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Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before

When the Enterprise attempts to penetrate the galactic barrier, they are thrown back and one of the crew, Kirk's friend Gary Mitchell, gains godlike powers and threatens the entire ship. Kirk must decide whether to kill him or strand him... before it becomes too late to do anything.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 6149-02
Airdate: Thursday September 22nd, 1966

Starring Roles
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Guest Stars
Gary LockwoodGary Lockwood
As Lt. Cmdr Gary Mitchell
Sally KellermanSally Kellerman
As Dr. Elizabeth Dehner
Lloyd HaynesLloyd Haynes
As Lt. Lloyd Alden
Andrea DrommAndrea Dromm
As Yeoman Smith
Paul CarrPaul Carr
As Lt. Lee Kelso
Paul FixPaul Fix
As Dr. Piper

Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Gene RoddenberryGene Roddenberry
voiced Damage Control
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Damage Control
Robert H. JustmanRobert H. Justman
voiced Damage Control
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock


The Enterprise is exploring the outer edges of the galaxy when it picks up a recorded distress signal. They intercept the probe and beam it aboard, and discover it’s an old-style distress beacon from the S.S. Valiant, lost decades ago. As the ship prepares to breach the barrier at the edge of the galaxy, Spock determines that the Valiant impacted the barrier and was thrown back, then… something happened aboard. The crew researched ESP, and the captain was forced to order self-destruct...

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Episode Notes
This episode was the second pilot filmed for the network to try and sell the series.

Leonard Nimoy (Spock) is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the first pilot, "The Cage".

The Enterprise sets used in this episode were originally built for "The Cage".

This is the only appearance of the phaser rifle on the series.

This is the only episode in which Leonard Nimoy (Spock) wears a gold uniform instead of his standard blue one.

This is the only episode of the series in which James Doohan] (Scotty) appears but DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) does not.

Mitchell mentions that he once steered a "little blond lab technician" over to Kirk whom he nearly later married. Many fans believe this to be Dr. Carol Marcus, one of Kirk's many ex-lovers and a major character in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

Roddenberry intended to use "Rice" as Kirk's middle name, explaining why the initial R appears on the tombstone. Roddenberry included a character named Rice in his previous shows.

Episode Quotes
Kirk: Mr. Spock, has anyone ever told you that you play a very irritating game of chess?
Spock: "Irritating"? Ah, yes, one of your Earth emotions.
(Kirk makes a threatening move)
Kirk: Certain you don't know what irritation is?
Spock: The fact that one of my ancestors married a human female...
Kirk: Terrible having bad blood like that.

Spock: (Captain Kirk) played most illogically - his next move should have been the rook.

Dehner: lf there was an emergency, I'd be interested in how that crew reacted, too.
Mitchell: Improving the breed, Doctor?
Dehner: Is that your line? I heard that's more your specialty, Commander, line included. (walks away)
Mitchell: Walking freezer unit.

Mitchell: Hey, man, I remember you back at the Academy; a stack of books with legs! The only thing I ever heard from an upperclassman was, "Watch out for Lt. Kirk! In his class, you either think, or sink!"
Kirk: I wasn't that bad, was I?
Mitchell: If I hadn't aimed that little blond technician at you...
Kirk: You what?! You...you planned that?
Mitchell: Well, you wanted me to think, didn't you? I outlined her whole campaign for her!
Kirk: I almost married her!
Mitchell: Better be good to me. I'm getting even better ideas here.

Dehner: Women professionals do tend to over-compensate.

Dehner: A mutated, superior man could also be a wonderful thing... the forerunner of a new and better kind of human being!

Kirk: Dr. Dehner feels he isn't that dangerous – what makes you right and a trained psychiatrist wrong?
Spock: Because she feels--I don't. All I know is logic. In my opinion, we'll be lucky to repair the ship and get away in time.

Mitchell: You should have killed me while you could, James... command and compassion are a fool's mixture.

Mitchell: Time to pray, Captain. Pray to me.
Kirk: To you? Not to both of you?
Mitchell: Pray that you die easily.
Kirk: 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?
Mitchell: Your last chance, Kirk.
Kirk: Do you like what you see? Absolute power corrupting absolutely.

Kirk: I want (Mitchell's) service record to end that way. He didn't ask for what happened to him.
Spock: I felt for him, too.
Kirk: I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mr. Spock.

Episode Goofs
On the headstone created for him by Mitchell, the name reads "James R. Kirk." In numerous later episodes, his middle initial was revealed to be "T".

Episode References
This episode boasts the highest number of Enterprise fatalities at 12: the nine dead crewmen at the beginning, Kelso, Dehner, and Mitchell.

Although never made official, it is commonly assumed that the "blonde lab technician" referenced here is Dr. Carol Marcus, who Kirk later ends up having a son with. The non-canon novels make reference to this "fact."

What Changed in the Remastered Version
Opening and closing shots feature the Enterprise (CGI model) transiting a nicely crafted nebular cloud. The Galactic Barrier gets a very impressive CGI enhancement. So do the orbital view and surface shots on Delta Vega, with cloud effects and better matte shots contributing to a more realistic planetary surface feel. The establishing shot of the lithium cracking station gets some animation showing Kirk and Dehner entering the facility, linking the scene to the preceding scene more naturally. The phaser rifle shot at Mitchell gets an upgrade featuring a more solid beam and a multicolored splash.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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