Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 Card-vent Calendar: December 4

2009 Rittenhouse Star Trek #L13 "The Cage" Lenticular

At first glance, I knew there was something not quite right about this card. The moves looked familiar, but that guy is no James T. Kirk. The image used for this card is from the original Star Trek pilot episode, which remained unaired until 1988. An actor named Jeffrey Hunter played Captain Christopher Pike. NBC hated the pilot, and ordered Gene Roddenberry to punch up the material a bit. The result was the two-part pilot called "The Menagerie," starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk.

Christopher Pike is apparently referenced in several future Trek series. All of this was news to me, as, if I had to pigeonhole myself, I'm more of a Next Generation guy. The lenticular motion on this card is great, with the lovely blonde tenderly laying her head against Pike's chest. This episode is available on the remastered season three DVD set.

3 comments:

Retrofan said...

Capt. Pike is also the original Captian in JJ Abrams film version.

John Bateman said...

That Blonde is Susan Oliver, I believe

mmmrhubarb said...

The two-part "Menagerie" was not a pilot, but was used later in the run. The pilot was "Where No Man Has Gone Before", although the salt creature ep. was the first one shown.