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STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON 1

EPISODE 11:
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THE MENAGERIE PART 1

Original Airdate: November 17th, 1966
Malachi Throne, Susan Oliver (archive footage), Jeffrey Hunter (archive footage)and Meg Wyllie (archive footage)

THE PLOT:

The Enterprise is summoned to an outpost, or so they thought. Through the use of computers and recording tapes, Spock arranged to come here in order to put a plan into action that he's been working on ever since the former Captain of the Enterprise, Christopher Pike became an invalid in a accident.

Spock kidnaps Pike and then steals the Enterprise, then breaks the one law that still has a death penilty for it. Going to the planet Talos IV. When Kirk and Commodore Jose Mendez catches up with the spacejacked Enterprise. Commodore Mendez puts Spock on trail and a strange transmission begins that explains the day Pike first visited Talos IV and why it's so forbidden.

THE OPINION:

This what I call recycling, the Menagerie is the unaired pilot which is called THE CAGE. I just wish the new box sets had the CAGE. Anyway, even though it's not Jeffery Hunter playing old Christopher Pike, the make-up makes the likeness uncanny. This is an interesting episode and good use of recycling. The only two parter in the old Trek history. I tip my hat to you. My only complain is the backdrop outside the Commodore's office looked faked, like it was done by a child.

THE BREAKDOWN:

STORY: 10.0
CHARACTERS: 10.0
GEUST STARS: 10.0
DIALOG: 10.0
EFFECTS: 10.0
BACK DROPS: 8.0
CHRISTOPHER PIKE: 10.0
TALOSIANS: 10.0

OVERALL FOR EPISODE 11:

8.0

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