Filming began on November 27, 1964. The first scene filmed took place between Jeffrey Hunter (Captain Pike) and John Hoyt (Dr. Boyce) in Pike's quarters.
Footage from this episode was later re-used extensively in "The Menagerie, Part I
" and "The Menagerie, Part II
". According to dialogue in that episode, the events shown here took place in 2254, twelve years earlier.
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Majel Barrett (Number One/Nurse Chapel) are the only actors to appear in both the first episode and the last, "Turnabout Intruder
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and John Hoyt (Dr. Boyce) previously appeared in The Outer Limits
episode "I, Robot
" together. They played Judson Ellis and Professor Hebbel respectively.
Leonard Mudie (Survivor #2) was the second-oldest actor to ever appear in the series. He was 85 when this episode was filmed and died the next year, on April 14, 1965. He was the first Star Trek actor to pass away.
Felix Silla has an uncredited role as a Talosian. He is used in the forced perspective shot to make the hallway in the Talosian's zoo look larger than the real-life set actually is.
Although the episode was produced and shown to network executives in 1965. it received its "official" network broadcast premiere in November 1988 unedited and in full color as part of a two-hour retrospective, The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next, on UPN.
Capt. Christopher Pike: What are you putting in there, ice?
Dr. Philip Boyce: Who wants a warm martini?
Capt. Christopher Pike: What makes you think I need one?
Dr. Philip Boyce: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor.
Capt. Christopher Pike: The point is this isn't the only life available. There's a whole galaxy of things to choose from.
Dr. Philip Boyce: Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, Bartender.
Dr. Philip Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same kinds of customers--the living and the dying.
Capt. Christopher Pike: You can read my mind. I can read yours. Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act...
The Keeper: You now see the primitive fear-threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel and so on. Next, frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency. (Pike does so)
Capt. Christopher Pike: If you were in here, wouldn't you test the strength of these walls too? There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Are you real?
Vina: As real as you wish.
Capt. Christopher Pike: No. No. No, that's not any answer. I've never met you before, never even imagined you.
Vina: Perhaps they made me out of dreams you've forgotten.
Vina: You're a fool.
Capt. Christopher Pike: Since you're not real, there's not much point in continuing this conversation, is there?
Vina: When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating; you even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought records.
Vina: I'm beginning to see why none of this has worked for you. You've been home and fighting, as on Rigel. That's not new to you either. A person's strongest dreams are about what he can't do. Yes. A ship 's captain--always having to be so formal, so decent and honest and proper.
The Magistrate: Since you resist the present specimen, you now have a selection.
Capt. Christopher Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm going to find out.
The Magistrate: Each of the two new specimens has qualities in her favor. The female you call Number One has the superior mind and would produce highly intelligent children.
Capt. Christopher Pike: All I want to do is get my hands on you. Can you read these thoughts, images of hate, killing?
The Magistrate: The other new arrival considered you unreachable but now realizes this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength plus unusually strong female drives.
Vina: With illusion, they can make your crew work the controls or push any button it takes to destroy your ship.
Capt. Christopher Pike: I'm going to gamble you're too too intelligent to kill for no reason at all. On the other hand, I've got a reason. (to the Telosian) I'm willing to bet you've created an illusion this laser is empty. I think it just blasted a hole in that window and you're keeping us from seeing it. Want me to test my theory out on your head?
The Magistrate: We had not believed this possible. The customs and history of your race show a unique hatred of captivity. Even when it's pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death. This makes you too violent and dangerous a species for our needs.
Vina: He means that they can't use you. You're free to go back to the ship.
Capt. Christopher Pike: And that's it. No apologies, you captured one of us, threatened all of us.
Talosian #2: Your unsuitability has condemned the Talosian race to eventual death. Is this not sufficient?
The Magistrate: She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.
Yeoman J. M. Colt: Sir, I was wondering... just curious--who would have been Eve?
Number One: Yeoman! You've delivered your report.
Yeoman J. M. Colt: Yes, ma'am. Yes, sir.
Lt. Jose Tyler: Eve, sir? Yes, sir.
Dr. Philip Boyce: Eve as in Adam?
Capt. Christopher Pike: As in all ship's doctors are dirty old men.