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Where No Man Has Gone Before 

The flight recorder of the 200-year-old U.S.S. Valiant relays a tale of terror--a magnetic storm at the edge of the galaxy!


James Goldstone


Samuel A. Peeples, Gene Roddenberry (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Gary Lockwood ... Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell
Sally Kellerman ... Dr. Elizabeth Dehner
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Lloyd Haynes ... Alden
Andrea Dromm ... Yeoman Smith
Paul Carr ... Lt. Lee Kelso
Paul Fix ... Doctor Piper


When the Enterprise attempts to penetrate a space barrier, it is damaged and creates a potentially worse problem. Two crew members, including Kirk's best friend, gain psionic powers that are growing exponentially. This leaves Captain Kirk with the difficult choice; either marooning them or killing before they get so powerful they lose their humanity and become truly dangerous. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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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, and music from Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1986), 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. See more »


There is a struggle with Mitchell before is made unconscious and it is obvious that he doesn't have an undershirt on. For the rest of the show, he - and his stunt double - are seen to have an undershirt. See more »


Dr. Dehner: Don't you understand? A mutated, superior man could also be a wonderful thing!
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Alternate Versions

The original version of the pilot, produced to convince NBC to buy "Star Trek" as a series, runs approximately 5 minutes longer and has a different introduction, several additional lines of dialogue and reaction shots, transitional introductions a la Quinn Martin ("Act I", "Act II", etc.), and different opening and closing credits. This has never been shown on television, but has circulated among "Star Trek" fans worldwide. It has been unofficially released on public domain videos. See more »


Theme from Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Chunky Roll-Necks Ahoy!!
28 January 2006 | by marcusedenellisSee all my reviews

I am re-visiting the first season of the original series a long time after my first viewings. I watched Man Trap and then Charlie X and everything was bumping along nicely. I was enjoying the gradual build of characters and sets... and then I watched this episode.

I found >Where No Man Has Gone Before> far more fascinating from a historical ST developmental point of view, than I did for the story. In essence the story is workmanlike and solidly performed and does pick up some pace toward the end. But what keeps your eyes on the screen is the first incarnation of Spock, those chunky roll-neck sweaters that pass as uniforms and the marvellously wooden acting of some of the supporting players. (Check out the early scene where the Heads of Section arrive on the bridge - they come on in tight formation and remain that way for the next ten minutes...)..

This is an essential episode for any true admirer of the ST universe - this is where it really kicked off!

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22 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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