They had watched "The Cage," and thought that audiences at the time would not get the deep story it had to tell. They wanted something a little more action-oriented, and got that with "Where No Man Has Gone Before."
In an effort to get a greenlight for the series, Roddenberry himself screened a rough cut of the second pilot to NBC executives, and what they saw was different from what would eventually appear on film.
No one had seen this rough cut in more than 40 years, until a German film collector uncovered it. Now CBS Home Entertainment is offering it on its Season 3 Blu-ray release of the original series on Dec. 15.
Look below for your own sneak peek, and read our original story by clicking here.