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Episode List Episode List The Man Trap

EPISODE DATA

Title ------------------------------------------- The Cage
Writer ----------------------------- Gene Roddenberry
Director ---------------------------------- Robert Butler
Original Air Date ------------------------- Never Aired
Order of Filming ------------------------ Pilot Episode
Order of Broadcasting ------------------ Never Aired
Filmed ------------------ Late Nov. to mid Dec. 1964

HISTORICAL NOTE
This was Gene Roddenberry's first attempt to sell Star Trek to NBC. They turned it down!  But, in an unprecedented move, they asked Gene to make another pilot and with that episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', the series sold.


CAST OF CHARACTERS

Captain Christopher Pike --------- Jeffrey Hunter
Vina --------------------------------------- Susan Oliver
Number One ---- M. Leigh Hudec (Majel Barrett)
Mr. Spock ---------------------------- Leonard Nimoy
Navigator Jose Tyler ---------------- Peter Duryea
Dr. Phillip Boyce -------------------------- John Hoyt
Yeoman J.M. Colt ----------------- Laruel Goodwin
C.P.O. Garison ----------------------- Adam Roarke
Transporter Chief ----------------------- Glegg Hoyt
The Keeper (Talosian) ----------------- Meg Wyllie
The Keeper's voice --------------- Malachi Throne
First Talosian --------------------- Georgia Schmidt
First Talosian's voice --------- Robert C. Johnson
Second Talosian -------------------- Serena Sande
Dr. Haskins, Survivor #1 -------------- Jon Lormer
Survivor #2 -------------------------- Leonard Mudie
Survivor #3 ------------------------- Anthony Jochim
Geologist ---------------------------------- Ed Madden
The Kalar, Rigel VII warrior ---------- Mike Dugan
Space Officer, Orion --------------- Robert Phillips
Earth Trader ----------------------------- Joseph Mell
Jeffrey Hunter's stunt double -------- Bob Herron
Anthropoid Ape -------------------- Janos Prohaska
Humanoid Bird -------------------- Janos Prohaska
Stunt double ------------------------------ Frank Vinci


STORY SYNOPSIS

Thirteen years before James T. Kirk takes command of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Christopher Pike and his starship crew receive a distress signal from the planet Talos IV and beam down to investigate. Tracking the beacon, the landing party discovers crash survivors from a missing scientific expedition; among the survivors is a beautiful human female, Vina. Pike is concerned for the woman's safety, yet allows himself to become distracted by her beauty and is subsequently captured by the Talosians who live beneath the planet's surface. The distress signal and expedition survivors, except for Vina, are revealed to be but illusions created by the Talosians to lure the Enterprise and Pike to the planet.
The Talosians are a strong race, yet after decades of illusory indulgence, they have physically atrophied and need sturdy beings to rebuild and repopulate their barren planet. In Pike, with Vina, the Talosians hope they have finally found the one being who can serve as their breeding stock for a healthier and even more powerful race.

The Talosians use their power of illusion to interest Pike in Vina, presenting her in various disguises: a Rigellian princess in distress, a green Orion animal woman, and a loving, compassionate companion. When Pike resists, the Talosians lure Pike's female first officer and yeoman from the Enterprise to offer further temptation. By then, however, Pike has discovered that primitive human emotions neutralize the Talosians' ability to read minds, and he eventually escapes to the surface of the planet along with his fellow prisoners.

The Talosians confront Pike and the three prisoners before they can beam up, but the captain refuses to negotiate, threatening to kill himself and the others rather than submit to the Talosians' demands. Frightened at losing their only source of repopulation, the Talosians inspect the U.S.S. Enterprise's records and discover that the human race is far too independent to be of adequate service to them.

Faced with no other choice, the Talosians release the humans. After the first officer and yeoman beam up, Pike remains behind with Vina, urging her to leave with him. Despite her growing attraction to the captain, Vina is unable to leave the planet. It is revealed that an expedition had indeed crash landed on Talos IV. Vina, the only survivor, was greatly injured and disfigured. With the aid of the Talosians' illusions, however, she is able to appear beautiful and feel healthy.

The Talosians pledge to continue to provide Vina with the appearance of health and beauty while allowing her to roam the planet free of intervention. Realizing that she will be in good hands after all, Pike returns to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Talosians, in an act of good will, send the captain an image of Vina on the starship's viewscreen. Not only is she beautiful again, aided by the Talosians' illusory powers, but by her side is another illusion — that of the handsome Christopher Pike.

THE CAGE


Total WAV Files: 55
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1
Circuit - 40.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Jose Tyler - Number One




2
Evasive - 12.0 KB
Jose Tyler - Number One - Captain Pike




3
Distress - 51.1 KB
C.P.O. Garison - Captain Pike - Jose Tyler - Number One




4
Class M - 86.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Jose Tyler - Number One - Captain Pike




5
Opinion - 42.2 KB
Dr. Boyce - Captain Pike




6
Martini - 41.2 KB
Captain Pike - Dr. Boyce



The Doc is right about that!

7
Trouble - 109.0 KB
Dr. Boyce - Captain Pike



I suppose he should have thought of that before
he took command of a starship.
Pike sounds like a bit of a whiner to me.


8
Resigning - 122.0 KB
Captain Pike - Dr. Boyce




9
Doctor - 52.1 KB
Dr. Boyce - Captain Pike



Dr. Boyce sounds like a smart guy

10
Warp - 28.5 KB
Captain Pike - Jose Tyler




11
Reports - 42.2 KB
Captain Pike - Yeoman Colt




12
Woman - 29.5 KB
Number One - Captain Pike




13
Metal - 70.4 KB
Jose Tyler - Captain Pike - Mr. Spock - Number One




14
Humans - 4.13 KB
Survivor #2




15
Fast - 35.3 KB
Captain Pike - Dr. Haskins - Survivor #2 - Jose Tyler




16
Healthy - 16.0 KB
Vina




17
Perfect - 38.4 KB
Vina - Captain Pike




18
Trap - 28.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Number One




19
Peaceful - 39.4 KB
Captain Pike




20
Baited - 45.5 KB
Talosian #2 - The Keeper




21
Find - 7.43 KB
Captain Pike




22
Adaptable - 19.3 KB
The Keeper




23
Danger - 45.0 KB
Dr. Boyce




24
Brains - 27.2 KB
Mr. Spock




25
Struggle - 49.0 KB
Talosian #2 - The Keeper




26
Zoo - 64.8 KB
Captain Pike - Vina




27
Supper - 24.9 KB
Vina - Captain Pike




28
Probing - 78.2 KB
Vina - Captain Pike




29
Power - 247.0 KB
Number One - Mr. Spock - Dr. Boyce




30
Dream - 53.8 KB
Captain Pike - Vina




31
Reality - 43.4 KB
Vina




32
Real - 31.0 KB
Captain Pike - Vina




33
Vial - 42.9 KB
The Keeper - Captain Pike




34
Girl - 29.7 KB
Captain Pike - The Keeper




35
Hate - 81.8 KB
Captain Pike - Vina




36
Nice - 6.66 KB
Earth Trader



Bizarre name for this character.
How do we know he's from Earth?
There are thousands of other planets he could be from!
Yes, I know it's just a TV show!



37
Sample - 15.0 KB
Earth Trader




38
Rock - 36.3 KB
Number One - Mr. Spock




39
Women - 3.87 KB
Mr. Spock



Spock is very emotional in this episode.
Actually, the Spock character wasn't supposed
to be without emotions when first written.


40
Pulp - 21.3 KB
Captain Pike



Well, now we know he has a temper!

41
Offspring - 55.1 KB
Yeoman Colt - Vina - Number One




42
Blood - 9.46 KB
Captain Pike




43
Female - 24.6 KB
The Keeper




44
Unreachable - 33.3 KB
The Keeper




45
Neck - 10.2 KB
Captain Pike




46
Destroy - 17.3 KB
Vina




47
Laser - 25.9 KB
Captain Pike




48
Escape - 35.6 KB
The Keeper




49
Explosion - 60.4 KB
The Keeper - Vina - Captain Pike




50
Captivity - 50.3 KB
The Keeper




51
Flesh - 67.6 KB
Vina - The Keeper




52
Vina - 18.6 KB
Yeoman Colt - Number One - Captain Pike




53
Eve - 24.6 KB
Yeoman Colt - Number One




54
Adam - 21.6 KB
Dr. Boyce - Captain Pike




55
Engage - 157.0 KB
Captain Pike - Number One



Now we know where Captain Picard got the saying!







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