On this day in 1966, William Shatner recorded the opening narration to Star Trek. You know it best by its opening words, "Space ... the final frontier." But it didn't start out that way.
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On this day in 1966, William Shatner recorded the opening narration to Star Trek. You know it best by its opening words, “Space … the final frontier.” But it didn’t start out that way.

On this day in 1966, William Shatner recorded the opening narration to Star Trek. You know it best by its opening words, “Space … the final frontier.” But it didn’t start out that way.

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42 thoughts on “On this day in 1966, William Shatner recorded the opening narration to Star Trek. You know it best by its opening words, “Space … the final frontier.” But it didn’t start out that way.”

  1. I’m really glad they didn’t say “star trek”. It feels campy and cheap when the opening narration includes the title. The iterations are really fascinating. They nailed it with the finished product

  2. Are the early drafts really that bad or is it because we are so familiar with the broadcast version (like an old pair of jeans)?

  3. They left out my favorite.

    > SPACE…
    >
    > hunh!
    >
    > …Good God, y’all.
    >
    > What is it good for?
    >
    > Absolutely… nothing.
    >
    > Say it again, y’all!

  4. I feel like there must have been a lot of …animated… discussion that happened between August 2nd and August 9th, in order to culminate in that “Need I say more? Love and kisses” letter from Bob Justman.

  5. About halfway through the revisions, I seriously thought the next panel would start:

    “Now this is a story…

    All about how…

    My life got flip-turned upside down…”

  6. Here we thought the pauses were just Shatner’s exposition.

    No… it’s… all… the… … … elipsis!

  7. John D. F. Black who came up with “space, the final frontier” and “to boldly go where no man has gone before” also wrote Trouble Man, and co-wrote Shaft.

  8. Wow some of those early drafts really show how vague an idea of the mission of the Enterprise (and by extension the federation) Gene had in pre-production.

    Earth colonies? Law enforcement? Commerce regulation? None of these things would ultimately have any place in what the federation would become as the show’s lore evolved.

  9. This is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down.

    I’d like to take a minute, just sit sit right here,

    I’ll tell you how I became the prince of the final frontier.

  10. I reccomend you read *The Making of Star Trek* by Stephen E Whitfield. It’s a highly fascinating book about STO.

  11. I love the one that goes “Space…the final frontier…endless…silent…waiting.” It seems so ominous.

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