100 Interesting Facts About Star Trek

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1Majel Barrett

Shortly before she died, Majel Barrett recorded an entire library of phonetic sounds, allowing her voice to be used in future products outside of Star Trek and, quite possibly, as the computer voice in Star Trek: Discovery. Thus, she could live on as the voice of Starfleet possibly for all time.


2. A professional linguist in Native American languages was asked to invent Klingon for Star Trek. He speaks Klingon but notes that others have attained greater fluency


3. Galaxy Quest, a satire of Star Trek and fandom, is so popular with the latter's fans that it was named the 7th best Star Trek film at the 2013 Star Trek Convention. Actors of TOS, TNG, Voyager, and DS9 also have expressed admiration for the film.


4. The first black-white interracial kiss on American television was on an episode of Star Trek. However, the producers were worried about the show being banned in the South because of it and tried to shoot alternate versions of the shot. The actors intentionally flubbed those shots.


5. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan features cinema's first entirely computer-generated sequence: the demonstration of the effects of the Genesis Device on a barren planet.


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6Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart signed a 6-year contract for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" because he, his agent, and others with whom Stewart consulted all believed that the new TV show would quickly fail, and he would return to his Shakespearean career after making some money.


7. The first Space Shuttle was to be named "Constitution", but after a major letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans, its name was affectionately changed to "Enterprise".


8. The King of Jordan, Abdullah bin al-Hussein was an extra on Star Trek: Voyager


9. Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame is a Star Trek fanatic and can quote every line of dialogue (from all characters) from the original series.


10. We ain't found sh*t! a trooper from Spaceballs is Tim Russ, who also played Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager.


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11Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was once in a plane crash in the desert in Syria. With two broken ribs, he repeatedly went back into the burning plane to evacuate passengers, then organized search teams to look for civilization.


12. Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut, was inspired to apply to NASA by the Star Trek character, Lieutenant Uhura. Jemison later went on to make a cameo appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


13. The visor Geordi La Forge wore to give him a vision in Star Trek: TNG made his actor Levar Burton 90% blind while filming.


14. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry served in World War 2 with a pilot named Kim Noonien Singh and lost contact with him following the war's end. Roddenberry named the villain Khan Noonien Singh after his comrade in hopes that Singh would notice and contact him.


15. E.T., Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, and The Thing were all released on the same month and competed with each other at the box office.


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16First pilot of Star Trek

After NBC rejected the first pilot of Star Trek, Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy Fame used her clout to convince NBC to give Gene Roddenberry a second chance.


17. There is only one syndicated program to ever receive a Best Series Emmy nomination: Star Trek The Next Generation


18. Stark Trek’s star Spock (Leonard Nimoy) fought to get pay equity for Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on Star Trek in the 1960s.


19. DeForest Kelley disliked repeating Dr. McCoy's catchphrase "He's dead, Jim", which appears 20 times in the original Star Trek series. It became so famous, however, that he joked that the line would appear on his tombstone. It did appear in the first sentence of Kelley's obituary.


20. When the studio behind 'Star Trek' received a letter from a builder asking how to make automatic sliding doors that opened and closed as fast as on the Enterprise, their reply explained that the doors were manually operated by an offstage crewman. If too late, the cast would hit unopened doors.


21Patrick Stewart's baldness

Gene Roddenberry was asked by a reporter about casting Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: TNG. "Surely by the 24th century, they would have found a cure for male pattern baldness." And Gene Roddenberry responded, "No, by the 24th century, no one will care."


22. Some of the male background characters in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' can be seen wearing skirts. This was explained as "a logical development, given the total equality of the sexes presumed to exist in the 24th century."


23. When Florence Henderson arrived to do her Brady Bunch screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up. She went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek was filmed and ended up in a make-up chair surrounded by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and "six or eight space monsters".


24. James Doohan, "Scotty" on Star Trek, was shot by 6 bullets storming Juno Beach on D-Day: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger


25. There are exactly 1,547 Lens Flares J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Movies

5 COMMENTS

  1. #94 is BS. Lucille Ball could not have prevented the cancellation of STTOS in 1964 as the series did not premier until 1966! What she did in 1964 was, when the network didn’t like the first pilot for the series “The Cage,” she used her clout to get NBC to go along with a second pilot, which aired as the episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” NBC liked the second pilot and picked up the series. It premiered in September 1966.

  2. The ‘Hypospray’ may have been fictional, because it was self contained, but the method of using high pressure to force medication through your skin was already in use prior to Star Trek. The Army was using it in 1959, and school kids were being immunized with it, in the early 60’s. The only difference was an air hose powered the piston that did the injections. This allowed a production line process, as hundreds of people walk past workers who cleaned the injection site, and another who did the injection. The process was not only faster, but the injector was more accurate that individual syringes since the injector was self metering. All Star Trek was replace the air hose with a compressed gas cartridge. That was only possible, because it would only do a few limited shots without being reloaded.

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