Trivia: At the very end of the episode, Scotty is in the navigator's position for the only time in the series.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Dehner would have had at least 6 years of medical school and residency after college. Dehner's personnel record says she is 21 years old, which means she would have entered Starfleet Academy no later than age 11. That assumes she is a brand new doctor on her first starship mission.
It's established in the episode that Kirk has known Mitchell for 15 years, and that they met when Mitchell was a cadet at Starfleet Academy. In his medical records, it says he's 23 years old. That would mean he entered the Academy at age 8, which simply wouldn't be possible.
When Mitchell is transported down to the planet, he had been rendered unconcious by a hypo. But he is standing upright under his own steam on the transporter pad with nothing holding him up. But his head is down and his eyes are closed to indicate he isn't awake.
Trivia: Dehner and Mitchell's medical records scramble two pieces of info: her address is 1489 and his is 8149. He was born in Eldman, she was born in Delman.
Trivia: Mitchell's medical records identify him as being born on stardate 1087.7 and being 23 years old. He stands 5'9" and weighs 160-169 pounds. his address is listed as 8149 - city of Eldman, state/planet of Newst...
Trivia: Dehner's medical records identify her as being born on stardate 1089.5 and being 21 years old. She stands 5'2" and weighs 116 pounds, and her address is listed as 1489 - city of Delman, state/planet of Newst... Her father's name is Gerard.
When Scotty and Dehner were standing on the bridge, when the Enterprise is about to go through the Great Barrier, you can see them holding hands. Then when the bridge starts acting like it's about to give way, you see Dehner pushing his hand away when looking at the camera.
When Dehner is in Sickbay with Mitchell and looking at the library tapes he's viewed, right when she asks him "Do you remember eveything you read that quickly?" and steps over to the tape viewer, you can see a boom mike shadow go across her head.
When we first see the phaser rifle, the stock is oriented horizontal to the rest of the phaser. But when Kirk is climbing over the rocks hunting for Mitchell, there is a shot where it rotates 90 degrees and is oriented vertically to the rest of the phaser body.
When Spock and Kirk are playing chess at the beginning of the episode, Spock actually smiles when he says "One of your Earth emotions". This is a contradiction to the rest of the Star Trek series as Vulcans are displayed as emotionless. As this is the second pilot (after "The Cage"), at this point they hadn't established that Vulcans weren't emotionless, or that Spock never smiles except under extreme circumstances.
Although Delta Vega is established to be an uninhabited mining planet and it is only visited "once every 20 years" by freighters, it has a fully functional brig complete with forceshield and bed.
A lot of people seem to have the wrong patches on their uniforms, Gary Mitchell had an science patch on his shirt but he was an engineering officer and Dr. Dehner had an engineering patch despite the fact that she was a science officer. (Gold = Command Blue = Science Tan = Enigneering).
When Kirk fires his phaser rifle at the rock, the explosive squib is partially visible.
When Kirk fired the phaser rifle the second time, we continue hearing the sound even though the beam had stopped.
When Spock was searching for info on ESP, the heights of Gary Mitchell & Elizabeth Dehner were switched. (This is corrected in the remastered version.)
Kirk's shirt was torn when he was fighting Mitchell, yet his stunt double's shirt isn't torn.
When Kirk and Spock watch Gary on the viewscreen reviewing library data, Mitchell just keeps bringing up the same page over and over. (This is corrected in the remastered version.)
The computer lists a 7" difference in height between Dehner and Mitchell, but when they go into a detention cell you can see they're almost exactly the same height.
Dehner was born stardate 1089.5 (she's age 21) and Mitchell is born 1087.7 (age 23). But...the episode starts on 1312.4 and ends on 1313.8. So does the digit to the left of the decimal indicate day or year - these two uses contradict each other.
In the fight scene between Kirk and Mitchell, William Shatner's stunt double has hair noticeably lighter than Shatner's.
Kirk's face is cut in the fight with Mitchell and he injures his hand, but when they warp out of orbit his face is unmarked - he's still wearing a bandage on his hand.
Kirk: What makes you so right and a trained psychiatrist wrong?
Spock: Because she feels. I don't. All I know is logic.
Mitchell: Time to pray, Captain. Pray to me.
Kirk: To you? Not to both of you?
Mitchell: Pray that you die easily.
Kirk: There'll only be one of you in the end. One jealous god... if all this makes a god. Or is it making you something else?
Mitchell: Your last chance, Kirk.
Kirk: Do you like what you see? Absolute power corrupting absolutely.
Mitchell: You should have killed me while you could, James... command and compassion are a fool's mixture.
Kirk: Nobody here but us chickens, Doctor.
Mitchell: Morals are for men, not gods.
Dehner: Before long we'll be where it would have taken mankind millions of years of learning to reach.
Kirk: And what will Mitchell learn in getting there? Will he know what to do with his power? Will he acquire the wisdom?
Dehner: Please go back while you still can.
Kirk: Did you hear him joke about compassion? Above all else a "god" needs compassion! Mitchell!
Kirk: I want (Mitchell's) service record to end that way. He didn't ask for what happened to him.
Spock: I felt for him, too.
Kirk: I believe there's some hope for you after all, Mr. Spock.
Mitchell: Hey, man, I remember you back at the Academy; a stack of books with legs! The only thing I ever heard from an upperclassman was, "Watch out for Lt. Kirk! In his class, you either think, or sink!"
Kirk: I wasn't that bad, was I?
Mitchell: If I hadn't aimed that little blond technician at you...
Kirk: You what?! You...you planned that?
Mitchell: Well, you wanted me to think, didn't you? I outlined her whole campaign for her!
Kirk: I almost married her!
Mitchell: Better be good to me. I'm getting even better ideas here.
Dehner: Women professionals do tend to over-compensate.
Dehner: A mutated, superior man could also be a wonderful thing...the forerunner of a new and better kind of human being!
Kirk: Mr. Spock, has anyone ever told you that you play a very irritating game of chess?
Spock: "Irritating"? Ah, yes, one of your Earth emotions.
(Kirk takes a major piece)
Kirk: Certain you don't know what irritation is?
Spock: The fact that one of my ancestors married a human female...
Kirk: Terrible having bad blood like that.
Spock: (Captain Kirk) played most illogically - his next move should have been the rook.
This episode was originally shown to NBC in a different edit form. That edit was never aired on TV and was believed lost until 2009 when a copy turned up Europe. The "lost" edit contains a prologue that was cut as well as a different opening and theme music, plus different takes of Kirk, Spock and Gary Mitchell heading to the bridge right after the marker buoy starts transmission. Plus there are also "Act" breaks and a different closing sequence with the titles being similar to the titles from "The Cage." This version was released as a bonus (in High-Definition) on the Season 3 Blu-ray.
Kirk's uniform rank insignia is that of a commander, and not a captain; and Mitchell's uniform rank is that of a lieutenant, not a lieutenant commander.
This was the only episode to not feature William Shatner's "Space, the final frontier..." voiceover during the opening credits, instead featuring only Alexander Courage's music as the Enterprise flies by. This was "corrected" in the 2006 remastered version of the episode, making the opening identical to other remastered Season 1 episodes.
During filming of this episode, both Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman wore silvered contact lenses in certain of their scenes. And since neither wore glasses nor contacts normally, Gary Lockwood would complain that he could not stand wearing them and would continually demand that they be removed.
This episode is in fact the second episode filmed after the unaired pilot, "The Cage". It was an unprecedented (at the time), request from NBC. It is known as the "second pilot" in most circles.
During production the set was swarmed by wasps that had built a nest in the rafters of Desilu studio 9. Filming had to be suspended and exterminators called in. Unfortunately, both William Shatner and Sally Kellerman were stung. Ms. Kellerman was stung in the small of her back, and Mr. Shatner was stung on the eyelid and the subsequent swelling forced them to postpone his scenes until the swelling subsided a couple of days later.
This was the first and only time the phaser rifle was ever used in the original series.
Robert Dawn of Mission: Impossible fame did Spock's makeup for this episode instead of Fred Phillips.
Mr. Leslie makes his first appearance played by Eddie Paskey. Eddie also served as William Shatner's stand in until he was injured during a stunt scene in "The Omega Glory".
It has been speculated that the blonde that Jim and Gary talk about that Jim almost married might have been Carol Marcus, the mother of his son, David Marcus.
Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the first pilot of the series, "The Cage".
The tombstone meant for Kirk has the name "James R. Kirk" written on it, though later episodes would give his middle as T (short for "Tiberius" as we learn in Star Trek VI). Roddenberry originally intended for Kirk's middle name to be "Rice," as he used a character named "Rice" in his previous TV productions.
Three different scripts were written for pilots - "The Omega Glory," "Mudd's Women," and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." NBC chose the most challenging of all those scripts and produced "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
This is the first time in American TV history that a show had to provide a second pilot to convince the networks to air it.
The crew uses the laser pistols from "The Cage" instead of phasers but they called them phasers.
In this episode, the Enterprise has spikes on the end of its nacelles and an extended bridge dome. This is fixed in the remastered version.
DeForest Kelley does not appear in this episode.
This is the first episode to be produced in the series, as it is sold as the first episode in its video release. It is easy to notice this since many characters are missing (including Dr. McCoy), Spock looked more like he did on "The Cage." and the uniforms are the ones used in that episode. Neither red uniforms nor female dresses existed (female officers used just the same uniforms as male officers did).
Spock and Scott wear gold uniforms in this episode.
Sulu wears a blue uniform in this episode. He is part of the Science Department at this point, he gives a report on Gary Mitchell's abilities, and projects how fast they'll grow.
According to William Shatner's book Star Trek: Memories this episode was filmed and produced over one year before it was aired. This would explain different uniforms, props, set designs, and make-up appliances used on Spock.
Kirk: Nobody here but us chickens.
This line is from a comical song classic by Louis Jordan, one of the first black recording artists to be on the charts for both black and white audiences. He played mostly R&B, urban blues, and also credited with starting the buildng blocks of rock 'n roll.
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