Christopher Pike

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Captain Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is a fictional character in Star Trek. He appeared in the pilot episode The Cage as captain of the USS Enterprise, and was then played by Jeffrey Hunter. This pilot was rejected; another was made, and the character of Pike was dropped after Hunter decided that he did not want to continue with the franchise.

He also appeared in the episode The Menagerie, which recycled footage from the pilot episode and dealt with the consequences of Pike's actions in the pilot on the planet Talos IV. In the years since Pike's visit to that planet, his health has deteriorated rapidly: a malfunctioning spaceship's engines have blasted Pike with heavy doses of delta ray radiation. Pike, now a Fleet Captain, is confined to a wheelchair, and he was played by Sean Kenney in this second appearance. The character ended up living on Talos IV permanently, still crippled, but given the illusion of perfect health.

The Christopher Pike Medal of Valor was named in his honor. The award was bestowed on Captain Benjamin Sisko for his leading of the recapture of space station Deep Space Nine.

A shuttlecraft named the Pike was carried aboard the USS Enterprise-D.

In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode In a Mirror, Darkly, the Mirror Universe version of Charles 'Trip' Tucker was, like Pike, exposed to heavy delta ray radiation - the alternate Trip even sports facial scars similar to the crippled Pike.

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