Gary Seven Rules

As I was writing my Week 3 entry for the Kirk vs. Picard screenwriting contest, I decided to throw in a character named Gary Seven from The Original Series to help explain what was going on in the story, as well to add some tension and someone who could start to close the story out. I got a lot of flack for it when the entry won for that week, both from people saying, “How can you introduce another character in the third act?” and from those who said, “Who the hell is Gary Seven?”

When Star Trek‘s second season was coming to a close and it didn’t look like it was coming back, Gene Roddenberry slipped in a stealth pilot for a new series as the last episode of the season. The show, as well as the episode, was called Assignment: Earth, and was about Gary Seven, a James Bond-type of secret agent who was brought up on an alien planet and descended from humans taken to that planet thousands of years ago. He’s also one of the coolest characters ever created for TV.

Teacher and musician Andy Patterson created this awesome “what if?” opening for the never-made show. Enjoy.