The Cage
Episode 1 of 30 within Season One. Item 1 of 90 overall.
Production number 001.
Gene Roddenberry - Writer
Robert Butler - Director
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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.

original airdate: October 04,1988

network: NBC

music: "Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage 


Trivia--The Cage was never originally aired as a separate episode. This was the rejected pilot episode incorporated into the story "The Menagerie."


[Voice of William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk] 

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon:logh: Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh qaStaHvIS DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn chu' tayqeq chu', vay' bolDly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej eQplore.


related items

Next episode :
002 The Man Trap
Related to this story :
012 The Menagerie (I)
  Star Trek: The Original Series, Season One
013 The Menagerie (II)
  Star Trek: The Original Series, Season One

alternative title

Also known as - Klingon--mo'

regional titles

De kooi
The Cage
La Cage
Der Käfig
an Cage
Lo zoo di Talos
The Cage