TOS: Pilot E1 The Cage

"The Cage" is the first pilot episode of the American television series Star Trek. It was completed on January 22, 1965. The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Robert Butler. It was rejected by NBC in February 1965, and the network ordered another pilot episode, which became "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Much of the original footage from "The Cage" was later incorporated into the season 1 two-part episode "The Menagerie" (1966); however, "The Cage" was first released to the public on VHS in 1986, with a special introduction by Gene Roddenberry, as a hybrid of the color footage that was used in "The Menagerie" and black and white footage which was not used in "The Menagerie". It was not broadcast on television in its complete all-color form until 1988. The Cage was shot at Desilu’s Culver City facilities. Stage 15 housed the Enterprise bridge, the Orion courtyard, the Talosian menagerie, and the Hellfire sets. Stage 16 had the rest of the Enterprise sets (transporter room, briefing room, Pike’s quarters, corridors), along with the surface of Talos IV, the Mojave parkland, and the Orion cavern. The Arab Village section of Desliu’s RKO 40 Acres backlot was used to film the Rigel VII exteriors, making it the first outdoor location for Star Trek.

Filming Locations

RKO 40 Acres Backlot – Culver City, CA
Desilu Culver Studios – Culver City, CA
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