving Spock... Read morePublished on May 3 2001 by Amazon Customer