Where No Man Has Gone Before (Episode)

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Where No Man Has Gone Before
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"

"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
Season 1
Episode 3
Production Number 02
Released 22 Sep 1966

Stardate 1312.4: Kirk's friend, Gary Mitchell, is transformed into a god-like entity.

While patrolling near the outer boundary of the galaxy, the Enterprise beams aboard the flight recorder of the S.S. Valiant, a galactic survey vessel that had visited the area nearly two centuries earlier. Upon attempting to leave the galaxy, the survey vessel had come in contact with an energy barrier, which disabled the ship and killed some of the crew. One crewman, however, recovered from serious injuries sustained within the barrier. From this point, the information is garbled; there are repeated requests for data on extrasensory perception, or ESP, and a self-destruct order is apparently given by the Valiant's captain.

Puzzled yet determined, Captain Kirk decides to move forward, only to contact the same energy barrier that had disabled the Valiant. Unknown radiation penetrates the ship, and Kirk orders the Enterprise back out of the energy field. Several crewmen are dead and two have been rendered unconscious: Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell, a friend of Kirk's from Starfleet Academy, and Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, a psychiatrist. Both recover and seem unharmed—though Mitchell's eyes now glow a bright silver. The ship's warp engines are also severely damaged.

In sickbay, Kirk learns that Mitchell is feeling completely well. He is also reading material he never understood before with complete comprehension, and his reading speed is incredible. Showing off to Dr. Dehner, Mitchell "plays dead" by stopping all his body functions for almost a full minute. He is mutating into something beyond Human.

Kirk and Spock discover Gary Mitchell's ESP quotient is extremely high, as is Dr. Dehner's. At a meeting of the Enterprise department heads, Sulu states that Mitchell's powers are developing at an astounding rate. Spock suggests that Kirk kill Mitchell now, while he still can; he cautions him not to wait too long, as the captain of the Valiant obviously did.

Unwilling to murder a man who was once one of his closest friends, Kirk sets course for Delta Vega, an uninhabited planet with an automated lithium-cracking station that can aid in repairing their damaged warp drive engines. He intends to maroon Mitchell there. Mitchell is sedated and transported to the planet, where he's confined within a hastily built brig. But Gary has grown too strong to be held by a forcefield. Declaring that he has become a god, he escapes, taking along Dehner, who has also begun to mutate. Kirk follows with a phaser rifle, and Mitchell attempts to kill him with his new powers. Dehner, realizing what Michell has become, helps Kirk overpower the mad superman, and is killed in the attempt. Aboard the Enterprise, Kirk records that Mitchell and Dehner died in the line of duty. (Summary from The Star Trek Compendium)

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Related Data

Astrometrics Aldebaran; Aldebaran Colony; Canopus Planet; Delman; Delta Vega; Deneb IV; Dimorus; Earth; Eldman; Galactic Barrier; Kaferia; Milky Way galaxy
Chronology Prime Timeline; Stardate 1277.1, 1087.7, 1089.5; 1312.4-1313.8; 1996; 2069; 2233; 2237; 2251; 2266
Culture chess; The Ethics; God; gods; grave; prayer; sonnet; soul; The Nightingale Woman; tombstone
Education doctor; doctorate; physician; psychiatrist; Starfleet Academy; Tri-Planetary Academy
Food coffee; Kaferian apples; water
People Alden; Dehner, Elizabeth; Dehner, Gerald; Johanson; Kelso, Lee; Kirk, James T.; Mitchell, Gary; Parsons; Piper, Mark; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Smith; de Spinoza, Benedict; Hikaru Sulu; Tarbolde, Phineas
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks (Cadet, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Captain); United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology artificial gravity; bed; biobed; blood; brain; communications; communicator; computer; darts; deflector dish; deflectors; distress signal; extrasensory perception; fever; fission; forcefield; freezer; gravity; hour; hypospray; impulse drive; lead;light year; lithium; magnetism; medicine; meter; mutation; neutron radiation; orbit; phasers (hand phaser, phaser rifle); pills; poison; precognition; psychiatry; physics; pyrokinesis; radiation; recorder-marker buoy; self-destruct; sensors; stimulant; telekinesis; telepathy; tractor beam; transporter; tricorder; turbolift; viewscreen; warp drive; warp nacelle; water; year
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; lifeboat; ore ships; S.S. Valiant
Xenology chickens; Denebians; Dimorusians; Humans; insects; mice; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bridge; briefing room; brig; Galactic Mining Company; money; penny; sickbay; Starfleet delta; Starfleet Uniforms (2254)


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
James Goldstone

Written by
Samuel A. Peeples

Created and Produced by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert Justman

Music Composed by
Alexander Courage

Director of Photography
Ernest Haller, A.S.C.

Production Designer
Walter M. Jefferies

Guest Stars
Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman


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

Art Director
Rolland M. Brooks

Film Editor
John Foley, A.C.E.

Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman

Set Decorator
Ross Dowd

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Sound Mixer
Cam McCulloch

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Jack Hunsaker

Sound Editor
Joseph G. Sorokin

Production Supervisor
James Paisely

Paul McCardle

Special Effects
Bob Overbeck

Music Consultant
Wilbur Hatch

Music Coordinator
Julian Davidson

Robert Dawn

Hair Styles
Hazel Keats

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

Photographic Effects
Howard Anderson Co.

A Desilu Production

In association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow