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|TOS, Episode 0x01|
Production number: 6149-01
First aired: 4 October 1988
Remastered version aired: 26 April 2008
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|Arc: The Talosians (1 of 3)||→|
While investigating an eighteen-year-old distress call, Captain Pike is captured and tested by beings who can project powerfully realistic illusions.
In a high-stress situation, the USS Enterprise encounters a strange space distortion on a direct collision course which turns out to be an old radio distress signal, "keyed to cause interference and attract attention [in] this way". The crew identifies the age (18 years) and source (Talos star group) of the signal, but Captain Pike declines to investigate without any indication of survivors. Pike heads to his quarters, where he uses a communicator on a tabletop to call for the ship's doctor. The doctor enters and oddly fixes Pike a martini, explaining that "sometimes a man'll tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor", whereupon he asks if the captain is still thinking about a recent mission that ended in confrontation and death. Pike admits that he's thinking of resigning because he's tired of deciding "who lives and who dies". Their conversation is interrupted by a transmission from Spock on the bridge, who reports receiving a follow-up message from survivors on Talos IV. Pike heads back to the bridge, where their investigation into the transmission has given them enough data to plot a specific planetary destination and basic course of action. The ship then heads to warp 7 and eventually reaches orbit around Talos.
Upon investigation of the planet by a landing party led by Pike, the makeshift campsite of a disheveled group of male scientists from the crashed survey ship SS Columbia is discovered. The scientists are explaining that they were on an expedition for the American Continent Institute when Pike notices a shyly-advancing beautiful young woman among the crowd. One of the scientists tells Pike that she is Vina, born almost as the group crash-landed on the planet. Vina behaves very strangely, telling Pike that he is a "prime specimen".
It is at this point that an eerie group of three aliens with huge pulsating heads are shown watching the landing party through a viewing screen. The doctor then interrupts with his report on the physical condition of the survivors whom he reports to be in suspiciously excellent health. The scientists claim it has something to do with their "secret", suggesting Pike let Vina show him and judge for himself. Distracted by the woman, Pike is led into an area away from the others where Vina suddenly vanishes along with the scientists after she remarks that he is a "perfect choice". Pike is then shot and abducted into a hidden doorway by the aliens with large craniums. Witnessing the abduction, the landing party fires at the door to no avail. Spock then reports the incident to the ship via his communicator.
Pike later wakes up inside a small section of an underground cave blocked off by a transparent partition. He notices several other creatures of different types inside a series of identical enclosures along a hallway of sorts, when suddenly several of the same species of aliens who abducted him arrive. They proceed to make callous scientific observations about him through the use of telepathy, referring to him as "the specimen" and then stating that they will soon begin "the experiment".
They try several illusions on Pike to make him interested in Vina, all based on Pike's memories. These include an unfortunate mission to Rigel VII and a pleasant picnic outside Pike's hometown of Mojave as well as a tempting scenario in which Vina appears as a dancing Orion slave girl. Through the course of these events, Pike determines that the huge-headed aliens, the native Talosians, have severely weakened their world and therefore themselves due to the the consequences of their mental powers. They want Captain Pike and Vina as breeding stock for a new, stronger race to repopulate the barren surface of the planet, which was ravaged by nuclear warfare. When these illusions don't work, the Talosians transport Number One and Yeoman Colt into Pike's cell to give him a choice of women.
Having determined that strong primal emotions cancel out the Talosian ability to read his mind, Pike uses this to his advantage and thus manages to take a Talosian magistrate hostage. He escapes with his crew and Vina to the surface only to discover that this is what the Talosians wanted all along, since everything had been an elaborate test designed to judge a worthy candidate species for repopulating and reclaiming the surface. Pike refuses to cooperate, and Number One begins a "force-chamber" overload of her weapon, intending to destroy herself and her shipmates to stop the Talosians' plans. At this point, the magistrate's aides arrive, presenting the summary of the ship's records. To their dismay, the Talosians learned that Humans possess a "unique hatred of captivity", even when pleasant, making them too dangerous for their needs. Pike asks if mutual understanding or trade might not accomplish the restoration of the planet for the Talosians but is told that Humans would learn the Talosians' power of illusion and destroy themselves just as the Talosians had. Pike and the female crew members are free to go, but Vina, despite her attraction to Pike, says she cannot go with them. After the others transport aboard, the Talosians show Pike Vina's true appearance – underneath the Talosian illusions, she is badly deformed from the crash of the Columbia. The Talosians agree to take care of Vina and provide her with an illusionary Captain Pike to keep her company.
Pike returns to the bridge having regained his vigor for duty, and the Enterprise departs.
"What the devil you putting in there – ice?"
"Who wants a warm martini?"
"What makes you think I need one?"
"Sometimes, a man'll tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor."
- - Pike and Dr. Boyce
Chris, you set standards for yourself no one can meet. You treat everyone on board like a human being except yourself. And now you're tired and..."
"You bet I'm tired! You bet! I'm tired of being responsible for two hundred and three lives and I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't and who's going on the landing part and who doesn't. And who lives... and who dies."
- - Dr. Boyce and Pike
"Maybe I'll go into business on Regulus or on the Orion colony or..."
"You, an Orion trader dealing in green animal women slaves?!"
"The point is, that this isn't the only life available! There's a whole galaxy of things to choose from."
"Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head on and licks it or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away."
"Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor... bartender."
"You take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers – the living and the dying."
- - Pike and Dr. Boyce
"There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it!"
- - Pike
"The inhabitants of this planet must live deep underground, probably manufacture food and other resources down there. Now, our tests indicate the planet's surface, without considerably more vegetation, is simply too barren to support life."
"So we just thought we saw survivors there, Mr. Spock?"
"Exactly. An illusion, placed in our minds by this planet's inhabitants."
"It was a perfect illusion, they had us seeing just what they wanted us to see, human beings who'd survived with dignity and bravery, everything entirely logical right down to the building of the camp, the tattered clothing, everything! Now, let's be sure we understand the dangers of this. The inhabitants of this planet can read our minds, they can create illusions out of a person's own thoughts and memories and experiences, even out of a person's own desires. Illusions just as real and solid as this tabletop and just as impossible to ignore."
"Any estimate about what they might want one of us for?"
"They may simply be studying the captain, to find out how Earth people are put together. Or it could be something more."
"Then why aren't we doing anything? Now that entry may have stood up against hand lasers, but we can transmit the ship's power against it, enough to blast half a continent!"
"Look. Brains three times the size of ours. If we start buzzing about down there, we're liable to find their mental power is so great, they could reach out and swat this ship as though it were a fly."
"It's Captain Pike they've got and he needs help, and he probably needs it fast!"
"Engineering deck will rig to transmit the ship's power. We'll try blasting through that metal."
- - Spock, Number One, Dr. Boyce, and Jose Tyler
"A curious species, they have fantasies they hide even from themselves."
- - The Keeper
"No, don't talk – don't say anything. I'm filling my mind with a picture of beating their huge, misshapen heads to pulp!. Thoughts so primitive they block out everything else; I'm filling my mind with hate!"
"How long can you block your thoughts? A few minutes? An hour? How does that help?"
"Leave him alone."
"He doesn't need you. He's already picked me!"
"Picked her? For what, I don't understand."
"Now there's a fine choice for intelligent offspring."
"Offspring? As in children?"
"Offspring as in, he's Adam, is that it?"
"You're no better a choice, they'd have more luck crossing him with a computer!"
"Well, shall we do a little time calculation? There was a Vina listed aboard that ship as an adult crewman. Now, adding eighteen years to your age then would..."
- - Pike, Vina, Yeoman Colt and Number One
"It's not fair, I did what you asked!"
"Since you resist the present specimen, you now have a selection."
"I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm gonna find out!"
"Each of the two new specimens has qualities in their favor. The female you call 'Number One' has the superior mind and would produce highly intelligent children. Although she seems to lack emotion, this is largely a pretense. She often has fantasies involving you."
"The other new arrival has considered you unreachable, but has now realized this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength plus unusually strong female drives."
- - Vina, Pike and The Keeper
"I'm going to gamble you're too intelligent to kill for no reason at all. (Pike tries the weapons). On the other hand, I've got a reason. I'm willing to bet you've created an illusion that this laser is empty. I think it just blasted a hole in that window and you're keeping us from seeing it. You want me to test my theory out on your head?"
- - Pike, to the Magistrate
"This is the female's true appearance."
"They found me in the wreckage, dying, a lump of flesh. They rebuilt me. Everything works. But they had never seen a human. They had no guide for putting me back together..."
"It was necessary to convince you her desire to stay is an honest one."
"You'll give her back her illusion of beauty?"
- - Vina, Magistrate and Pike
"She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant."
- - Magistrate
"Sir? I was wondering, just curious. Who would have been Eve?"
"Yeoman! You've delivered your report!"
"Yes ma'am. Yes, sir."
"Eve, sir? Yes, sir."
"Eve, as in Adam?"
"As in all ship's doctors are dirty old men. What are we running here, a cadet ship, Number One? Are we ready or not?"
"All decks report ready, sir."
- - Colt, Number One, Tyler, Dr. Boyce and Captain Pike
- This was the first episode of Star Trek ever produced. NBC rejected the pilot but made the extraordinary, (and at the time, rare), move to order a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Almost all footage of this episode was later reused in "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II".
- The first filmed scene from "The Cage" (and of Star Trek) – the cut with Dr. Boyce and Captain Pike sharing a martini – was filmed on Friday, 27 November 1964.
- Leonard Mudie, who has one line of dialog as one of the Columbia survivors, was a veteran of dozens of films dating back to the 1930s. He was 81 when this sequence was filmed, and he died the next year. He is the second-oldest actor ever to appear on the original Star Trek and the first to pass away.
- In one brief part of the first transportation sequence, the transporter chief's assistant is a man wearing glasses, but the scene changes and he appears without them. This is one of only three occasions where Starfleet officers are shown wearing corrective eyeglasses.
- Clegg Hoyt played the transporter chief, Pitcairn, but his voice was dubbed in by Bob Johnson. Johnson was the voice on the tape (and disc) in the TV series Mission: Impossible.
- Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Majel Barrett (Number One and nurse Chapel) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the final episode "Turnabout Intruder".
- Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
- Leonard Nimoy and Spock are also the only actor and character to appear in every single produced episode of the Original Series of Star Trek.
- To date, this is one of three productions of Star Trek Leonard Nimoy participated in without William Shatner. The other two are TAS: "The Slaver Weapon" and TNG: "Unification I" and "Unification II".
- This is Nimoy's first Star Trek appearance. Malachi Throne (Voice of the Keeper) also appeared with Nimoy during Nimoy's final (to date) Star Trek appearance, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification II".
- After the crew beams down to the planet surface of Talos IV, Spock is seen limping as he walks toward the singing plants. It has been mistakenly stated that Nimoy had suffered an injury prior to filming. In fact, Nimoy's limp here is feigned, and is a small plot point in the script. The original story for "The Cage" indicated that Spock, Jose Tyler and others had been wounded in the fighting on Rigel VII – events which took place just prior to the action in "The Cage". In the actual script, the fighting is referred to, but it is never directly indicated that Spock had been injured; the closest reference being Captain Pike's asking of Spock and Tyler if they "feel up to it" (joining the landing party). (The Making of Star Trek)
Story and production
- The captain's name was changed constantly throughout the writing of the story and script. First it was Robert M. April, then it was Christopher Pike, then as late as 20 November 1964, in the Second Revised Final Script, it was James Winter. Seven days later, when filming began, it had been changed back to Christopher Pike.
- Reportedly the episode title was changed in production from "The Cage" to "The Menagerie," however when the two-part episode went into production with that title, the title of the actual pilot episode reverted to "The Cage."
- The ape creature seen in the Talos zoo originally appeared in The Outer Limits episode "Fun and Games", looking quite a bit different, and was created by Janos Prohaska. The owl-like bird creature seen down the corridor also appears in an episode of that series. Several of Prohaska's creations would be modified and make appearances in episodic Star Trek.
- One imprisoned species is seen only by its shadow – the last cage in the zoo contains a large crab-like creature with huge claws (rendered by several fingers silhouetted against a lit backdrop). In Gene Roddenberry's original conception, the Talosians were crab-like aliens. This would have been prohibitively expensive and probably unconvincing, so they became humanoids instead.
- The Talosian seen down the corridor as Pike looks at all the imprisoned creatures was a midget. This gave the appearance of great length to what was actually a short, forced-perspective hallway.
- The episode is difficult to reconcile with canon in many instances. For example, Spock smiles and uses several Human expressions such as "buzzing about down there", which he seldom did in subsequent episodes and films. A few novels have theorized as to the cause for this. Examples of this include Spock possibly not having complete control of his emotions at that point, as he was still quite young and that he achieved full control of his emotions by observing Captain Pike. (On the Mind Meld DVD, Leonard Nimoy commented that because Jeffrey Hunter was playing a very controlled, internalized character that he felt the need to bring in some energy and animation onto the set and then when William Shatner came on and had his own energy, animation and exuberance, Nimoy was able to be more reserved and internalized). Another more recent explanation was that Spock was simply emulating Human behaviors such as smiles, and that there was truly no emotion behind that smile.
- The real-world explanation for that is that Gene Roddenberry hadn't given Spock the emotional control and the super-intellect as that was all still embedded in the Number One character and when she was removed from the show, Roddenberry simply transferred those characteristics over from Number One to Spock.
- On Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry, Roddenberry commented on how the network wanted him to get rid of the woman character and "the guy with the ears," joking about how he kept the alien character and later married the woman, noting that "I couldn't have legally done it the other way around."
- In addition, Pike tells the Talosians that he's from a stellar group "at the other end of this galaxy," which, in modern Trek parlance, infers that Talos IV is deep in the Beta, Gamma or Delta Quadrants. This does not seem likely, especially because the SS Columbia was only lost for eighteen years and, having traveled at less than light speed (see next), must be relatively close to Earth. In fact, Harvey P. Lynn, who served as Gene Roddenberry's unofficial technical adviser on the pilot, told him that traveling from one end of the galaxy to the other would take an impossibly long time.
- Tyler implies that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is relatively new. He tells one of the scientists that they can get back to Earth quickly. "The time barrier's been broken! Our new ships can ..." Earlier, with an expression used only once in the series, Pike orders FTL speed to Talos IV by saying, "Our time warp, factor 7." Basically, this establishes that warp speed is not only FTL, but also it "negates" the time dilation effect about which Einstein theorized in his Special Theory of Relativity. Of course, later Trek canon establishes that Zefram Cochrane "discovered" the space warp in the mid-21st century. "The Cage" takes place two centuries later, in 2254.
- Spock's cry of "Switch to rockets, we're blasting out!" is very anachronistic – there are no direct references to rocket engines in the episodes to come.
- Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson make the only contemporary presidential appearances in an original series episode, as images in the Talosian download of the ship's computer.
- When doing makeup tests for Vina as an Orion slave girl, with Majel Barrett as a willing test subject, the film kept coming back without the green skin being visible. Puzzled by this, the makeup crew kept painting the actress again and again with other shades of green, hoping it would be visible on film. Afterward, they discovered that the film processing lab was "de-coloring" her because they didn't know she was supposed to be green.
- The matte painting of the Rigel VII fortress is one of the most-recognized and celebrated in Star Trek history. It was reused (unaltered) in the third season as Flint's home in "Requiem for Methuselah". In addition, the large moon in the background of the painting was the inspiration for a song called "Moon over Rigel VII," which Captain James T. Kirk recommended as a campfire song decades later in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
- "The Cage" was initially released on home video in late 1986 in celebration of Trek's 20th anniversary. The release was a collection of color footage taken from "The Menagerie" and black and white footage taken from a print of the pilot episode owned by Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry had shown the black and white print at various Trek conventions throughout the '70s and early '80s. A full color version was aired in 1988 with a two-hour special called The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next wrapped around it. The special was hosted by Patrick Stewart and traced the history of Trek from "The Cage" throughout the first season of TNG and beginnings of production for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
Sets and props
- The briefing room, transporter room and bridge in this segment are identical to the sets used in "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
- As opposed to the electronic clipboards used in the regular series, Pike uses a very 20th century metal clipboard. A television also appears in his quarters.
- A "captain's hat" can be glimpsed in passing on top of that television, although Pike never wore it. And after this pilot, the hat was never seen again. The Star Trek Compendium speculated that it might have been part of Pike's dress uniform.
- Landing party jackets also vanished after "The Cage", but returned in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, also appearing in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Star Trek: Enterprise was the only other television Star Trek that depicted hats and a variety of environment-specific outerwear being regularly issued to crewmembers.
- The bed in Pike's quarters was far too short for Jeff Hunter. His feet are extending well beyond the end of the mattress as he briefly reclines on it.
- The sign next to the door of the captain's quarters reads simply, "Captain." When the series went into production, Captain Kirk's name was put on the nameplate outside his quarters.
- In the original story for "The Cage," there was an opening scene in the hangar bay where Pike, whose character at this stage was a tad older than later written, was inspecting new crew members. He remarks disapprovingly to the doctor at one point about the young age of some of these. "Something," Roddenberry later wrote in a memo, "that Jim Kirk, the boy wonder of the Academy, never would have done." In this same scene (which was never filmed due to time and budget restrictions) Pike sees off the ship a number of badly-wounded crewmen. Among these is an uninjured officer whom Pike (then Captain April in the script) is sending back in disgrace, because he fired on friendly aliens. The officer argues that they were monstrous in appearance; how could he know they were intelligent enough to have weapons? These protests are met by the captain's stern dismissal: "Get off my ship, Mister." (The Making of Star Trek; Star Trek Compendium)
- Shifts in picture and sound quality (characteristic of generational loss) can be noticed throughout the episode because negatives and audio masters of scenes that were not used in "The Menagerie" are lost. The missing scenes were restored by combining a transfer of properly stored film from "The Menagerie" with clips from a color print of the original pilot. Early home video releases of "The Cage" used black-and-white footage because even the color print was lost for many years.
- The change in quality throughout the color episode may simply be a result of poor colorizing of the black and white footage. One major argument that supports this viewpoint asks if a full color print was located why wasn't it simply restored and then aired instead of splicing it into footage from "The Menagerie."
- Although this episode is often lauded for its depiction of Majel Barrett's character of Number One as a strong-willed, capable woman as second in command of the Enterprise (citation needed • edit), it should be noted that the complete version of the episode contains Pike's reference to his discomfort with having women on the bridge (complete with an insulted reaction from Number One and Pike's half-hearted attempt to cover up his faux pas).
- The Keeper's voice (Malachi Throne) used in "The Cage" was altered for "The Menagerie", in which Throne guest-starred as Commodore Mendez. When the color and black and white versions were spliced together in 1986, the Keeper's original voice is heard in the black and white footage and the altered voice in the color footage taken from "The Menagerie". This discrepancy was carried over into the all color version in which the footage and the soundtrack from "The Menagerie" continued to be used. (citation needed • edit)
- The opportunity to broadcast "The Cage" in its original form came when production of Star Trek: The Next Generation was interrupted by a writers' strike in 1988. Presented during a special that also promoted the upcoming theatrical release of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the broadcast filled in for two of the four hours missing from TNG's truncated second season.
- "The Cage" may have been inspired by the Twilight Zone episode "People Are Alike All Over", which also featured a telepathic Susan Oliver tricking a Human (Roddy McDowall) into a zoo cage. 
- Footage of the asteroids from the beginning of this episode was reused later in "Mudd's Women" and "The Doomsday Machine".
- The opening establishing shot of the Enterprise was reused in several early episodes: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "The Corbomite Maneuver", "Mudd's Women", "The Man Trap", and "Charlie X". The starship, traveling at warp speed, is depicted in a unique effect that was never re-created for the series: The camera "sidles up" to the Enterprise model and "swoops over" the top of the primary hull. Combined with this shot are two space effects: one of a stationary star field and the other of a star field moving rapidly from right to left. The completed effect is meant to suggest that "local" stars are flying past the Enterprise while the great "backdrop" of the galaxy remains motionless.
- CBS was approached first with Star Trek, but they passed on it for another science fiction program called Lost in Space. For several years they were the owners of the Star Trek franchise (as part of Viacom), until CBS Corporation split off of Viacom in 2005.
- Although male voices were dubbed in for the Talosians, all the Talosian actors were actually women.
- Throughout most of the first and second seasons, the "singing plant" sound heard on Talos IV became the standard background noise on various planets. Beginning with "Spectre of the Gun", a different, warbly sound was used for a number of the remaining shows. The sound was used as the transporter beam sound effect in the series proper.
- In his introduction for the 1986 VHS release of "The Cage" (which can now be seen on the DVD version in the third season set), Roddenberry noted that he wanted no one aboard the Enterprise to smoke. This was despite the fact that tobacco advertising was a major revenue source for the television networks in 1964. Even one of Star Trek's sponsors during its first season was Viceroy cigarettes. (All tobacco advertising was banned from television and radio on 1 January 1971). He also noted that he refused to cast his crew what the network dubbed "sensibly," which according to Roddenberry meant "all white."
- Afterward, the Federation imposed General Order 7 on the Talos system, preventing anyone from ever approaching the planet again under penalty of death. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II")
- Several comics and novels have chronicled continuations of this story:
- Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #9-10
- Star Trek Annual (DC volume 1)
- Pocket TOS: Legacy
- Pocket TOS: Burning Dreams
- Series proposal, "Star Trek is...": 11 March 1964 - Mentions story idea "The Next Cage"
- Rough draft outline: 25 June 1964
- Pilot story outline: 29 June 1964
- Final draft outline: 8 July 1964
- Final draft outline: 22 July 1964
- Teleplay titled "The Cage": 31 August 1964
- First draft script: 8 September 1964
- Revised teleplay: 6 October 1964
- Second Revised Final Draft script, titled "The Menagerie": 20 November 1964
- Filming began: 27 November 1964
- Studio rejection: 1965
- Complete color version discovered: 1988
- Premiere airdate: (complete color) 4 October 1988
Video and DVD releases
- Original US Betamax release: 1986.
- This version of the episode mixed color and black&white footage, as a complete color print was not available at the time.
- Original US VHS release: November 1986.
- This was the mixed color/black&white print.
- Original UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 1, catalogue number VHR 2207, release date unknown.
- This was the mixed color/black&white print.
- UK VHS release as "The Cage" All Colour Collectors Edition (CIC Video): catalogue number VHR 2374, 2 July 1990.
- US VHS rerelease in color: 15 April 1994.
- As part of the UK Star Trek - 30th Anniversary Trial Pack VHS collection: 2 January 1996.
- UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 1.1, 24 June 1996.
- Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 40, 11 December 2001.
- Released in the final volume, with both prints.
- As part of the TOS Season 3 DVD collection.
- Included on the final disc of the collection, with both prints.
Links and References
- Leonard Nimoy as Spock
- Majel Barrett as Number One
- John Hoyt as Philip Boyce
- Peter Duryea as José Tyler
- Laurel Goodwin as J.M. Colt
- Meg Wyllie as The Keeper
- Jon Lormer as Dr. Theodore Haskins
- Clegg Hoyt as Pitcairn
- Malachi Throne as The Keeper's voice
- Mike Dugan as The Kaylar
- Georgia Schmidt as the First Talosian
- Robert C. Johnson as First Talosian's voice
- Serena Sande as the Second Talosian
- Felix Silla as the Third Talosian
- Barker as the Fourth Talosian
- Adam Roarke as Garrison
- Leonard Mudie as Columbia survivor #2
- Anthony Jochim as Columbia survivor #3
- Ed Madden as the Enterprise geologist (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel)
- Robert Phillips as the space officer on Orion colony
- Joseph Mell as the trader on Orion colony
- Janos Prohaska as the Anthropoid Ape/Humanoid Bird (Aliens)
- Star Trek Created by
- Gene Roddenberry
- Directed by
- Robert Butler
- Written and Produced by
- Gene Roddenberry
No other production staff received on-screen credit for this episode.
- Associate Producers
- Robert H. Justman
- Byron Haskin
- Production Designer
- Pato Guzman
- Art Director
- Franz Bachelin
- Assistant Art Director
- Matt Jefferies
- Music Composed and Conducted by
- Alexander Courage
- Director of Photography
- William E. Snyder
- Film Editor
- Leo Shreve
- Assistant to the Producer
- Morris Chapnick
- Assistant Director
- Robert H. Justman
- Set Decorator
- Edward M. Parker
- Costume Designer
- William Ware Theiss
- Sound Mixer
- Stanford G. Haughton
- Photographic Effects
- Howard Anderson Company
- Transporter Effects
- Darrell Anderson
- Special Effects
- Joe Lombardi
- Prop maker
- Jim Danforth
- Property master
- Jack Briggs
- Bob Campbell
- Camera Operator
- Jerry Finnerman
- Production Supervisor
- James A. Paisley
- Makeup Artist
- Fred B. Phillips
- Gertrude Reade
- Stunt Double (Jeffrey Hunter)
- Robert Herron
- Frank da Vinci
- Choreographer (Susan Oliver's dance)
- Penny Romans
- Kallam de Forest (de Forest Research, Inc.)
- Harvey P. Lynn (RAND Corporation)
- Executive in Charge of Production
- Oscar Katz
- Assistant to Oscar Katz
- Herbert F. Solow
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