Why did Captain Pike leave Star Trek?

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For the second pilot, William Shatner was cast as Captain Kirk. The Cage was the first pilot for Star Trek with Christopher Pike as captain of the USS Enterprise. The out of universe explanation is that the actor for Captain Pike Jeffrey Hunter did not want to continue the series after the pilot was rejected by NBC.

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Hereof, what happened to Captain Pike in original Star Trek?

Having been promoted to fleet captain, Pike suffered radiation damage as he rescued cadets on training vessel USS Republic, leaving him paralysed in a wheelchair and unable to speak. For these scenes, Pike was played by Sean Kenney.

One may also ask, will there be a captain Pike spin off? RUMOR: Captain Pike 'Star Trek' Spinoff Series Moving Forward. Star Trek may continue to expand its reach on modern television. According to The Weekly Planet Podcast, Anson Mount's Captain Pike will return to the small screen in his own series alongside several other popular characters.

Keeping this in consideration, why did Pike leave the enterprise?

The real world reasons for Pike's Enterprise departure are a little more complicated. Large chunks of the pilot were repurposed in "The Menagerie" to give Pike his happy ending on Talos IV. Jeffrey Hunter was unwilling to return, so the disfigured Pike was played by Sean Kenney under heavy makeup.

Did Captain Pike come before Kirk?

Pike. Best known as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, following the ship's original captain Robert April and just prior to James Kirk. Pike counted the top-secret first contact with the natives of Talos IV amid his long Starfleet career.

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Is there a Star Trek 4?

No release date for the fourth Star Trek film has yet been announced.

Why is Talos IV forbidden?

Talos IV. Class-M planet, home of the Talosians. As of 2266, contact with Talos IV was forbidden by Starfleet, due to the addictive qualities of the illusion technology. Captain Christopher Pike, however, returned to the planet so he could live out his days unencumbered by his physically damaged body.

Does Captain Pike die in Star Trek Into Darkness?

Greenwood reprised his role as Pike in the next film, Star Trek Into Darkness. During a meeting with the Starfleet commanders, including veteran Admiral Marcus and Captain Kirk, Pike is killed in a terrorist attack on Starfleet by John Harrison.

Does Pike die in into darkness?

Admiral Pike died in Star Trek: Into Darkness. The Trek universe always prided itself in continuity between the TV series and movies.

Why is Captain Kirk not in the pilot?


This original Star Trek pilot was rejected by NBC for being "too cerebral", "too intellectual", "too slow", and with "not enough action", so they commissioned a new pilot, which later became Where No Man Has Gone Before, starring a completely different captain: one Captain James T. Kirk played by William Shatner.

Is Pike from the mirror universe?

When Georgiou beams Pike and Tyler over to the Enterprise at the end of the episode, she reveals to Pike that she's Terran, “from your Mirror Universe.” Pike winks and says “What Mirror Universe?” This implies that Pike knows about the Mirror Universe, even though Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Spock, Bones and Uhura totally

How does James T Kirk die?

Captain James T. Kirk died heroically saving his work-family from a falling spaceship. In the original Khan, of course, Spock died doing just about the same thing: Exposing himself to radiation in order to restore power to the warp drive.

Why did Shatner replace Jeffrey Hunter?

In 1993, William Shatner (with co-writer Chris Kreski) published his remembrances of the production of the original Star Trek television series. He had this to say about Hunter's departure (which, of course, took place before he was hired to be Hunter's replacement): Apparently there were problems with Jeffrey.

Who was the first captain of the Enterprise?

Launched in 2245, the original and illustrious starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was built in the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth. The Constitution-class starship was previously captained by Robert April and Christopher Pike, before coming under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.

What year did Jeffrey Hunter die?


May 27, 1969

Is control the Borg?

In order for Control to become the Borg, it has to travel back in time several hundred years. Star Trek: Voyager established that the Borg had been around since the 14th century. So it's possible they could jump Control to the Delta Quadrant, thinking they are leaving it alone, and then it evolves into the Borg.

Why is Spock limping in the pilot?

As to why Spock was limping; It is noted that Spock's limp and the bandages on the various crewmembers are a result of the recent battle on Rigel VII, thus laying to rest all the speculation that Leonard Nimoy was limping because of a real life accident.

Is the Star Trek pilot canon?

The episode and story are canon. You just have to selectively interpret random dialogue in a way that fits in with the 700+ other TV episodes and movies in the franchise and has the pilot make sense in context with the rest of the TREK universe.

Is Christopher Pike still alive?

Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of American author Kevin Christopher McFadden (born November 12, 1955). He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction.

Christopher Pike (author)
Christopher Pike
Born Kevin Christopher McFadden November 12, 1955 New York, New York
Occupation Author
Period 1985–present

Who played Captain Pike?


Anson Mount
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How did Jeffrey Hunter die and how old was he?

42 years (1926–1969)

What are the names of the Star Trek captains?

Star Trek captains: who's the best of all?
  • Captain James T Kirk (William Shatner) Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
  • Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks)
  • Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)
  • Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula)