Before you head out to theaters to see “Star Trek” this weekend, you may want to catch-up on where the whole phenomeon started–the original pilot for classic “Star Trek,” ‘The Cage.’
“The Cage” is debuting as part of the project to update and remaster all the original episodes of classic “Star Trek.” Fans will have seen some of the footage in the two-part episode, “The Menagarie.”
“The Cage” was the original pilot, rejected by NBC has being “too cerebral” for audiences. Creator Gene Roddenberry later used the footage for the two-part episode, “The Menagarie” during the first season of classic “Trek.”
Dave Rossi, the producer for the “Trek” Remastered project, told Wired.com that audiences — including diehard Trekkers — have come to accept the improved effects and cleaned up shots of the repaired episodes.
“There was some resistance at first,” Rossi said. “But, once fans saw that we were dedicated to respecting the look and the spirit of the original episodes, I think they trusted what we were doing.”
“We were painstaking in our efforts to preserve continuity in every possible way, including the remastering for ‘The Cage.’”
Check your local listing for the premiere day and time of the syndicated episode.