Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letterS

After the first pilot for Star Trek was on the verge being rejected by NBC, Gene Roddenberry sent this impassioned letter to his agent on February 12, 1965. It's a fascinating snapshot of Roddenberry with his back against the wall.

The second pilot for Star Trek — "Where No Man Has Gone Before" — would eventually be picked up by the network, but this is nonetheless an intriguing artifact from an almost Trek-less world.

[P. Evans via Letters of Note. Thanks Lawdog!]

Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letterS

Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letterS

Gene Roddenberry defends the rejected pilot for Star Trek in this unearthed letterS