Pre-Captain Kirk Star Trek Pilot Epitomizes Series
One of the best episodes of Star Trek ever made didn't even have Captain Kirk in it. 'The Cage' tells the story of how Captain Christopher Pike leads a rescue mission to a distant planet where a Federation starship has crashed. There, the crew discovers the survivors are now the prisoners of an alien race, and they too are soon captured.
While none of the familiar Enterprise crew, except Spock appear in this episode, it features some of the greatest things about the series, most notably the indomitable human spirit.