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“His mind is as active as yours and mine but it’s trapped inside a useless, vegetating body. He’s kept alive mechanically - a battery-driven heart.” — Commodore Mendez

Indulge your inner Trekkie and join me for some vintage Star Trek, as I examine the weird disability themes and depictions in “The Cage” and “The Menagerie,” centering on Captain Christopher Pike and the planet Talos IV. Is an intolerable cage for us an escape for a disabled man?

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Star Trek (IMDB)
Season 1, Episode 1 and Episodes 12 & 13, view on Netflix

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