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Old September 4 2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

Many props from TOS have been identified as "found items." Has anyone figured out the exact type of TV that was in Pike's quarters in "The Cage?"
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Old September 4 2013, 06:23 AM   #2
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

I can't answer that, but he was probably catching Mission: Impossible and Bewitched on the Galaxy 1 Network.
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Old September 4 2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

For what it's worth, the "TV" appears in Pazo Guzman's concept sketch of Pike's cabin.

Though, that doesn't necessarily mean it wasn't an item that Desilu already had sitting around, I suppose. Has the set ever been spotted in a previous Desilu production?
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Old September 4 2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

Here is a behind-the scenes shot so that everybody knows what it is that's being talked about: http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...unter_pike.jpg

I have no idea how Pike could have possibly watched anything on that monitor lying in bed...

But it's an interesting predecessor to the yet to come triangular briefing room viewscreen monitor.

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Old September 4 2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

The "TV" was almost certainly a dummy, a stock piece of set dressing and not meant to represent any specific make of television set.
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Old September 4 2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

A little known thing about Capt Pike was that he collected early 1960s electronics.
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Old September 4 2013, 03:45 PM   #7
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

^^

But seriously, what about the chances we are looking at a last minute change on behalf of the gooseneck viewers?

As an intercom device the TV set in Pike's cabin must have looked lame ("So they have TV aboard their starship, great") compared to these 007-type miniature viewers.

And somehow that idea must have stuck with them (miniature screens are more futuristic). The briefing room in "The Corbomite Maneuver" had a wall mounted flat screen, but instead they looked at the triangular viewscreen on the room's table.

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Old September 4 2013, 03:51 PM   #8
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
Here is a behind-the scenes shot so that everybody knows what it is that's being talked about: http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...unter_pike.jpg
Thanks for posting that pic. I had never noticed that before.
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Old September 4 2013, 04:50 PM   #9
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

To me the TV console looks too finely made to be a TV prop, more like a found piece. I tried googling "60's TV Console" but didn't find it. Did see this one which is kind of interesting...

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Old September 4 2013, 05:00 PM   #10
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

Pike kept that big monitor in his room tuned to Yeoman Colt's quarters.
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Old September 4 2013, 06:34 PM   #11
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Maybe he had a taste for crappy old late-20th-century movies, like Star Trek V.
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Old September 4 2013, 08:59 PM   #12
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

<< ^^ The direction your avatar is looking strongly suggests otherwise.

@ HarryM

This German "Kuba Music & TV Box" apparently inspired the German science fiction miniseries Space Patrol, which aired around the same time as the first TOS episodes (and had a similar and serious approach to the genre). Great find!

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Old September 4 2013, 09:03 PM   #13
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

BoredShipCapt'n wrote: View Post
Maybe he had a taste for crappy old late-20th-century movies, like Star Trek V.
Hence the line, "I've had it, Phil."
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Old September 4 2013, 11:13 PM   #14
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

Also note his hat sitting on top of the TV.
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Old September 5 2013, 12:10 AM   #15
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Re: Pike's "TV" in "The Cage"

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Also note his hat sitting on top of the TV.
A bit more about Pike's utility cover is here:

http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/?p=2030
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