100 Interesting Facts About Star Trek

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76Deanna Troi

In early concepts for Star Trek: The Next Generation Deanna Troi was supposed to have 3 breasts.


77. X-Men and Star Trek had a crossover


78. The Back to the Future DeLorean and the Star Trek Enterprise were designed by the same man


79. Negative stereotypes about Star Trek fans have existed for a very long time. A 1975 newspaper article mocked them as fat junk-food eaters obsessed about show trivia.


80. A hardworking character named "Lt. Leslie", appeared in more episodes of Star Trek than Sulu or Chekov even dying once and still showing up for work in the next episode.


81Warp Factor

Warp Factor in Star Trek refers to a cubic function of the speed of light, so while Warp 1 is the speed of light, Warp 2 is 8 times the speed of light, Warp 3 is 27, and Warp 10 is 1000 times the speed of light.


82. In an early script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk was set to fight Jesus on the bridge of the Enterprise.


83. Klingons from Star Trek are actually based off Japanese people.


84. DeForest Kelley refused to deliver his catchphrase "He's dead, Jim" at the end of Star Trek II for Spock's death, feeling the line was too glib for the moment's gravitas, which is why Scotty says, "He's dead already." instead.


85. Star Trek's James Doohan ('Scotty') prevented a fan from committing suicide. His support and encouragement inspired her to go back to school and become an electronics engineer.


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86Star Trek creator

Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, resisted an effort by network executives to put a Christian chaplain on the crew of the Enterprise


87. The actress who played B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager has directed episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Under the Dome, Treme, Heroes, Melrose Place, and Lost.


88. Halle Berry attended a Star Trek screening and mistook an audience member for Trek's Klingon Michael Dorn. When the man refused to say he was Dorn, Berry became angry, stood up during the movie, screamed and stomped out.


89. The original flip phone design was inspired from the communicator used in the Star Trek series.


90. The "Command" color used in Star Trek: the Original Series was actually lime green and not yellow. The fabric of normal tunic made it appear yellow under studio lighting.


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91Spock Cut

When the original "Star Trek" became a hit on TV, Leonard Nimoy's dad, who worked as a barber, offered customers a "Spock cut" at his barbershop.


92. William Shatner's role just before he started acting on Star Trek was in the 1966 horror movie Incubus, which was filmed entirely in the constructed language Esperanto.


93. A 1995 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured a policeman from the 2020s describing the '99 New York Yankees as one of the best teams ever in baseball. The Yankees won the World Series that year.


94. Lucille Ball saved Star Trek from being canceled in 1964.


95. George Takei (Sulu from TOS Star Trek) and his family were interned in a prison camp in the US during World War 2, before being released and compensated 15 dollars.


96James' death

The ashes of James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek) were launched into space.


97. William Shatner (Captain Kirk) can’t do the Star Trek Vulcan Salute in real life. Originally a hand gesture of various Jewish denominations, Shatner required a fishing line to tie his fingers into the now-famous salute.


98. Aron Eisenberg (47), who played Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine underwent a kidney transplant when he was a teenager, which stunted his growth at 5 feet.


99. Many of the pipes across the starship in the original Star Trek series had the label "G.N.D.N." which stood for "Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing."


100. In Star Trek, the voice of the Breen alien race was inspired by Lou Reed's album Metal Machine Music, which the postproduction sound staff were instructed to listen to when creating the electronic cackle that served as the Breen's voices.

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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