t’s almost unheard of for a network to reject a pilot, only to request a new one. But Star Trek always was a bit special. Anika and Liz are here to discuss “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, the second – and successful – Star Trek pilot. And we have to ask – is this real Star Trek, or just a generic action-adventure story wearing a Starfleet uniform, a shameless money grab, a blatant jumping of the shark?
- But seriously, this is a strangely violent and callous episode!
- Anika points out the ways it revisits ideas from “The Cage”
- Gary Mitchell is THE WORST; he’s also, essentially, fanon!Kirk
- Anika’s paean to Chris Pine, The Best Kirk
- Was Tilly at the Academy with Kirk and Mitchell? (Yes.)
- Is this all an elaborate plot by Spock to replace Gary Mitchell as Kirk’s BFF? (Also yes.)
- Can we make this decades-old episode all about Admiral Cornwell? (Absolutely.)