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    Watching "The Cage" is like visiting some parallel universe.
    That's the Star Trek theme song, and there's the Enterprise, and
    that's Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock... but wait--he's smiling and
    firing weapons. And who are the rest of these duds manning the
    controls? If this were any other series pilot, it would probably
    be laughed out of the galaxy with its wooden acting, silly
    costumes, and cheesy special effects. But this was Star Trek's
    dry run, and so it is a must-own collectible for every Trekker,
    as well as instructive viewing for anyone interested in the
    evolution of a TV show. Now, there are some who staunchly believe
    that Jeffrey Hunter's Christopher Pike was the Enterprise's best
    captain. Pike doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his
    leadership abilities; reflecting on a recent devastating battle,
    he anguishes, "I should have smelled trouble when I saw the
    swords and the armor." He is also "tired of being responsible for
    203 lives" and is considering resigning his Starfleet commission.
    But Pike is roused from his ennui after the Enterprise answers a
    distress call on the planet Talos IV, and he is imprisoned by
    super-intelligent aliens with the telepathic power to manipulate
    memories. Susan Oliver guest-stars as Vina, whom the aliens
    select as Eve to his Adam. The lackluster (and virtually
    all-white) crew includes Marjel Barrett as a somber Number One
    and John Hoyt as Dr. Boyce, who dispenses martinis as well as
    advice. This episode never aired, but some scenes were used in
    the two-part original series episode The Menagerie. --Donald

    From the Back Cover

    A real collector's item! Star Trek's unaired pilot stars Jeffrey
    Hunter as captain of the Enterprise. "The Cage" was reconstructed
    with black and white footage from Gene Roddenberry's workprint
    and color footage from "The Menagerie."

    Peter Duryea (Jose Tyler) is the son of '50s Western superstar
    Dan Duryea.
    Majel Barrett (Number One) appeared in the original Star Trek
    series as Nurse Chapel, in the Star Trek films as Dr. Chapel, and
    in The Next Generation series as Lwaxana Troi. She was also the
    voice of the Enterprise computer in both TV series. Majel is the
    widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.


    Star Trek - The Original Series: The Cage (Pilot) [VHS]


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