STAR TREK: “The Cage” Is the Genesis of Adventure

Television Series: Star Trek
Episode #1: “The Cage”
USA Airdate: October 15, 1988 (#80)
Written By: Gene Roddenberry
Music Composed By: Alexander Courage
Directed By: Robert Butler
Running Time: 64 Minutes


Jeffrey Hunter is Captain Christopher Pike and Leonard Nimoy is Mr. Spock in STAR TREK: "The Cage" (1964, Desilu)

Jeffrey Hunter is Captain Christopher Pike and Leonard Nimoy is Mr. Spock in STAR TREK: “The Cage” (1964, Desilu)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 8 (out of 10)
Performances: 8
Visual Style: 8
Music: 10
Overall: 8
Verdict: Must See
Comments: Though NBC rejected this pilot episode of Star Trek, it is an intriguing adventure that served as the genesis for a franchise that survives to this day.


Best Quote

“You bet I’m tired. You bet. 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.” –Captain Christopher Pike