Thursday, September 15, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 02. Where No Man Has Gone Before


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 02. Where No Man Has Gone Before

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 02. Where No Man Has Gone Before

Season:    1
Air Date:    1966-09-22
Stardate:    1312.4
Writer:    Samuel A. Peeples
Director:    James Goldstone
Guests:    Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell), Sally Kellerman (Doctor Dehner), Lloyd Haynes (Alden), Andrea Dremm (Yeoman Smith), Paul Carr (Lt. Lee Kelso), Paul Fix (Doctor Piper)

The very first Star Trek episode made (not counting the pilot episode, The Cage), although not the first aired. It differs from subsequent episodes in that there is no "Space, the final frontier" voice-over during the theme song at the beginning.

Near the edge of the galaxy, the Enterprise discovers a 200-year-old ship recorder from the SS Valiant. Shortly thereafter, the Enterprise passes through an unknown phenomenon which causes major damage and knocks out navigator Gary Mitchell and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner (both of whom have high ESP ratings). When Gary recovers, he begins to acquire telepathic and telekinetic powers. Kirk, alarmed at the prospect of having his ship taken over by an increasingly powerful and tyranical Mitchell, is convinced by Spock to maroon Mitchell at the lithium cracking plant of Delta Vega. Dr. Piper has no explanation for what is happening. Gary kills Lee Kelso, and escapes from his imprisonment. Kirk follows him and is able to destroy him with the help of Dr. Dehner, who is also beginning to acquire the power, but in the process, kills herself.


Captain's log,
Star date 1312.4.
The impossible has happened.
From directly ahead,
we're picking up a recorded distress signal,
the call letters of a vessel
which has been missing for over two centuries.
Did another Earth ship once probe out of the galaxy
as we intend to do?
What happened to it out there?
Is this some warning they've left behind?
Your move, Captain.
We should have intercepted by now.
The bridge said they'd call.
I'll have you checkmated your next move.
Have I ever mentioned
you play a very irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock?
Ah, yes. One of your Earth emotions.
Certain you don't know what irritation is?
The fact one of my ancestors married a human female--
Terrible having bad blood like that.
[Whistle Blows]
Bridge to briefing lounge.
Object is now within tractor beam range.
No visual contact, Mr. Kelso?
No, sir. It's too small to be a vessel.
It reads about 1 meter in diameter.
Not large enough even for a lifeboat.
Small enough to bring it aboard, sir. lf you want to risk it.
Lock onto it, Mr. Kelso.
Materializer ready, sir.
Bring it aboard.
Old-style ship recorder that could be ejected
when something threatened the ship.
More like destroyed the ship, in this case. Look at it.
Burnt, pitted.
Let's hope its tapes are intact.
- We'll feed it through Mr. Spock's computer. - Yes, sir.
It's begun transmitting, sir.
Flash the bridge! Put all decks on the alert!
[Siren Continues]
Hold it, Jim.
Getting into shape?
Yeah. I figured you weren't on the bridge.
Kelso's voice sounded a little nervous.
Well, uh, you finish the game?
Mmm. He played most illogically.
His next move should have been the rook.
You're relieved, Mr. Alden.
Acknowledged, Mr. Mitchell.
Screen on.
Screen on, sir.
Approaching galaxy edge, sir.
Neutralize warp, Mr. Mitchell.
Hold this position.
Neutralize warp, sir.
Address intercraft.
Intercraft open.
This is the captain speaking.
The object we encountered
is a ship's disaster recorder,
apparently ejected from the S.S. Valiant 200 years ago.
The tapes are burnt out. Trying the memory banks.
We hope to learn from the recorder
what the Valiant was doing here
and what destroyed the vessel.
We'll move out into our probe as soon as we have those answers.
All decks, stand by.
Department heads.
You wanted everybody on the bridge before we left the galaxy.
The name's Smith, sir.
Astro sciences standing by, Captain.
Engineering division ready, as always.
Life sciences ready, sir.
This is Dr. Dehner, who joined the ship
at the Aldebaran colony.
Psychiatry, Captain.
My assignment is to study crew reaction
in emergency conditions.
Getting something from the recorder now.
lf there was an emergency,
I'd be interested in how that crew reacted, too.
Improving the breed, Doctor?
Is that your line?
I heard that's more your specialty, Commander,
line included.
Walking freezer unit.
Decoding memory banks.
I'll try to interpolate.
The Valiant had encountered a magnetic space storm
and was being swept in this direction.
The old impulse engines weren't strong enough.
Swept past this point,
about 1/2 light-year out of the galaxy,
they were thrown clear,
turned, and headed back into the galaxy here.
I'm not getting it all.
The tapes are pretty badly burned.
Sounds like the ship had encountered some unknown force.
Now, orders...
counter orders...
repeated urgent requests
for information from the ship's computer records
for anything concerning ESP in human beings.
Extrasensory perception?
Dr. Dehner, how are you on ESP?
In tests I've taken, my ESP rated high.
I'm asking what you know about ESP.
It is a fact
that some people can sense future happenings,
read the backs of playing cards, and so on,
but the esper capacity is always quite limited.
Severe damage.
Seven crewmen dead.
No, make that six.
One crewman seemed to have recovered.
That's when they became interested
in extrasensory perception.
More than interested,
almost frantic about it.
No, this must be garbled.
I get something about...
I must have read it wrong.
It sounded like the captain giving an order
to destroy his own ship.
The only fact we have for sure
is that the S.S. Valiant was destroyed.
That's probably the best argument
to continue the probe.
Other vessels will be heading out here someday
and they'll have to know what they'll be facing.
We're leaving the galaxy, Mr. Mitchell.
Ahead, warp factor 1.
Force field of some kind.
We're coming up on it fast.
Sensor beam on.
Sensor beam on, sir.
Deflectors full intensity.
Deflectors full intensity.
Deflectors say there's something there,
sensors say there isn't.
Density negative.
Radiation negative.
Energy negative.
Whatever it is, contact in 12 seconds.
Gravitation on automatic.
Emergency stations.
All decks on fire alert.
Neutralize controls.
Kelso, put it on manual.
Any radiation? Anything?
Helmsmen, take us out of here!
Lateral power!
Take damage reports.
Damage control reports, all stations!
Gravity control switching to batteries.
Something, uh... hit me,
like an electrical charge.
He's alive. Appears to be in shock.
Engineering deck 3, can you give damage report?
Sensor beams. Full power on the deflectors.
Main engines are out, sir.
We're on emergency power cells.
Casualties, nine dead.
Gravity is down to .8.
All decks, this is bridge engineering.
Due to emergency conditions...
Gary, are you all right?
I'm a little weak for some reason, Jim,
But I feel all right now.
Captain's log,
Star date 1312.9.
Ship's condition--
heading back on impulse power only.
Main engines burned out.
The ship's space-warp ability--gone.
Earth bases, which were only days away
are now years in the distance.
Our overriding question now is--
what destroyed the Valiant?
They lived through the barrier,
just as we have.
What happened to them after that?
Autopsy report, sir.
Each case showed damage
to the body's neural circuit.
An area of the brain was burned out.
And you-- are you feeling all right?
Yes. Mitchell, too,
Except for his eyes.
We're trying to find a reason for that now,
and why, out of our whole crew, only certain people were affected.
I thinks we've found that answer, Doctor.
You mentioned that tests show
you have a high degree of extrasensory perception.
So do the records of the others.
Gary Mitchell has the highest esper rating of all.
lf you're suggesting there's anything dangerous--
Before the Valiant was destroyed,
its captain was frantically searching
for ESP information on his crew.
Espers are simply people with flashes of insight.
Are there not also those
who seem to see through solid objects,
cause fires to start spontaneously?
There's nothing about it that could possibly make a person dangerous.
Dr. Dehner is speaking of normal ESP power.
Perhaps you know of another kind?
Do we know for sure, Doctor,
that there isn't another kind?
Hello, Jim.
Hey, you look worried.
I've been worried about you
ever since that night on Deneb IV.
Yeah, she was nova, that one.
Not nearly as many aftereffects this time,
except for the eyes.
They stare back at me when I'm shaving.
Do you feel...
any different?
In a way, I feel better than I've ever felt before in my life.
It actually seems to have done me some good.
Well, I'm getting a chance to read
some of that longhair stuff you like.
Hey, man, I remember you back at the academy--
a stack of books with legs.
The first thing I ever heard from upperclassmen
was, ''Watch out for Lieutenant Kirk.
in his class, you either think or sink.''
I wasn't that bad, was I?
lf I hadn't aimed
that little blonde lab technician at you--
You what?
You--you planned that?
Well, you wanted me to think, didn't you?
I outlined her whole campaign for her.
I almost married her!
You better be good to me.
I'm getting even better ideas here.
You? Spinoza?
Once you get into him,
he's rather simple. Childish, almost.
I don't agree with him at all.
Go on.
Hey, I'm trying to tell you I feel fine.
When do I go back on duty?
I'm going to ask Dr. Dehner
to keep you under observation for a while.
With almost a hundred women onboard,
you can do better than that, friend Captain.
Consider it a challenge.
That doesn't seem very friendly.
[Echoing] Didn't I say you'd better...
[Without An Echo] be good to me?
He's reading even faster now
than just a few moments ago.
Is that Gary Mitchell, the one you used to know?
Put a 24-hour watch on the sick bay.
Fullest possible range
of examinations and tests.
Perfect, perfect.
I've never had a patient like you, Gary.
Even the healthiest
are generally off on some reading.
I know you don't particularly like me, Mr. Mitchell,
but since I am assigned here,
can we make the best of it?
I've got nothing against you, Doctor.
Nor against the walking freezer unit?
Well, l, uh... sorry about that.
Women professionals do tend to overcompensate.
Now let's talk about you.
How do you feel?
You know, everybody seems worried
that I don't have some kind of fever or something.
Maybe if we could just change these dials--
Now back to normal, I think.
How did you do that?
I'm not sure, l...
I just thought of making it happen,
and it does. It's--
Hey, uh...
Hey, watch this, Doc.
Stop it. Stop it!
You were dead for almost 22 seconds.
There were no readings at all.
Oh, boy.
You--you know, Doc,
there have been other things, too,
like going halfway through the ship's library
in hardly a day.
Ooh, what's happening to me?
Do you remember everything you read that quickly?
On any tape?
Sure. Yeah.
Try this one.
Page 387.
''My love has wings,
''slender, feathered things
with grace in upswept curve and tapered tip.''
The Nightingale Woman,
written by Tarbolde
on the Canopius planet
back in 1996.
It's funny you picked that one, Doctor.
That's one of the most passionate love sonnets
of the past couple of centuries.
How do you feel, Doctor?
How do you feel?
I just fell. Nothing happened.
Are you sure?
Are you sure?
Um, I was on my coffee break.
I thought I'd check up on--
That's OK, Lee.
Come on in.
Don't let the light in my eyes bother you.
It's all for our...
our good-looking lady doctor here.
Yeah. Sure.
So, uh... so, how go the repairs?
Well, the main engines are gone,
unless we can find some way to re-energize them.
You better check the starboard impulse packs.
Those points have about decayed to lead.
Oh, yeah, sure, Mitch.
I'm not joking, Lee!
You activate those packs,
and you'll blow the whole impulse deck.
I'll, uh, get on it right away.
I just wanted to stop by and make sure you were OK.
See you later.
He's a fool.
A fool.
He'd seen those points,
and he hadn't noticed their condition.
How do you know?
The image of what he'd seen
was still in his mind.
It didn't make any sense that he'd know,
but naturally, I checked out the circuit anyway.
I don't know how, but he was right.
This point is burned out exactly the way he described it.
Sorry I'm late.
I became so interested in observing Gary--
Mr. Mitchell.
Our subject is not Gary Mitchell.
Our concern is what he is mutating into.
I know those from your planet
aren't suppose to have feelings like we do,
but to talk that way
about a man you've worked next to for years--
Enough, Doctor.
I don't think so.
I understand you least of all.
Gary told me you've been friends since he joined the service,
that you asked for him aboard your first command.
It is my duty, whether pleasant or unpleasant,
to listen to the reports, observations,
even speculations, on any subject...
that might affect the safety of this vessel.
And it's my science officer's duty
to see I'm provided with that.
Go ahead, Mr. Spock.
Have you noted evidence of unusual powers?
He can control certain autonomic reflexes.
He reads very fast,
retains more than most of us might consider usual.
Mr. Scott, would you repeat what you just told us?
About an hour ago,
the bridge control started going crazy--
levers shifting by themselves,
buttons being pushed,
instrument readings changing.
And on my monitor screen,
I could see Mitchell smiling
each time it happened,
as if this ship and crew were almost a toy
for his amusement.
Are they right, Doctor?
Has he shown abilities of such magnitude?
I saw some such indications.
And you didn't think it worth mentioning ?
No one's been hurt, have they?
Don't you understand?
A mutated superior man could also be a wonderful thing.
The forerunner of a new and better kind of human being.
Mr. Sulu.
lf you want the mathematics of this,
Mitchell's ability is increasing geometrically.
That is, like having a penny,
doubling it every day.
In a month, you'll be a millionaire.
In less time than that,
he will have attained powers
we can't understand and can't cope with.
Soon we'll be not only useless to him,
but actually an annoyance.
There'll be no discussion of this with the crew.
Thank you.
We'll never reach an Earth base with him aboard.
You heard the mathematics of it.
In a month he'll have as much in common with us
as we'd have with a ship full of white mice.
I need a recommendation, not vague warnings.
Recommendation one--
there's a planet a few light-days away from here, Delta Vega,
It has a lithium cracking station.
We may be able to adapt
some of its power packs to our engines.
And if we can't?
We'll be trapped in orbit there.
We haven't enough power to blast back out.
It is the only way to get Mitchell off this ship.
lf you mean strand Mitchell there, I won't do it!
That station is fully automated.
There's not a soul on the whole planet.
Even the ore ships call only once every 20 years.
Then you have one other choice.
Kill Mitchell while you still can.
Get out of here.
It is your only other choice,
assuming you make it while you still have time.
Will you try for one moment to feel?
At least act like you've got a heart.
We're talking about Gary.
The captain of the Valiant probably felt the same way,
and he waited too long to make his decision.
I think we've both guessed that.
Set course for Delta Vega.
Star date 1313.1.
We're now approaching Delta Vega.
Course set for a standard orbit.
This planet, completely uninhabited,
is slightly smaller than earth,
desolate, but rich in crystal and minerals.
Kelso's task--
transport down with a repair party,
try to regenerate the main engines,
save the ship.
Our task--
transport down a man I've known for 15 years,
and if we're successful,
maroon him there.
I'm thirsty.
It's like a man who has been blind
all of his life,
suddenly being given sight.
Sometimes I feel
there's nothing I couldn't do in time.
Some people think that makes me a monster,
don't they, Jim?
Are you reading all our thoughts, Gary?
I can sense mainly worry in you, Jim.
Safety of your ship.
What would you do in my place?
Probably just what Mr. Spock is thinking now.
Kill me while you can.
Stop it, Gary!
I also know
we're orbiting Delta Vega, Jim.
I can't let you force me down there.
I may not want to leave this ship.
I may want another place.
I'm not sure yet
just what kind of a world I can use.
I don't understand it all yet,
but if I keep growing, getting stronger,
why, the things I could do,
like maybe a god could do.
I want him unconscious for a while.
You fools!
Soon I'll squash you like insects.
Can you do it, Lee?
lf we can bypass the fuel bins
without blowing ourselves up.
There's not a soul on this planet but us?
Nobody but us chickens, Doctor.
I think I've got the 203-R set, Lee.
Good, Alden.
Transport it up with you.
The fuel bins, could they be detonated from here?
A destruct switch?
I guess I could wire one up right there.
Do it.
He's regaining consciousness.
Doctor Piper.
I want only one medical officer here at any one time.
The other will monitor him
on the dispensary screen.
I'd like to stay now,
try to talk to him.
My friend, James Kirk.
remember those rodent things on Dimorus?
The poisoned darts they threw?
I took one meant for you.
And almost died.
I remember.
So why be afraid of me now?
You've been testing your ability
to take over the Enterprise.
In the transporter room,
you said something about us
seeming like insects by comparison,
squashing us, if we got in your way.
I was drugged then.
In the sick bay,
you said if you were in my place,
you'd kill a mutant like yourself.
Why don't you kill me then?
Mr. Spock is right.
You're a fool if you can't see it.
You don't mean that, Gary.
Man cannot survive if a race of true espers is born.
In time you'll understand that.
Gary, don't!
His eyes went back to normal.
Fighting the force field drained his strength.
For a while, he could be handled.
I'll just keep getting stronger.
You know that, don't you?
It fits like a glove, captain.
Did Mr. Spock get the phaser rifle we sent down?
I didn't order any--
Landing party out.
He tried to get through the force field again.
His eyes changed back faster. He didn't become as weak.
Dr. Dehner feels he isn't that dangerous.
What makes you right and a trained psychiatrist wrong?
Because she feels.
I don't. All I know is logic.
We'll be lucky to repair this ship
and get away in time.
Direct to the power bins.
From here, you could blow up this whole valley.
lf Mitchell gets out,
at your discretion, Lee,
if, sitting here, you think you're the last chance,
I want you to hit that button.
Captain's log,
Star date 1313.3.
Note commendations on Lieutenant Kelso
and the engineering staff.
In orbit above us,
the engines of the Enterprise
are almost fully regenerated.
Balance of the landing party
is being transported back up.
whatever he's become,
keeps changing,
growing stronger by the minute.
He's been like that for hours now.
Have Dr. Piper meet us
in the control room with Kelso.
We'll all transport up together.
lf he should try to stop us--
Kelso will be on the destruct button
until the last minute.
I think he knows that.
[Elizabeth] I'm staying behind with him.
Fission chamber 3 checks out.
The station seems to be running fine.
[Scotty] You're a talented thief, Kelso.
Everything you sent up seems to be fitting in place.
I'm proud of the job we've done.
We're gonna be ready to transport--
You're leaving with the ship, Doctor.
He is not evil.
I gave you an order.
You should have killed me while you could, James.
Command and compassion is a fool's mixture.
It hit me, too, whatever it was.
Kelso is dead. Strangled.
At least Spock's alive.
Dr. Dehner?
She went with Mitchell.
Don't give him a pill until after I'm gone.
It's my fault
Mitchell got as far as he did.
Did you see their direction?
Yes. There was some morning light.
They were headed across the valley,
to the left of the pointed peaks.
There's flatlands beyond.
When Mr. Spock recovers,
you'll both transport up immediately to the Enterprise.
But Captain--
lf you have not received a signal from me
within 12 hours,
you'll proceed at maximum warp
to the nearest Earth base
with my recommendation
this entire planet be subjected
to a lethal concentration
of neutron radiation.
No protest on this, Mark.
That's an order.
It would take almost a miracle to survive here.
Then I shall make one.
You'll soon share this feeling, Elizabeth.
To be like God,
to have the power to make the world anything you want it to be.
What's wrong?
A visitor.
A very foolish man.
You'll enjoy being a god, Elizabeth.
Let there be food.
Kaferian apples.
Whenever we visited that planet,
I always favored these.
Can you hear me, James?
You cannot see me. I'm not there.
You follow the right path, James.
You'll come to me soon.
I can see him in my mind, too.
Then go to him, Elizabeth.
Talk to him.
Now that you're changing,
I want you to see
just how unimportant they are.
Yes, it just took a little longer
for it to happen to me.
You must help me.
Before it goes too far.
What he's doing is right
for him and me.
And for humanity?
You're still human--
No, I--
At least partly, you are!
Or you wouldn't be here talking to me.
Earth is really unimportant.
Before long, we'll be where it would have taken mankind
millions of years of learning to reach.
What will Mitchell learn in getting there?
Will he know what to do with his power? Will he acquire the wisdom?
Go back while you still can.
Did you hear him joke about compassion?
Above all else, a god needs compassion.
What do you know about gods?
Then let's talk about humans, about our frailties.
As powerful as he gets,
he'll have that inside him.
Go back!
You were a psychiatrist once.
You know the ugly, savage things we all keep buried,
that none of us dare expose.
But he'll dare.
Who's to stop him? He doesn't need to care.
Be a psychiatrist for one minute longer.
What do you see happening to him?
What's your prognosis, Doctor?
He's coming.
Then watch him.
Hang on to being a human for one minute longer.
I'm disappointed in you, Elizabeth.
I've been contemplating the death
of an old friend.
He deserves a decent burial, at least.
Stop it, Gary.
are for men,
not gods.
A god...
but still driven by human frailty.
Do you like what you see?
Time to pray, Captain.
Pray to me.
To you?
Not to both of you?
Pray that you die easily.
There'll only be one of you in the end.
One jealous god...
if all this makes a god.
Or is it making you something else?
Your last chance, Kirk.
Do you like what you see?
Absolute power corrupting absolutely.
You haven't much time.
Forgive me.
For a moment, James,
but your moment is fading.
I'm sorry.
can't know what it's like to...
be almost a...
From Captain Kirk.
Come in.
Captain's log,
Star date 1313.8.
Add to official losses, Dr. Elizabeth Dehner.
Be it noted she gave her life
in performance of her duty.
Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell.
Same notation.
I want his service record to end that way.
He didn't ask for what happened to him.
I felt for him, too.
I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mr. Spock.

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Episode 02. Where No Man Has Gone Before

When Spock and Kirk are playing chess at the beginning of the episode, Spock actually smiles when he says "One of your Earth emotions". This is a contradiction to the rest of the Star Trek series as Vulcans do have emotions, but they supress them. As this is the second pilot (after "The Cage"), at this point they hadn't established that Vulcans weren't emotionless, or that Spock never smiles except under extreme circumstances.
Although Delta Vega is established to be an uninhabited mining planet and it is only visited "once every 20 years" by freighters it has a fully functional brig complete with forceshield and bed.
When Kirk and Spock watch Gary on the viewscreen reviewing library data, Mitchell just keeps bringing up the same page over and over.
The computer lists a 7" difference in height between Dehner and Mitchell, but when they go into a detention cell you can see they're almost exactly the same height.
Dehner was born stardate 1089.5 (she's age 21) and Mitchell is born 1087.7 (age 23). But...the episode starts on 1312.4 and ends on 1313.8. So does the digit to the left of the decimal indicate day or year - these two uses contradict each other.
In the fight scene between Kirk and Mitchell, William Shatner's stunt double has hair noticeably lighter than Shatner's.
The "bootleg version" of the second TOS pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is actually the version which Roddenberry showed to NBC executives. It was later shown on the World SF Convention in September, 1966. For the television broadcast the episode was changed and was given the standard first season opening.
Kirk's face is cut in the fight with Mitchell and he injures his hand, but when they warp out of orbit his face is unmarked - he's still wearing a bandage on his hand.

The change in Gary and Elizabeth's eyes was accomplished by Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman wearing sparkly contact lenses. They consisted of tinfoil sandwiched between two lenses which covered the entire eye. Wearing the lenses was difficult for Lockwood. He could only see through the lenses by looking down while pointing his head up. Lockwood was able to use this look to convey Mitchell's arrogant attitude.

The familiar colors and positions of the crew had not yet been finalized when this second pilot was shot. The tunics for operations crew are beige instead of red. The locations of the helmsman and navigator are reversed (when Kirk is facing the viewscreen, Mitchell, whom Kirk addresses as "helmsman," is on his right, and Kelso, the navigator, is on his left). Spock is wearing a gold command shirt, not a blue science one. Both Mitchell and Kelso wear beige operations shirts, rather than the gold command shirts later associated with their stations. Smith, the captain's yeoman, wears a gold command shirt, and Lieutenant Alden, the communications officer, wears a blue sciences shirt, rather than the operations shirts most later yeomen and communications officers would wear.
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When Star Trek (1966) was released on Blu-Ray, a promotional Sulu action figure (dressed in the blue uniform he wears in this episode) was offered with purchase of the set.
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The first time in US TV history that a second pilot had to be submitted to convince the network to air it.
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The gap in time between filming this and the rest of the series explains some of the apparent inconsistencies, notably some changes in the Enterprise architecture, the fact that most of the female crewmembers wear trousers and Mr Spock's peculiar yellowish skin tone.
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While the bridge of the Enterprise appears similar, the main viewing screen is very different having a larger border, rounded corners and a narrower aspect ratio more like television at the time of shooting.
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During the opening scene while Kirk and Spock are having a chess match, Spock acknowledges his mixed blood but attributes it to an ancestor in his lineage which in subsequent episodes it was later developed that he was the offspring of a Vulcan male and a human female.
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Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in both this, the second pilot, and the original pilot episode, Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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During filming, the studio was infested with wasps who had built a nest up in the rafters. Sally Kellerman and William Shatner were both stung, the latter on his eyelid which swelled up, causing delays in the filming of some of his scenes.
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According to the Starfleet Access commentary on the Blu-Ray, the remastering crew debated over whether or not to change the middle initial on the "James R. Kirk" tombstone to the proper T. While some members of the crew were for it and some against it, they ultimately decided not to, due to the ridiculous amount of rotoscope work it would have required.
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The only episode in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) does not have the pointed sideburns that he sports throughout the series and films. In this episode, his sideburns are cut normally.
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At the very end of the episode, Scotty is in the helmsman's position for the only time in the series.
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Arlene Martel was originally considered for the role of Dr. Elizabeth Dehner. But Martel had sensitive eyes and there was concern that the silver contact lenses that the role required would have caused damage to them. She later guest starred in Star Trek: Amok Time (1967).
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Gary Mitchell conjures a grave with headstone where he intends to entomb Kirk. The headstone reads "James R. Kirk." Kirk's middle initial was changed to T later in the series, and the full middle name (Tiberius) was revealed in Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) (and carried over into the movies). It wasn't until Star Trek (2009) that it was revealed that "James" comes from Kirk's maternal grandfather, and "Tiberius" from his paternal grandfather.
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Sulu is introduced as a physicist in this episode. But in all other episodes, he is a helmsman.
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Three scripts were submitted to be made as the second pilot episode, this one, Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968). NBC chose this one as they felt it to be the least challenging to viewers.
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This was filmed over one year before it was aired on TV.
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In the book "Q Squared" by Peter David, Gary Mitchell's condition is explained as the spirit of Q taking over his body.
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According to Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman in the book "Inside Star Trek (1966): The Real Story", Andrea Dromm was cast as Yeoman Smith because Gene Roddenberry wanted to "score with her". According to the producers, it was a "non-part" and a "non-score", as well.
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According to the tombstone that the "godly" Gary Mitchell creates for Captain Kirk, we see that Kirk was born on Stardate 1277.4. Of course this information is widely debatable, given the numerous inconsistencies with the first few episodes of this series (such as Kirk's name being James R. Kirk, which later becomes T, etc.).
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This episode was the first Star Trek (1966) episode shown on British TV. It aired on 12 July 1969.
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Both pilots for Star Trek (1966) - Star Trek: The Cage (1986) and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" - were the only episodes not filmed at the Paramount Studio lot in Hollywood. They were filmed at what was the MGM lot, now known as Sony Pictures Culver Studios in Culver City, California.
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Although this is the real pilot episode, it was aired as episode no. 3 after Star Trek: The Man Trap (1966) and Star Trek: Charlie X (1966).
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The photo images of Dr. Dehner's and LCDR Mitchell's medical records reveal part of their home addresses on Earth. Dehner was born in a town called Delman; Mitchell in Eldman. The town names are simple anagrams of each other.
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Kirk says he's been worried about Mitchell "ever since that night on Deneb IV." Coincidentally (or not), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987) takes place on Deneb IV, home of the Bandi.
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This takes place in 2265.
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This is the second pilot of the cult series Star Trek (1966). It was made because Star Trek: The Cage (1986) had been rejected by the NBC executives.
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Spock says that one of his ancestors was Terran, indicating that the writers had not completely worked out his backstory yet. In the very next episode to be filmed, Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966), he was revealed to be the product of a Vulcan father and a Terran mother, an element of the story which became the official, set-in-stone backstory for Spock.
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The phaser rifle that Kirk uses appears for the first and only time in the series. However, it can be seen on many pre-season 1 promotional photos.
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Veteran character actor Paul Fix got the role of the ship's doctor, replacing John Hoyt. Gene Roddenberry wanted to cast DeForest Kelley in the part, whom he originally wanted to play Doctor Boyce in Star Trek: The Cage (1986). Then, he was outruled by director Robert Butler's suggestion. Here again, Fix was recommended by director James Goldstone. Roddenberry thought Fix didn't work out well in the role, and decided that if Star Trek became a weekly series, he would cast Kelley as the ship's doctor.
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This is the only episode of the series in which Scotty appears but McCoy does not.
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The aired version of this episode features a different version of the first season opening credits, which does not have William Shatner's opening narration, and uses a different orchestration of the main and end title themes. These orchestrations were used until mid-season during the original run and the initial syndication showings. However, in the 1980s, Paramount withdrew the prints from syndication and redistributed remastered and pre-cut episodes with standardized opening and closing credit music for the first season (using the Fred Steiner arrangement created for the back half of the season). These remastered prints were also used, in their uncut form, for the video and laserdisc releases. Only this episode was permitted to keep the original Alexander Courage arrangement. The 1999 DVD volumes, and later season sets, however, restored the opening credits to their original form, while leaving the end credits in their altered state (again, except for this episode which remains as originally aired).
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The title is based upon the opening credits introduction. "Space - the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."
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The reason this episode wasn't broadcast first, despite being a pilot, is the network felt it "too expository" in nature, and would not have made a good premiere episode for the series.
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The different title sequence resulted from the fact that the main responsible visual effects director, Darrell Anderson of effects company Howard Anderson Company, suffered a third nervous breakdown, brought on by the stress he was under to deliver the new opticals in time and on budget, as Robert H. Justman recalled when he and Gene Roddenberry came calling in August 1965 on the status of the Enterprise footage for the title sequence, "We had seen maybe six good shots and some others that were partially usable. We had expected many more angles, some of which were badly needed for our series main title. 'Where's all the other shots, Darrell?' Darrell began to shake. He jumped to his feet, screaming, 'You'll never make your first airdate.' Bursting into tears, he ran out of the room, still screaming, 'You'll never make your first airdate! You'll never make your first airdate!' Gene sat there in shock. I raced after Darrell and caught him outside. He was weeping. And no wonder. We later found out he had been working both day and night for months, trying to satisfy our needs. That afternoon, Darrell went to Palm Springs for a rest cure." Roddenberry and Justman managed to compose a title sequence from the footage already shot, the same day. The more sophisticated title sequence was produced (with Anderson returned to his duties) for subsequent showings. Incidentally, Darrell Anderson suffered his second nervous breakdown while working on the second pilot a year previously, from which he needed two weeks to recover.
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Spock carries a laser pistol as first seen in Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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The matte painting of the lithium cracking station was created by matte artist Albert Whitlock for this episode. A still exists showing the entire landing party in the doorway within the matte, but only the shot of Kirk and Dehner ended up being used. The matte painting would later be altered and reused in Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind (1966). The image of the matte painting later appeared on the March 1953 issue of the Incredible Tales magazine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars (1998).
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After NBC saw this episode, they were pleased with the results and decided that Star Trek would be a weekly television series. Gene Roddenberry said that, like Star Trek: The Cage (1986), this still had a lot of science fiction elements in it, but that it was the bare knuckle fist fight between Kirk and the god-like Gary Mitchell that sold NBC on Star Trek (1966).
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The mountainous backdrop painting from Star Trek: The Cage (1986) is reused in this episode.
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In this episode, the helm console from the bridge was moved to the transporter set to double as the transporter console. Thus, the three levers used to "energize" are not yet in place.
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The alert light on the helm console is of a different shape in this episode.
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Gary Lockwood had starred in the title role of Gene Roddenberry's earlier series on NBC, The Lieutenant (1963).
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Ernest Haller was a last-minute hire as cinematographer, after the first pilot's cinematographer, William E. Snyder proved to be unavailable, second choice John L. Russell demanded too much money, and third choice Jack A. Marta was involved in another production which over-ran. Gene Roddenberry questioned the aging Haller's suitability for the role and questioned what experience he had, to which Haller replied, "Well, I did shoot a little film called Gone with the Wind (1939) about thirty years back."
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Although NBC rejected Star Trek: The Cage (1986), they felt that the series concept was strong enough to give Star Trek (1966) a second chance, despite having already spent an exorbitant US$630,000 on the first pilot. The network ordered three scripts, from which they would choose one to be developed into an unprecedented second pilot. The three scripts were Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968) by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) by Roddenberry and Stephen Kandel, and this one by Samuel A. Peeples. The advantage of Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968) was that it showcased Roddenberry's "parallel worlds" concept and could be filmed using existing studio sets on the back lot as well as stock wardrobes. Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) was mainly a shipboard tale and could also be shot using the existing Enterprise sets left over from Star Trek: The Cage (1986). In addition, both required a minimum of new outer space effects shots. However, Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) guest starred "an intergalactic pimp", selling women throughout the galaxy, exactly what NBC didn't want, and Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968) wasn't very good. The network finally chose this, which, although it required many new special effects, sets, props, and costumes, was the most powerful and compelling of the three scripts.
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There is a different, pre-broadcast cut of this episode in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution. This unique cut includes a few brief scenes trimmed from the aired cut of the episode, different opening titles, and a unique opening and closing theme. The alternate themes can be heard on the GNP Crescendo CD Star Trek: Original Series (Volume 1) "The Cage" / "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The pre-broadcast cut was originally available only in bootleg form, although it has been screened at numerous conventions and is now finally available commercially on the Season 3 Blu-Ray set. James Doohan was credited as "Engineer", Paul Fix as "Ship's Doctor", George Takei as "Physicist", and Paul Carr as "Navigator" in the end credits of the original cut.
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Gary Mitchell states that the "Nightingale Woman" poem was written in 1996 and that it is one of the "most passionate love sonnets of the past couple of centuries". Taken literally, this line of dialog seems to suggest that the episode takes place no later than the end of the twenty-second century, which in turn would imply that the Valiant was launched during the twentieth. In reality, the poem ("My love has wings...") was written by Gene Roddenberry about his World War II airplane.
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Robert H. Justman anticipated that the second pilot would take nine days to shoot. However, after Star Trek: The Cage (1986) went severely over schedule and budget, Desilu's "old guard" executives worried about the same situation regarding the second pilot. To avoid these fears, this was scheduled to be filmed in seven days. The "old guards" skeptically expected that it will take ten or even eleven days. Filming began on Monday, 19 July 1965. As expected, filming the pilot went over schedule, finally resulting in eight days and an extra day of shooting pickup shots and "inserts" - nine days, exactly as Justman expected.
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A bit of the transporter chamber was changed from Star Trek: The Cage (1986). The centre of the ceiling was "hollowed out," allowing white light to pour down onto the platform when the "materializer" was not in operation. After this episode, however, the dark, grilled ceiling from Star Trek: The Cage (1986) was restored and remained in place throughout the series.
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In this episode, the sickbay walls are green.
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A large panel seen in the background of the Delta Vega control room was recycled as part of the main engineering set in the series itself.
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This episode features the goose-neck tubes also used in Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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The insignias for Sciences and Engineering divisions were opposite in this episode of what they were in every other episode.
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The communicator Kirk uses at the episode's end to hail the Enterprise is the lucite- encased, circuit board- filled version from Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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It was the first appearance for Trek mainstays Kirk, Sulu, Scott, and Leslie. Other regulars McCoy and Uhura did not appear until the next episode.
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Spock's pointed ears are a bit smaller than in the first pilot, and his eyebrows are severely slanted (yet not as bushy as in Star Trek: The Cage (1986)). Most importantly, his hairstyle is reworked to show the bangs typical of his race - and that of eventual nemeses, the Romulans.
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Gene Roddenberry, Herbert F. Solow, and NBC were all happy about the casting of Lloyd Haynes as communications officer Alden. Haynes was one of the first African-Americans hired to play an important role in a network series pilot. However, he was not rehired for the series itself, as the production staff saw the role as dull and uninteresting.
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This is the only episode where Spock and Scotty wear gold and tan tunics instead of their better known blue and red, respectively.
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Film trickery enabled Kirk, Spock, and Mitchell's elevator ride to look like an actual ride from one deck to another, without relying on editing. When Mitchell jumped in, there was a gray wall outside the door that hid the bridge set. When the doors closed, the wall was removed by the stage crew, and then seconds later, they're on the bridge. The turbolift in the background after this scene sports "double doors" like modern elevators - the inner one is gray and the outer is red. This feature survived into Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966) and at least until Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967), but then was phased out.
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The voices of damage control personnel responding to the emergency situation were reused many times in subsequent episodes. These voices were provided by Gene Roddenberry, Robert H. Justman, Majel Barrett, Herbert F. Solow, and other production staff members, including some from Mission: Impossible (1966). Roddenberry can be heard saying, "Communicator, we need more lines to the impulse deck!" in subsequent episodes.
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Except for the shot of the Enterprise leaving the Barrier - which was shot using the three-foot unlighted model - all other ship fly-bys were produced using the eleven-foot model used in all subsequent episodes. At the time, this model still had no sparkling effects on the front of the nacelles. It also had a larger sensor dish, grilles on the backs of the nacelles, and not as many lighting effects. This footage was re-used in later episodes, often mixed in with shots of the improved model that is on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum gift shop. In the standard side-to-side fly-by, two lights on the angled pylon (which connect the two hulls) go out, followed one second later by two near the shuttlebay.
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The original "bridge zoom-in" Enterprise shot from the beginning of Star Trek: The Cage (1986) is reused from stock footage in this episode, making it the only shot from the original pilot to appear in the second one. The same shot is also used when the Enterprise hits the barrier with added purple background and lightning effects.
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Stock footage of the Enterprise in the barrier was reused in Star Trek: By Any Other Name (1968) and Star Trek: Is There in Truth No Beauty? (1968).
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This is the first time long-running background actor Eddie Paskey appeared; his character would later be identified as Lt. Leslie.
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The episode cost around $300,000, around half the money spent on making Star Trek: The Cage (1986).
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The final footage filmed was part of the fight between Kirk and Mitchell.
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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Star Trek (1966) in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.
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"Where No Man Has Gone Before" was the second episode to be adapted into Fotonovel format. (Live-action stills presented in comic-book format, complete with dialogue "bubbles".)
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This episode sets the original series record for Enterprise crew members killed: twelve (Mitchell, Dehner, Kelso, and the nine who Spock says died when crossing the galactic barrier).
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The gravestone Mitchell creates for Kirk says "James R. Kirk". According to D.C. Fontana, when the mistake was discovered, Gene Roddenberry decided that if pressed for an answer on the discrepancy, the response was to be "Gary Mitchell had godlike powers, but at base he was Human. He made a mistake." The gravestone also suggests that an important event marked "C" took place on stardate 1277.1; Kirk may have assumed command of the Enterprise on this stardate.
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When Kirk, Spock, and Mitchell emerge from the turbolift, the main viewscreen can be seen in its "off" setting - a kind of "psychedelic" visual effect that was never used again.

Their crew files show that Mitchell and Dehner were born in cities called "Delman" and "Eldman."

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