Before Captain Archer...before Captain Janeway or Sisko...before Captain Picard...and even before Captain Kirk, there was Captain Christopher R. Pike.
The original Star Trek series aired in 1966, however a pilot was made in 1964 and was passed over by the studio suits. "Too cerebral" They said. "Too erotic" They said. "Get rid of the broad in command and the guy with the ears."
Another pilot was filmed with the now famous cast and the rest was history.
This will always be my favorite episode of Star Trek. I present to you The Cage in it's entirety. Enjoy.