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"Where no man has gone before" is a saying used in the introductory sequence of all but one of the episodes of the original Star Trek science fiction television series. The complete line, "To boldly go where no man has gone before", refers to the mission of the original starship Enterprise. The complete introductory sequence, read by Captain Kirk, is: The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series and ten feature films (with an eleventh film currently in the early stages of development as of 2006), in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction. ... A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the USS Enterprise, (NCC-1701) was the ship in the original NBC TV series Star Trek, which chronicled the vessels most famous assignment, a five-year mission of exploration and diplomacy under Captain James T. Kirks command. ... James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner, was captain of two starships Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) in the fictional Star Trek universe. ...

   
Where no man has gone before
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
   
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Usage in Star Trek

The Enterprise, boldly going where no man has gone before in the episode of the same name.
The Enterprise, boldly going where no man has gone before in the episode of the same name.

Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode Where No Man Has Gone Before © 1966 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode Where No Man Has Gone Before © 1966 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ...

Fictional backstory within the series

The quote has been used numerous times by various characters of Star Trek, and has in fact been given a complete backstory within the show. It is shown to become corrupted as time passes in the series, and to be willingly changed to reflect the political climate of the various time-periods covered in the Star Trek universe.


The backstory states that the phrase, and in fact the entire mission statement of the Enterprise, originates from a speech given by Zefram Cochrane at the dedication of the Warp 5 Complex in 2119, and shown in the episode "Broken Bow": Zefram Cochrane is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe who invented warp drive in 2063, bringing faster-than-light travel (FTL) technology to humanity; although technology to travel faster than light was developed independently by other races before and since, it is Cochranes contributions alone which are... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Broken Bow is the pilot episode (episode number 001 (Paramount Pictures, n. ...

   
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On this site, a powerful engine will be built. An engine that will someday help us to travel a 100 times faster than we can today. Imagine it. Thousands of inhabited planets at our fingertips. And we'll be able to explore those strange, new worlds. And seek out new life and new civilizations. This engine will let us go boldly where no man has gone before.
   
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In the fictional timeline, the quote became corrupted by the use of the split infinitive "to boldly go." It became both the mission and the motto of Kirk's Enterprise. It appeared on a plaque on the side of the bridge, although it was impossible to make out in normal episodes. Following the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which dealt with cross-species racism, the word "man" was changed to the gender- and race-neutral "one" by Kirk: Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... A split infinitive is a grammatical construction in the English language where a word or phrase, usually an adverb or adverbial phrase, occurs between the marker to and the bare infinitive (uninflected) form of the verb. ... A motto is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount Pictures, 1991; see also 1991 in film) is the sixth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... An African-American man drinks out of the colored only water cooler at a racially segregated street car terminal in the United States in 1939. ...

   
Where no man has gone before
Captain's log, stardate 9529.1. This is the final cruise of the starship Enterprise under my command. This ship and her history will shortly become the care of another crew. To them and their posterity will we commit our future. They will continue the voyages we have begun and journey to all the undiscovered countries, boldly going where no man... where no one has gone before.
   
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The new quote "where no one has gone before" was supposedly then adopted as the mission and motto of the following starships Enterprise. It can be seen on the golden plaque on the side of bridge of the Enterprise-D. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe, the principal setting of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


History

The second pilot episode of Star Trek was called "Where No Man Has Gone Before". It was also the only episode of the series not to feature Kirk's speech in the introductory sequence. The speech was also absent from the previous pilot, "The Cage", although that episode is not always considered part of the original series. This makes "The Cage" the only episode related to the original series not to feature the quote in any way. A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... Where No Man Has Gone Before was the second pilot episode of the Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The Cage is the original pilot episode of the original Star Trek science fiction series and resulting franchise. ...


The modified quote "where no one has gone before" was first included in the introductory sequence of Star Trek: The Next Generation to make it gender-neutral. It was read by the Enterprise's new captain, Jean-Luc Picard, at the begining of every episode of that series. A first-season episode of that series was also called "Where No One Has Gone Before". It is worth noting that, despite the similar names, the plot of this episode bears no connection to that of "Where No Man Has Gone Before". The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard was the main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the four films which followed. ... Where No One Has Gone Before is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


Origin of the quote

Although Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry never explained how he came up with the quote, some [1] suggest it was taken from a White House booklet published in 1958. The Introduction to Outer Space, produced in an effort to garner support for the national space programme in the wake of the Sputnik flight, read on its first page: Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ... Sputnik 1 The Sputnik program was a series of unmanned space missions launched by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s to demonstrate the viability of artificial satellites. ...

   
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The first of these factors is the compelling urge of man to explore and to discover, the thrust of curiosity that leads men to try to go where no one has gone before. Most of the surface of the earth has now been explored and men now turn on the exploration of outer space as their next objective. [2]
   
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Usage in popular culture

  • The phrase was used by NASA in the title of their 1989 publication Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions [3].
  • An episode of the Futurama TV series that involved Star Trek was called "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". The episode involves the characters of Futurama meeting the cast of the original series of Star Trek, and contains numerous references to events that took place in the episodes of Star Trek.
  • The character of Garth says the line in the movie Wayne's World.

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See also

Star Trek is one of the most culturally influential television shows – and perhaps the most influential science fiction TV series – in history. ...

References

  1. ^ Dwaybe A. Day, "Boldly going: Star Trek and spaceflight", in The Space Review, 28 November 2005. URL accessed on 15 August 2006.
  2. ^ The White House, "Introduction to Outer Space", U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C., 26 March 1958. URL accessed on 15 August 2006.
  3. ^ W. David Compton, "Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions", NASA Special Publication-4214, NASA History Series, 1989. URL accessed on 15 August 2006.

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