Earlier this week, we celebrated the original Star Trek‘s 45th birthday. One of the things that made the rounds that day was a link to some vintage Trek nerdity of the first order: The “sell sheet” for the second Star Trek pilot episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” distributed to advertisers, media, and so on ahead of the 1966-1967 television season.
The sell sheet, essentially a pamphlet, contained information on the series premise, characters, the Enterprise, and the types of stories viewers could expect to see each week. At the time this was distributed, the pilot had sold to NBC, but decisions which ultimately would affect the series as it went into regular production — cast and costume changes, modifications to sets, and even the broadcast order of episodes — was still in flux. Since the sell sheet contains information drawn from the pilot episode itself, it includes details on cast members and characters which would not end up making the transition to the weekly series As such, it’s a cool little artifact from Trek’s earliest days.
(For those wondering, this is the document which contains the infamous “airbrushed” photograph of Leonard Nimoy as Spock, with altered ears and eyebrows so as to minimize his resemblance to SATAN HIMSELF.)
The original pamphlets are themselves difficult to come by these days, though hardcore collectors (:: Ahem! ::) might have a copy stashed away somewhere. A facsimile version of the sell sheet was bound into the pages of 1996’s Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herb Solow and Bob Justman, but otherwise, it’s hard tracking this thing down.
Well, not anymore.
David Hart, aka “The Invisible Agent,” has posted a scan of the entire document on his blog for your viewing pleasure. He actually posted it back in June, but I only just became aware of it thanks to this article at TrekToday.com. Geeking out while looking this over is not only allowed but is also encouraged. Check it, yo:
Thanks very much to The Invisible Agent for posting this for us to enjoy, and to TrekToday.com for giving us a heads-up!