"Where No Man Has Gone Before" (Part 2)
Star Trek #2 (IDW)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Based on the original teleplay by Samuel A. Peeples
Artist: Stephen Molnar
Lt. Gary Mitchell begins to think of
himself as a god.
Read the story summary of this issue at Memory
This two-part story is based on the televised pilot episode
of the original Star Trek (although it was the
third episode broadcast, on
September 22, 1966).
There were two different ST-TNG novels set in the original
timeline and featuring the character Q, in which the
galactic barrier is explained in conflicting ways. In
Q-Zone, Q set up the barrier to prevent a being called
O from re-entering the galaxy; both Gary Mitchell and Dr.
Dehner were possessed by a part of O, granting them their
godlike powers. In Q-Squared, the barrier is
explained as containing the essence of Q after a
confrontation with Trelane; Q first attempted to escape by
attaching himself to a Valiant crewmember, but the attempt
ultimately failed. He escaped successfully after attaching
to both Mitchell and Dehner in the Star Trek
"Where No Man Has Gone Before".
This issue is quite a letdown as a conclusion to the story
in comparison to the original episode. It lacks the impact
of the TV episode and suffers for the lack of the Dr.
Elizabeth Dehner character to add a compassionate angle to
the attainment of godlike power as opposed to Mitchell's
more demonic mental transformation.
The cover of this issue features the
photo likeness of actor Gary
Lockwood in his role as Lt. Gary
Mitchell in the original series
"Where No Man Has Gone Before". Notice
though, that his uniform tunic has
been replaced from the classic one
of the episode (with turtle-neck
collar) to the current movie
|The cover features a
background schematic of a modern
Enterprise shuttlecraft. But the
advertisement for this issue that
appeared at the end of issue #1
depicts the classic series
This story opens on stardate 1313.1. How can that be, when
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Part 1 began on
2258.56?? The answer is that this stardate comes from the
original episode. Possibly writer Mike Johnson originally
used the stardates from the episode before they were changed
editorially to match the new stardate system from the
rebooted timeline and this reference simply got overlooked.
Page 4 reveals that the mineral processing facility on Delta
Vega is called Dse-Grissom.
On page 5, Mitchell reminds Kirk that he, Kirk, was once
stranded on another Delta Vega by Spock, just as Kirk is
about to strand him on this one. The other Delta Vega
appeared in "The
Vengeance of Nero".
On page 8, Mitchell kills Kelso by forcing him to shoot
himself in the head with his phaser. In the original
episode, Mitchell uses telekinesis to wrap a loose
electrical cable around his throat, strangling him.
On page 12, Mitchell offers Kirk a Kaferian apple, as he
does to Dr. Dehner in the original episode.
In the original episode, Mitchell's hair gets greyer as the
power consumes his human form. Here, there is no obvious
On page 21, Mitchell and Kelso are given burials in space
inside what appear to be photon torpedo tubes, just as was
Spock in the original timeline in Star Trek: The Wrath
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