Star Trek | Did You Know?
Future Sex and the City icon Kim Cattrall took the role of Lt. Valeris, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) on the condition she could shape the character.
When Cattrall decided Valeris should have a headband, the costume department put up a fight. In the end, she commissioned her own from LA supplier Modern Props rather than use something “spraypainted silver.”
Rooney, the ill-fated researcher in Star Trek: Enterprise ‘Regeneration’ (S2, Ep23), was played by Bonita Friedericy (best know as Diane in Chuck). She is married to Dr. Phlox actor John Billingsley, who wanted her to play all three of his character’s Denobulan wives – and indeed every female of the species – and he play every male.
Whilst wonderfully weird, the execs didn’t go for it.
Stephen Hawking’s Holodeck appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation (‘Descent’ – S6, Ep26 ) came about during the release of the documentary, A Brief History of Time. Hawking requested a tour of the Star Trek sets and when they reached the bridge, he asked if he could be lifted into the captain’s seat.
The next day executive producer Rick Berman received a call from Leonard Nimoy, who had been a guest at Hawking’s premiere, informing him that the physicist wanted to be in the show.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ (S5, Ep6) used technology developed for Forrest Gump (1994) to insert the DS9 crew into TOS, predominantly ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ (S2, Ep15).
‘The Trouble…’ writer David Gerrold was promised a small speaking part, but the line went to William Shatner’s double instead. For DS9, Gerrold was given a second chance and appears as a Redshirt petting a baby Tribble – a 1960s original that he brought with him!
Hold onto your brains, we’ve got a paradox.
The opening credits of Enterprise show NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise, implying that it’s a precursor to the bulky NX-01 of the show.
However, NASA named Enterprise in tribute to The Original Series – the cast was even there for its unveiling – so does TOS exist as a TV show in the Star Trek universe? Because if it does, we have questions…
The name of Voyager‘s Seven of Nine was a homage to AF 709, the lifelike android in the CBS sitcom My Living Doll (1965-6).
As a bonus, AF 709 was played by Julie Newmar, fondly remembered as the 1960s Catwoman.
Voyager‘s Tom Paris began life as Nicholas Locarno in The Next Generation episode ‘The First Duty’ (S5, Ep19).
Both characters are ace pilots and Starfleet Academy dropouts played by Robert Duncan McNeill, but Locarno – who covered up the accidental death of a comrade – was considered irredeemable and the character was given a new name and a softer back story.
Elim Garak, the morally ambiguous Cardassian tailor in Deep Space Nine, was strongly queer-coded, giving his friendship with Dr. Julian Bashir a romantic undertone.
Sadly, after ‘The Wire’ (S2, Ep22), the writers were instructed to ‘tone it down’ and the characters began to share fewer scenes together.
The design of the tricorder in The Next Generation was inspired by the then-cutting edge HP-series of scientific calculators.
The first words of Klingon – which was first heard in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – were devised by Scotty star James Doohan.
Later linguist Marc Okrand extrapolated a basic language from dialogue Doohan devised.
Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs has played an astonishing nine different characters in the Star Trek franchise and even auditioned for the role of Riker in The Next Generation.
We simply couldn’t fit them all in the one image. Sorry!
Morn, the much-loved mute barfly and ladies man in Deep Space Nine, is an anagram for Norm in a reference to the classic sitcom Cheers.