Captain Christopher Pike
Jeffrey Hunter / Sean Kenney
Dr. Phillip Boyce
Commodore Jose Mendez
Voice of The Keeper
Dr. Theodore Haskins
Chief Petty Officer Garrison
Spock and McCoy transport down to Starbase 11 in response to a message
received by Spock from former Enterprise captain Christopher Pike. On
arrival, they are met by a surprised Commodore Mendez who informs them
that it was physically impossible for Pike to have sent a message as he
had been completely incapacitated since being exposed to Delta rays. He
is now confined to a motorised life support unit and can only communicate
by means of a flashing light for 'yes' or 'no'.
Acting strangely, Spock secretly meets with his former captain and tells
him that he has a plan that, unavoidably, involves mutiny and treachery.
Further investigations by Starbase 11 personnel show that no such message
had been transmitted and Spock's actions come under suspicion. Spock infiltrates
the computer suite on the Starbase and transmits false orders to the Enterprise.
McCoy returns to the ship while Kirk discusses the situation with Mendez
in his office. Suddenly, before their eyes, Pike disappears and the Enterprise
leaves orbit. Aboard the starship Spock informs the officers and crew
that he is in command of a secret mission. A surprised McCoy makes objections
but is ordered off the bridge to look after the needs of Captain Pike.
Mendez and Kirk pursue the Enterprise in a high-speed shuttle but Spock
refuses to acknowledge them until they have passed the point where they
could safely return to Starbase 11. He beams them aboard from their doomed
vessel and immediately places himself under arrest, but not before locking
the ship's navigation computer on a predetermined course and destination.
Spock insists that Kirk immediately begins a court martial and, with three
Flag Officers available in the shape of Kirk, Mendez and Pike, there is
no reason not to do so. Spock conducts his own defence and, in evidence,
produces highly detailed images of the events which had occurred thirteen
years previously on Talos IV ( see 'The Cage' ) but refuses to reveal
the source of the images.
The viewing of the transmission is brought to a halt by Starfleet when
they detect that the source is the planet Talos IV with which all contact
has been prohibited since then. Commodore Mendez adjourns proceedings
and Spock takes Kirk to one side, telling him that if he wants to save
Pike's life and Spock's career he must somehow persuade Starfleet and
the court to watch the rest of the transmission.
In the scene showing the original beam-down to Talos IV, you may be wondering
why Spock is limping. The original script for 'The Cage' indicated that
he’d been injured in the fight on Rigel VII that Pike briefly discusses
in his cabin with Dr. Boyce.