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Star Trek The Original Series: Volume 1.1 [VHS] [1969]

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , James Goldstone    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, George Takei
  • Directors: James Goldstone
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Samuel A. Peeples
  • Producers: Gene Roddenberry, Robert H. Justman
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jun 1996
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CSE5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Made in 1964, the original pilot episode of Star Trek, "The Cage", was rejected by NBC executives because it was just "too cerebral": with well-developed characters, groundbreaking (for the time) special effects and a screen play that spoke eloquently of its creator's compassionate, liberal humanism, science fiction of this quality had simply never been seen on the small screen before. Jeffrey Hunter's stoical Captain Pike is at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, Leonard Nimoy's Spock has the ears but not the familiar reserved demeanour; and Majel Barrett's Number One is a remarkably frosty female lead. The "cerebral" story is reminiscent of Forbidden Planet, as a group of super-intelligent aliens manipulate Pike for their own mysterious ends. But instead of simply dropping Gene Roddenberry's ambitious idea, in an unprecedented move the network requested he make a second pilot. Jeffrey Hunter stepped down from the captain's chair in favour of William Shatner for "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in 1966 and, well, everyone knows the rest. "The Cage" did not quite disappear, however, as it was cannily recycled in the two-part episode "The Menagerie". This is where it all began. --Mark Walker

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Three episodes from the original series of the classic television series. 'The Cage' was the original pilot episode that did not feature Captain Kirk, but a Captain Pike instead. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', stardate 1312.4, was the first episode featuring the regular cast, and it follows the story of the Enterprise travelling beyond our own galaxy when they receive a warning from a ship that was lost over two-hundred years before. In 'The Corbomite Maneuver', stardate 1512.2, Kirk and the Enterprise are pushed further into deep space where they encounter a spinning cube in space. Kirk must decide whether to withdraw or find another way around it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Space- the final frontier 25 May 2003
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Space- the final frontier
the first chapter in the sci-fi legend Startrek, which after 36 years is still going strong. This volume contains original never previously aired pilot, and the actual pilot with another episode. Very watchable material even after so long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story line still stands test of time. 10 Jun 2000
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Watching "The Cage" I wonder what posessed the TV companies not to air this episode (all right, watching your No.1 painted green doing a dance might be a little too much for prudes). Very watchable. Some laughable special effects (they haven't dated too well), with crew members being chucked to-and-fro along a passage. James Doohan's intro is an eye-opener, who'd have thought Gene Rodenberry was challenging moral concepts and civil rights? After three decades, these episodes are still worthy of a whirl in the VCR.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The series begins to take shape 6 April 2001
By Michael May - Published on Amazon.com
Much has been written already about plot and performances, so I'll concentrate on one of my pet subjects: continuity.
The entire cast of the original pilot is gone from this one except for Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. Captain Kirk, Chief Engineer Scott, and Mr. Sulu are introduced. It's interesting, though, that Sulu is not at the helm in this episode, but is a member of the sciences team. Knowing what we do about Sulu's personality, it's easy to imagine that sometime following this episode he was drawn to the more exciting duty of piloting a starship.
Uhura and McCoy don't appear to be on board for this episode. In fact, there is another doctor entirely. The uniforms are still evolving in this episode and are not quite the familiar uniforms that we come to know in the series. The basic elements are there, but the color coding is limited to gold and blue.
Spock reveals for the first time that his race prizes logic over emotion, but he does so with a very self-satisfied, dare-I-say-emotional smirk. He also explains that he may be subject to some "earth emotions" because one of his "ancestors" married an earth woman. In the very next episode ("The Corbomite Maneuver") we find out that this is a half-truth at best.
Some have speculated that the "little blonde" whom Gary Mitchell threw at Kirk as a distraction in the academy might be Dr. Carol Marcus from STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. There's little to base that on, but it's fun to think about. Certainly Kirk's comment that he "almost married her" would be consistent with the relationship he has with Dr. Marcus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Above all else, a god needs compassion." 28 Oct 2003
By Steven Y. - Published on Amazon.com
The second time proved to be the charm. After "The Cage" didn't play too well with NBC executives, another pilot for Star Trek was commissioned. The most noticeable difference in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was the casting of the ship's captain. Gone was Jeffrey Hunter who did an admirable job but was missing that pizzazz that was so crucial to the lead of a television series. In was William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and the landscape of popular culture was never the same again.
The U.S.S. Enterprise recovers the record-marker of the U.S.S. Valiant, a ship that was mysteriously destroyed after it encountered an energy barrier at the rim of the galaxy. The Valiant's library tapes indicate that the crew was seeking information on the subject of psionics before they perished. The Enterprise soon finds out for itself why the Valiant was pursuing this research when they encounter the same energy barrier and witness the transformation of Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell (Gary Lockwood) and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner (Sally Kellerman) into psi-powered beings. As their powers grow, Kirk realizes the threat they pose to the galaxy and tries to exile them on a deserted planet. However, Mitchell refuses to go along with the plan and attacks Kirk and Dehner. Dehner is fatally wounded in the savage battle but Kirk eventually triumphs by burying his old friend in a rockslide.
The tone of Star Trek was set with "Where No Man Has Gone Before." The rather plain uniforms would soon disappear but the episode featured many of the elements that would characterize the series for its entire run: the handsome captain running around with a torn shirt doing physical battle with the threat of the week, the highly-literate science-fiction story, the metaphorical commentary on the human condition, quality guest stars, and the crisp and natural dialogue between the characters. Sure, the special effects and production design look cheesy by modern standards but the innovative spirit and creative spark behind them can still be felt. The truth is that Star Trek's official first episode still holds up astonishingly well after nearly 40 years. Now that's solid evidence that the series truly was way ahead of its time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The second Star Trek pilot that got the show on the air 15 Nov 2001
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" is the second pilot episode shot for Star Trek, which was necessitated because "The Cage" was considered two cerebral. There is no such concern here as this episode ends with a nice knock down fistfight involving Kirk. The Enterprise encounters an energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy and two of the officers, Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner develop amazing abilities that border on some sort of godhood. I always thought it was too bad this was the first episode, because the key sub-text is that Kirk and Mitchell are friends and an inherent sense of tragedy to their becoming enemies. But since this is the pilot, we really do not have a sense for their friendship or that this is any sort of significant loss. Ironically, there is no notion of anything existing at all between Kirk and Spock on a personal level at this point in the series. What would have been really interesting would have been if "Where No Man Has Gone Before" had come halfway through the first season, with Mitchell and Dehner as established characters (like what happened with Tasha Yar on "STNG" or Doyle on "Angel.") But the important thing is that this episode thrilled the NBC executives enough to put the show on the air, although I think "The Corbomite Manuever" would have been the best choice for a pilot episode of all the first season offerings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viewed from the context of the times, an extraordinary episode 20 May 2008
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
This episode, the second pilot shot for the proposed Star Trek series, cleans up many of the problems of the original pilot and sets down the high standards for the show. William Shatner was clearly an improvement over Jeffrey Hunter as the captain of the Enterprise and eliminating most of the emotion from Mr. Spock was a stroke of genius. Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman play their roles of modified humans with extreme ESP powers to near perfection.
The Enterprise encounters a buoy from the missing ship U. S. S. Valiant and it contains some rather odd data. After encountering an energy barrier, the crew suddenly becomes frantic over information about E. S. P. and is destroyed. The Enterprise also encounters the energy barrier and the Lockwood and Kellerman characters (Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner) into people of extraordinary abilities, although it takes Dehner longer.
Mitchell rapidly achieves Godlike powers and Kirk tries to maroon him on a remote planet. Mitchell learns of the plot and with Dehner's help, Kirk has a fight to the death with Mitchell and kills him.
We see here the fundamental position that a captain of a starship exploring the unknown may encounter. Gary Mitchell and James Kirk are clearly friends of long standing yet Kirk must kill his friend in order to protect his ship, crew and probably the rest of humanity. It is not an easy thing to live with, yet it does summarize the dynamic energy and responsibility of a starship commander.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction to the Star Trek series 10 Jan 2000
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Episode two was the 2nd pilot for "Star Trek", and it has different actors and a bit more action. This is one of the better Star Trek episodes because the script is very engrossing, and the two guest stars, Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman, offer plenty of suspense and excitement. In fact, Mitchell's character (Gary Mitchell) has more charisma and screen presence than Capt. Kirk. IMO, Bill Shatner was fortunate that Lockwood was just a one-time visitor; otherwise he would have been overshadowed by Lockwood's stronger personality.
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