Herbie J Pilato brings us Rare Footage of Original “Star Trek: Phase II” Pilot from 1977 —

(EDITOR’S NOTE: …Plus Brief General “Trek” TV and Film History because Herbie J is nothing if not the complete completist.)

by Herbie J Pilato

In 1965, NBC commissions the first Star Trek TV pilot episode, titled, “The Cage,” starring Jeffrey Hunter, who played Jesus in King of Kings, as Captain Pike, and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. But it’s deemed too cerebral and doesn’t sell.

A second pilot is ordered, called, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Nimoy back as Spock. This new pilot is more action-oriented and sells. read article