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Where No Man Has Gone Before (episode)

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While exploring the energy barrier at galaxy's edge that crippled an earlier ship, Kirk's long-time friend and crewmate Gary Mitchell begins mutating into a god-like entity disdainful of the "mortals" around him. ( Second pilot )

  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.1 The second pilot
  • 4.2 Story and script
  • 4.3 Production
  • 4.4 Sets and props
  • 4.5 Cast and characters
  • 4.6 Effects
  • 4.7 Preview
  • 4.8 Reception
  • 4.9 Apocrypha
  • 4.10 Remastered information
  • 4.11 Production timeline
  • 4.12 Video and DVD releases
  • 5.1 Starring
  • 5.2 Also starring
  • 5.3 Guest stars
  • 5.4 Featuring
  • 5.5 Uncredited co-stars
  • 5.6 Stunt doubles
  • 5.7.1 S/COMS references
  • 5.7.2 Unused references
  • 5.8 External links

Summary [ ]

Kirk and Spock in briefing lounge playing chess

" I'll have you checkmated your next move… "

In the briefing lounge , Captain James T. Kirk and Lieutenant Commander Spock are playing three-dimensional chess . Spock warns the captain that he's about to checkmate him on his next move, but the captain is preoccupied with awaiting the bridge 's update on the unexplained Earth-vessel distress signal. The captain notes that Spock plays a very "irritating game of chess", to which Spock responds with " Irritating? Ah yes, one of your Earth emotions . " Captain Kirk makes a move that surprises Spock, and smiles, to which Spock simply turns to look at him. " Certain you don't know what irritation is? " Kirk says wryly. As Spock begins to state that despite the fact that one of his ancestors married a Human female , Kirk interrupts him and jokingly chides him, saying it must be terrible to have bad blood like that. Just afterward then, a call comes over the comm. Navigator Lieutenant Lee Kelso informs the captain that the object is now within tractor beam range, and that it is only about a meter in diameter, too small to be a vessel or an escape pod . Kirk tells him to lock on to it, and the two of them head out.

SS Valiant's disaster recorder

SS Valiant disaster recorder

In the transporter room , Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott is fine tuning the transporter , preparing to beam the object aboard. Kirk gives the order, and Scott transports the device into the transporter chamber. The captain immediately recognizes it as an old-style ship recorder , one that would be ejected in the event of an emergency. Spock agrees, but states that, based on the level of damage the object seems to have sustained, something must have destroyed the ship. Scott tries to feed the tapes into the computer when the marker begins transmitting a signal. Captain Kirk orders red alert , and the crew go to their stations.

Act One [ ]

Throughout the ship, the crew is reporting to their emergency stations. Kirk and Spock enter a turbolift to go to the bridge, and Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell enters just as the doors are closing. Kirk and Mitchell joke about Kelso sounding nervous, and Spock's chess skills, showing that they're comfortable being around each other even in times of red alert.

USS Enterprise approaches galactic barrier, remastered

The Enterprise approaches the barrier

The three officers enter the bridge, Mitchell taking his station as Spock scans for the message. As they approach the edge of the galaxy, Kirk orders all stop. Captain Kirk announces ship-wide that what they picked up was a disaster recorder launched from the SS Valiant two hundred years prior . Department heads report to the bridge as ordered, and Captain Kirk is given introductions. Smith , whom he mistakenly addresses as " Jones ", is his new yeoman . Sulu reports astrosciences ready, Scott reports the engineering division ready, "as always", and Chief Medical Officer Doctor Mark Piper reports life sciences ready, then introduces the USS Enterprise 's new psychiatrist , Dr. Elizabeth Dehner , who came aboard the vessel back at the Aldebaron Colony to study the long-term effects of space travel on the crew. Spock points out he's been able to get a signal from the recorder, as Mitchell tries to flirt with Dr. Dehner, who rebuffs him only to overhear him call her a "walking freezer unit".

Spock interprets the Valiant 's message: that they had encountered a magnetic storm and were pulled out of the galaxy, and that the crew accessed computer records on " ESP " in Humans , frantic to find information about it. The captain asks Dr. Dehner her opinion, and she mistakes the question as asking whether she has ESP. She reports that there are some Humans who can see "backs of playing cards and so on", but it is never very powerful. Spock goes on to explain that several crewmen had died aboard the Valiant , which had suffered severe damage. The Valiant crew continued researching ESP, until it seems the captain ordered a self-destruct . As future vessels will someday be coming out this far into space, Captain Kirk decides to go ahead anyway and engages warp factor 1.

Gary Mitchell contacts barrier energy

Mitchell is struck

The crew reacts with mixed emotions as the Enterprise heads out of the Milky Way Galaxy . The ship encounters a strange field and Spock orders a full array of scans – deflectors indicating something in front of them while sensors say there's nothing. Smith and Mitchell hold hands to comfort each other as the ship enters the field. Flashes of light fill the bridge and electric discharges penetrate the hull , causing several consoles to explode. Kirk orders Mitchell to reverse course, but, before he can carry out the order, Dr. Dehner and he are struck by a mysterious electric charge which drops them to the deck. With no one in control of the Enterprise , Spock dashes over to the helm console and pilots the starship clear of the energy field.

Taking damage reports, Spock informs Kirk that main power is out, the Enterprise is on emergency power cells, and nine crewmen are dead. Captain Kirk tends to Dehner and Mitchell, only to find that while Mitchell feels a little weak, his eyes are glowing an eerie silver…

Act Two [ ]

Kelso, Alden and Kirk repair helm

Alden and Kelso repair the helm console as Kirk looks on

Captain Kirk, while supervising repairs being made to the bridge, proceeds to the science station where he finds Spock reviewing medical records of the dead crew members, and the crew members who survived but seem to have been affected in some way. Spock is looking at ESP ratings of Dr. Dehner and Gary Mitchell. Both of the officers had high scores on ESP tests given by Starfleet Medical , Mitchell's having ultimately read as the highest in the crew.

Dr. Dehner approaches Captain Kirk and provides an autopsy report of the nine dead crew members. She mentions that in all cases, there was damage to a specific region of the brain. Kirk shares the fact that all of the dead crew members, as well as Dehner and Mitchell, had high ESP ratings. Spock also mentions that the captain of the Valiant was frantically searching through their records for information on ESP. Spock then reports that the Valiant 's captain seems to have given a self-destruct order. Dehner defends those with ESP, stating that the ability is not harmful. Spock, however, reminds the doctor that there are the more extreme (and dangerous) abilities of ESP, such as the ability to see through solid objects or cause spontaneous combustion.

In sickbay , Mitchell is reading text on a viewer, trying to pass the time. Kirk enters the room, and Mitchell greets him by name without actually looking to see who it is. Kirk and Mitchell talk about some past experiences; it is obvious they have known each other well for many years. Mitchell mentions that he feels better now than he's ever felt in his life, and he's catching up on his reading, including Spinoza, which surprises Kirk. Mitchell finds Spinoza simple, almost childish, to him. The two continue to reminisce about their days at Starfleet Academy and Mitchell says that he "aimed that little blonde lab technician" at Jim. Kirk replies, " You planned that?!? I almost married her. "

Gary Mitchell in sickbay bed

" Is that Gary Mitchell? The one you used to know? "

Kirk informs Mitchell that he's assigned Dr. Dehner to work with him. Mitchell doesn't seem happy, since Mitchell and Dehner have already gotten off to a tense start. As Kirk moves to leave, Mitchell, in an echoing voice, says, " Didn't I say you'd better be good to me? ", prompting Kirk to pause and eye him with uncertainty.

Once Kirk leaves the room, Mitchell continues reading books on the viewer, at a steadily-increasing rate that soon far exceeds normal pace; the on-screen pages are nothing but a black-and-white blur. Kirk enters the bridge to find Spock monitoring Mitchell's viewer. Kirk assigns 24-hour security to keep an eye on Mitchell. Kirk approaches the science station viewer to look closely at Mitchell, and Mitchell looks directly at the security camera, seemingly aware that Kirk is watching him.

Dr. Dehner enters sickbay and acknowledges the fact that she realizes that Mitchell doesn't like her very much. He apologizes to her for calling her a "walking freezer unit." She asks him how he feels. Mitchell jokingly says that everyone thinks that he should have a fever or something and proceeds to change the vital signs monitor in sickbay with his mind. Then, he makes the readings show that he is dead. All indicators fall to zero, to Dr. Dehner's surprise and horror. Moments later, Mitchell awakens, and starts telling Dr. Dehner of some of his other abilities, like being able to read quickly, going through half of the Enterprise 's database in less than a day.

Dr. Dehner decides to test his memory, and shows Mitchell the title of a record tape, asking him to recite what's on page 387. Mitchell recites, " My love has wings, slender feathered things with grace and upswept curve and tapered tip " from the poem " Nightingale Woman ", written by Tarbolde on the Canopus planet back in 1996 . Mitchell wonders out loud why she happened to choose that particular poem, which is considered to be one of the most passionate poems written in recent centuries. He then pulls Dehner close to him, and asks her how she feels. Her reply, that she only fell and that nothing else happened, is seemingly disbelieved by Mitchell, but the conversation is cut short by the arrival of Lieutenant Kelso, awkwardly entering at a time which might have seemed like an intimate moment. Mitchell smiles and invites him in, joking that his eyes are merely lit up "due to the lovely doctor."

Kelso reports that the main engines are in bad shape. Mitchell warns Kelso to check the starboard impulse engine packs, which Kelso jokingly dismisses. Mitchell snaps (once again in his "booming" voice) that he isn't joking, and that if they activate those engines that the entire impulse deck will explode. Kelso leaves sickbay and Mitchell tells Dehner that he could see the image of the impulse packs in Kelso's mind and that he is a fool not to have seen it.

Enterprise crew discuss Mitchell

" Our subject is NOT Gary Mitchell. "

In the briefing room, Kelso shows Kirk the burned out impulse circuit, which he had checked on Mitchell's recommendation, noting with puzzlement that their condition was exactly as Mitchell described. Dr. Dehner enters late, says she got held up observing Mitchell, and attempts to defend him in the face of Spock's and Kirk's seemingly cold assessment of him. She reports her observations of Mitchell's ability to control certain autonomic reflexes and increased memory. Scott reports that bridge controls had started changing on their own about an hour prior, and Spock adds that each time it happened, Mitchell could be seen smiling on the surveillance monitors set up in sickbay. Kirk is annoyed that Dehner hadn't reported Mitchell's new powers earlier, but she argues that no one has been hurt, furthermore saying that someone like Mitchell, with such powers, could give rise to "a new and better kind of Human being."

Following an awkward silence, Sulu adds that the growth of Mitchell's abilities is a geometric progression, meaning they would increase at an exponential rate. Spock concludes that Mitchell would become uncontrollably powerful within a month. Kirk tells those present to not discuss their findings openly before dismissing them. After the others have left the briefing room, Spock advises taking the Enterprise to the planet Delta Vega , only a few light days away, where they can adapt the lithium cracking station's power packs to try to repair its damaged systems, and also strand Mitchell there. Kirk strongly disagrees with the plan, stating Delta Vega is uninhabited and automated, and ore ships only visit every twenty years. Spock informs Kirk the only other choice he has is to kill Mitchell before he overpowers the entire crew. Kirk tries appealing to Spock's conscience, saying Mitchell is his longtime friend, but Spock merely reminds him that the captain of the Valiant probably had a similar dilemma about his afflicted crew members but made his decision to self-destruct too late. Kirk reluctantly orders the Enterprise course set for Delta Vega.

Act Three [ ]

Delta-Vega Station, remastered

Delta Vega's lithium cracking station

In sickbay, Mitchell's telekinetic power continues to grow. Feeling thirsty, he moves a plastic cup below a faucet and dispenses water from it with his mind. Kirk, Spock, and Dr. Dehner enter to see Mitchell's levitate the filled cup towards his outstretched hand. Mitchell senses worry in Kirk and Spock's continued urging for the captain to kill him while he still can. Mitchell quickly subdues both Kirk and Spock with an electric shock and informs them he knows the Enterprise is orbiting Delta Vega but won't allow them to force him down there. As he postures about what kind of a world he can use, Kirk and Spock jump him and hold him down long enough for Dr. Dehner to tranquilize him.

In the transporter room, preparing to beam down, Mitchell regains consciousness and proclaims " You fools! Soon I'll squash you like insects! " before being sedated again. After transporting down, Mitchell is confined to a holding cell as Lieutenant Kelso and the engineering team begin to salvage the needed components from the outpost to restore the Enterprise engines to full capacity.

Mitchell attempts to escape holding cell

Mitchell attempts to escape

As Mitchell regains consciousness, he reminds Kirk of how he saved his life on the planet Dimorus , taking poisonous darts meant for the captain and nearly dying from it. He wonders why Kirk should fear him now. Kirk retorts that Mitchell has been testing his ability to take over the Enterprise and reminds him of the threat he made in the transporter room to squash the crew like insects. Mitchell defends himself by pointing out that he was drugged at the time, then snaps back that mankind cannot survive if a true race of Espers like himself is born, and attempts to escape the force field of the cell. Kirk pleads with him to stop, but, Mitchell refuses and is jolted back, draining the light in the eyes. Gary pleads out to " Jim… ", but, it doesn't last and the maniacal power that has now totally consumed Mitchell returns and he sneers that he'll " just keep getting stronger. "

Back on board the Enterprise , the repairs are nearly complete as Scott beams a phaser rifle down to Spock. Kirk resents Spock's callousness towards Gary, but Spock retorts that he's just being logical and he believes that the crew will be lucky just to repair the Enterprise and get away from Mitchell in time. Kirk, finally seeing Spock's viewpoint, instructs Kelso to wire a destruct switch to the power bins of the outpost, an explosion that will destroy the entire valley and hopefully kill Mitchell, and orders him to hit the button if Mitchell escapes.

Act Four [ ]

Mitchell subdues Kirk and Spock while Dehner watches

" You should have killed me while you could, James. "

As the landing party prepares to return to the Enterprise , Dehner, completely transfixed on Mitchell, announces she's remaining on Delta Vega with him. At the same time, Mitchell uses his powers to remotely strangle Lieutenant Kelso with a cable. As Kirk orders Dehner to return to the ship, Mitchell turns to the captain and taunts him that Kirk should have killed him while he still had the chance. With that, he shocks both Kirk and Spock and easily eliminates the force field holding him. Dehner takes no action to stop him, and he slowly walks her over to a mirror, where she can now see the light in her own eyes.

Kirk fires a phaser rifle at Mitchell

Kirk opens fire on Mitchell

A short time later, Dr. Piper revives Captain Kirk and informs him that Kelso is dead and that Mitchell and Dr. Dehner have left the facility. Kirk advises Piper not to revive Spock until after he's left as Kirk now blames himself for not listening to the Vulcan's warning. Taking Spock's phaser rifle, Kirk orders that Piper and Spock return to the Enterprise and to give him twelve hours to signal the ship. Failing that, Kirk recommends that the Enterprise proceed at maximum warp to the nearest starbase with his recommendation that the entire planet be subjected to a lethal concentration of neutron radiation . When Piper protests, Kirk firmly tells the doctor it is an order and leaves.

Gary Mitchell psionic

" Time to pray, Captain. Pray to me! Pray that you die easy! "

In an open valley, Mitchell (now sporting greying sideburns due to premature aging as a consequence of the stress from his advanced powers) conjures up Kaferian apples and water for himself and Dehner. He begins to sense Kirk approaching them, as does Dehner. Mitchell invites Dehner to talk to the captain and begin to realize just how unimportant Humans are compared to what they (Mitchell and Dehner) have become. Dehner appears before Kirk and advises the captain to retreat while he still can. Kirk appeals to what's left of Dehner's humanity and her profession as a psychiatrist and asks her what she believes will become of Mitchell if his power is allowed to continue to grow. Dehner begins to see the wisdom of Kirk's words, but, before she can decide anything, Mitchell appears before both of them. Kirk opens fire with his phaser rifle, but, it has no effect on Mitchell who easily casts the weapon aside.

Taunting Kirk, Mitchell creates a grave for his "old friend", saying he deserves a decent burial, at the very least. Completely convinced of his power and his superiority, with absolute power corrupting absolutely, Mitchell uses his powers to force Kirk to pray to him as a god and for an easy death.

Kirk versus Mitchell

Kirk fights Mitchell

Dehner, now realizing that Mitchell is inhuman and becoming more and more dangerous, helps Kirk by blasting Mitchell with some of her power, stunning him. Mitchell turns away from Kirk and counters Dehner's attack, however, the battle drains both of them and they both collapse, Dehner's attack being sufficiently powerful enough to weaken Mitchell who temporarily loses his powers. As Dehner implores Kirk to hurry, the captain begins to attack his former friend, pummeling him to the ground. With a heavy rock raised high and preparing for the death blow, Kirk begs Gary to forgive him for what he must do. However, the captain's hesitation is enough for Mitchell to regain his powers and easily tosses Kirk away. With Kirk no longer able to cope with Mitchell's physical strength, he dives at him, sending both into the open grave. Kirk, scrambling to the discarded phaser rifle, is able to blast the rock face above Mitchell, sending him into the grave and entombing him, therefore ending Mitchell's threat forever.

Kirk, with his uniform torn, and beaten and battered, walks over to Dehner and kneels beside her. She apologizes to the captain for her actions, but offers that KIrk had no idea what it was like to be almost a god, before finally dying herself. Silently mourning Dehner's sacrifice, Kirk opens his communicator and hails the Enterprise .

Spock and Kirk (2265)

" I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mr. Spock. "

Back on the Enterprise , Kirk, sitting in his chair with a bandaged hand, laments to Spock that he wants Mitchell's service record to end with dignity as he didn't ask for what happened to him. Spock admits he felt for Mitchell as well. With a smirk, Kirk remarks that maybe there's hope for Spock after all, as the Enterprise continues to journey where no man has gone before.

Log entries [ ]

  • Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2265

Memorable quotes [ ]

" Have I ever mentioned you play a very irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock? " " Irritating? Ah, yes. One of your Earth emotions. "

" Terrible, having bad blood like that. "

" The first thing I ever heard from upperclassmen was: Watch out for Lieutenant Kirk. In his class, you either think or sink. "

" My love has wings. Slender, feathered things with grace in upswept curve and tapered tip. "

" Don't you understand? A mutated superior man could also be a wonderful thing! "

" Will you try for one moment to feel? At least act like you've got a heart. "

" The captain of the Valiant probably thought the same thing. And he waited too long to make his decision. "

" If you were in my position, what would you do? " " Probably what Mr. Spock is thinking now: kill me, while you can. "

" You fools! Soon I'll squash you like insects! "

" There's not a soul on this planet but us? " " Nobody but us chickens, Doctor. "

" My friend, James Kirk. "

" In the sickbay, 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 and you're a fool if you can't see it. "

" Man cannot survive if a race of true espers is born. "

" 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. "

" If Mitchell gets out, at your discretion, Lee, if sitting here makes you think you're the last chance, I want you to hit that button. "

" You should've killed me while you could, James. Command and compassion are a fool's mixture. "

" Above all else, a god needs compassion! MITCHELL!! "

" What do you know about gods? " " Then let's talk about Humans! About our frailties! "

"What's your prognosis, Doctor?! "

" Morals are for men, not gods. "

" 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? "

" Do you like what you see? Absolute power corrupting absolutely? "

" For a moment, James… but your moment is fading. "

" I'm sorry. You can't know what it's like to be almost a god. "

" He didn't ask for what happened to him. " " I felt for him, too. " " I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mister Spock. "

Background information [ ]

The second pilot [ ].

  • This was the second Star Trek pilot. However, it has aired in syndication as the third regular series episode, after " The Man Trap " and " Charlie X ". In their book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , Robert H. Justman and Herbert F. Solow explain that because this segment was "too expository" in nature – a common fault with pilots – it would not have made a good premiere episode for the series.
  • Although NBC rejected " The Cage ", they felt that the series concept was strong enough to give Star Trek 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 " The Omega Glory " by Gene Roddenberry , " Mudd's Women " by Roddenberry and Stephen Kandel , and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Samuel A. Peeples . The advantage of "The Omega Glory" 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. "Mudd's Women" was mainly a shipboard tale and could also be shot using the existing Enterprise sets left over from "The Cage". In addition, both required a minimum of new outer space effects shots. However, "Mudd's Women" guest starred "an intergalactic pimp", selling women throughout the galaxy, exactly what NBC didn't want, and "The Omega Glory" wasn't very good. The network finally chose "Where No Man Has Gone Before" which, although it required many new special effects, sets, props, and costumes, was the most powerful and compelling of the three scripts. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , pp 65-66; The Star Trek Compendium , p 17)
  • There is a different, pre-broadcast cut of this episode in the archives of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum . 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" . This version was the one screened as the second pilot to NBC executives in the tail-end of 1965, and was originally available in bootleg form only, screened at numerous conventions , before becoming available commercially on the TOS Season 3 Blu-ray set. [1] 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. It was in effect the Institution itself which had already recognized the cultural significance of Roddenberry's creation; in a rare move – considering the highly contemporary nature of a television series of such recent date – the Institution invited Roddenberry in 1967 to submit both pilots and assorted production material, such as still photography, scripts and story outlines, for safekeeping for posterity. This the consummate (self)promoter Roddenberry did in a formal presentation at the Institution, pursuant the conclusion of the series' first season . ("Smithsonian Seeks TV Pilot", Los Angeles Times , 13 June 1967, p. C19)
  • A second 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 Justman recalled, when he and Roddenberry came calling on Anderson in August 1966 to check on the status of the Enterprise footage for the title sequence, for the series slated to start its run on 8 September and "Where No Man" scheduled to air third, " 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. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p. 281) This was the version as originally aired by NBC on 22 September 1966. The more sophisticated final title sequence was produced (with Anderson returned to his duties) for subsequent episode airings and replacing the improvised sequence for those episodes where it was utilized in reruns. Incidentally, Darrell Anderson suffered his second nervous breakdown while working on the second pilot the year previously, from which he needed two weeks to recover. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 27, No. 11/12, p. 69)
  • 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).
  • The original narration spoken by Shatner was:
  • 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 " The Cage ", "Where No Man Has Gone Before" 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 . ( The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next [ page number? • edit ] )
  • This was the first episode of Star Trek to be shown by the BBC in the UK when the series premiered on 12 July 1969 .

Story and script [ ]

  • TNG adopted a gender-neutral and species-neutral version of this episode's title for TNG : " Where No One Has Gone Before ".
  • 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).
  • Kirk says he's been worried about Mitchell "ever since that night on Deneb IV." Coincidentally (or not), TNG's pilot episode " Encounter at Farpoint " takes place on Deneb IV , home of the Bandi .
  • 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 dialogue seems to suggest that "Where No Man Has Gone Before" 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.

Production [ ]

Shooting Where No Man Has Gone Before

A moment from the first day of filming this episode

  • Bob Justman anticipated that the second pilot would take nine days to shoot. However, after "The Cage" went severely over schedule and budget, Desilu's "old guard" executives worried about the same situation regarding the second pilot. To avoid these fears, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" 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. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 85).
  • Just as "The Cage", the second pilot was filmed at Desilu 's Culver City studios. For the series itself, the entire production was moved to Desilu's main Gower Street facilities in Hollywood. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story pp 113-116)
  • On the fifth day of filming, Friday, 23 July 1965 , a swarm of bees attacked the set, causing delay in filming, and injuries to William Shatner and Sally Kellerman , who were both stung by the bees. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 83)

Sets and props [ ]

  • The gravestone Mitchell creates for Kirk reads " James R. Kirk ". According to D.C. Fontana in the introduction for Star Trek: The Classic Episodes 1 , 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.
  • Their crew files show that Mitchell and Dehner were born in cities called " Delman " and " Eldman ."
  • The mountainous backdrop painting from "The Cage" is reused in this episode.
  • 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.
  • When he complies with Kirk's order to "Address intercraft," i.e. put open the intercom, Mitchell merely wipes the edge of his hand over his navigation plotting board and does not manipulate any buttons or switches.
  • A bit of the transporter chamber was changed from "The Cage." The center 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 "The Cage" was restored and remained in place throughout the series.

One of the many contemporary phaser rifle publicity stills…

  • 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 being held by Kirk performer William Shatner , who had especially been taken with the prop rifle. It was designed and created by Reuben Klamer , who, being subcontracted, received no credit for it. ( Julien's Auctions presents: Star Trek )
  • In this episode, the sickbay walls are green.
  • The alert light on the helm console is of a different shape in this episode.
  • 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.
  • Spock carries a laser pistol (somewhat modified) as first seen in "The Cage".
  • This episode features the goose-neck tubes also used in "The Cage".
  • The communicator Kirk uses at the episode's end to hail the Enterprise is the Lucite-encased, circuit board-filled version from "The Cage".
  • The insignias for the Sciences and Engineering divisions were opposite in this episode of what they were in every other episode.

Cast and characters [ ]

  • 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 . In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Uhura is said to be a twenty year space veteran as of 2285 , suggesting that she began her career sometime around this episode.
  • Leonard Nimoy (Spock) is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the first pilot, " The Cage ". His pointed ears are a bit smaller than in the first pilot, and his eyebrows are severely slanted (yet not as bushy as in "The Cage"). Most importantly, his hairstyle is reworked to show the bangs typical of his race – and that of eventual nemeses, the Romulans .
  • William Shatner was actually the third actor to be considered for the role of James T. Kirk . Jack Lord and Lloyd Bridges were each offered the role before him. ( The Star Trek Compendium [ page number? • edit ] )
  • 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 " The Cage ". Then, he was overruled 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. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , pp 74-75, 152)
  • Andrea Dromm replaced Laurel Goodwin in the role of the captain's yeoman . According to Herb Solow and Bob Justman, her role was actually a "non-part" and Roddenberry claimed he cast her so he could "score with her". They added, it was not just a "non-part", but a "non-score" as well. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 75) Dromm didn't return to the series, and was replaced by Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Rand .
  • Roddenberry, 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. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 75-77, 153)
  • This is the only episode of the series in which James Doohan (Scott) appears but DeForest Kelley (McCoy) does not.
  • This is the only episode where Spock and Scott wear gold and tan tunics instead of their better known blue and red, respectively.

Effects [ ]

  • 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 was later altered and reused in " Dagger of the Mind ". The image of the matte painting later appeared on the March 1953 issue of the Incredible Tales magazine in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode " Far Beyond the Stars ".
  • 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 " The Corbomite Maneuver " and at least until " Tomorrow is Yesterday ", but then was phased out.
  • 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.
  • 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 Justman, Majel Barrett , Herb Solow , and other production staff members, including some from Mission: Impossible . Roddenberry can be heard saying, " Communicator, we need more lines to the impulse deck! " in subsequent episodes. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , pp. 190-191)
  • 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. 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.
  • The original "bridge zoom-in" Enterprise shot from the beginning of "The Cage" 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.
  • Stock footage of the Enterprise in the barrier was reused in " By Any Other Name " and " Is There in Truth No Beauty? ". These are the only three original series episodes in which the Enterprise leaves the galaxy.

Preview [ ]

  • The preview contains a Captain's Log recorded solely for the preview: " Captain's log, stardate 1312.4. The next mission of the Enterprise takes us into an unknown force field which affects the destiny of my closest friend. "

Reception [ ]

  • A print of the pre-broadcast version of this episode was taken by Roddenberry to the annual World Science Fiction Convention in Cleveland, Ohio to be presented to the convention goers. This marked Star Trek 's second showing to the general public, on 4 September 1966 with Harlan Ellison having premiered a color print of one of the unaired episodes (those in attendance give conflicting reports on exactly which one of the early episodes was shown) earlier at the San Diego Westercon 19 the previous July. (" What We Did On Our Visit To Desilu " by John & Bjo Trimble , ST-PHILE #1, Jan 1968, p. 33) Allan Asherman , author of The Star Trek Compendium , was present among the audience. He recalled, " There must have been 500 people in that audience. When the Enterprise hit the galactic barrier, 1,000 eyes opened wide. Five hundred respiratory rates accelerated with that wonderful pleasure that comes over lovers of all things when they see their favorite subject being treated well. (…) If he [Roddenberry] could have read our minds at any moment during the screening, he would have been the happiest producer in the world. (…) Here was a future it did not hurt to imagine. Here was a constructive tomorrow for mankind, emphasizing exploration and expansion. This was a science fiction television series we all wanted to see. We were extremely impressed. (…) In fact, we liked everything about the episode more than anything else shown at the convention. (…) Roddenberry seemed to have no idea of the effect his show was having on us. (…) He asked for the audience's opinion; we gave him a standing ovation. He smiled, and we returned the smile before we converged him. We came close to lifting the man upon our shoulders and carrying him out of the room. " ( The Star Trek Compendium , pp 2-3)
  • Later, a group of the audience asked Roddenberry if he had brought any other episodes of Star Trek with him. He had a black-and-white copy of "The Cage", which was then screened to the audience. ( The Star Trek Compendium , p 3)
  • Herb Solow commented on Gene's success: " "Where No Man," unlike the other television and theatrical films screened, was well received. The science-fiction aficionados at the convention were entranced by the new show. But in four days, the series would premiere on television to a national audience that thought science fiction was comic books of busty women being dragged away by alligator people, or a giant purple blob intent on dissolving Tokyo. " ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 263)
  • Bjo Trimble and her husband, John, were members of the audience at the convention, and it was the first time they'd met Roddenberry. They persuaded him to allow the Star Trek costumes he brought along to be displayed during the fan-made costume competition. ( Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p 378)
  • Isaac Asimov was also a member of the audience. At the start, Roddenberry shushed a loud man to be silent, not knowing that the man was actually Asimov. [2] When Roddenberry found out it was Asimov, he was horrified. ( Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry [ page number? • edit ] )
  • Roddenberry picked this as one of his ten favorite episodes for the franchise's 25th anniversary. ( TV Guide August 31, 1991)
  • Jason Isaacs also cited this as one of his favorite Star Trek episodes, remarking that he "loved" it. Regarding the transformation to god-like status that happens to Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner in this episode, Isaacs joked, " I tried for years to do that. In fact, I still try sometimes, in quiet moments. " [3]
  • The book Star Trek 101 (p. 17), by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block , lists this episode as one of "Ten Essential Episodes" from the original Star Trek series.

Apocrypha [ ]

  • An alternate explanation for the "James R. Kirk" reference is given in Peter David 's novel Q-Squared , which suggests that the events of this episode take place in a parallel universe where Kirk's middle initial is indeed R (and not T as we now know it to be). This same book suggests that Gary Mitchell's god-like powers were a result of him being temporarily possessed by Q , and the powers simply drove Mitchell insane.
  • Another explanation for the R as Kirk's middle initial comes from Michael Jan Friedman's three-part novel series, My Brother's Keeper . In it, Kirk claims his middle name to be "Racquetball" to Mitchell upon an early meeting. Later, Mitchell "changes" it to "Rhinoceros" after Kirk steamrolls through a conversation. The grave is thus explained by Kirk as an in-joke.
  • Mandala Productions' Fotonovel #2, in its cast of characters section, identified the captain for this episode as "James R. Kirk", even though all the other Star Trek Fotonovels listed him as "James T. Kirk".
  • The alternate reality 's version of events in this episode were depicted in issue 1 and issue 2 of IDW Publishing 's ongoing Star Trek comic book. In this version, only Mitchell is affected – Dehner was a former lover of Dr. McCoy, and after the affair ended badly, their relationship was so strained that she rescinded her requested transfer to the USS Enterprise after finding out he was on board. Also, while Mitchell was in sickbay, Spock mind melded with him and reported to Kirk that he found " No consciousness. No sentience of any kind. "
  • The Pocket TNG novel The Valiant acts as a prequel and sequel to this episode, telling the story of the SS Valiant 's demise and reveals that some of the crew did survive the self-destruction.

Remastered information [ ]

  • The remastered version of this episode premiered in syndication the weekend of 20 January 2007 and featured shots of a digital version of Enterprise , consistent with the model used in this episode, which had a slightly different appearance from both the version seen in the production of the series and that seen the original pilot, " The Cage ". Enhanced effects also included more detailed shots of the barrier, Delta Vega from space as well as on the surface, a subtle touch-up to a phaser shot during Kirk and Mitchell's fight, and an opening titles sequence featuring the pilot-version Enterprise .
  • While the final frontier speech was absent from the original, it was brought into the remastered opening.

The original galactic barrier

Production timeline [ ]

  • Episode commissioned by NBC: 26 March 1965
  • Story outline by Samuel Peeples : first week of April 1965
  • Revised story outline: second week of April 1965
  • First draft teleplay by Peeples: late- April 1965
  • Revised first draft teleplay: 27 May 1965
  • Second draft teleplay by Gene Roddenberry : 16 June 1965
  • Final draft teleplay: 26 June 1965
  • Revised final draft teleplay: 8 July 1965
  • Additional revisions: 12 July 1965 , 14 July 1965 , 15 July 1965
  • Day 1 – 19 July 1965 , Monday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 : Int. Recreation room , Corridors , Transporter room , Briefing room
  • Day 2 – 20 July 1965 , Tuesday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 : Int. Turbolift , Bridge
  • Day 3 – 21 July 1965 , Wednesday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 : Int. Bridge
  • Day 4 – 22 July 1965 , Thursday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 : Int. Bridge , Sickbay
  • Day 5 – 23 July 1965 , Friday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 : Int. Sickbay ; Desilu Culver Stage 17 : Int. Delta Vega control room
  • Day 6 – 26 July 1965 , Monday – Desilu Culver Stage 17 : Int. Delta Vega control room , Security area , Ext. Beam down area
  • Day 7 – 27 July 1965 , Tuesday – Desilu Culver Stage 17 : Int. Delta Vega security area ; Desilu Culver Stage 16 : Ext. Planet surface site
  • Day 8 – 28 July 1965 , Wednesday – Desilu Culver Stage 16 : Ext. Planet surface site
  • Day 9 – 29 July 1965 , Thursday – Desilu Culver Stage 15 , Stage 16 & Stage 17 : Extra pickup shots
  • Score recorded: 29 November 1965
  • Original airdate: 22 September 1966
  • Rerun date: 20 April 1967
  • First UK airdate (on BBC1 ): 12 July 1969
  • First UK airdate (on ITV ): 20 September 1981
  • Remastered airdate: 20 January 2007

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • Original US Betamax/VHS release: 28 February 1985
  • Original UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 2 , catalog number VHR 2210, release date unknown
  • As part of the UK Star Trek - The Three Beginnings VHS collection: 31 January 1994
  • US VHS release: 15 April 1994
  • As part of the UK Star Trek - The Four Beginnings VHS collection: 1995
  • UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 1.1, 24 June 1996
  • Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 1, 17 August 1999
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 DVD collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 HD DVD collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 Blu-ray collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 3 Blu-ray collection, entitled "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" – The Restored, Unaired Alternate Pilot Episode
  • As part of the Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins Blu-ray collection

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • William Shatner as Capt. Kirk

Also starring [ ]

  • Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Guest stars [ ]

  • Gary Lockwood as Gary Mitchell
  • Sally Kellerman as Elizabeth Dehner

Featuring [ ]

  • George Takei as Sulu
  • James Doohan as Scott
  • Lloyd Haynes as Alden
  • Andrea Dromm as Yeoman Smith
  • Paul Carr as Lt. Lee Kelso
  • Paul Fix as Doctor Piper

Uncredited co-stars [ ]

  • John Burnside as Operations crewman
  • Darren Dublin as Sciences crewman
  • Robert Metz as Technician #1
  • Eddie Paskey as Leslie
  • Bridge crewman
  • Bridge guard
  • Command crewman #1
  • Command crewman #2
  • Command officer
  • Command technician
  • Engineering technician
  • Maintenance engineer ( scenes cut and reused in " The Man Trap ")
  • Sciences lieutenant
  • Technicians #2 , #3 , and #4

Stunt doubles [ ]

  • Dick Crockett as stunt double for William Shatner
  • Hal Needham as stunt double for Gary Lockwood

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  • " Where No Man Has Gone Before " at the Internet Movie Database
  • " Where No Man Has Gone Before " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
  • "Where No Man Has Gone Before"  at Orion Press
  • " Where No Man Has Gone Before " at Wikipedia
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The Five Ages of Star Trek: Day One, 1966 to 1976

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| December 26, 2016 | By: Jared Whitley 43 comments so far

To finish out the 50 th , TrekMovie’s Jared Whitley looks at the franchise’s five decades of history, dividing them according to the classical “Ages of Man” – Golden Age, Silver Age, etc – but with an appropriately Trek twist. Today he looks at the first 10 years.

As the 50 th anniversary winds down, we at TrekMovie thought out would be important to take a look back at how various periods of Trek history have been different from one another, decade by decade.

One curiosity long extant in comic book culture is dividing its history according to terms from the classical Ages of Man – Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age – with some level of debate about when each started and ended. (The only one everybody seems to agree upon is the Golden Age started with the creation of Superman in 1938.)

But if you were to give the same treatment to Star Trek, how would you divide its various epochs? If you just cut it up it by decade, you’d have two awkward half-decades (in the 2010s and 1960s). There has to be a better way to do it, one that follows various trends that have shaped the phenomenon.

And because this is the Internet (and more importantly because this is Star Trek), you are all invited (and obliged) to argue about it in the comment section.

Golden Age: 1966 to 1976

As with Superman, the start of this one is pretty easy. The franchise began with airing of The Man Trap on Sept. 8, 1966 in the USA. True, it’s not the first episode in continuity, but it was the announcement to the world that science fiction could look a little different than Flash Gordon. Note that of course The Cage had been filmed a year earlier, but fans wouldn’t see any of it until The Menagerie in 1967 or all of it until its restoration in 1988.

The Golden Age includes all of The Original Series and all of The Animated Series , which includes the franchise’s first Emmy Win with “ How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth ” in 1974. TAS wouldn’t have been possible without Trek’s conquering  syndicated television ; by 1972, reruns of the show were so popular the AP labeled it “the show that won’t die.” That year would also see the first ever Star Trek convention in 1972 .

Finding an exact point with which to end the Golden Age is a little tricky, so I’ve settled on Sept. 17, 1976 – a decade after Man Trap almost to the day – with NASA’s christening the Shuttle Enterprise and this classic photo. 

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I love how Gene is optimistically looking to the future while Walter can’t hide just how miserable he is.

NASA’s naming convention includes explorers ( Colombia ), concepts ( Discovery ), and mythology ( Apollo ) – but it also includes a TV show, thanks to Trekkies writing letters to the White House asking that the first Space Shuttle be named Enterprise .

Now because the Gold / Silver / etc. Age is a little inadequate for something as futuristic as Star Trek, we’ve renamed each of these something more appropriate. Therefore, Trek first decade is The Dilithium Age .

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Dilithium Age

  • Start : Sept. 1966
  • End : Sept. 1976
  • Episodes : 101 – 79 (TOS), 22 (TAS)

Return tomorrow when we enter Trek’s Silver Age!

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Re: shuttle pic, it’s just ‘resting Pavel face.’

Jared Whitley,

Re: the start of this one is pretty easy

There’s much to quibble about that. It actually aired first in North America on CTV on September 6, 1966. The episode aired on CTV and NBC later was not a part of the series’ schedule per se but rather a part of an early “sneak” preview series’ advertising promotion of it and other NBC series.

I’d say “September, 1966” is probably sufficient for a start date, then.

Trekkies, amiright?

Disinvited, you pretty much show a prime example of why I love Trek but hate most trek fans. That comment seems to indicate you’re so uptight you’d need a tractor to drag a needle outta your ass. Jesus, “much to quibble about”.

Harry Plinkett.

Re: hate most trek fans

That’s your problem, not mine. I love their diversity. The initial series’ characterization of Spock must have been a real challenge to your needling love.

No one counts the sneak previews of STAR WARS as that franchise’s start nor do they count the first 1966 US theatrical exhibitions of Peter Cushing’s DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS as the WHO franchise’s start out of some false overinflated import given to the US’ launching of entertainment franchises.

For other franchises focused on myths rather than rationality, printing the myth suffices, for Trek, it’s myths are constantly challenged and it is something about STAR TREK I celebrate when done with an evenly applied rational approach and an open mind.

Kayla Iacovino

Re: “September, 1966” is probably sufficient for a start date

Agreed, while also achieving the inclusive fact that it was more than solely just a domestic phenomenon from the start.

Columbia, not Colombia.

know what they were smokin’ when they wrote Colombia!

Redshirt Rosie,

Re: Columbia, not Colombia.

RUN! Someone around here looks like they are ready to darn socks.

Why does the 50th anniversary have to end now? We should be celebrating it until the 51st year. :)

JoeTrekFan,

Re: does the 50th anniversary have to end now

If I understand Jared’s reasoning correctly, the 50th anniversary of the Dilithium Age has ten more years of celebratin’ left in it. I hope CBS catches on.

::tongue firmly in cheek:: 501st year. Oh wait wrong franchise. But 501st year still sounds good to me

Koenig looks like he’s hiding it pretty well if he even is hiding anything. I’ve seen that picture a hundred times before, and he always looks like he’s smiling to me. His arms are just folded is all.

My question always is, was Shatner there?

For the record, all of NASA’s shuttles (including Columbia- not Colombia, that’s a country) were named for sailing ships. The exception was Enterprise, although of course there were a number of sailing ships named Enterprise.

https://web.archive.org/web/20060614151658/http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/shuttle/orbiters.html

Shat was NOT there – think he was making KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS or maybe something a little cheesier than that, going by his gameshow/commercial/highschooleductional film output in the 70s.

Re: making KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

I believe that’s right, i.e. that he begged off because of some such scheduling conflict. These days, I wonder if he feared being cajoled into riding along either in it or the Boeing toting it?

I look at that picture, and see Dee Kelley chatting with a NASA official, and thinking what an amazing opportunity that must have been — it was the start of the shuttle program, and it honored the series these actors are crediting with making an inspiration for many in the scientific community. How revered they must have been, and they got a personal tour of the latest in space exploration technology, I would have been there no matter what if I had been invited. This just puts Shatner’s persona in stark perspective.

That said, where is Majel Barrett?

Curious Cadet,

Re: Majel Barrett

Her filmography shows two 1977 releases: SPECTRE and THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE. Anyone have any idea whether either or both were in production then?

At that point the biggest part Koenig had had since Star Trek was two guest appearances on a science fiction show called Starlost. That might be cheesing him off a bit.

Re: That might be cheesing him off

Hmmm…I seem to recall seeing his name pop up more for behind the scenes stuff like writing. He certainly talked a lot about it on HOUR 25.

He wrote a TAS and a FAMILY episode and an ep of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF 65? and did a teeny appearance on COLUMBO (I think), as well as the blinkNmiss him on THE QUESTOR TAPES.

Is that COLUMBO, not COLUMBIA or COLOMBIA? :)

At the time of that picture only an episode of TAS and one of Land of the Lost. He wasn’t even in TAS due to budget concerns, which is insane. A kids show could have used his youth and comedic talent. Was never thrilled with the furries that replaced him.

Where was Shatner in the shuttle pic? Too cool for school? Man I do love the 70’s fashion statements too, especially De’s necklace.

Filming ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’.

Oh well, as long as he was doing something important.

When grown-ups sign a contract saying they’ll be somewhere doing something, like filming a movie for a major studio, that’s what we do. I know that concept is foreign to our current ‘it’s all about me’ generation.

Yeah, a thing called WORKING.

Too bad Shatner was working. if only he had NOTHING AT ALL TO DO like the rest of the cast who went on to take pot shots at the guy who helped line their pockets. With all respect to Kelley and Nimoy.

While not acknowledged in the article, I think the Nexus/Zenith/Apex of Trek’s popularity was in the early to mid 70’s. The show was on in every market in the country either at 6:00pm or 7:00pm and sometimes airing at other times too. The ratings for the show in syndication in the 70’s was off the hook and the early era of merchandising kicked in with the “Star Trek Technical Manual” and “Star Trek Blueprints” parking in the New York Times Best Seller list top 10 week after week after week. The Calendar’s, Model Kits and Toy Ray Guns with “Star Trek” name on it were flying off the shelves.

…Oh…and the Blish books, Poster Magazines also flew off the shelves…all leading to the birth of “Starlog” in what 1976 or ’77.

….and how could I have forgotten ..the Photo Novels..they flew off the shelves as well…

“I love how Gene is optimistically looking to the future while Walter can’t hide just how miserable he is.” He’s in polyester in 89 degree weather on a concrete tarmac. I’d be miserable too!

If you’ve listened to Walter being interviewed, you can tell the poor guy has had a hard time lightening up and having fun…but I think he’s mellowed a bit in recent years.

During the 70’s, when I was still in elementary school, our local station aired Star Trek at 10:30 PM on weeknights. I wasn’t allowed to stay up that late on school nights but my parents watched it on their bedroom TV, so I would sneak into the hallway and watch from a distance. Friday nights I got to stay up and watch it, usually with my Mego figures close by. Ah, the memories…

Unfortunately, Trek fans in the 70s were a little short sighted regarding their favorite show & the naming convention. The first shuttle should have been named “Constitution” & the first one to go to space should have been named “Enterprise”. Of course that would mean the Enterprise would have eventually burned up on reentry which would have been really spooky after the imaginary Enterprise did the same in The Search for Spock.

I’d just cut it up into 2 halves, the same way that was done with the two volume series ‘The 50 year mission’, where the first 25 years covers TOS up to TNG, and the next 25 years covers TNG through to JJ Abrams era. Then next year 2017, Discovery will kick off the next 25 years.

Pardon me, but wouldn’t the golden age be when Star Trek was at its height? I.e. two tv series and movies at the same time. So 1995-1999 or extending it to (1993-2002) with the beginning of DS9 to Nemesis. I don’t know if I would call 1966-1976 the golden age considering it was canceled and wouldn’t hear a peep from it until 1979 (not counting animated). I know Scott and Phil from the Transporter Room 3 podcast have called the DS9/VGR/TNG movie era the golden age…..or am I having a Tuvix moment?

still feel fandom was at its height in 76 or so, when there was virtually no product but absolutely insane levels of attention. So gold is probably right.

Berman-era trek (ds9 excepted) would be more like the wooden splinter era trek for me.

Well, the entire Berman era would be a “golden age” of THAT kind of Star Trek. But since it barely resemebled, in any shape form or fashion, the original Star Trek, I hesitate to even put it in the same category. It’s in the Trek universe…but as far as entertainment goes…in production, writing, ideas, aethetics, music…it might as well be Buck Rogers. Like Lou Grant was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It wasn’t a bad series…it was just a very different type of series set in the same universe. All of the Berman Treks were competently produced, by-the-numbers cranked out television of the time. But any resemblence to the orignal series is hard to find.

And I agree in Mid 70’s being the height and probably “Golden” age of the original series. Everyone watched it at the same time, after school. Kids were playing “Star Trek” in yards and playgrounds everywhere. Conventions were getting media coverage and Kirk and Spock found themselves on everything from bed sheets and party hats to action figures and popsickle sticks. The merchandising was crazy.

Jonboc, I think you’re being a little tough on “ST-TNG”.

If you watched the original “Star Trek” and then someone told you, there’s going to be a spin off series set 80 years into the future and here we are living in 1987 and it’s been 18 years since the classic series went off the air… “Star Trek-TNG” is basically what you should have expected to be receiving.

The ship and special effects were much upgraded although I still preferred the classic look of the 60’s Enterprise since that’s what so many of us grew up on. The music of the series was appropriate and quite effective and the soundtrack of the show had evolved because show’s in the 80’s didn’t really use music to accentuate a scene the way they did it in the 60’s..when things were far more melodramatic.

The series still explored themes about Humanity like “Measure of a Man”. Data obviously was the Spock of this series in that he was the most unique and different character.

The relationship of the crew wasn’t all that different from the close relationship the original cast had. In fact they had 4 more seasons to hang out in holodecks, play cards together and even have an occasional shore leave.

I agree with you that I don’t seek out “ST:TNG” episodes to watch as I feel like I’ve been there, done that. I am still loyal to the original classic series and still watch it when it appears on MeTV. But even that being said, I don’t think there could have been a show that respected Classic Trek and still broke new ground and new adventures for themselves like TNG did.

I love that picture with the shattered dilithium crystals, and Scotty and Spock working to solve engineering problems. Those were great episodes, and ones that helped draw me into to Trek as a kid. Looking at that picture makes me wonder how anyone found Bad Robot’s omission of a proper engineering room acceptable.

“…The Cage had been filmed a year earlier, but fans wouldn’t see any of it until The Menagerie in 1967 or all of it until its restoration in 1988.”

That’s not entirely true. The Cage made the rounds in the late 70’s – it was shown at the local arts center where I grew up, when I was in high school.

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8 Ways the Original ‘Star Trek’ Made History

By: Sarah Pruitt

Updated: November 2, 2021 | Original: September 8, 2016

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When "Star Trek" premiered on NBC in the fall of 1966, it promised "To boldly go where no man has gone before." More than half a century later, it has done just that. The original "Star Trek"—which lasted for only three seasons—birthed some 20 spinoff series and films; a universe of games, toys, comics and conventions; and influenced decades of science-fiction. Here are eight ways the show broke new ground. 

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1. A veteran of World War II, Gene Roddenberry created a show about fighting another world war—this time in space.

Gene Roddenberry circa 1947.

After piloting a B-17 bomber in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II , Roddenberry served in the Los Angeles Police Department before he began writing for TV. He created the short-lived series “The Lieutenant” before Desilu Studios (founded by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) picked up “Star Trek” in 1966. In an era before man set foot on the moon, the show introduced us to a 23rd-century world where interplanetary travel was an established fact: Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise (named for the real-life ship that turned the tide toward the Allies in the Battle of Midway) roamed the galaxy, clashing with alien enemies like the Klingons, Excalbians and Romulans.

2. The show’s multicultural, multiracial cast put it well ahead of its time.

The cast of "Star Trek" during season 3.

In addition to the half-Vulcan Spock, the crew of the Enterprise in “Star Trek”’s debut season included Lt. Nyota Uhura (played by the African American actress Nichelle Nichols) and Lt. Hikaru Sulu (played by the Japanese American actor George Takei). In an era of mounting racial tensions, “Star Trek” presented a positive image of people of different races, genders and cultures (not to mention aliens and humans!) working together cooperatively—a somewhat utopian vision, perhaps, but a heartening one. Nichols later said that she was reportedly thinking of leaving the show after the first season, but was convinced to stay on by none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , whom she met at a NAACP fundraiser. The civil rights leader, who admitted to being a devoted fan of the show, told Nichols that she was breaking new ground in the role of Uhura, and showing African Americans what was possible for them.

3. The original 'Star Trek' referred repeatedly to the ongoing, escalating conflict in Vietnam.

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and DeForest Kelley in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren."

Though marketed as a classic adventure drama (Roddenberry based the character of Captain Kirk on Horatio Hornblower from C.S. Forester’s classic naval adventure series), “Star Trek” didn’t shy away from tackling moral and social issues such as war, racism and discrimination. The first season episode “Taste for Armageddon” was one of TV’s first allegories for the Vietnam War , an issue the show would return to most famously in the second season’s “A Private Little War.” In that episode, the Klingons are providing weapons to a primitive planet, and Capt. Kirk decides to do the same in order to preserve the “balance of power” on both sides. One of the most controversial plot lines of that season, the story was clearly analogous to the escalating nature of American involvement in Vietnam.

4. But it offered a positive vision for the future in the midst of Cold War tensions.

Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov.

In the show’s second season, a new navigator named Pavel Andreievich Chekov showed up on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. As Roddenberry recounted in The Fifty-Year Mission , a two-volume oral history of “Star Trek” published in 2016, the character was added after the Russian newspaper Pravda pointed out that the show ignored the Soviet Union ’s pioneering contributions to space travel. But Walter Koenig, the actor who played Chekov, said the Pravda explanation was made up for publicity: The show’s producers wanted a character to appeal to a younger demographic, and just decided to make him Russian. Though a long-running theory held that the Klingons and the Federation represented the Soviet Union and the United States, two ideologically opposed superpowers, another interpretation argues that “Star Trek” functions as a critique of Cold War -era politics, by offering an optimistic vision of the future at a very uncertain moment in history.

5. It was the beneficiary of one of the most successful fan-organized letter-writing campaigns in TV history.

The U.S.S. Enterprise seen in a season 3 episode.

By late 1967, the original “Star Trek” series was struggling, and rumors flew that NBC was planning to cancel the series after only two seasons. Spurred into action, more than 100,000 fans—known as “Trekkers” or “Trekkies”—wrote letters in support of the show. In the largest of numerous protests on college campuses, 200 Caltech students marched to NBC’s Burbank, California studio wielding signs with slogans like “Draft Spock” and “Vulcan Power.” NBC eventually acknowledged the success of the fans’ campaign, announcing that the show would return for another season.

6. The show featured one of the first interracial kisses on TV.

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren.

After being “saved” by the fans, the third season of the original “Star Trek” largely bombed, but one particular moment stands out: In the episode “Plato’s Stepchildren,” Capt. Kirk kisses his communications officer, Lt. Uhura, in what is thought to be the first scripted interracial kiss on American television. Though NBC executives worried how the kiss would play on television in 1968 (especially in the South), they eventually decided to leave it in the episode, earning the show enduring fame for the barrier-breaking moment. (Though Kirk and Uhura’s liplock is often cited as the first interracial kiss on TV, a kiss between actors on the British soap opera “Emergency Ward 10” predated “Plato’s Stepchildren” by several years.)

7. It enjoyed record-breaking success in syndication post-cancellation.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.

Despite its cancellation after only three seasons (and 79 episodes), “Star Trek” gained new life through syndication, as the devotion of its growing fan base increased from the late 1960s and throughout the ‘70s. By 1986, nearly two decades after it entered syndication, A.C. Nielsen Co. listed “Star Trek: The Original Series” as the No. 1 syndicated show. That same year, Roddenberry launched a second TV series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which was immediately syndicated and became a ratings hit. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” had grossed more than $80 million in 1979, leading to several more movies in the ‘80s and ‘90s, followed by a 21st-century “reboot” of the series starting in 2009. Trekkie enthusiasm fueled the success of comic books, cartoons, novels, action figures and other merchandise based on the series, as well as Star Trek-themed conventions attended by thousands at hotels and other venues around the world.

8. Thanks to 'Star Trek' fans, America’s first space shuttle orbiter was christened Enterprise.

The cast of the original "Star Trek" attend the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise in 1976.

In 1976, hundreds of thousands of Trekkies wrote impassioned letters to NASA arguing that the first space shuttle orbiter should be named after the starship Enterprise. Though he never mentioned the letter campaign, President Gerald R. Ford expressed his preference for the name “Enterprise,” with its hallowed Navy history, and the space administration’s officials ended up dropping their original choice, Constitution. Roddenberry and many original “Star Trek” cast members were on hand to greet the shuttle when it rolled out of the manufacturing facilities in Palmdale, California for its dedication ceremony in September 1976. Though Enterprise was used in a number of flight tests, it was never launched into space, and spent much of its life in storage.

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The Only Major Actors Still Alive From Star Trek: The Original Series

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Gene Roddenberry's celebrated sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" debuted on September 8, 1966, and it recently celebrated its 57th anniversary. Initially, "Trek" wasn't terribly popular, and it only managed to make a third season thanks to a coordinated letter-writing campaign (a campaign that Roddenberry was accused of orchestrating and encouraging himself). It wouldn't be until after "Star Trek" was canceled in 1969 that its popularity would significantly begin to grow. 

Thanks to a sweet infinite syndication deal, "Star Trek" reruns were common, and a cult began to form. By the early 1970s, the first "Trek" conventions began to appear. Naturally, conventions were a great place for the show's stars and creators to congregate and share production stories with a rising tide of obsessives. Fans were able to talk to and get autographs from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, and Grace Lee Whitney, as well as many of the show's more supporting players. 

Many decades have passed, but the surviving "Star Trek" cast members, now in their 80s and 90s, still appear at conventions to share details of their now-long and storied careers. Over 57 years ago, they were at the start of a phenomenon; none of them could have likely predicted just what a massive impact "Star Trek" would have on the pop culture landscape. Three members of the original "Star Trek" cast appeared at Creation Entertainment's 57-Year Mission convention in Las Vegas, and one of them is already confirmed for the 2024 con  next August. 

If you're eager to get an autograph or merely to hear an amusing anecdote from across many decades of interaction with the "Trek" franchise at large, the following surviving actors will still happily oblige.

William Shatner

In March of 2023, Shatner, who played the resolute Captain Kirk on "Star Trek," turned 92, yet he still makes convention appearances. Stories have been told throughout Trekkie-dom that Shatner can occasionally be spiky at cons, but has clearly embraced them, even going so far as to say that fans are the future  of anything so deeply beloved as "Star Trek." Indeed, in many cases, fans care more about carrying on the legacy of a show than the studios; in many ways, Trekkies take the show more seriously than the people who make it.

Shatner has, of course, had a textured career. Some of his earlier films include adaptations of "The Brothers Karamozov" (in which he played Alexey) and "Oedipus the King" (in which he played a masked member of the chorus), as well as genre films like "The Intruder" and "Incubus." Although Shatner is best known for "Trek" — a common side-effect for most any actor who appeared on any "Star Trek" show — he forged an interesting acting career beyond ii. He appeared in the hit cop show "T.J. Hooker," and appeared in spoof films like "Airplane II: The Sequel" and "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1." He released several notorious albums of speak-singing, and directed several documentaries about "Star Trek," including "The Captains" and "Chaos on the Bridge." 

Shatner also authored several "Star Trek" novels and even launched his own modestly successful sci-fi book series with "TekWar" (ghost-written by Ron Goulart) in 1989. He won two Emmys in 2004 and 2005 for his role as Denny Crane in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal." He's also an equestrian enthusiast and has won a few horseback riding awards. Shatner is spry for 92.

George Takei

In 2019, George Takei , who played the practical and intelligent Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," authored a graphic novel all about his childhood experiences of being rounded up and imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937 (he's the only main cast member from the original show who is an L.A. native), and recalls being held against his will by the U.S. government as a child. It may have been that experience that made Takei as political as he is. In the early 1970s, after "Star Trek," Takei ran for a set on the Los Angeles City Council, and served as an alternate delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. At conventions, Takei has spoken at length about his beliefs in civic infrastructure, encouraging L.A. to improve its long-beleaguered public transportation.

Takei came out as gay in 2005, revealing that he had been with his long-term partner, Brad Altman, for the last 18 years. He and Altman married in 2008, one of the first same-sex couples to be granted a marriage license in West Hollywood, California. Takei has been an outspoken queer rights activist ever since, raising money for charities and speaking at charity events regularly. He makes appearances at fan conventions on the regular. 

As an actor, Takei began reading English-language dubs for imported Toho monster movies prior to "Star Trek." He also starred in movies like "The Green Berets" and "Mulan." On TV, Takei guest-starred on many, many programs, including a notable regular role on the hit show "Heroes." His deep voice also afforded him an opportunity to regularly contribute to dozens of animated programs, most recently in Max's "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai."

Walter Koenig

There were rumors circulating through the Trekkie community for years that Walter Koenig was hired to appear on the second season of "Star Trek" because the then-30-year-old actor looked an awful lot like Davy Jones from "The Monkees." This wasn't the case, but Koenig provided a youthful, heartthrob quality with his character, Pavel Chekov. His character was Russian, a notable character decision to make in the mid-1960s as the U.S. was still embroiled deeply in the Cold War. Chekov was a symbol that peace would eventually come. Koenig was never anything less than 100% committed, and reacted to extreme sci-fi scenarios with fire and aplomb. 

In the early '60s, the actor worked his way through smaller roles in multiple well-known TV series like "Mr. Novak," "Gidget," and "I Spy" before joining "Star Trek" in its second season. After, he continued apace, working on TV regularly, eventually landing a recurring role on a second beloved sci-fi series  "Babylon 5." He has also stayed a part of "Star Trek" up until the present, having provided a voice cameo in the most recent season of "Star Trek: Picard," as well as reprising his role as Chekov in the semi-professional and well-respected fan series "Star Trek: New Voyages." He's also dabbled in many amusing B-movies like "Mad Cowgirl" and "Scream of the Bikini," as well as animated shows like "Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters."

Additionally, Koenig has served as an advocate for civil rights in Burma, having visited refugee camps there. Koenig still appears at conventions, happy to talk about his various projects and acting endeavors. Just please, whatever you do, don't ask him to say "nuclear wessels." The man just turned 87. He deserves a break from that. 

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Does celebrating the 60th anniversary of Star Trek really matter?

S tar Trek is on the verge of turning 60, with just a little more than two years to go before the franchise hits that monumental number. It's been a long road for the original show and despite the show airing almost 60 years ago, three of the cast members are still around. William Shatner, George Takei , and Walter Koening are still among us.

It's something we're all thankful for and isn't something we take for granted. The hope is that all three men are still among us when the original show turns 60 years old on September 8th, 2026. Shatner would be 95 by then, and with Takei and Koenig turning 89 (Koenig will turn 90 a few days later). It's a huge milestone and one that we're hoping the veterans of the series can see.

And that leads us to the question, should Star Trek go all out to celebrate? Especially since they didn't do anything big for the 40th or 50th anniversaries? While the franchise doesn't embrace the longevity of the franchise through celebrations like others may, the 60th may be one to embrace.

With so many of our beloved crew members having passed away recently and more likely to be gone by the time the 60th rolls around, it feels fitting that Star Trek should do something to honor the franchise, those who helped start it, and those who are carrying series and films into a new era for the fandom.

It's also likely the last major milestone the three surviving cast members of the original show will likely get to experience, assuming we're lucky enough to see all three men continue to age gracefully and peacefully until then. Star Trek should go all out to celebrate everyone they can while they can, as they have had a history of missing those moments in the past or underdelivering in them at the very least.

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Does celebrating the 60th anniversary of Star Trek really matter?

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Star trek can’t miss its 60th anniversary milestone (like it did 40th & 50th).

Star Trek's 60th should hark back to the joy of 1996's 30th anniversary, and Strange New Worlds is the perfect show to do that in 2026.

  • Paramount can't afford to miss the celebrations for Star Trek's 60th anniversary in 2026 after disappointing celebrations for the 40th and 50th anniversaries.
  • With the success of Star Trek: Discovery and ongoing Trek shows, there's a real possibility for special episodes marking the anniversary on Paramount+.
  • Star Trek's 30th anniversary was properly celebrated with special episodes of DS9, Voyager, and the release of Star Trek: First Contact, giving hope for a memorable 60th anniversary celebration.

Star Trek 's 60th anniversary is September 8th 2026, and Paramount can't afford to miss out on the celebrations like it did with the 40th and 50th anniversaries. 2026 will mark 60 years since Star Trek: The Original Series debuted on TV, and with two years to go, it would be prudent for Paramount to do some planning. Star Trek 's 30th anniversary was commemorated in a big way by Star Trek shows and movies in 1996, but subsequent celebrations have been more muted.

28 years on from the big 30th anniversary celebrations, the Star Trek franchise is in robust shape with the Star Trek: Discovery finale premiering in April 2024, and two ongoing Trek shows on Paramount+, with more to come. This means that there's a very real possibility that Paramount+ could mark Star Trek 's 60th anniversary with special episodes of modern Star Trek TV shows in September 2026. After the disappointment of Star Trek 's 40th and 50th anniversaries, this is a very exciting prospect for fans.

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Star trek missed its 40th & 50th anniversaries but must not miss its 60th.

Star Trek 's 40th anniversary in 2006 was marred by the cancelation of Star Trek: Enterprise a year earlier. With no new show on the air, there was some solace in the remastered versions of Star Trek: The Original Series season 1 being aired in syndication. Aside from those repeat screenings, and various merchandise items, there wasn't much else going on during Star Trek 's 40th anniversary. The only notable moment in 2006 was the announcement in April that J.J. Abrams was officially overseeing the eleventh Star Trek movie . It provided some comfort that, despite Star Trek being off the air, the franchise would one day come back.

A decade later, Star Trek 's 50th anniversary had more going on, with countless books and comics being released, but it still lacked a presence on TV screens. Highlights of Star Trek 's 50th year included Star Trek Beyond , which was as much a tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy as a commemoration of fifty years of Trek . Adam Nimoy's heartfelt documentary about his father, For the Love of Spock, was also released later in 2016, as were two Star Trek documentaries; Building Star Trek and 50 Years of Star Trek . However, on the actual date of the anniversary, the only notable event was Star Trek Beyond being released in Argentina and Uruguay.

While there was no new Star Trek on TV in 2016, work was continuing on Star Trek: Discovery , which began filming in late January 2017.

Star Trek’s 30th Anniversary Was Properly Celebrated By DS9, Voyager & First Contact

In 1996, Star Trek celebrated its 30th anniversary with special episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . In DS9 's "Trials and Tribble-ations", Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and the crew of the USS Defiant had to avert a plot to kill Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Using a mixture of practical sets and green-screen, the DS9 actors were able to "interact" with the Star Trek: The Original Series cast during the events of "The Trouble with Tribbles". It was a creative approach to marking 30 years of Star Trek , that also allowed Kirk and Sisko to meet in person.

Star Trek: Voyager also took a creative approach to Star Trek 's 30th anniversary with the episode "Flashback". During a mind-meld with Lt. Commander Tuvok (Tim Russ), Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) found herself aboard the USS Excelsior. Unlike DS9 's "Trials and Tribble-ations", Voyager brought back both Star Trek 's Grace Lee Whitney as Janice Rand and George Takei as Captain Hikaru Sulu to film new scenes. The new scenes depicted a previously unseen face-off between Sulu and Kang (Michael Ansara) that took place during Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Voyager's Chakotay Knew Sulu, But Which One? Star Trek: TOS Connection Explained

Star Trek: First Contact was TNG 's contribution to Star Trek 's 30th anniversary year , depicting the key moment that led to the eponymous meeting between Humans and Vulcans. First Contact was a thrilling sci-fi action movie that brought back the Borg, introduced Alice Krige as the Borg Queen, and depicted the earliest origins of warp flight and the Federation. James Cromwell was brilliantly cast as Zefram Cochrane, who was a lot rawer than the history books had suggested. 30 years after Kirk's Enterprise first took flight, Starfleet and the Federation finally had their origin story.

Strange New Worlds Would Be Perfect To Celebrate 60 Years Of Star Trek

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiered in 2022, meaning that the five-year mission of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and the crew of the USS Enterprise could come to an end in 2026 . This would be the perfect way to celebrate Star Trek 's 60th anniversary as Pike hands over the Enterprise to Captain James T. Kirk (Paul Wesley), bringing everything full circle. The delays to production on Strange New Worlds season 3 will likely mean that the dates don't quite match up, but there's a golden opportunity for the Star Trek prequel to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

While Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will be the likely focal point for the 60th anniversary celebrations, other projects will factor in. Star Trek: Lower Decks ' love for all aspects of the Star Trek timeline makes it the perfect show to celebrate 60 years. The fact that it's an animated series also allows Lower Decks to bring back multiple legacy characters without having to explain why they look older than they should.

The recent announcement of a Star Trek origin movie does feel like a perfect way to celebrate the franchise in theaters in 2026 . However, with just over two years until Star Trek Day 2026, it feels like a tight turnaround for a Hollywood blockbuster. Whatever happens with Toby Haynes' Star Trek origin movie between now and 2026, it's clear that there are multiple ways to ensure that the 60th anniversary of Star Trek is a celebration that nobody will forget.

Star Trek: First Contact is streaming now on Max

"Flashback" and "Trials and Tribble-ations" are streaming alongside every episode of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Paramount+.

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Television truly came of age in the 1960s, a golden era that saw the medium break new ground in storytelling and cultural impact. Unforgettable and groundbreaking ‘60s TV shows achieved prominence during this time, etching indelible images onto the hearts of viewers and shaping the landscape of visual entertainment. From complex science fiction to heartwarming family sitcoms, this vibrant decade sparkled with a wide array of captivating narratives and timeless characters, collectively forming the treasured canon of the best TV shows of the ’60s.

Immersed in these TV shows from the 1960s, audiences didn't merely watch, they were transported. A palpable sense of progression prevailed as television in the '60s broke conventional boundaries, daring to tackle progressive social issues and experiment with innovative storytelling techniques. Each television show from the 1960s had its unique charm, yet they all shared an innate ability to resonate with mainstream audiences while reflecting the changing societal norms of the era. The result was a profound evolution of television as an art form, redefining entertainment and solidifying these shows from the '60s as paragons of the industry. 

Among these luminaries, several stood out for their distinctive narratives and enduring appeal. Shows like The Twilight Zone expanded the horizons of imagination, whisking viewers away into dimensions of thought-provoking fantasy and psychological thriller. On the other hand, Star Trek: The Original Series boldly ventured into the final frontier, challenging societal norms under the guise of interstellar exploration. And not to be overlooked is The Andy Griffith Show , a heart-tugging slice of Americana that depicted the simplicity and warmth of small-town life. These, among others, epitomized the quality and diversity of 1960s TV shows. All these riveting shows and more can be accessed conveniently via streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, or Paramount+. 

In summary, the power and influence of the best TV shows of the ‘60s cannot be overstated. These shows from the ’60s were more than just sources of amusement - they became cultural touchstones, shaping public discourse and leaving enduring legacies. They reflected societal shifts, pushed creative limits, and, most importantly, etched unforgettable memories in the hearts of millions. As a testament to their achievement, these '60s TV shows continue to captivate audiences, offering timeless stories that transcend generations. So, step into the world of TV shows from the 1960s and savor the innovation, drama, and sheer entertainment of this unparalleled decade.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

This groundbreaking anthology series, created and hosted by Rod Serling, captivated audiences with its clever twists, thought-provoking moral dilemmas, and haunting final revelations. Each standalone episode delves into the utterly bizarre, tackling topics such as supernatural occurrences and ghastly technological dangers. The show's unique blend of science fiction, fantasy, and psychological horror remains influential to this day, inspiring countless modern television series and films.

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Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Original Series

Breaking new ground in both science fiction storytelling and progressive social commentary, Gene Roddenberry's visionary series chronicled the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, and their dedicated crew aboard the USS Enterprise. As they explored strange new worlds and encountered fascinating aliens, the series challenged societal norms and tackled thought-provoking issues, all while showcasing innovative special effects, memorable villains, and iconic catchphrases that have stood the test of time.

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

Premiering at a time when color television was just beginning to gain traction, this anthology program provided wholesome entertainment for the whole family. Through a mix of animation, live-action, and documentary-style segments, viewers were transported to realms of pure imagination, exploring the wonders of the natural world and meeting the beloved characters of classic Disney tales.

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The Flintstones

The Flintstones

As television's first prime-time animated series, this groundbreaking hit introduced viewers to the prehistoric lives of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, and their family, friends, and neighbors in the town of Bedrock. Featuring an array of hilarious Stone Age humor, including pun-based technology and satirical takes on modern American culture, the show's enduring appeal ensured that neither nostalgia nor an appetite for clever witticisms was lost to the sands of time.

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The Munsters

The Munsters

Adding a twist to the traditional family sitcom, this ghoulish comedy centered around Herman Munster, his vampire wife Lily, and their oddball relatives living in a spooky mansion in a seemingly normal American suburb. The show consistently amused audiences with its unique brand of macabre humor, endearing characters, and over-the-top antics as the monstrous clan faced various fish-out-of-water situations and misunderstandings.

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  • # 35 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show

Set in the fictional small town of Mayberry, this beloved sitcom portrayed the life of kindhearted Sheriff Andy Taylor as he navigated family matters and municipal challenges with a firm yet gentle hand. Supported by an unforgettable cast of quirky characters—including bumbling deputy Barney Fife, endearing son Opie, and wise Aunt Bee—the show celebrated the charms of rural life and the importance of community and friendship.

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The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show

This classic American sitcom, which first graced the screens on CBS between October 3, 1961, and June 1, 1966, is a creation of Carl Reiner and features a talented cast including Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, and Mary Tyler Moore. The series delves into the professional and personal life of Rob Petrie, a television comedy writer.

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  • # 59 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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Bewitched

The enchanting premise of this beloved sitcom saw Samantha Stephens, a suburban housewife who happened to be a witch, attempt to conceal her magical powers from her unsuspecting husband Darrin. Enduring interference from her meddling, mystical relatives—including her mischievous Uncle Arthur and headstrong mother Endora—she navigated the challenges of domestic life through a combination of sorcery, wit, and charm. The show's quirky blend of supernatural hijinks and hilarious misunderstandings ensured its popularity and longevity.

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The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Defying conventional ideals of the nuclear family, this darkly comedic series revolved around the macabre yet lovable Addams clan, led by dashing patriarch Gomez and his sultry wife Morticia. With their taste for the unusual and morbid, the eccentric relatives navigated life in their creepy mansion, frequently clashing with "normal" society to hilarious effect. Its striking visual style, wicked wit, and irresistible charm made the show an instant classic.

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  • # 28 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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The Carol Burnett Show

The Carol Burnett Show

This trailblazing variety program showcased the comedic genius of its titular star as well as supporting performers Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner. Featuring uproarious sketches, dazzling musical numbers, and hilarious audience interactions, the show became a staple of '60s television, earning countless accolades and cementing Carol Burnett's status as a comedy icon.

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  • # 31 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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  • # 4 of 86 on The 75+ Best CBS Shows

Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island

Stranded on a seemingly deserted tropical island after a fateful shipwreck, a diverse group of hapless castaways endeavored to make the best of their situation as they attempted to adapt to their new environment and find rescue. Filled with misadventures, pratfalls, and idyllic scenery, the show charmed viewers with its heartwarming portrayal of camaraderie and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.

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Get Smart

Parodying the espionage craze of the 1960s, this satirical series followed the adventures of bumbling spy Maxwell Smart and his competent partner, Agent 99, as they battled the sinister forces of the criminal organization KAOS. With its iconic catchphrases, slapstick humor, and humorous gadgets, the show lampooned the conventions of the spy genre to great effect, amassing a devoted following and praise for its unique wit and style.

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  • # 48 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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The Beverly Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies

Whisking a rural Appalachian family into the heart of high society, this enduring comedy showcased the endearing misadventures of the newly wealthy Clampett family after the discovery of oil on their land. Navigating the opulence and extravagance of Beverly Hills proved to be a constant source of humor, as the family's eccentric ways clashed with their sophisticated surroundings while trying to maintain their traditional values.

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Batman

In an era when superhero media was still in its infancy, this campy adaptation introduced viewers to the dynamic duo of billionaire-turned-crimefighter Bruce Wayne, played by Adam West, and his trusty sidekick Robin, portrayed by Burt Ward. Along with their loyal butler Alfred and Commissioner Gordon, they tirelessly battled an array of colorful villains that plagued Gotham City. With its memorable theme song, over-the-top gadgetry, and tongue-in-cheek humor, this pop culture phenomenon redefined an iconic franchise and captivated audiences for years to come.

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The Jetsons

The Jetsons

Set in a dazzling future filled with robots, flying cars, and other advanced technology, this prime-time animated sitcom followed the lives of George Jetson and his family as they navigated the pitfalls and perils of their futuristic utopia. With its blend of slapstick humor and insightful commentary on societal trends, the show appealed not only to children but to adult viewers as well, reflecting both optimism and anxieties regarding the rapid pace of technological development.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Hosted by the master of suspense himself, this anthology series served as a showcase for chilling tales of mystery, intrigue, and psychological horror. Reminiscent of his lauded films, each episode plumbed the depths of human depravity and paranoia, often culminating in shocking twist endings that left audiences questioning their own sanity.

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Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible

Pioneering the ensemble action-drama format, this riveting series followed the high-stakes exploits of the top-secret IMF agency, tackling international crises and thwarting dangerous adversaries through elaborate, covert operations. As each meticulously planned mission unfolded, agents faced countless obstacles and high-tension scenarios, requiring them to rely on their diverse skills, cutting-edge gadgetry, and unflappable teamwork to save the day. With its memorable theme tune and iconic fuse-igniting opening credits, the show became a lasting staple of the espionage genre.

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Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes

Taking a decidedly irreverent approach to the subject of World War II, this sitcom chronicled the schemes and stratagems of a group of Allied prisoners held captive in a German POW camp. Led by cunning Colonel Hogan, played by Bob Crane, the ragtag team of inmates used their wits and ingenuity to outsmart their captors, never missing an opportunity to sabotage enemy plans and further the Allied cause.

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The Wild Wild West

The Wild Wild West

Blending the best of espionage thrillers and timeless westerns, this action-packed series chronicled the daring exploits of secret agents James West and Artemus Gordon, who protected President Ulysses S. Grant and upheld law and order throughout the untamed frontier. Combining thrilling shootouts and stunt work with fantastical gadgets, ingenious disguises, and an unmistakable sense of humor, the show redefined the art of genre-mashing for a truly unique viewing experience.

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I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie

Adding a touch of magic to the classic sitcom formula, this enchanting show saw astronaut Captain Tony Nelson inadvertently unleash a captivating genie named Jeannie, sparking an unconventional romance as he attempted to keep her existence a secret from his disbelieving colleagues. Quirky misunderstandings, offbeat humor, and comedic chemistry between the leads created hugely entertaining scenarios, while the show's whimsical charm captivated fans both young and old.

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  • # 53 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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Dragnet

Pioneering the police procedural genre, this gripping drama offered an unflinching look at the day-to-day operations of law enforcement officers in Los Angeles. Central characters Sergeant Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon tackled diverse cases ranging from petty theft to murder, resulting in a realistic portrayal of police work and the challenges faced by those sworn to protect and serve.

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Bonanza

Set on the sprawling Ponderosa Ranch during the height of the American Old West, this trailblazing western series followed the rugged lives and moral dilemmas faced by thrice-widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright and his three distinctively different sons, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe. Tackling themes such as justice, family loyalty, and the taming of a wild frontier, the long-running program combined thrilling action sequences with heartfelt, morally complex storytelling.

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Leave It to Beaver

Leave It to Beaver

At the heart of this quintessential suburban sitcom, the Cleaver family—headed by all-American dad Ward and wholesome mom June—navigated the ups and downs of the 1950s and '60s familial life. Focusing particularly on the naive, inquisitive nature of young "Beaver" Cleaver, the show depicted a gentler, simpler era while tackling universal themes such as friendship, family dynamics, and childhood innocence.

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  • # 145 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

As the host who revolutionized late-night television, Johnny Carson transformed the talk-show format with his suave personality, innovative skits, and engaging interviews that made audiences feel like they were part of the conversation. With a rotating cast of celebrities, musical acts, and comedians, he dominated the airwaves and left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

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The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

This landmark variety program became a cultural touchstone for millions of viewers, showcasing a diverse array of talent spanning music, comedy, and other artistic pursuits. With a legendary roster of guest stars—including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Supremes—Ed Sullivan played an instrumental role in shaping American pop culture throughout the '60s and beyond.

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  • # 31 of 54 on The 50+ Best TV Shows With 10+ Seasons
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The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Employing a distinctive brand of self-referential humor and witty satire, this imaginative animated program followed the adventurous escapades of moose-and-squirrel duo Rocky and Bullwinkle as they thwarted nefarious foes and navigated a colorful world filled with unlikely allies and sinister adversaries. The show's densely layered gags and subversive tone appealed to audiences of all ages, making it one of the era's most lauded animated series.

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  • # 45 of 193 on 190+ Saturday Morning Cartoons From The '80s And '90s
  • # 132 of 538 on The 500+ Best Cartoons Of All Time, Ranked
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Perry Mason

Perry Mason

Centered around the enigmatic defense attorney Perry Mason, adeptly portrayed by Raymond Burr, this absorbing legal drama chronicled the tense courtroom battles faced by the brilliant lawyer and his steadfast team as they sought to exonerate unjustly accused clients through diligent investigation and keen legal strategy. Prominent for its memorable whodunit storylines and tight pacing, the series remains a standout within the crime-drama genre.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Embodying the height of '60s spy mania, this thrilling series followed agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin as they worked for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to combat the nefarious schemes of the evil organization THRUSH. Filled with action-packed sequences, suave charm, and unique gadgets, the show managed to capture the imagination of viewers and leave an indelible mark on the espionage genre.

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The Monkees

The Monkees

Initially created to capitalize on the popularity of The Beatles, this groundbreaking series combined a witty sitcom format with music videos, following the zany antics of the four members of the eponymous band. With their irreverent humor, catchy tunes, and endearing personalities, the fictional group eventually transcended the small screen to achieve genuine success as a pop phenomenon in their own right.

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  • # 125 of 469 on The 400+ Funniest TV Shows Ever, Ranked
  • # 71 of 164 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms
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Candid Camera

Candid Camera

Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, this innovative hidden-camera comedy series captured the outrageous reactions of unsuspecting individuals caught in awkward predicaments or baffling scenarios devised by host Allen Funt and his team. A trailblazer in the realm of prank television, the show's influence can still be seen in modern programming that explores the humor and humanity inherent in unscripted moments.

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TV Guide Celebrates 60 Years With Special STAR TREK Cover

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This year, TV Guide celebrates its 60th anniversary with six collectable covers — one of which features William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. The special Star Trek cover is composed of a mosaic of TV Guide covers from the 1960s.

Other 60th anniversary covers include I Love Lucy , The Mary Tyler Moore Show , The Cosby Show , The Simpsons and LOST .

Star Trek premiered on September 8, 1966 on NBC.

The issue is available on newsstands now.

TV Guide 60th Anniversary issue - Star Trek cover

TV Guide 60th Anniversary issue – Star Trek cover

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IDW's Trek #60 Concludes Five-Year Mission

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Wednesday will be a big day for IDW Publishing . That's when they'll unveil two new Star Trek comic book adventures. First up will be Star Trek #60—Altered Encounters, Part 2 of 2 , the concluding chapter in IDW's ongoing tale featuring the current iteration of the Enterprise crew. Written by Mike Johnson, with Tony Shasteen providing the art and cover, the all-new story brings captains and crews from two different timelines together. Star Trek #60 will run 32 pages and cost $3.99.

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And then there's Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Cover Celebration , which collects the greatest IDW Trek covers, from Kirk and Klingons to Bones and the Borg. It will feature an introduction by Mike Johnson, art by Tim Bradstreet, J.K. Woodward, Tony Shasteen, David Messina, Rachael Stott and more, and a cover by Tony Shasteen. Star Trek: 50th Annniversary Cover Celebration will run 52 pages and cost $7.99.

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For additional details, contact your local comic book retailer or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for additional details about the IDW's upcoming Star Trek adventures, as well as exclusive First Looks at covers and preview pages.

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