- This page details Christopher Pike in the mirror universe; for Christopher Pike in the primary universe see Christopher Pike; for Christopher Pike in the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion see Christopher Pike (alternate reality); for Christopher Pike in all other alternate universes see Christopher Pike (alternates).
Captain Pike in 2264
|Full Name:||Christopher Pike|
|Affiliation:|| Terran Empire,|
|Final Assignment:|| CO,|
The Talosian IncidentEdit
At Pike's reluctant command, the Enterprise diverted and traced the signal to the crash site of the ISS Columbia on Talos IV. After an initial encounter with supposed survivors, including an out-of-place young beauty named Vina, it was revealed that the native Talosians had used telepathy to create the illusion of an encampment; all the survivors except Vina were dead.
Pike was overpowered and kidnapped, and placed in a Talosian zoo where they attempted to get him to mate with Vina to create a population of illusion-controlled Human servants. They forced Pike to relive old memories and placed him in illusionary scenarios of lives he could have if he abandoned his career as a starship captain. The scenarios including reliving the fight on Rigel VII, a picnic on Earth with his favorite horse Tango, and an illusory day in the life of an Orion slave-trader dealing in green animal women. When Pike refused to mate with Vina, the Talosians began to take steps to convince Pike to breed with other females of his crew; to this end, captain´s woman J.M. Colt and Pike's first officer, Number One, were captured.
Pike managed to capture and hold captive a Talosian inside his cell. Pike then threatened to break the Talosian's neck if he resisted, and all the illusions ceased from that point forward. Pike proceeded to kill the Talosian. Escaping with the others to the outside of the Talosian complex, Pike had Number One set a phaser to overload, in an effort to make a statement to the Talosians about holding humans captive. The Talosians believed this violent reaction made humans unsuitable for breeding and agreed. Vina's true appearance was then revealed, and Pike convinced the Talosians to restore her illusion of health and beauty while letting himself and his crew members go free. After being set free, he ordered the Enterprise to begin the orbital bombardment of the Talos IV and kidnapped Vina, who remained in her illusion of health. He then sent a message to the Talosians telling them that he would stop bombarding them if they would let Vina remain in her illusionary state forever. The Talosians agreed, and he left the planet. He made Vina (in her illusional form) his captain´s woman. Although the experience with the illusory worlds restored Pike's confidence in his command, it was recommended that all contact with the Talosians' powers be restricted. General Order 7 was enacted, threatening the death penalty should any travel there, for fear of the Empire falling to illusory indulgence.
Kirk and assassinationEdit
In 2264, James T. Kirk reported on board the Enterprise as Pike's new first officer, and would maintain that position for the next two years. Kirk remained as first officer under Pike until 2266, when he finally had an opportunity to kill him. While out on patrol, the Enterprise encountered the First Federation vessel Fesarius, commanded by Commander Balok. Pike wanted to claim the vast Fesarius for himself and sent Kirk and a landing party over to acquire the vessel. They were greeted by Balok, but Kirk simply killed him and raided his laboratory for any useful technology. One piece of technology that he came across was the Tantalus field, which Kirk was able to use to assassinate Pike and assume command of the Enterprise.
- The short story "The Greater Good" provided an alternate version of Pike's career and assassination. In that story, Pike was a pretty boy who had been pushed into the command track by Starfleet in order to put a positive face on the fleet. Pike then encountered the Talosians and was destroyed mentally, with the Talosians deciding to use him as a spy inside of Starfleet. In exchange, the Talosians helped Pike maintain his outwardly youthful experience, despite Pike's plunge into alcoholism. Kirk, with the assistance of Spock, discovered what had happened and killed Pike using the Tantalus device in 2264.
Following Pike's assassination, James T. Kirk became the captain of the Enterprise.