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Sunday, January 8, 2017

STAR TREK: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Guest Stars:  Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, George Takei, James Doohan, Lloyd Haynes
Directed by James Goldstone
(actor & director credits courtesy

Upon leaving the galaxy, the Enterprise travels through a cosmic storm that transforms the ship's navigator into an advanced being with the power to read minds and manipulate objects.

This is the "second" pilot commissioned by NBC which was ultimately accepted and launched the series after they rejected the initial pilot, The Cage.  Although the uniforms and props in this episode would be retooled for subsequent episodes, most of the elements of the Star Trek we've come to know are here, first and foremost William Shatner's portrayal of Captain Kirk.  Although Shatner's acting style has been teased and parodied often during the years, he's perfect here as Kirk, authoritative but with conflicting emotions for the fate of Gary Mitchell, when his navigator begins to change.  Samuel A. Peeples' teleplay offers a fine sci-fi drama and Alexander Courage's score adds both eerie themes and stirring movements for the episode's action-packed climax.

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