Where No Fan Has Gone Before

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (61)

  • Melllvar: I thank you, Fry. You know, you and I are of a kind. In a different reality I could have called you "friend". Fry: Episode 10, Balance of Terror. Melllvar: More like episode nine, loser! In your face! Victory is mine!

  • Melllvar: If I can't have the original cast of Star Trek, no one will! Prepare to die! Fry: Wait! If they mean that much to you, why do you wanna kill them? Melllvar: Because I... I... I dunno what I'd do without them. Fry: Melllvar, you can't let a TV show be your whole life. You can do anything you want. Look at Walter Koenig: After Star Trek, he became an actor. Koenig: Not just an actor, but a well-rounded person, with my own friends and credit cards and keys.

  • Fry: Look, Leonard, we're light enough to keep the tapes! Isn't that great? Nimoy: I'm living in a gefilte fish jar.

  • Shatner: Leela, please. This is exactly what Melllvar wants. We're just pawns in his diabolical game of checkers.

  • Koenig: I don't have much experience at fighting - except with you guys. Shatner: I have an idea. Wasn't there an episode where I threw my shoe at the enemy? Nimoy: You mean Doohan?

  • Melllvar: This will be your standard battle to the death. The only weapons: Whatever you can find. But I warn you, do nothing until I have signalled the start of combat. OK, start.

  • Bender: OK! I'm done re-kafoobling the energy motron... or whatever.

  • Leela: For one hundred quatloos: Who did the captain maroon on Ceti Alpha V? Shatner: Khaaan! Fry(buzzes): Uh... Khan? Leela: Correct. Melllvar: My button has broken.

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Notes (12)

  • This episode was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Script.

  • A few scenes from this episode featuring William Shatner were shown in the video montage at the beginning of his roast in 2006.

  • There was one deleted scene which was taken out at Shatner's request, and when you see it, you'll know why. It can be found on the Season 4 DVD.

  • The energy being had several different forms that were drawn up for consideration. But in the end, the staff admitted most of them looked too "good" to ever look like anything from the original series. So they went with the simplest form, which was the sparkly cloud.

  • While it's only hinted that he was there, that is really the voice of Jonathan Frakes who played Riker on The Next Generation.

  • In return for turning down the role, Cohen got revenge by writing in the character of "Welshy." The one line we hear him speak is actually in welsh. Translated is says "I am very drunk." The other writers took it a step forward and had Welshy killed, showing one of the few constants in Star Trek -- if you wear a red suit, and you're only an ensign... you'll eventually get killed!

  • All but two of the original Star Trek cast are present for this episode. DeForest Kelly who played Bones, obviously due to his death 3 years earlier. But the only living member to turn it down was James Doohan who played Scotty. When the request went out to his agent, the crew got only a two-word reply. "NO WAY!"

  • Writer David Goodman actually won a job writing for Star Trek: Enterprise because of this episode.

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Trivia (14)

  • When the Star Trek Cast members are reading the script Mellvar wrote you see that Deforest's shirt is yellow not blue like it usually is.

  • The opening theme promotion and the title of this episode coincide: WHERE NO FAN HAS GONE BEFORE


  • Shirt on nerd getting killed: Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life here.


  • When Leela tells the crew to "lose some weight," you'll see that the three main cast members are posed in the same areas as the people standing next to them. Shatner next to Leela in the captain's chair, Fry sitting at the communication desk with Nichols behind him, and Bender standing with his hands behind his back the same way Nimoy is posed.

  • Some more bits of info: When the priest in the Church of Trek says "And Scotty beamed them to the Klingon ship, where they would be no Tribble at all.", it is a reference to the season 2 TOS episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles." Also, "Nazi-Planet-Episode Land (formerly Germany)" refers to a TOS episode where Kirk & Spock visit a planet that's very "Nazi-Land (formerly Germany)"-ish. When Fry takes Nimoy's head from the Head Museum, the head that comes and says, "Yes. Front row!" is the head of Jonathan Frakes, who plays Number One (aka Commander Riker) on Star Trek: The Next Generation. When Nimoy's head says to Shatner's head, "Bill, you are, and always shall be, my friend" is a reference to Spock's last words (before he dies) in Star Trek II, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live Long and Prosper." When Fry powers up the Planet Express ship, the buttons make beeps like the ones on the original series Enterprise registry number NCC-1701. The term "Omega system" is a reference to Star Trek with various systems like the Viridian system or our solar system: the Terran System. Bender's comment about Melllvar being a cheesy effect is obviously a reference to the cheesy effects in the original Star Trek. After the first commercial break, during the establishing shot of the ship you hear TOS-ish music. The sparkly effect of the "TrekFest 3002" appearing is a reference to the cheesy original series transporter effect. George and Walter sharing a copy of the script may be a reference to their characters, Sulu and Chekov, sharing a "connected" console. Leela's plan to overload Melllvar is a classic Trek-like plan complete with Trek techno talk. When Bender is modifying the weapons, or as he put it "'recafoobelling' the energy-motron... or whatever", the "room" he is in is supposed to be like the original series Jeffries Tubes. When Fry and Melllvar are listing fight-to-the-death episodes, they forgot episode 34, Amok Time, where Kirk and Spock must fight to the death. The machine gun that Bender finds is a prop from the TOS episode, A Piece of the Action. Nichelle Nichols' fan dance is from Star Trek V. The music that plays while the 2 crews are fighting is roughly from almost every hand to hand Star Trek fight. Melllvar being called for dinner and being referred to as a child is a reference to to the season 1 TOS episode, The Squire of Gothos. The mention of a self destruct code, Destruct Sequence..., is a reference to the TOS episode, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, and Stra Trek III. The music at the end BEFORE the credits is straight from TOS. The music DURING the credits is merely Trek-ISH.

  • First Nimoy tries to steer away from Spock, and talk about his other achievements as an actor, but latter admit that he can't escape it. This is a cheap stab at the actions he took writing his two books "I Am Not Spock" and "I Am Spock."

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Allusions (11)

  • Sign in the Church of Trek: Ceiling of the Christine chapel closed for renovation. Reference to the TOS character nurse Christine Chapel, played by Majel Barrett who was the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

  • Shatner performs a spoken-word version of Eminem's The Real Slim Shady. This is also an allusion to Shatner's many musical efforts, like his album The Transformed Man.

  • Jonathan Frakes: "Yes! Front Row" Jonathan Frakes played William T. Riker in Star Trek the Next Generation as well as gueat stared as him in other versions. This pokes fun at the fact that the original series was the only one that they seem to care about in this show even though several fans think TNG was better.

  • The last shot in the closing credits is of a 'sinister' looking Kif, based on the last shot in Star Trek's closing credits during the second season, of the sinister-looking 'false Balok' from The Corbomite Maneuver.

  • Shatner: Let's get the Hell out of here. The last line of this episode is the same as last line of the classic Star Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever. In both episodes William Shatner delivers the line.

  • Bender Says "Another classic science fiction show canceled before its time", can be a reference to the short-lived Roswell. Also when Fry takes Leonard Nimoy's head off the shelf, he is replaced by Jonathan Frakes, who is not only from Star Trek: TNG, he was also the executive producer of "Roswell" Additionally, this could be a reference to Futurama itself because by the time this episode was made they had a pretty good idea they weren't going to be renewed for another season. It was shown as the last episode of the 3rd televised season but it was made to be shown in the middle of the 4th and (at the time) last production season.

  • The space ship that disposes of the Trek tapes looks very much like an Eagle spaceship from the series "Space: 1999".

  • "George and Walter will have to share" was a stab at the fact that the show didn't have the budget in the second season for both Koenig and Takei, so they had to switch off episodes.

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