Today is a special anniversary! It was 50 years ago today, November 17, 1966, that Star Trek aired the first part of it’s only 2-part episode, The Menagerie, on NBC.
The episode conveniently helped keep production costs down by recycling Star Trek’s original pilot The Cage into a new story about Spock’s loyalty to his first captain, Christopher Pike. Pretty clever, actually, and aren’t we grateful for it! Gene didn’t want the pilot to be forgotten, and by making it the center of a new episode, it built up the canon of the original series.
But even more importantly, it offered first insights into Mr. Spock’s past, and revealed his devotion to his first captain, now seriously paralyzed, and willingness to risk court martial and even death to give his captain a better life. It also gave us our first inklings into just how human this logical, stoic Vulcan could be. I’ll discuss more about it in a future post. But for now, I really loved this episode. A shame there were not more two-parters made.
Do you have a favorite moment? Here’s some images from the classic episodes – with my silly captions, of course! (Hmm, maybe I should turn this into a full fledged comic…) But if you haven’t seen it, get thee to thy nearest streaming site! (Netflix, Amazon, etc)
Fun fact: Did you know that ‘The Menagerie’ and ‘Court Martial’ were filmed back-to-back? Maybe they had narrow window for dress uniform rentals! 😉
Lovely Miss Piper looks out for the Avon representative.
Kirk forgot her order, but immediately goes into flirt mode…
Pike says you can’t trust rival Mary Kay products. Look what it did to me!
Jim, I can’t get the online Avon to order properly!
Meanwhile, Spock is on his own mission…
Finding a new home for his Shopkins collection…
Uhura can’t believe what a bad commander Hansen is; she takes over the bridge.
Nobody touches my Shopkins!
They still use paper in the future?
Spock practices his sexy serious look
Kirk shows Mendez his new goldfish
What do you mean I can’t take over?
Spock has secret shame over his Shopkins collection
Spock denies he has Shopkins.
We’ll see about that…
Is it true you and Pike shared Shopkins?
Oh great, movie night…
Yes, that was before my Avon make-over!
You won’t let me take over the ship either? Damn glass ceiling!
She’ll never get command, Chris; it’s a man’s world!
No sense being excited about rescue, I’m just gonna die again in 2 episodes…
Nothin’ but old guys here…
Oh, wait. Except for this remarkably clean Barbie Avon rep.
This story’s too big for one week!
Are you dramatic enough? Yes.
Oh sure, the cute young Vulcan gets to be in every single episode while I vanish after this!
Barbie’s dream castle.
I found my Ken doll!
Avon Barbie said these remove eye bags
I had an allergic reaction to the foundation.
I’m gonna eat all your Shopkins!
I warned her about the foundation
Avon has jewelry too!
And great nailpolish!
Avon Barbie accidentally used Mary Kay moisturizer.
Spock is content with his Purple Pop eyeshadow
I told Jose not to use the vanishing cream!
Spock is freed, and runs off with Pike; his Shopkins safely stashed in Pike’s scooter…
Yesterday , January 8th, would have been Elvis’ Birthday — in that spirit, here’s a couple of videos showing the Elvis/Star Trek connection! (Well, some of the Elvis movies and Star Trek were both made by Paramount, so that’s not too surprising!) I always thought Kirk was the Elvis of the Galaxy!
I’m a great fan of old movies, I watch TCM whenever I can, and I am especially a fan of old movie poster art. After doing my StarTreKomics for several months now, (and yes, there will be more) all the collage work I had been doing suddenly lit a compact fluorescent bulb over my head. Hey! Trek has always been a great adventure/romance/drama in the most cinematic way, and wouldn’t it be fun to re-imagine episodes as if they were weekly serials at the movies? Of course, they’d need a thrilling poster to attract attention. hope to do all 79 episodes, but for now, here is the first in my series of Trek Episode Movie posters; Ladies and Gentleman of all species, here is “The Cage” -Be sure to click on the image to see in in it’s full size glory!