Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letter

Illustration for article titled Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letter

After the first pilot for Star Trek was on the verge being rejected by NBC, Gene Roddenberry sent this impassioned letter to his agent on February 12, 1965. It's a fascinating snapshot of Roddenberry with his back against the wall.

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The second pilot for Star Trek — "Where No Man Has Gone Before" — would eventually be picked up by the network, but this is nonetheless an intriguing artifact from an almost Trek-less world.

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[P. Evans via Letters of Note. Thanks Lawdog!]

Illustration for article titled Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letter
Illustration for article titled Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letter
Illustration for article titled Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letter
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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

Would the world really have been "Trekless?" This particular show wouldn't have been made and The Shat might not be an icon but don't you think the combination of the cold war, the dawning sexual revolution, the space race and improving special effect technology would have created something similar or even several shows to fill the same sort of niche? Kind of a parallel evolution theory of entertainment and sociology?