I wrote recently that the Enterprise is in fact a Starship-class vessel. Lots of people disagreed. Lots. But then they also disagree with Gene Roddenberry and Matt Jefferies.
“Bones — what if I’m wrong?” Kirk asked in a touching scene in Balance of Terror. The original version of that scene was a mundane exchange until Gene Roddenberry fixed it the day before the cameras rolled.
Gene Roddenberry’s 1964 pitch for his new show is arguably the most important Star Trek document ever. The pitch, usually referred to as Star Trek is…, was designed to sell the show to network executives and it’s an interesting look at Roddenberry’s earliest creative ideas.