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Star Trek Orig. V.8

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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

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"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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Too Much Perry Mason March 9 2004
By Stan
Format:DVD
I'd give this episode(s) 5 stars except for the reason the main story (The Cage) got incorperated into it, the Trial of Spock. Not only was it a sad excuse to re-view Capt. Pike's adventure but uses something a more perfect future should be done with - lawyers!
I realize that the story needed a context for the present Enterprise crew to contemplate Pike's story but Spock could have kidnapped Pike and explained the back story to audience in flashbacks during the trip (as an example). Even a battle scene where Kirk has to stop Spock from landing on Talos IV would have been great (oops! sorry, no decent special effects then).
Only the confrontation between Kirk and Spock should have been left alone.
p.s. ST:TOS also played the lawyer card in Court-Martial, a lame excuse for a story. ST:TNG had at least four court-cases, played out to predictable endings.
Among them:
1) Data is saved from a scientist who wants to dis-assemble him.
2) Riker is falsely accused of murder.
3) In The Drumhead an out of control witch hunt is stopped when the lawyer looses it!
4) A Society is freed from an alien posing as "their god".
Each case (no pun intended) was a better excuse than in "The Menagerie".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch the Cage first Sept. 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This two part episode based on pilot #1, in which Spock is in the hot seat, is difficult to evaluate separately from 'The Cage.' Overall, the team did a good job of generating an episode 'without' another episode. On the other hand, the main thing going for the episode is The Cage. And it is better just to watch The Cage as it was intended, without all the artificial breaks. As noted by another reviewer, it isn't just the breaks in The Cage that are awkward; the need for breaks in The Menagerie also made for some awkward moments. So ultimately this episode was a clever way of presenting 'The Cage', and not a lot more. The two exceptions: 1) it is interesting to see the extent of Spock's loyalty, and 2) the return of Pike to Talos IV was a nice touch. (2.5 stars for the Menagerie components alone, 3.5 overall)
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3.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend watching The Cage first Sept. 8 2003
Format:DVD
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.' Overall, the team did a good job of generating an episode 'without' another episode. On the other hand, the main thing going for the episode is The Cage. And it is better just to watch The Cage as it was intended, without all the artificial breaks. As noted by another reviewer, it isn't just the breaks in The Cage that are awkward; the need for breaks in The Menagerie also made for some awkward moments. So ultimately this episode was a clever way of presenting 'The Cage', and not a lot more. The two exceptions: 1) it is interesting to see the extent of Spock's loyalty, and 2) the return of Pike to Talos IV was a nice touch. (2.5 stars for the Menagerie components alone, 3.5 overall)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spock on trial June 15 2003
Format:DVD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF TREK'S BEST AND MOST CLEVER DRAMAS!!! June 24 2002
Format:DVD
Volume 8 of the Star Trek DVD collection contains the series only 2 part episode. THE MENAGERIE is easily one of the series best dramas and also easily one of the best episodes of the first season. Creator Gene Roddenberry made a very clever move in this episode. Using the footage from the (at the time) un-seen pilot episode THE CAGE, he made an episode that revolved around Captain Pike.
The MENAGERIE takes place 13 years after the events that occured in THE CAGE. Spock was a crew member aboard the USS Enterprise during Cpt. Pike's command. However now Pike is severely crippled from a freak accident when he was saving some children. He is still the same person he once was only trapped inside a useless body, a vegetable if you will. When they arrive on a planet Spock and Kirk meet up with Pike after many years. Spock kidnaps Pike and sets the Enterprises course to Rigel IV the forbidden planet. He is arrested and sent to court for a court martial for disobeying Kirk orders. Spock explains why he is doing this and during the court shows footage that occured 13 years ago. If Spock is not guilty he will be able to continue his assignment if he is Kirk will be forced to find him guilty and the Vulcan will be court martialed.
THE MENAGERIE was a wonderful episode that ranks as one of the series most complex plots. Partly because it is a two parter but the best thing about this was Roddenberry was finally able to put some of the unused footage from THE CAGE to use. Although the run of THE CAGE here is quite disjointed it gives you the basic jist of the plot. It also features the famous bulb head aliens that treat human like zoo animals.
Overall Volume 8 is a essential 2 part Trek episode that must be seen. It is great to see Cpt. Pike again even though he is terribly scarred and says nothing. Still this DVD is one of the collections finest. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars pike is looking ugly June 16 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.this is very much a spock episode showing how much he cares about his captains.the injured pike is played by another actor [not jeffery hunter].it took about 6 hours to apply the makeup the actor wore.i myself think that the crew of pikes enterprise would make a good crew.but no bones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But There Is A Commercial Reason!
First Of all you should read my review of THE CAGE. I loved it. This epsidoe The Managerie was an attempt to fill two weeks and incorperate a show that had alreay spent a lot of... Read more
Published on June 14 2002 by Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance Vina Dance!!!!
Everyone thinks the 'big' scene is Mr. Spock smiling and grinning stupidly at some vibrating cardboard flowers, but they are wrong. Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by Johny Bottom
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat episode, but it's only a sit-back
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 more
Published on Nov. 12 2001 by Johnathan Bogart
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor follow up to the Cage
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 more
Published on May 31 2001 by Aaron Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars JEFFREY HUNTER IS THE REAL CAPTAIN OF THE ENTERPRISE!
"There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it!"
--Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike in "The Menagerie."
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Read more
Published on May 16 2001 by B. h Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
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 more
Published on May 3 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Mr. Spock a Traitor?
That's the question in this well done episode that uses footage from Gene Roddenberry's first Star Trek pilot (The Cage). Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2000 by D.W. Smith
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