PIKE: Sorry, Number One. With little information on this planet, we’ll have to leave the ship’s most experienced officer here covering us.
NUMBER ONE: Of course, sir.
Number One in the unaired pilot of Star Trek, “The Cage”
First off, Number One is like my favorite ever; how could the network not simply adore her? With that aside, I have to say I really, really love The Cage. It’s very intelligent and no-nonsense like, which was a big part of why it was rejected. (Got to appeal to wider audiences which means dumbing down and practically pointless fight scenes, I guess. Ugh.) I do agree, though, that it could have used a bit more humor, but The Cage is still one of my favorite episodes of all Star Trek series combined. This would have made an absolutely amazing series, and still could today. And, to be honest, I think I actually like Hunter’s Captain Pike more than Shatner’s Captain Kirk. He just seemed more captain-like to me and more believable. (Sidenote, I was reading some behind the scenes stuff on The Cage and apparently, after watching it and before playing Kirk, William Shatner said that the actors overacted to the point of it being unrealistic. William Shatner, the king of overacting, saying that someone else was overacting. William. Shatner. I will eternally laugh at that.) I also think that the uniforms in the pilot were much more practical, (looked) more durable, and more suitable for working in outerspace, which is cold, after all. And I love the collars. Overall, this pilot was totally underrated and is definitely worth watching more than once.
3/? in my “There’s nothing more interesting than the landscape of the human face,” (Irvin Kershner) series