100 Interesting Facts About Star Trek

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51Benedict Cumberbatch

Star Trek's Benedict Cumberbatch forfeited his chances to go to Oxford University and Cambridge University because he discovered "pot, girls and music" and "got lazy" during his last term of the British equivalent of high school.


52. The actress who played Vina/Orion Slave Girl in the Original Star Trek's 'The Menagerie' was on a plane that suddenly dropped from 35,000ft to 6,000ft. To recover, she learned how to fly & became the 4th woman to fly a single-engine aircraft solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She is Susan Oliver.


53. The Sternocleidomastoid (neck muscle) is often included by creature designers to alien characters to make them seem more attractive and familiar as the muscle is a uniquely mammalian feature. C-3PO has them in the form of pistons on his neck, and so do the good guys in Star Trek.


54. The Despicable Me Franchise has a higher grossing revenue than Iron Man, Terminator, Star Trek, and even Toy Story.


55. Chris Hemsworth's first movie role was in Star Trek (2009). He played Kirk's father who dies in the opening sequence of the film.


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56Seven of Nine attire

The costume worn by Star Trek's Seven of Nine had to be modified after an error was made measuring the original. The bad fit cut off the blood supply from her carotid artery, causing her to pass out twice and require medical intervention. The costume was modified to stop it from happening again.


57. Eddie Murphy wanted a starring role in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home. A part was written for him, but he ultimately disliked it and chose to make The Golden Child. Murphy later said this decision was a mistake.


58. William Shatner was so cash-strapped after Star Trek was canceled in 1969 that he ended up living out of his pickup truck.


59. The Klingon language was first developed by James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty). He devised the language's basic sound, first few words, and phrases.


60. The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept on Star Trek (1966) was invented by Leonard Nimoy when he and the series' writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.


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61Deforest Kelly

Deforest Kelly (Dr. McCoy on Star Trek) didn't speak to Shatner for almost 2 years because Shatner laughed when he told him his dog died


62. Without the composer's knowledge, Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the original Star Trek theme in order to claim a 50% share of the music's performance royalties


63. John Chambers, the makeup artist portrayed by John Goodman in the movie Argo, not only won the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit for his role in helping rescue American embassy personnel from Iran, he created the pointed ears worn by Leonard Nimoy as Spock in Star Trek.


64. During the filming of the Star Trek episode "Arena", William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy stood too close to a special-effects explosion; they have both had tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever since.


65. Denise Crosby (AKA Tasha Yar, Star Trek TNG) is Bing Crosby's granddaughter. And she appeared in Playboy.


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66Origin of Geordi La Forge name

Geordi La Forge of Star Trek: The Next Generation, played by Levar Burton, was named after a Star Trek fan who died from muscular dystrophy.


67. Teleportation was used in Star Trek because the budget didn't allow for expensive shots of spaceships landing on planets


68. James Doohan (Star Trek's original Scotty) helped a suicidal fan turn her life around by calling and asking her to attend a convention


69. Star Trek's Captain Kirk was named after the explorer of the Pacific, Captain Cook and that the title of the pilot episode was an homage to one of Cook's diary entries: "ambition leads me ... farther than any other man has been before me"


70. Cheryl Gates McFadden goes by Gates McFadden for her acting (e.g. Star Trek), and Cheryl McFadden for her choreography.


71Descent episode

Stephen Hawking guest starred in an Episode of Star Trek, as himself, playing a game of poker with Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and Data.


72. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few has no classical history. It was first spoken by Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


73. Star Trek: The Next Generation's original uniforms were one-piece jumpsuits, designed one size too small to stretch and look smooth on camera. They were painful to wear, and after Picard's chiropractor warned that actors risked permanent injury, the show gave them two-piece uniforms.


74. Actor Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the new Star Trek went on a spiritual retreat to Peru to take ayahuasca with a shaman. He considers ayahuasca a medicine and not a drug.


75. Most of Brent Spiner's (Data on Star Trek: TNG) fan mail came from women who wrote to his character: "He's a really accessible personality. He's vulnerable and innocent, and there's a feeling that he's somebody who would be kind." Some fans could not accept that Spiner was really human.

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. #46 – The movie title is correct (The Undiscovered Country), the sequence number is not. It’s Star Trek VI, not IV.

  3. 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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