EAN-139786300213050   EAN-13 barcode 9786300213050
Product NameStar Trek - The Original Series: The Cage (Pilot) [VHS]
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie / TV
Amazon.comA Buy on Amazon ~ 6300213056
Price New9.99 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used2.72 US Dollars    (curriencies)
CastJeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett, John Hoyt
BindingVHS Tape
FormatColor, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
Run Time64 minutes
Long DescriptionWatching "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 Liebenson
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