How well do you know Star Trek's two different pilot episodes?

This in-depth quiz was made for Trekkers by a Trekker.

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When it comes to the origins of Star Trek, things get a little confusing. Series creator Gene Roddenberry wrote a pilot episode called "The Cage" that features the starship Enterprise but with Captain Pike (played by Jeffrey Hunter, at left in the image above) at the helm, not James T. Kirk. Filmed in early 1965, it was rejected for being too slow and intellectual. It wasn't a complete waste, however, as the footage was used in the two-part episode "The Menagerie."

Roddenberry got a second chance with the story "Where No Man Has Gone Before," written by frequent Western scribe Samuel A. Peeples. A more action-oriented, less cerebral plot convinced the executives at NBC to move forward with the show.

But the confusion really stems from the fact that the second pilot filmed wasn't the first episode to air! The very first Star Trek installment on TV was "The Man Trap." "Where No Man Has Gone Before" aired third. 

Of course, this is all old news to dedicated Trekkies. How well do you know this iconic series' two pilot episodes? See how many you can get right in this fan-made quiz!

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  1. What was Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry's original concept for Star Trek?
  2. In "The Cage," the Enterprise loses three crewmen and sustains injuries to seven additional crew members in a battle on which planet?
  3. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the Enterprise encounters an old-style ship recorder from which vessel?
  4. In "The Cage," the scientists from the crashed ship SS Columbia belonged to which institution?
  5. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," what is Captain James R. Kirk (William Shatner) surprised to see LCDR Gary Mitchell (Gary Lockwood) reading in sickbay?
  6. In "The Cage," which emotion blocks Captain Christopher Pike's (Jeffrey Hunter) thoughts from the Talosians?
  7. Paul Carr (Lt. Lee Kelso in "Where No Man Has Gone Before") appears as a bridge officer on which sci-fi series?
  8. What was actor Malachi Throne's (Commodore Jose Mendez) first contribution to Star Trek in "The Cage"?
  9. Who wrote the poem "Nightingale Woman" as revealed in "Where No Man Has Gone Before"?
  10. Where was Captain Christopher Pike from "The Cage" born?
  11. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," an Enterprise landing party visits a lithium cracking station located on which planet?
  12. In "The Cage," Vina (Susan Oliver) appears to Captain Pike in a variety of forms. Which of the following was NOT one of them?
  13. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," LCDR Gary Mitchell used his powers to conjure up food for himself and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner (Sally Kellerman). Which food was it?
  14. Majel Barrett, who played Captain Pike's Number One in "The Cage" went on to what Star Trek role?
  15. John Hoyt (Dr. Philip Boyce from "The Cage") and Paul Fix (Dr. Mark Piper from "Where No Man Has Gone Before") were both in the episode "The Martinet" of which TV Western?
  16. Which Hollywood legend saved Star Trek from cancellation in February 1966 before the series even really began?

How well do you know Star Trek's two different pilot episodes?

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Grabar 7 days ago
Wasn't it James T. Kirk - T for Tiberius? I believe y’all wrote R. Or was it R in the ‘The Cage’?
jamiahsh Grabar 7 days ago
Kirk was not in The Cage. In Where No Man Has Gone Before, the Captain’s “tombstone” (fashioned by his best friend-turned-advanced being) read incorrectly “James R. Kirk.” Apparently “gods” are not all that, after all.
Hogansucks1 13 days ago
16 for 16. “(The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few)”. “(Or the One)” 🤨 🖖
GregLemieux 19 days ago
13/16. I've never gotten around to seeing "The Cage" on its own.
Lacey GregLemieux 19 hours ago
Svengoolie showed it not all that long ago.
Artsynanna 25 days ago
This quiz was harder than I thought it would be.
Wiseguy 27 days ago
When narrating the footage from The Cage in The Menagerie Spock makes one of his infrequent mistakes. He says the Enterprise was returning from a routine patrol when they encountered the distress call. Actually they had been in a fight with aliens on Rigel VII wherein several members of the Enterprise crew were killed or injured including Spock (injured, that's why he is seen limping) and the Captain's yeoman (killed). Hardly a routine patrol. Spock should have reviewed the footage first.
Hogansucks1 Wiseguy 13 days ago
jimmyvici 29 days ago
Set phasers to kill. This quiz is dead to me.
audie65 1 month ago
Unfortunately Jeffery Hunter died just a few years later. I always liked him in westerns also.
jamiahsh audie65 7 days ago
Don’t forget, he also played Jesus, himself in King of Kings
JDnHuntsvilleAL 1 month ago
THROW OUT #7 & #15. The quiz is about how well we know STAR TREK, not other shows.
Did you get those questions right?
Filmnoirfan 1 month ago
9/16 - guessed on all of them - never seen either episode
Mac2Nite 1 month ago
15 out of 16. Didn't know Capt Pike was from "Mojave." Didn't know Mojave was an actual place unless you add "Desert" or "River" to it... and still am not convinced it is. The word Mojave by itself refers to the Native People indigenous to the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert. So, I can see how and why I missed it... and question whether the author of this quiz left something out. 🧐
Hogansucks1 Mac2Nite 13 days ago
Yea- they left out the state/ country of origin after Mojave. It should have been correct, not only out of respect to the indigenous tribes, but the readers also. I’m sure that was not their intent ! 😊. (Mojave, CA.) 🤓
Hogansucks1 Mac2Nite 13 days ago
THE city of Mojave, CA. U.S.A.- is just N.W. of Andrews Airforce Base, CA. U.S.A. 🧐 😊
kevopilis 1 month ago
11 for 16, passable. Star Trek is a lot like an outer space western, with sexier costumes..
wbyassee 1 month ago
5 out of 16 And I thought I was a Trekkie.
RPalumbo 1 month ago
I got 15 out of 16
Mac2Nite RPalumbo 1 month ago
Did you miss where Capt Pike is from on Earth?
F5Twitster 1 month ago
“In ‘The Cage,’ the scientists from the crashed ship SS Colombia belonged to which institution?”

Columbia, not Colombia, as in the South American country.
cseeley90 F5Twitster 1 month ago
Thank you, great catch!
Hogansucks1 cseeley90 13 days ago
Be careful cseeley90- they’ll tear you up on this site 😂 😇
Seven9 1 month ago
14 out of 16.
Very enjoyable.. Thank You. 🖖☺
cseeley90 Seven9 1 month ago
You're welcome. Glad you liked it.
JoeSHill 1 month ago
When "THE CAGE" was produced by Desilu Productions in 1964, Gene Roddenberry had secured various alien make-up and costumes that were originally used on ABC-TV's "THE OUTER LIMITS" (1963-65) especially since Roddenberry watched the dailies on that series, and also hired people like Robert H Justman, who later became an associate producer on the 1966-1969 TV series (Justman worked on both "OUTER LIMITS" and "STONEY BURKE" that Leslie Stevens and his Daystar Productions company did for United Artists Television, and later worked as a producer on NBC's "SEARCH" (1972-73) that Leslie Stevens created and executive produced for Warner Bros.Television before former "MAN FROM UNCLE" producer Anthony Spinner replaced Justman in 1973. "THE CAGE" had used a slightly modified costume from the "Fun and Games" episode from "THE OUTER LIMITS", and also another alien makeup originally used on the "Second Chance" episode from that series, along with a costume that was later used on OUTER LIMITS' last episode, "The Probe", which was later modified as "The Horta" in TREK's "The Devil In The Dark" episode in 1967. "THE CAGE", which was directed by Robert Buttler, was shown around to the networks, including its future owner, CBS, who passed on Roddenberry's TV pilot in favor of Irwin Allen's "LOST IN SPACE" (1965-68) CBS also did the same thing with "GENESIS II", a 1973 Roddenberry TV pilot, the first of three that he produced for Warner Bros. Television, but CBS rejected his TV pilot at the last minute-favoring a TV version of 20th Century Fox's "PLANET OF THE APES" for Fall 1974, which bombed, so ABC picked up the other TV pilot called "PLANET EARTH" that they aired in April 1974, and a third TV pilot called "STRANGE NEW WORLD" that aired in 1975 which Robert Buttler also directed, but Roddenberry wasn't involved, but only his concepts were used.
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Wiseguy JoeSHill 1 month ago
It's amazing how often creators/producers, etc. of TV series fight to get their series on the air and then after a year or two walk away leaving the series to flounder often over a hissy-fit induced by something really minor. Roddenberry mostly left Star Trek because he couldn't get Laugh-In's time slot. David E. Kelley left Picket Fences and the final year was considered inferior. Although there were apparently drug problems involved, after Aaron Sorkin left The West Wing the final three years were nowhere close as good as the first four years, each of which won the best drama Emmy® award.
wbyassee JoeSHill 1 month ago
Very interesting reading. Thank you for your comments. I found it very informative.
Hogansucks1 wbyassee 13 days ago
Yes ! Thank-you guy’s. (& gal’s) 😊
Hogansucks1 JoeSHill 13 days ago
GOOD stuff 🤓
CaptainDunsel 1 month ago
16/16 (But of course!)
#1 isn't *quite* correct. "Wagon Train to the Stars" was Roddenberry's PITCH for "Star Trek". But his concept was really more "Hornblower in Space". He opted for the Wagon Train reference, because he knew that was something the network suits could understand.
#13 - the "Kaferian apples" were actually papayas with an incised black band on them. Papayas, with their exotic looking bright orange flesh and mass of shiny black seeds, were not widely known in the US at that time, and so were a great pick for an "alien" fruit that was still recognizably a fruit.
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