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EPISODE
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Attribution
Series: The Original Series
Written by: Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by: James Goldstone
Novelization in: Star Trek 8 by James Blish
Production information
Episode no.: 1x01
Production no.: 6149-02
First aired: 22 September 1966
Chronology
Date: 2265
Stardate: 1312.4

Contents

Summary

While on a mission to probe beyond the boundary of the galaxy, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) receives a distress call from the disaster beacon of the SS Valiant - an Earth vessel which has been listed as missing for nearly two centuries. Captain James T. Kirk orders that the object be brought aboard for further investigation.

The Enterprise beams the Valiant's flight-recorder aboard, and Lieutenant Commander Spock begins to analyse its memory banks. They indicate that the Valiant had encountered an unknown force in this region of space. Spock hears urgent requests for information regarding extrasensory perception (ESP), and then, shockingly, what appears to be the Valiant's captain giving the order to destroy his own ship.

At the galaxy's boundary, the Enterprise also encounters an unusual force field, the galactic barrier. Nine crewmembers die in the encounter, and two others are badly injured - psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, and Captain Kirk's old friend, Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell.

Under the care of ship's surgeon, Dr. Mark Piper, Mitchell begins to exhibit increasing powers. He is able to levitate objects, read thoughts and control the ship's instruments. Dr. Dehner is also starting to exhibit similar capabilities.

Dehner concludes that Mitchell is mutating into a more advanced kind of human. But Hikaru Sulu cautions that at the rate at which Mitchell's powers are growing, he will not be human for much longer. Realising the threat that Mitchell might pose, Spock suggests marooning him on the planet Delta Vega - a coldly logical recommendation that Kirk is reluctant to accept until Mitchell murders Lieutenant Lee Kelso while escaping.

On the planet's surface, Kirk hunts down his friend and warns him that his absolute power will lead to absolute corruption. Mitchell's response is to attempt to kill Kirk. Dehner uses her own powers to stop him, but both she and Mitchell are killed in the resulting battle.

Kirk records that both gave their lives in the performance of their duties - a decision that meets with Spock's approval. And Kirk asserts that there's hope for Spock after all.

References

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Characters

Daniel AldenElizabeth DehnerLee KelsoJames T. KirkEd LeslieGary MitchellMark PiperMontgomery ScottBarbara SmithSpockHikaru Sulu

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • SS Valiant

Locations

Aldebaran systemAldebaran IIIAldebaran colonyCanopus systemCanopus PlanetDelta Vega sectorDelta Vegagalactic barrier

Races and cultures

HumanVulcan

States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet Academy

Other

aurora borealisESPespergalaxyKaferian applelithiumlithium cracking stationmagnetic stormneutron radiationNightingale Womanphaserphaser rifleBenedict de SpinozaPhineas Tarboldetelekinesisthree-dimensional chessyeomanimpulse pack

Appendices

Related stories

Timeline

published order
Previous episode:
The Cage
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The Corbomite Maneuver
Previous episode:
Charlie X
TOS episode aired Next episode:
The Naked Time
Previous story:
Catspaw
Star Trek 8
Next story:
Wolf in the Fold
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Lives of Dax
Sins of the Mother
Section 2
Pocket Next Adventure:
Q-Squared
Track A: Chapter 12
Previous Adventure:
Mere Anarchy
Things Fall Apart
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
My Brother's Keeper
Republic
Chapters 1-4, and 21

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