The second “Star Trek” pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” was directed by James Goldstone. Televised on Thursday, 22 Sep. 1966, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was the third episode of the original “Star Trek” series to hit American television screens.
After NBC rejected “The Cage” because of a lack of “action,” Desilu Productions co-owner Lucille Ball successfully persuaded NBC executives to afford “Star Trek” series creator Gene Roddenberry the opportunity to submit a second pilot episode for their consideration.
In this second pilot, Roddenberry was able to address the concerns NBC had about the first pilot the series creator submitted to NBC for its perusal.
With a teleplay written by Samuel A. Peeples, this second pilot was filmed in July 1965. Relative to the original cast Trekkers have come to know as the original Enterprise crew, this was the first episode to feature William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and James Doohan as Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Sulu and Scott, respectively.
If you are wondering where DeForest Kelley’s Dr. McCoy, Nichelle Nichols’ Uhura and Grace Lee Whitney’s Yeoman Janice Rand are, you should know the episodes were not televised in filming order. As for Chekov, played by Walter Koenig, he does not show up on the bridge of the Enterprise until the season two Joseph Pevney directed premiere “Amok Time.”
After brining the damaged flight recorder of the 200-year-old U.S.S. Valiant aboard the Enterprise, Mr. Spock accesses the information stored on the device.
After careful examination, the Vulcan science officer discovers a terrifying truth that awaits the Enterprising crew.
Mr. Spock learns the U.S.S. Valiant encountered a huge magnetic story at the edge of the galaxy, the same one Kirk’s ship happens upon.
In the British Isles, inclusive of “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” three “Star Trek” episodes were released for purchase on the same VHS cassette. The other two episodes included on the same cassette were the Robert Butler directed “The Cage” and the Joseph Sargent directed “The Corbomite Maneuver.”
The episodes released on this first British VHS cassette corresponds with the production order rather than the order in which each episode was originally televised.
As a side note, the title of this article is “Star Trek: S1.E4. ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’” because it makes consideration for “The Cage” as the first episode created.