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Where No Man Has Gone Before 

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


James Goldstone


Samuel A. Peeples, Gene Roddenberry (created by)




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


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

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22 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


At the very end of the episode, Scotty is in the helmsman's position for the only time in the series. See more »


Delta Vega has a lithium cracking station on it. Lithium is an element, not a molecule and therefore can't be "cracked". See more »


[During a game of chess]
Spock: I'll have you checkmated your next move.
Kirk: [chuckles] Have I ever mentioned you play an irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Irritating? Ah, yes... one of your Earth emotions.
[Kirk checkmates Spock]
Kirk: Certain you don't know what irritation is?
Spock: The fact one of my ancestors married a human female...
Kirk: Terrible, having bad blood like that.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Featured in The Lost Enterprise: Star Trek - Phase II (2001) See more »


Theme from Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Good first episode with William Shatner confronting psychic enemies
10 January 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This first chapter from the first season starred by William Shatner deals with a black box from USS Valiant starship explaining the story upon a magnetic storm edge galaxy , while USS Enterprise is next to the barrier . Captain James T. Kirk decides cross it with dangerous consequences . His best friend , lieutenant Gary Mitchell threats the aircraft security , Kirk must choose : Leaving to Mitchell in a solitary planet or kill him when he still can do it .

This is an entertainment romp where are introduced the characters of the series . Here William Shatner replacing Jeffrey Hunter (The Menagerie) makes a valiant and intelligent Kirk . Leonard Nimoy , as always , is splendid in his immortal role as cold Vulcanian . Starring actors of this episode are Gary Lockwood , two years later famous for ¨2001 space odyssey¨ and Sally Kellerman posteriorly successful in ¨Mash¨ . Besides , noted secondary actors , just like Paul Fix and Lloyd Haynes . Other original actors making a brief apparition are Scotty (recently deceased James Doohan) and Zulu (George Takei). The classical musical score by the usual series , Alexander Courage . The episode was well directed by James Goldstone (Roller-coaster , When the time ran out). This television film will appeal to the Trekkers enthusiasts as well as the initiated .

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