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  • As I watch this show, I know it would have been a hit with him in it, too
  • The story is full and exciting, and I love some of the directorial choices, like going from outer space, through the top of the Enterprise, and onto the bridge for the action to begin

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      The beginning of the Star Trek legacy was back in 1966 with a pilot produced by Gene Roddenberry called The Cage. No one could imagine that this would be the birth of a legendary show that would last well beyond Roddenberry’s lifetime. In the mid-eighties with the fandom going strong, this extended version of Star Trek’s beginnings was made.

      What is highly unusual about it is that it’s a combination of black and white footage and color scenes. This was due to the fact that The Cage was reworked a couple of times. In the course of the series,


      the show itself took many scenes and interspersed them into a two-part episode called The Menagerie. Eventually, just the events of original pilot were released as The Cage. Then this special extended version was done and aired on TV as a special. It has an introduction and short tag by Roddenberry explaining how it was put together. The scenes used in The Menagerie were aired in color, and then every bit of usable footage from The Cage was plugged into place and aired in black and white.

      What this brings fans is a wonderful potential universe. Before William ...


      • Shatner became Kirk, there was Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike. As I watch this show, I know it would have been a hit with him in it, too. There was humor, drama, and romance. He had a great rapport with the ship’s doctor, played by John Hoyt, and there was chemistry with both Majel Barrett and Laurel Goodwin (Number One and Yeoman). I’m actually a big fan of Hunter’s, so it’s a treat for me to see him in this performance.

        The story is full and exciting, and I love some of the directorial choices, like going from

        outer space, through the top of the Enterprise, and onto the bridge for the action to begin. I even like the attempt to show movement through space, by having stars and the ship sort of passing through each other. The music was pretty much the same awesome swell we’re used to, which just sweeps us across the galaxy.

        There is a part of me that really would have liked to have seen more from this cast. This extended version filled in multiple gaps and truly provides a wonderful story. With Roddenberry’s introduction setting the stage, it was just a perfect showing.




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