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Also appearing in the set as a coda are two versions of the series pilot, "The Cage," a restored color version and the original, never-aired version that alternates between color and black and white. Starring Jeffery Hunter as Captain Pike, Leonard Nimoy as a relatively emotional Spock, and Majel Barrett (the future Nurse Chapel and Mrs. Gene Roddenberry) as a frosty Number One, this pilot was rejected, but a second was commissioned, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," now considered the "official" beginning of the series. But "The Cage" is very recognizably Star Trek with its far-out concepts (telepathic aliens collecting species samples), sexy humanoid women, character development, and of course cheesy costumes and special effects. Footage was later reused in the season 1 two-parter, "The Menagerie."
The best of the 63 minutes of bonus material focuses on three of the actors: Walter Koenig, George Takei, and James Doohan. Koenig discusses how he was cast and shows off his various collections, one consisting of Chekov figurines. Takei speaks movingly about the Japanese American internment and, in what is probably his last Star Trek appearance, Doohan, slowed by Alzheimer's but still with a twinkle in his eye, recalls his voiceover roles and his favorite episodes. The Easter eggs are amusingly called "Red Shirt Files" in tribute to those poor saps who everyone knew were only in the landing party so they could die. --David Horiuchi
For starters, what is with all that RED on the cover? This reviewer, along with many others, notes that YELLOW is used for the Season One credits (thus matching with the cover... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2005 by N Joungyuob B Ohh
Great! Would buy from this seller again. Rec'd order in reasonable time.Published on March 8 2004 by Tomtastic
"Shore Leave" The crew visits a planet in which your very thoughts become reality...no matter how deadly they are. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by McHenry John
I like the Squire of Gothos show, but it's only drawback is that Trelane (as played by William Campell) was the blueprint for that race of trouple makers known as the Q in... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by D.W. Smith
Star Trek Volume 9 has two important points. One being that McCoy character is developed even greater in SHORE LEAVE. Read morePublished on June 29 2002 by Jared Insell