The story of the two pilots filmed for Star Trek is well known. When NBC rejected “The Cage” for being too cerebral, changes were made to the series, including the introduction of William Shatner to the series as Captain Kirk. What fans may not know is that two versions of the new pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before” were filmed. Under wraps since 1965, the alternate version is finally seing the light of day.
A film collector in Germany acquired the print and “recently brought it to the attention” of CBS/Paramount. CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15.
This version of “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was completed in 1965 and features archived footage that was not included in the pilot episode ultimately broadcasted. Never-before-aired, this newly recovered version is believed to be what was originally screened for NBC, and the basis for their decision to broadcast STAR TREK®. … “When we first discovered the original film print existed, we jumped at the chance to give STAR TREK fans the opportunity to add this never aired pilot to their collections,” said Ken Ross, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Home Entertainment. “It will be a real treat for fans to see and hear how it all could have begun.”
The restored pilot will be included in the “Star Trek: Original Series – Season 3” Blu-ray release.