Christopher Pike, played first by Jeffrey Hunter and then by Sean Kenney, is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. Hunter portrayed him in the original Star Trek pilot episode, "The Cage", as captain of the USS Enterprise. The pilot was rejected, and the character was dropped during development of the second pilot when Hunter decided that he did not want to continue with the series. Kenney portrayed him for new footage in a subsequent Star Trek episode, "The Menagerie", which also uses footage featuring Hunter's Pike from "The Cage".
Pike is the first captain of the Enterprise to be recognized in Star Trek canon. However, the non-canon animated Star Trek series reveals that Captain Robert April predated Pike, and printed Star Trek fiction and reference books also identify April as Pike's predecessor.
Meanwhile, the Enterprise is en route to Vega Colony to drop off wounded crew members, when it receives a distress call from the survey vessel SS Columbia, lost 18 years previously. Pike orders the Enterprise to Talos IV to retrieve survivors.
Pike soon learns that all but one of the survivors are illusions created by the Talosians in order to lure the Enterprise crew to Talos IV. The Talosians make every effort to provide sexual fantasies that they hope will appeal to Pike, using as the object of desire the only real Columbia survivor, Vina. After escaping from his prison cell with the aid of his first officer, Number One, and Yeoman J. M. Colt, the Talosians show Pike Vina's real appearance as a disfigured older woman. The Talosians saved her life after the Columbia's crash, but they had no guide on how to repair a human body. Pike requests that the Talosians restore her illusion of beauty and the Enterprise leaves Talos IV soon after.
In "The Menagerie", the Enterprise, now under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, travels to Starbase 11. Spock, who had served with Pike for more than a decade, makes clandestine arrangements to take Pike back to Talos IV, despite travel to Talos IV being the only criminal offense still punishable by death in Starfleet. Spock is court-martialed, with evidence during the procedure including footage from "The Cage". At the two-part episode's conclusion, Pike is reunited with Vina and given the illusion of perfect health.
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