a question by Oct 17, 2011
Of the three pilots "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "Encounter at FarPoint" and "The Emissary" I consider "The Emissary" to be superior by far. By the end of the episode you know the history of Bajor, background on all the major characters and the threat posed by the Cardassians. That was not the case with the other two. What do others think?
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answered:    November 03, 2011
Of these choices, I prefer 'The Cage.' I'd agree, though, that 'The Emissary' is pretty solid as an introduction to DS9; it's certainly vastly more entertaining than 'Encounter at Farpoint.' I just never got into the whole 'wormhole aliens' angle.
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answered:    November 02, 2011
I have only seen Where No Man Has Gone Before. The original pilot (The Cage) was never broadcast and the actor who played Christopher Pike was removed and replaced by a different Captain for the second pilot (Shatner). I believe the first pilot was made a year before the second and the second a year before the regular series. I think that the writers kept changing their mind in the direction they wanted to go. The other pilots were probably for shows that were already slated for production so there was more uniformity in plot and direction.
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answered:    November 02, 2011
The Emissary is a pretty good pilot, but Where No Man Has Gone Before is one of my favorite episodes of the original series.
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answered:    December 01, 2011
I did see Where No Man Has Gone Before and even met the actor who played Mitchell -- who went on to 2001: A Space Odyssey.  For its time it was a very good pilot, though they got rid of the Number One woman and made her Nurse Chapel!  Encounter at Farpoint was great since it tied in all of the Federation stuff and introduced Q, which episode tied into the last of the series. 



And Deep Space Nine did the same thing, tying in the first and last episodes of the series.  Tough call.  I'd have to say The Emissary.  It was daring in taking religion and having near-death experiences and questions that I still have about it!


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