Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 12
Original Air Date: November 24, 1966
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The novelties on offer for the devotees are numerous in "The Menagerie." In addition to being the only two-parter of the originals, the episode marks the last on-screen appearance of Christopher Pike, Kirk's predecessor as captain of the Enterprise - the last, that is, until he hit the big screen in J.J. Abrams's 2009 reboot film. It was also the public's only glimpse of footage from the original pilot until it was finally aired on television in 1988. The draw for me, however, was the use of Spock as plot device.
Because of the inclusion of the pilot footage, the story gets quite complicated so for the sake of this exercise, I shall simplify: Spock kidnaps Pike, his own former commanding officer, and hijacks the Enterprise. Next, he sets course for Talos IV - a capital crime in the Federation, apparently - then promptly surrenders himself to the court martial process. Quite a set up, even without the older material thrown in the mix.
Ultimately, Spock is vindicated, of course. We all know he will be. Trek just isn't Trek if Spock is executed in the twelfth episode. But the plot is crafted cleverly enough to plant a seed of doubt, even for a long-devoted fan. We all know Spock is infallible, reason over emotion always wins - except when it doesn't. In the end, he believes his logic was flawless from the start but he's forgiven for all of his offenses because his heart was in the right place: on the right side of his torso, obviously.
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Susan Oliver (Vina) was born Charlotte Grecke, February 13, 1932 in New York City. She made her first major television appearance on Goodyear TV Playhouse in 1955. Her first movie was The Green-Eyed Blonde in 1957. She had the title role in that one, surprising as her eyes in Star Trek are a stunning crystal blue. She is credited in "The Menagerie" as a result of her role in the pilot. She doesn't feature in the new material. Oliver died in 1990 of lung cancer.