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Star Trek: "The Cage" - original voice of the Keeper
February 4, 2012
Malachi Throne's original voice performance as the Talosian Magistrate in the 1,964 Star Trek pilot, recorded at a public screening in 1,982. Audience reactions can be heard occasionally, particularly in response to dialogue not included in "The Menagerie," since very few people had seen "The Cage" at that time.
It seems odd that a project called a film "restoration" should show so little interest in restoring the original sound, but both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of "The Cage" have used the pitch-modulated version of the Keeper's voice. This video is therefore intended to preserve the historical record in hope that the film will eventually be released in its original form.
Other variations between the original pilot and the "restored" version include subtle differences in pacing, such as longer pauses which are edited out here for the sake of synchronization; and some additional dialogue from Captain Pike, which is included here over a still frame.
This is a corrected version of a video posted earlier. The overall pitch of the first version was slightly low, only by about 1/5 semitone, but enough to make a noticeable difference in the characteristics of voices.
The line "A curious species -- they have fantasies they hide even from themselves" is not included here because it was most likely spoken by the second Talosian and pitch-altered for the DVD by mistake. It is available in its original form on the Roddenberry-introduced B&W-color edition of "The Cage."
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