In the sequence where Captain Pike is fighting the Kelar in the fortress on Rigel 7, he points a long spear at the raging warrior. The tip of the spear bends as it touches the Kelar's chest.
Trivia: Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson can be seen during the sequence of downloaded information from the Enterprise files.
For all their intelligence and telepathic ability, the Talosians seem to have difficulty with the English language. When Pike is given a vial of liquid nourishment, the Keeper says, "If the form and the color is not appealing, it can appear as any food you wish to visualize." Shouldn't that be "…ARE not appealing"? And when Pike and the three women escape to the surface, only to discover that they are still under the Talosians' control, the Keeper says, "To help you reclaim the planet's surface, our zoological gardens will furnish a variety of plant life." Zoological gardens means a zoo. Surely the Keeper meant to say "botanical gardens."
The sound of The Keeper's voice constantly changes. This is because the video was put together from footage used in "The Menagerie" using Vic Perrin's voice, and 'rediscovered' footage with Malachi Throne's voice. Vic Perrin was used to dub the keeper in "The Menagerie" because Malachi Throne appeared in the episode in person as Commodore Mendez. Originally, the whole pilot episode used Malachi Throne's voice for the keeper.
The TV in Pike's quarters is a bit out of place. "Bread and Circuses" states that their century is beyond anything like TV, and the TNG episode "Neutral Zone" states that TV went out around 2040.
Talos IV is blue-ish at the beginning when they first show it on the screen, but later it is a mixture of different colors.
Pike: Are you real?
Vina: As real as you wish.
Pike: No. No. No, that's not any answer. I've never met you before, never even imagined you.
Vina: Perhaps they made me out of dreams you've forgotten.
Vina: You're a fool.
Pike: Since you're not real, there's not much point in continuing this conversation, is there?
The Magistrate: Since you resist the present specimen, you now have a selection.
Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm going to find out.
The Magistrate: Each of the two new specimens has qualities in her favor. The female you call Number One has the superior mind and would produce highly intelligent children.
Pike: All I want to do is get my hands on you. Can you read these thoughts, images of hate, killing?
The Magistrate: The other new arrival considered you unreachable but now realizes this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength plus unusually strong female drives.
The Magistrate: She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.
Boyce: ...and now you're tired...
Pike: You bet I'm tired! I'm tired of being responsible for 203 lives, and... I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who doesn't... and who lives... and who dies.
Dr. Boyce: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor.
Pike: The point is this isn't the only life available. There's a whole galaxy of things to choose from.
Dr. Boyce: Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, Bartender.
Dr. Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same kinds of customers--the living and the dying.
Vina: I'm beginning to see why none of this has worked for you. You've been home and fighting, as on Rigel. That's not new to you either. A person's strongest dreams are about what he can't do. Yes. A ship 's captain--always having to be so formal, so decent and honest and proper.
Pike: You can read my mind. I can read yours. Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act...
The Keeper: You now see the primitive fear-threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel and so on. Next, frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency. (Pike does so)
Pike: If you were in here, wouldn't you test the strength of these walls too? There's a way out of any cage.
The Magistrate: The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it's pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death. This makes you too violent and dangerous a species for our needs.
Vina: When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.
Yeoman Colt: Sir, I was wondering... just curious... who would have been Eve?
Number One: Yeoman! You've delivered your report.
Yeoman Colt: Yes, ma'am. Yes, sir.
Lt. Tyler: Eve, sir? (Pike glares) Yes, sir.
Dr. Boyce: Eve as in Adam?
Pike: As in all ship's doctors are dirty old men.
When the landing party arrives on the planet, Spock scans some blue plants with his tricorder, and then he has an emotional reaction to them... he smiles. Later, he yells, "The women!" in a very excited tone. It is clear that Spock's "non-emotional" character was not fully developed when this pilot was filmed.
When this episode was being prepared, the producers were concerned about the green body makeup for the "Orion slave girl". The shade of green on film might look different than it did in the studio. Majel Barrett did a screen test in green body makeup. The prints came back with her looking normal. They tried darker shades to no effect. Eventually, it was discovered the the film developers didn't know that she was supposed to be green and had been adjusting the color balance to make her look normal.
The filming of this episode, and Star Trek itself, began on November 27, 1964 with the scene between Jeffrey Hunter and John Hoyt in Captain Pike's quarters.
There was one scene in this episode that was edited out, but was later reintegrated into The Menagerie (1) and The Menagerie (2). The scene features a conversation between Captain Pike and the ship's Chief Medical Officer.
In this episode, the show title as well as the cast credits after the show are in white, with a blue shadow rather than the regular gold used in seasons one and two (blue in season three).
This is Leonard Nimoy's first appearance on Star Trek. Malachi Throne who plays the voice of the Keeper in this episode was also on hand for Nimoy's last Star Trek appearance on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Unification (2).
Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the second pilot of the series Where No One Has Gone Before.
Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the last episode of the series "Turnabout Intruder".
This episode and the other pilot for the show "Where No Man Has Gone Before" were the only episodes of Star Trek that were not filmed at the current-day Paramount Studio lot in Hollywood. They were filmed at the present day Sony Pictures Culver Studios in Culver City, California
The Spock character is described as "Vulcanian" and gets quite emotional at times. He's yells excitedly during a couple of scenes -- like the one where he says "Firing rockets!" as the Enterprise tries to escape from Talos IV, or the one where he realizes that only the female crew members have been beamed down and cries out "The women!"
On the DVD, Pike states where he was born, but every TV version edits it out. Mojave, California. In the picnic with Vina he says, "That Mojave, I was born there". All home video releases of this episode (VHS, DVD, Lasedisc) have this scene. However, the scene is cut out for syndication reasons, because the episode in its "network form" is about 60 minutes long, with no commercial breaks.
In this episode, the captain of the Enterprise has a hat as part of his uniform. It be seen on top of his TV set near his laser pistol.
It was stated in this episode that the Enterprise only has 203 people on board, while in the series, it has 430.
The picture of the Talos star group on the computer screen is actually a picture of the Pleiades star cluster.
Two versions of this episode are reported to exist. Besides the commonly seen home video / television broadcast version, there is a second version that Gene Roddenberry originally presented to NBC as a Pilot, with different editing and some alternative takes of material. As far as is known, this rare alternative version has never been shown to the general public (though it may possibly have appeared at some fan conventions).
In this episode, the crew of the Enterprise uses lasers instead of phasers.
Both letter "R"'s in the word Enterprise look different in this episode than they do in the series & the "1"'s and the "7" look different.
In some scenes (notably immediately after the first beam-down) Spock has a very pronounced limp; in others, it is barely perceptible or even non-existent.
The Enterprise had additional markings on the hull, Such as spikes sticking out of the ends of the nacelles, an extended bridge with a window instead of the view screen and additional paint on the primary hull.
At the time of production, this original pilot was also known as "The Menagerie." However, as the series proper has the two-part story of the same title, this episode is (nearly) always referred to as "The Cage."
Rejected by NBC for being "too cerebral". This led to the creation of a second pilot called "Where No Man Has Gone Before" which successfully sold the series.
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