Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 11
Original Air Date: November 17, 1966
"The Menagerie" was the only two-part episode of Star Trek's original series. Roddenberry created the episode as a cost- and time-saving measure. Consistently falling behind in the production schedule, Roddenberry hatched a plan to throw together two episodes on the cheap while also recycling material from the original, unused pilot, "The Cage" (reflection here). "The Menagerie" incorporates footage from "The Cage" in a new adventure. However, this new story is a lot more than just a convenient contrivance. It is one of two original series episodes to win the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. As it is a two-parter, I will wait to comment on the narrative until I've watched the second half. I will say that it is shaping up to be the first truly great Spock story.
Malachi Throne (Commodore Jose I. Mendez) was born December 1, 1928 in New York City. A successful stage actor, most of his high-profile television work was in guest starring roles. In addition to two different Trek series (original and The Next Generation), Thorne appeared in Batman, Lost in Space, Mission: Impossible and The Six Million Dollar Man among others. An interesting twist for Thorne in this particular episode: he'd also been featured in "The Cage" as the voice of the Keeper. For "The Menagerie," the voice was electronically altered so as not to match Mendez's.