#iCraveFridays: Rarely Seen Original Pilot Episode of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Launches Today on CraveTV

— January 30, 2015

CraveTVTM’s #iCraveFridays release schedule continues today with the debut of the rarely seen original pilot episode of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, “The Cage.” The original pilot completes the entire STAR TREK library – all six STAR TREK series are only available on CraveTV and can be found in the Star Trek Collection. Despite its completion in 1965, the original pilot did not make its television premiere until late 1988. Originally rejected by NBC, the network ordered another pilot episode, which became known as “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (1966). Original footage from “The Cage” was later incorporated into the first season two-parter “The Menagerie” (1966).


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“The Cage” takes place 13 years prior to James T. Kirk taking command of the U.S.S. Enterprise and features Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Spock is the only character to appear in “The Cage” and the subsequent pilot. Nimoy played Spock throughout the series and in the first six Star Trek movies. Pike, Spock, and the rest of the crew land on planet Talos IV after receiving a distress signal. They find crash survivors from a missing scientific expedition. Among the survivors is the beautiful Vina (Susan Oliver). She distracts Pike, who is then captured by the Talosians – humanoids who live beneath the planet’s surface. Imprisoned, Pike discovers the distress call was faked to lure the U.S.S. Enterprise to the planet as part of a much darker plan. STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES’ original pilot episode, “The Cage,” will also be available in the What’s New, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and Drama collections. CraveTV is the only place to see every single episode of the entire STAR TREK series including: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (1966), STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1973), STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987), STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993), STAR TREK VOYAGER (1995), STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (2001).

About #iCraveFridays

New content for CraveTV will be released on Fridays, and can be found under the What’s New Collection or the Featured Collection, along with their respective permanent collection such as Superheroes, Music, Comedy, etc. Follow @CraveTVCanada for the most up-to-date information on all things CraveTV.

About CraveTV

All you can watch, for $4/month. Created for TV lovers and devoted exclusively to television, CraveTVTM is Canada’s premium TV subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles. Designed to complement the traditional television ecosystem, and available to all TV providers, CraveTV is available to Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, and Northwestel subscribers and is coming soon to other CCSA members. Available through traditional set-top boxes, the service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.

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