- Jul 30, 2013
- Milwaukie, OR, US
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I'd been told by John80220 that the first two episodes (in order of broadcast) of the first season of Star Trek (TOS), "The Man Trap" and "Charlie X," had a slightly different version of William Shatner's opening narration, which usually goes: "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." He also told me that there were actually only five episodes which used the original electric violin version of the theme song, and says thus the first episode in order of broadcast to feature the more common cello version was "The Enemy Within." He says that the electric violin version of the opening theme that was restored on the original five episodes (and inexplicably on seven others, all in order of production) when TOS first came out on DVD in 1999 was taken from either "The Naked Time" or "Mudd's Women."
But back to the question of the narration... on the original NBC broadcasts of "The Man Trap" and "Charlie X," what exactly was different about the narration compared to "The Naked Time" and episodes thereafter?