Star Trek TOS: The Cage

The Cage Title Screen

No, she does a good job, all right; it’s just that I… can’t get used to having a woman on the bridge. ~ Captain Christopher Pike

Summary of The Cage

In this original pilot of Star Trek, Captain Pike and his crew encounter an alien species, the Talosians.

Talosians have the ability to manipulate human thoughts and emotions. They use this power to entice Pike staying on their planet as a companion to a marooned human woman.

However, Pike refuse, not giving in when offered a false vision of happiness.


The original Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”, was rejected by NBC, who instead commissioned a second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. “The Cage” was later edited down and included as part of a two-part episode, “The Menagerie”, in the first season of Star Trek.

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Review of Star Trek TOS: The Cage

Buttonface Says…

What the Hell? I had this idea that I was going to review all the stuff I watch, but I’ve run into two problems. One, I watch a lot of good stuff. What am I supposed to do write a dang book kissing some movie’s butt? The second is that some of the stuff is beyond reviewing.

Is this terrible? Probably? Did Star Trek go on to be terrible? Probably? I really can’t tell you because all I see is absolute brilliance.

Star Trek has defined my fandom, much of my art and writing… Hell, the damn show has been a part of my life. I grew up loving TOS cuz my mom did. She loved it so much that we watched The Next Generation’s first episode when it aired. I was eleven and she bought special crackers and potted meat for us to snack on.

I also still like potted meat for some reason.

So, is the original pilot for Star Trek great? Fuck man, I don’t know? Probably?

Images from Star Trek TOS: The Cage

Notable Cast

  • Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike
  • Susan Oliver as Vina
  • Leonard Nimoy as “Mister Spock”
  • Majel Barrett as Number One
  • John Hoyt as Phil Boyce
  • Peter Duryea as José Tyler
  • Laurel Goodwin as J.M. Colt