Alright here we go - Where No Man Has Gone Before.
A lot of visual differences from the balance of the series. Spock looks different, Spock and Scotty in beige, etc.
However, strong performances from guest cast, Gary Lockwood (of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame) and a young Sally Kellerman highlight the excellent acting that would pervade the series. I like the story about the contact lenses - Lockwood and Kellerman had to look down, under the contacts, to see. It gave them a haughty look which enhanced their appearance of superiority to the unaltered humans.
There was a high body count in this episode, 12, the most for the series. Kelso could be counted as the first "redshirt" although none of the onscreen deaths involved a crewman wearing a red shirt.
I always like that this one opens with Kirk and Spock playing tri-D chess.
The episode itself covers the theme of what it means to be human and the corrupting effects of power.
Another twist is the rather bloodthirsty attitude of Spock versus Mitchell, in contrast to Kirk who is desperate to save his old friend and crewman. This would be generally reversed in future episodes but it makes sense. Once Spock analyzed, logically, there was no alternative, he focused on the correct course of action. Kirk could not see that until it was almost too late.
This post was edited on 7/7 at 8:42 am