This Week in Star Trek History: Nov. 29 - Dec. 3

This Week in Star Trek History: Nov. 29 - Dec. 3

November 29 – The score for “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” as composed by Alexander Courage, was recorded on this day in 1965. “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” of course, was the second Star Trek pilot shot and it aired as the first season’s third episode.

November 29 – The Voyager episode “Flesh and Blood” aired on this day in 2000. The feature-length, Hirogen-centric episode was directed by Mike Vejar and David Livingston.

November 30 – Pocket Books released After the Fall on this day in 2004. The story was the first in Peter David’s New Frontier trilogy and featured characters that included Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, Admiral Elizabeth Shelby, Lt. Commander Robin Helfer and Ambassador Spock.

November 30 – Stuart Baird was born on this day in 1947. A veteran editor who’d previously directed the films Executive Decision and U.S. Marshals, Baird was tapped to helm Star Trek: Nemesis. Since that film’s release in 2002, Baird has returned to editing, cutting The Legend of Zorro, Casino Royale, Salt and the upcoming film Green Lantern.

December 1 – Malachi Throne was born on this day in 1928. Throne made several indelible marks on the franchise, first when he provided the voice of the Talosian Keeper in the TOS episode “The Cage,” again when he played Commodore Mendez in the TOS two-parter “The Menagerie, I and II,” later when he guest starred as Pardek in the landmark TNG episodes “Unification, I and II.” Throne is still active and most recently lent his voice to the 2009 animated title Green Lantern: First Flight.

December 1 – Simon and Schuster Audioworks and Alien Voices joined forces to release the audionovel Spock vs. Q: The Sequel on this day in 2000. The story centered on Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Q (John de Lancie) chatting once again, only this time Q found himself becoming Spock-like, logic and all, and Spock found himself becoming Q-ish, with humorous results.

December 2 – Paramount Home Entertainment released the seventh and final season of Deep Space Nine on DVD on this day in 2003. Among the extras: “Ending an Era,” a featurette with the cast and crew commenting on the show’s end, and “Morn Speaks,” in which Mark Allen Shepherd talked about his oft-seen, never heard character, Morn.

December 2 – Jerry Sohl was born on this day in 1913. A veteran, respected sci-fi writer, Sohl had a hand in penning three TOS episodes: “The Corbomite Maneuver” (teleplay), “This Side of Paradise” (story only, using the pseudonym Nathan Butler) and “Whom Gods Destroy” (story only). He passed away in 2002 at the age of 88.

December 3 – The Enterprise episode “Kir’Shara” aired on this day in 2004. It was episode nine of the show’s fourth and last season. Guest stars included Jeffrey Combs as Shran, Robert Foxworth as V’Las, Gary Graham as Soval, John Rubinstein as Kuvak and Kara Zediker as T’Pau.

December 3 – Kay Elliot died on this day in 1982 at the age of 53. Elliot counted among her credits the film The Severed Arm and guest spots on such series as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bewitched and Eight Is Enough, but she’s best known for her role(s) as the android replicas of Stella Mudd, ornery wife of Harry, in the TOS episode “I, Mudd.”