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Greatest TV Pilots: Star Trek’s three pilots provide a glimpse into the development process

Star Trek is a beloved series and, thanks to its longevity in syndication and on DVD, its sequels, and its recent big-screen reboot, it remains as pop-culturally present now as it’s perhaps ever been. The USS Enterprise and her crew have become iconic but as with most shows, Star Trek faced a difficult development process. The series shot two very different pilots, “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, neither of which were actually used to premiere the show to audiences. That privilege went to “The Man Trap”, and while the second pilot did air a couple weeks later, the original pilot wouldn’t see the light of day for over two decades, though parts of it were worked into the season one two-parter, “The Menagerie”.

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