Technically, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is episode 3 of Season 1. It features a young and terribly fetching Sally Kellerman as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner. Rumor has it this is the episode that the filmmakers may be basing part of the plot on for the next film. I have no idea if that's true, but the episode is a pretty great Trek story, even if Sulu isn't on the bridge, Scotty is a bit part, and there's no Dr. McCoy to be seen. And absolutely no Uhura, which is ALWAYS a mistake.
In fact, this episode was intended to be the pilot, but as so often happens - the episodes were aired out of order making this Episode 3.
confession: I'm still envious of Shatner's haircut from Trek. That and "The Draper". Man, I could never really pull either off.
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The Enterprise enters a strange field at the edge of the galaxy that imbues Kirk's pal, Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell, with awesome mental powers. And we face the age old dilemma of a man losing his humanity as he gains super powers.
I'm shocked at how strong the show was coming right out of the gate as fairly potent sci-fi, even if they have to resort to fisticuffs to solve the problem.
Also, they were still figuring out the uniforms. Command is in gold, science is in blue, but they have funky collars and Spock is in command gold. Do not approve.
The formula isn't there quite yet, but the solid foundation for the Enterprise is taking shape quite nicely.