Monday, May 04, 2009

Pike's Peak

Timed for Friday's release of the new Star Trek movie/reboot, CBS has released the remastered version of the original Trek television pilot "The Cage" which starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike. I've often wondered how a Pike helmed Star Trek would have played out.


Star Trek wouldn’t exist without “The Cage.” In fact, that applies right down to JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek, which takes one of its key characters not from the familiar Enterprise crew headed by Kirk and Spock, but by their predecessor, Captain Christopher Pike.

Pike was the captain of the Enterprise in the original Star Trek pilot—in effect, he was the lead character in a show that did not sell to the network and never got made. It was Gene Roddenberry’s second attempt at a Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” written by Samuel Peeples, that sold the series.

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