History Trivia / StarTrek

26th Jun '16 9:42:01 AM StarSword
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* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: For several decades the owners of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' IP (Creator/{{Paramount}} in its various incarnations) practiced a policy of benign neglect towards fan works, even as series like ''WebVideo/StarTrekNewVoyages'' and ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' started to really push the envelope on production values. That all changed in 2016 when it became clear that Alec Peters, the lead producer of the ostensible fan film ''[[WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar Star Trek: Axanar]]'' had used money donated through Website/{{Kickstarter}} for the project to line his own pockets and set up a for-profit studio, and Creator/{{CBS}} and Paramount filed suit for copyright infringement in December 2015. At time of writing the case is still in pretrial motions, but in June 2016 C/P issued [[http://www.startrek.com/fan-films a set of highly stringent new rules]] for fan films that are essentially the death knell of the higher-quality web series.
21st Jun '16 7:04:58 AM PaulA
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* WordOfGod: Per Paramount Studios (owners of the franchise) and Gene Roddenberry (creator of the franchise) from the late-80s/early-90s, only live-action ''Star Trek'' TV episodes and films are considered canon. This has been hotly debated by fans, and occasionally ignored by scriptwriters.

! Film: ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
* ActorAllusion: As Spock Prime, Creator/LeonardNimoy introduces himself saying "I am Spock", which was the title of his second autobiography (so titled to rebut the notion that ''IAmNotSpock'' created, which was how he supposedly hated both Franchise/StarTrek and the Spock character).
** Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who plays Spock, pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily [[{{Series.Heroes}} Sylar]]-like.
* AscendedFanon: Uhura's {{fanon}} first name, "Nyota", is confirmed. Nichelle Nichols, who played the role during the original series run, was actually the first person to suggest the name "Nyota" for Uhura. This was known by fans before it ever appeared in novels. The lack of a first name for Uhura is a MythologyGag for much of the movie, until Spock calls her "Nyota".
-->'''Kirk''': So her first name's Nyota?
-->'''Spock''': [beat] I have no comment on the matter.
** Kirk calls her by her first name when breaking the stunned silence left behind by the Federation President's planetary distress signal near the beginning of ''Star Trek IV''.
--> '''Kirk:''' Nyota, let's hear the probe's transmission.
* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast is semi-plausibly close to the ages of recent Starfleet Academy graduates. However, John Cho is a 37-year-old playing the 21-year-old Sulu. Karl Urban is also 37, though he's closer to his character's official age of 30. And Zoe Saldana (Uhura) is 31.
* DeletedScene: Quite a few, including one that makes a big PlotHole by its deletion.
* DeliberateFlawRetcon: Used on many occasions by the writers to justify inconsistencies with the franchise, for example about the Vulcan sky suddenly being blue (it's a season thing now) or the Federation spaceships being way too advanced for their time period (the Starfleet engineers made use of scans from Nero's 24th century mining ship).
* FakeAmerican:
** Kiwi Creator/KarlUrban as Dr. [=McCoy=]. And pulling it off so well that he is almost indistinguishable from the Atlanta-born [=DeForest=] Kelley, so much so that Creator/LeonardNimoy [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was moved to tears at how much Karl Urban reminded him of his departed friend.]]
** Canadian Creator/BruceGreenwood as Captain Christopher Pike.
** Australian Creator/ChrisHemsworth as Lt. Commander [[spoiler:and Captain for 8 minutes]] George Kirk.
* FakeNationality:
** Englishman Creator/SimonPegg as Scotty, who is, well, Scottish (though James Doohan was Canadian, so this might be ''closer'').
** Dominican/Puerto Rican-American Creator/ZoeSaldana as African-born Uhura (though Nichelle Nichols is straight-up African American so this isn't really any different)
** Interestingly, the most blatant example from the original series is averted. Leningrad-born but American-raised Creator/AntonYelchin plays Chekov, originally played by American Walter Koenig with a fairly ridiculous [[FakeRussian Russian accent]]. Yelchin kept the accent, purportedly as an {{Homage}}, but just because he's a Russian/English bilingual native speaker doesn't necessarily mean he can realistically speak English with a Russian accent.
** Played straight in the 2009 {{film}}. They were leery of casting an actor of non-Japanese descent until Takei himself assured them that it would be all right, claiming that the character represents all of Asia (note that Sulu is not a Japanese name). This paved the way for Korean-American John Cho to assume the role.
* FanNickname: This and ''Into Darkness'', and the new timeline in general, are often referred to as "[=NuTrek=]".
* LyingCreator: Paramount's pitch was that it was bringing in new writers specifically for new ideas. Then the first trailer showed us...Captain Kirk. While people ultimately still liked the movie, retuning to the original characters and timeline wasn't what anyone was thinking when they heard "new".
* OneOfUs: In a rather hilarious contrast to Robau's stern nature, Faran Tahir has been known to openly nerd out in interviews about how cool it is to play a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' captain.
* PlayingAgainstType: The case could be made for several members of the cast, but the biggest examples are probably Karl Urban as the cantankerous [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] instead of a badass warrior, [[Film/AmericanPie John]] [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Cho]] as a grade-A asskicker instead of his frequent comedic fare, and Eric Bana (and not Creator/ZacharyQuinto) as the BigBad.
* ProductionPosse: J.J. Abrams brought in usual collaborators such as producer Damon Lindelof, composer Michael Giacchino,editor Mary Jo Markey, actors Bruce Greenwood and Greg Grunberg, and most of the crew of ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''.
* PromotedFanboy:
** Director J.J. Abrams actually downplayed his enjoyment of modern ''Trek'' to emphasize his love of the original series. Screenwriter Roberto Orci is an admitted fanboy as well. And Creator/SimonPegg, who holds the now-famous irony of his statement on ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' that odd-numbered ''Trek'' films suck.
** Tyler Perry, of Madea fame, was a Trek fan, they got him a guest appearance as the Dean of Starfleet Academy. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch Randy Pausch]], who listed being captain of the ''Enterprise'' as one of his dreams in "The Last Lecture" appears as a bridge member of the ''Kelvin''. He walks past the captain's chair, says, "Captain, we have visual", and is not seen again.
** Most cast members agree that Karl Urban is the biggest Trek geek in the cast.
* RealLifeRelative[=/=]CastingGag: Spock mentions that Vulcan and Romulans share common ancestry. One of the Romulans shown when Kirk and Spock beam into the ''Narada'' is actually Zachary Quinto's brother Joe.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams mentions that some viewers had thought James Kirk and his father George [[ActingForTwo were]] [[IdenticalGrandson both]] played by Creator/ChrisPine, when in fact Creator/ChrisHemsworth had played George. And of course, Zachary Quinto ''and'' Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
* ShrugOfGod: Creator/JJAbrams really doesn't have an answer as to whether the policeman who pursues young Kirk during his joyride is a robot or not.
* ThrowItIn :
** [=McCoy=]'s "All I've got left are my bones" line is an ad lib as is Scotty's "can I get a towel." You can see Spock's lips twitch after that one since he's trying not to laugh.
** "Out of the chair" was something that Quinto threw in during rehearsal that just felt right to everyone.
* WordOfGod: If the FridgeLogic bothers you, ''and'' off-screen, after-the-fact explanations make you feel better, then [[http://darthmojo.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/trek-scribes-speak-complaints-addressed/ here you go]].
** Kirk eating the apple during the ''Kobayashi Maru'' sequence mimics Kirk's same food during his explanation of the test in ''The Wrath of Khan''. This was unintentional, but they put it in because it made Kirk look arrogant.
** The creators used the TNG episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E10Parallels "Parallels"]] to specifically explain how the new timeline works with the Prime timeline.

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* WordOfGod: Per Paramount Studios (owners of the franchise) and Gene Roddenberry (creator of the franchise) from the late-80s/early-90s, only live-action ''Star Trek'' TV episodes and films are considered canon. This has been hotly debated by fans, and occasionally ignored by scriptwriters.

! Film: ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
* ActorAllusion: As Spock Prime, Creator/LeonardNimoy introduces himself saying "I am Spock", which was the title of his second autobiography (so titled to rebut the notion that ''IAmNotSpock'' created, which was how he supposedly hated both Franchise/StarTrek and the Spock character).
** Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who plays Spock, pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily [[{{Series.Heroes}} Sylar]]-like.
* AscendedFanon: Uhura's {{fanon}} first name, "Nyota", is confirmed. Nichelle Nichols, who played the role during the original series run, was actually the first person to suggest the name "Nyota" for Uhura. This was known by fans before it ever appeared in novels. The lack of a first name for Uhura is a MythologyGag for much of the movie, until Spock calls her "Nyota".
-->'''Kirk''': So her first name's Nyota?
-->'''Spock''': [beat] I have no comment on the matter.
** Kirk calls her by her first name when breaking the stunned silence left behind by the Federation President's planetary distress signal near the beginning of ''Star Trek IV''.
--> '''Kirk:''' Nyota, let's hear the probe's transmission.
* DawsonCasting: Most of the cast is semi-plausibly close to the ages of recent Starfleet Academy graduates. However, John Cho is a 37-year-old playing the 21-year-old Sulu. Karl Urban is also 37, though he's closer to his character's official age of 30. And Zoe Saldana (Uhura) is 31.
* DeletedScene: Quite a few, including one that makes a big PlotHole by its deletion.
* DeliberateFlawRetcon: Used on many occasions by the writers to justify inconsistencies with the franchise, for example about the Vulcan sky suddenly being blue (it's a season thing now) or the Federation spaceships being way too advanced for their time period (the Starfleet engineers made use of scans from Nero's 24th century mining ship).
* FakeAmerican:
** Kiwi Creator/KarlUrban as Dr. [=McCoy=]. And pulling it off so well that he is almost indistinguishable from the Atlanta-born [=DeForest=] Kelley, so much so that Creator/LeonardNimoy [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was moved to tears at how much Karl Urban reminded him of his departed friend.]]
** Canadian Creator/BruceGreenwood as Captain Christopher Pike.
** Australian Creator/ChrisHemsworth as Lt. Commander [[spoiler:and Captain for 8 minutes]] George Kirk.
* FakeNationality:
** Englishman Creator/SimonPegg as Scotty, who is, well, Scottish (though James Doohan was Canadian, so this might be ''closer'').
** Dominican/Puerto Rican-American Creator/ZoeSaldana as African-born Uhura (though Nichelle Nichols is straight-up African American so this isn't really any different)
** Interestingly, the most blatant example from the original series is averted. Leningrad-born but American-raised Creator/AntonYelchin plays Chekov, originally played by American Walter Koenig with a fairly ridiculous [[FakeRussian Russian accent]]. Yelchin kept the accent, purportedly as an {{Homage}}, but just because he's a Russian/English bilingual native speaker doesn't necessarily mean he can realistically speak English with a Russian accent.
** Played straight in the 2009 {{film}}. They were leery of casting an actor of non-Japanese descent until Takei himself assured them that it would be all right, claiming that the character represents all of Asia (note that Sulu is not a Japanese name). This paved the way for Korean-American John Cho to assume the role.
* FanNickname: This and ''Into Darkness'', and the new timeline in general, are often referred to as "[=NuTrek=]".
* LyingCreator: Paramount's pitch was that it was bringing in new writers specifically for new ideas. Then the first trailer showed us...Captain Kirk. While people ultimately still liked the movie, retuning to the original characters and timeline wasn't what anyone was thinking when they heard "new".
* OneOfUs: In a rather hilarious contrast to Robau's stern nature, Faran Tahir has been known to openly nerd out in interviews about how cool it is to play a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' captain.
* PlayingAgainstType: The case could be made for several members of the cast, but the biggest examples are probably Karl Urban as the cantankerous [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] instead of a badass warrior, [[Film/AmericanPie John]] [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Cho]] as a grade-A asskicker instead of his frequent comedic fare, and Eric Bana (and not Creator/ZacharyQuinto) as the BigBad.
* ProductionPosse: J.J. Abrams brought in usual collaborators such as producer Damon Lindelof, composer Michael Giacchino,editor Mary Jo Markey, actors Bruce Greenwood and Greg Grunberg, and most of the crew of ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''.
* PromotedFanboy:
** Director J.J. Abrams actually downplayed his enjoyment of modern ''Trek'' to emphasize his love of the original series. Screenwriter Roberto Orci is an admitted fanboy as well. And Creator/SimonPegg, who holds the now-famous irony of his statement on ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' that odd-numbered ''Trek'' films suck.
** Tyler Perry, of Madea fame, was a Trek fan, they got him a guest appearance as the Dean of Starfleet Academy. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch Randy Pausch]], who listed being captain of the ''Enterprise'' as one of his dreams in "The Last Lecture" appears as a bridge member of the ''Kelvin''. He walks past the captain's chair, says, "Captain, we have visual", and is not seen again.
** Most cast members agree that Karl Urban is the biggest Trek geek in the cast.
* RealLifeRelative[=/=]CastingGag: Spock mentions that Vulcan and Romulans share common ancestry. One of the Romulans shown when Kirk and Spock beam into the ''Narada'' is actually Zachary Quinto's brother Joe.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams mentions that some viewers had thought James Kirk and his father George [[ActingForTwo were]] [[IdenticalGrandson both]] played by Creator/ChrisPine, when in fact Creator/ChrisHemsworth had played George. And of course, Zachary Quinto ''and'' Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
* ShrugOfGod: Creator/JJAbrams really doesn't have an answer as to whether the policeman who pursues young Kirk during his joyride is a robot or not.
* ThrowItIn :
** [=McCoy=]'s "All I've got left are my bones" line is an ad lib as is Scotty's "can I get a towel." You can see Spock's lips twitch after that one since he's trying not to laugh.
** "Out of the chair" was something that Quinto threw in during rehearsal that just felt right to everyone.
* WordOfGod: If the FridgeLogic bothers you, ''and'' off-screen, after-the-fact explanations make you feel better, then [[http://darthmojo.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/trek-scribes-speak-complaints-addressed/ here you go]].
** Kirk eating the apple during the ''Kobayashi Maru'' sequence mimics Kirk's same food during his explanation of the test in ''The Wrath of Khan''. This was unintentional, but they put it in because it made Kirk look arrogant.
** The creators used the TNG episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E10Parallels "Parallels"]] to specifically explain how the new timeline works with the Prime timeline.
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25th Mar '16 3:14:58 PM Wyldchyld
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Creator/ChrisHemsworth Kirk's dad]] is Film/{{Thor}}.
** [=McCoy=] is [[Film/{{Dredd}} Judge Dredd]] and [[Film/LordOfTheRings Éomer]].
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The late Creator/MajelBarrett is the computer's voice.
** Kirk's stepdad, who we hear over the car's communicator, is [[Series/{{Heroes}} Matt Parkman]].
** Creator/WilWheaton is the voice of all the male Romulans except Nero and Ayel.
** And [[Series/{{Alias}} Victor Garber]] is a Klingon (he never takes his helmet off, so it's this trope).
** [[Creator/BruceGreenwood Captain Pike]] is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood Batman]].
** [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic The Disciple]] went from a potential Jedi to a RedShirt.
16th Mar '16 1:46:23 AM morenohijazo
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* UnfinishedEpisode: [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Undeveloped_Star_Trek_projects Memory Alpha made a list.]] Highlights include:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was originally going to have an episode entitled "He Walked Among Us", which would have guest starred Milton Berle. In the episode, Berle would've played a sociologist pretending to be God in a primitive community, and it would've showcased Berle's dramatic acting range. However, Gene Roddenberry was enraged when he discovered that the script for the episode [[ExecutiveMeddling had been rewritten as a comedy]], so he ordered for the episode to be scrapped.
** A ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_and_Fire_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation) "Blood and Fire"]], featuring an openly gay couple and an AIDS allegory. Rick Berman shot it down due to the former, but it was later produced as part of the FanVid series ''WebVideo/StarTrekNewVoyages''.
** A ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode where Ens. Sito Jaxa from the TNG episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E14LowerDecks "Lower Decks"]] returns as a PTSD patient after having been imprisoned in inhumane conditions. Some elements were used in season 4's "[[ButtMonkey O'Brien must suffer]]" episode [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E19HardTime "Hard Time"]].
** A ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode where the Doctor is forced to kill someone to protect a patient, bringing him into conflict with the Hippocratic Oath.
** The entire planned fifth season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', due to the cancellation. Season 5 was to show the beginnings of the Federation and the roots of the Earth-Romulan War, and much of the material would be used in the ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novel series.
9th Mar '16 4:02:49 AM Adept
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* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams mentions that some viewers had thought James Kirk and his father George [[ActingForTwo were]] [[IdenticalGrandson both]] played by Creator/ChrisPine, when in fact Creator/ChrisHemsworth had played George. And of course, ZacharyQuinto ''and'' LeonardNimoy as Spock.

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* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams mentions that some viewers had thought James Kirk and his father George [[ActingForTwo were]] [[IdenticalGrandson both]] played by Creator/ChrisPine, when in fact Creator/ChrisHemsworth had played George. And of course, ZacharyQuinto Zachary Quinto ''and'' LeonardNimoy Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
9th Mar '16 4:00:57 AM Adept
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** ZacharyQuinto, who plays Spock, pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily [[{{Series.Heroes}} Sylar]]-like.

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** ZacharyQuinto, Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who plays Spock, pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily [[{{Series.Heroes}} Sylar]]-like.
4th Feb '16 6:45:25 PM LtFedora
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** [=McCoy=] is [[Film/Dredd Judge Dredd]].

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** [=McCoy=] is [[Film/Dredd [[Film/{{Dredd}} Judge Dredd]].Dredd]] and [[Film/LordOfTheRings Éomer]].
1st Jan '16 10:48:49 AM AlternativeCola
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** ''Trivia/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''
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** ''Trivia/StarTrek2009''

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** ** ''Trivia/StarTrek2009''




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** ''Trivia/StarTrekBeyond''
24th Nov '15 9:39:41 AM CynicalBastardo
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** [=McCoy=] is [[Film/Dredd Judge Dredd]].
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