You've heard about the original pilot episode for Star Trek, right? The one that didn't even feature Captain Kirk and had a Spock that was anything but reserved. It's called The Cage and saw Jeffrey Hunter take on the lead role of Captain Christopher Pike. Spock wasn't First Officer (that role was filled by Gene Roddenberry's wife Majel Barrett) and lasers were used rather than phasers.
It was made in 1965 and 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.
While the pilot Kirk-less episode remained under lock and key for some time it was eventually released to the public and eager Star Trek fans from around the world feasted their eyes on the Star Trek that could have been. But, if you're one of the few who hasn't seen the episode yet, what better time to change that?
Celebrate 50 years of Star Trek by watch its original pilot The Cage in full here - or a few choice scenes below - and let us know what you think in the comments.