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"The Cage" graphics
- Joined: 29 Apr 2007, 15:38
The first Star Trek pilot “The Cage” was a great show which has become a classic. One of the interesting features of the bridge set from the pilot was the use of rotating images projected on the overhead display screens. These image changes can be seen during the episode as if to be displaying important data but in reality the effect was accomplished by a guy behind the display with a slide project just randomly projecting images from a box of slides. The effect was eliminated after the first pilot because according to Bob Justman; the union demanded that the slide projector operator had to be a union member and the Star Trek budget wouldn’t allow for the salary of such union worker so the effect was eliminated as a cost saving measure. Too bad really because the background movement really adds life to those upper display screens. Sadly they were replaced by static star fields or in some cases early on; splashes of colored light.If you pay close attention to the slides you may notice some familiar looking images and some not familiar mixed in with various space scenes. A majority of the slide images were simply photographs of the various smaller bridge displays at each console and also an image of the turbolift graphic (of the Enterprise). There are three additional images which are displayed but were not any of the existing bridge displays and were not seen again after this episode. Next time you watch “The Cage” notice the images and you will see what I mean!!
Behind the overhead screen on the bridge during the filming of "The Cage." Notice the box of slides on the bottom RH side. Boy what I would give to have those slides!!
"CG 1" was a unique graphic only seen in this episode; "CG 2" however was the Environmental 7 display.
Recreation of "CG1"
The Environmental-7 console display which was photographed and projected as "CG 2"
Both "CG 3" and "CG 4" were photographs of two of the Engineering console displays
A better view of the Enginnering-3 console displayed which doubled for "CG 3" on the overhead screen
This display used for "CG 4" should look familiar since it's distinctive appearance was regularly seen on the Enginnering console in the fourth display which can clearly be seen in the below screen cap.
"CG 5" was a unique graphic only seen in "The Cage"
A recreation of "CG 5"
This screen cap shows a repeat of "CG 1" along with "CG 6" which was actually a photograph of the Engineering Sub Station console number 2 display.
The Engineering Sub Station-2 graphic which was substituted for "CG 6" in the first pilot
"CG 7" was actually a photograph of the ship diagram near the turbolift.
The turbolift graphic (and "CG 7"
"CG 8" was the rarely seen Defense-4 console display. We can determine that because the angle of the red strip is unique on all four of the displays with the solid yellow background
The Defense-4 console display which was substituted for the "CG 8" display. This same graphic with a different red stripe was also the Environmental-1 console display which had a prominent close-up scene in the teaser of the first season episode "The Galileo Seven" in the shuttlecraft (although the display was not actually in the shuttlecraft but on the bridge)
"CG 9" is perhaps the most unique of all of the displays that we saw in Star Trek.
This is a somewhat bizarre looking graphic which was only seen in "The Cage" . . . interesting!
Thanks to the improvements in resolution that Star Trek continues to be released in; more and more information can be found!!! I am looking forward to 4k!!!!
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