Commentary: Trek Stars 4: Series Finale Beta Testing / by Trek fm

Roddenberry Part 3: Assignment: Earth.

After two seasons on the air, the cancellation of Star Trek seemed to be inevitable. In order to hedge his bets, Gene Roddenberry designed the probable series finale to be a backdoor pilot for a new show entitled Assignment: Earth.

This week, Max and Mike are joined by Trek.fm’s TOS editor Drew Stewart to discuss what “Assignment: Earth” is and what it would have been, how it differs from Trek’s portrayal of Roddenberry’s world view, how it worked as a self-contained pilot and as an episode of Star Trek, and whether or not season one of Assignment: Earth would have been preferable to season three of Star Trek.


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Chapters

Introduction to Assignment: Earth
“Assignment: Earth” as the Pilot of a New Show
The Concept as a Whole
“Assignment: Earth” as an episode of Star Trek
Background Information


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