A behind-the-scenes photo from the first day of filming for “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”
Roddenberry had wanted James Goldstone (a highly-regarded TV director with stints on Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive along with Roddenberry’s own The Lieutenant) to helm the first pilot, but wasn’t able to secure him. After all, a man who had a good reputation could have it destroyed with one lousy pilot and like the rest of Hollywood, he was a bit skittish about science-fiction at the time. (That said, he was happy to recommend his friend Robert H. Justman as an Associate Producer for the show early on, which worked out very well indeed.)
When NBC told Roddenberry he would have a second shot, he again approached Goldstone, who agreed to direct the second pilot.
"There had been several problems with the "The Cage." One of them was that it cost so much money and the other that it took so long to shoot," Goldstone said in an interview. "One of the requisites put on the second pilot was to shoot it in eight days which would then prove that a weekly series could be done in six or seven days. The other requisite was that NBC very much wanted something that could be ‘commercial’ against the police shows and all the other action things that were then on television. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was not so much a pilot as it was an example of how we could go on a weekly level."