Navigator Jose Tyler
Dr. Phillip Boyce
Transporter Chief Pitcairn
Dr. Theodore Haskins
U.S.S. Enterprise, now under the command of Captain Christopher Pike who
succeeded Captain Robert April, receives a primitive distress signal which
apparently originates from a survey ship which was lost eighteen years
previously. Pike is considering resigning his commission after losing
three crew members on an incident on Rigel VII and confides to the ship's
surgeon, Doctor Boyce, that his only interest is in getting his damaged
ship and crew back to the starbase at the Vega colony.
Spock manages to change his mind by pointing out that there could be survivors
from the survey ship S.S. Columbia on the planet Talos IV, which is in
an unexplored star system. Pike leads a landing party down which discovers
a group of elderly men, the leader of which, Dr. Theodore Hask, confirms
that they are from the Columbia. Pike is introduced to a beautiful young
girl called Vina who, they say, was born shortly before the accident and
whose parents were killed in the crash. She leads Pike away from the group
in order to show him their 'secret' but suddenly disappears, along with
all the other survivors, and Pike is subdued by some type of gas.
He wakes up in a transparent cell that appears to be built into an underground
cavern and finds that he is being observed by a trio of aliens. The Talosians
are small-bodied creatures with extremely large, bald craniums and the
leader of the group, who is called The Keeper, speaks to him telepathically.
Pike is subjected to a series of illusory scenarios, each one containing
the girl Vina, in an attempt to lure them together and mate. Pike eventually
realises what is happening to him and starts to acquire more information
about his captors from Vina who, apparently, is real. In time he discovers
that the Talosians' telepathic powers cannot read his thoughts through
primitive emotions such as anger.
When they find that their plan is not succeeding, the Talosians transport
two of the female Enterprise crewmembers, Yeoman Colt and Number One,
down to his cell in the hope that one of them will be more acceptable
to him. As they sleep, The Keeper opens a panel in the cell to retrieve
the phasers of the two females but Pike is only pretending to sleep and
manages to grab hold of him. By threatening him with physical violence
Pike forces him to take them all back to the surface of the planet. Vina
cautions him that the Talosians are able to create illusions on board
the Enterprise that would lead to its destruction. Spock also realises
this possibility and tries to move the Enterprise out of range but is
prevented from doing so by an illusory power failure.
The Keeper puts Pike through several illusions in an attempt to escape
but Pike refuses to let go of him and he eventually gives up, at which
point two other Talosians appear before them. They convey the thought
that they have examined the ship's computer records and that, combined
with Pike's determination to resist captivity, has convinced them that
humans are altogether unsuitable for their purposes. Vina is shown to
Pike in her true form of an ageing, badly disfigured adult woman who was
the only survivor of the Columbia crash. She is offered the chance to
leave with Pike but she chooses to stay with the Talosians who promise
to let her keep her illusion of youth and beauty. Pike and the crew women
return to the Enterprise where he finds that his recent experiences have
convinced him to remain as Captain of the Enterprise where he really belongs.
The planet Talos IV is put off limits to all traffic by Starfleet under
General Order Number Seven to prevent the Talosians from trying to acquire
any different species for their purposes. n.b. This episode was the original
pilot episode for the series. Made in 1964 it was rejected by NBC for
being too 'cerebral' and, for the first time, asked for a second pilot
to be produced which became the episode 'Where no man has gone before'.
Much of the footage was used in the making of the double episode 'The
Menagerie' where many of the other changes between the pilot and the actual
series can be directly compared, most noticeably in the personnel casting
and parts / positions portrayed.