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The Menagerie: Part I 

Spock kidnaps the crippled Capt. Pike, hijacks the Enterprise and then surrenders for court martial.


Marc Daniels, Robert Butler (uncredited)


Gene Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Jeffrey Hunter ... Captain Christopher Pike (archive footage)
Susan Oliver ... Vina (archive footage)
Malachi Throne ... Commodore José Mendez
Majel Barrett ... Number One / Enterprise Computer (as M. Leigh Hudec)
Peter Duryea ... Lt. José Tyler (archive footage)
John Hoyt ... Dr. Phil Boyce (archive footage)
Adam Roarke ... C.P.O. Garrison (archive footage)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Sean Kenney ... Christopher Pike
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Lt. Hansen
Julie Parrish ... Miss Piper


While visiting Starbase 11, the Enterprise is hijacked by Mr. Spock, leaving Captain Kirk behind while abducting the recently crippled Captain Christopher Pike, former commander of the Enterprise. The destination: Talos IV, off limits by Federation order since the Enterprise first visited the planet thirteen years earlier while then under the command of Captain Pike. After Kirk and Commodore Mendez, the Starbase commander, intercept the Enterprise, a court martial against Spock's apparent treachery is convened. Spock's only defense is a video feed showing Pike's capture and imprisonment by the inhabitants of Talos IV. Written by Alfetta159

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In this episode, Star Trek: The Original Series: Court Martial (1967) and Star Trek: The Original Series: The Conscience of the King (1966), we see 23rd century doors that are opened with handles. See more »


Immediately after Captain Pike is abducted by the Talosians, remaining crew members fire at what they believe at the time is the door to the elevator which appeared to be the form of transport used to take the Captain. They fire three phaser barrages at the "door," and in all three cases the exact same thing happens: particles of the portal are blasted out, and the entryway is damaged but in perfectly identical fashion. Update: This could also be explained as an illusion created by the Talosians - they would have been quite capable of making the crew see the same destruction, yet believe that it was new and different each time. As they find out later, they did indeed succeed in blowing the top of the elevator system off, but the Talosians created the illusion that they had not done so. See more »


Captain Christopher Pike: I don't understand.
Vina: You will. You're a perfect choice.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a new exterior shot of the starbase, complete with real people and vehicle traffic. See more »


Spoofed in Futurama: A Clone of My Own (2000) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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A Very Intriguing Plot
26 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I am always a sucker for this episode, even though the producers saw fit to use footage from the pilot of the series. Obviously, this was to try recoup some of the money they had thrown at this project. Christopher Pike, who was Kirk's predecessor on the Enterprise, is basically left with his thoughts. His body was destroyed in a fire where he heroically save a group of children. He is in a kind of box/wheelchair where his brain can answer questions by way of a light that flashes. Mr. Spock, out of loyalty to his old Captain, kidnaps Pike and takes him to Talos IV, a planet forbidden to the Federation. Spock actually lies about his reasons and is brought up for court martial and potential execution. During the trial the evidence is damning and the judges, including Kirk, have pretty much seen enough. There is a tape of the whole thing. Spock insists on them watching the whole tape, but must beg at the end of the episode. Trying to gerrymander a plot around a previous piece of film doesn't work very well, but in this case it keeps us guessing. It ends with a great narrative hook and we are coaxed into watching the next installment.

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