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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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17 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Jeffrey Hunter accepted the lead role of Captain Christopher Pike in "The Cage," the first pilot episode of Star Trek. but declined to film a second Star Trek pilot, requested by NBC in 1965, deciding to concentrate on films. Footage from the original pilot was subsequently adapted into a two-part episode called "The Menagerie" and screened in 1966. It wasn't until 1988 that it was screened intact as a filler episode in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) due to a writers strike. See more »


Spock is referred to as a lieutenant commander, rather than his actual rank, as shown by the braids on his sleeves, of full commander. See more »


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

A limited release theatrical version was screened in the US on 13 November 2007 and 15 November 2007 to promote the remastered version of the series. It included a message from Rod Roddenberry, a twenty-minute "making of" documentary about the restoration process, and a trailer for Season Two of the remastered series. See more »


Edited from Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1966) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Mr. Spock Hijacks The Enterprise & Kidnaps Christopher Pike
22 December 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 1, episode 11. A 2-part episode. Mr. Spock says there is a message from Christopher Pike and the Enterprise heads to Starbase 11. Kirk, Bones and Spock beam down and learn that former Captain of the Enterprise  Christopher Pike is confined to a futuristic wheelchair and can only communicate through a light: a flash once for yes and 2 flashes for no via his brainwaves. There is no way Pike made a "call" to the Enterprise.  While Kirk speaks with Commodore Mendez about this strange occurrence, Spock beams aboard the ship, overrides the all the computers, has tape recordings of Kirk giving commands, has Bones to beam aboard, beams up Pike and takes off in the Enterprise toward the forbidden planet of Talos IV leaving Kirk behind. Mendez and Kirk jump into a shuttle craft to follow, Spock gives the command to beam the two aboard the Enterprise and orders Bones to arrest him. A court martial follows and Spock pleads guilty to mutiny.  The cliffhanger is in the middle of Spock's court martial hearing.

This episode ties into the original pilot episode The Cage, with parts of The Cage being shown by Spock at his own trial.

I really like this particular episode.. it's different. Spock's behavior is intriguing but will be fully explained in the second half of this episode.


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