History Trivia / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

11th Jun '16 12:03:40 PM GoblinCipher
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** Suzie Plakson as Selar, K'ehlyr, and the female Q on ''Voyager'' to name one.
** Carolyn Seymour plays a Romulan in "Contagion", an alien scientist who chooses to leave her people in "First Contact" and finally reprises her Romulan role as Captain Toreth in [[GoodTroiEpisode "Face of the Enemy".]]
** Look out for the future Tuvok (Tim Russ) playing a human terrorist in "Starship Mine". (And, ironically, ''being the recipient of a Vulcan nerve pinch.'') He also plays an unnamed human bridge crew member in the 23rd century in ''Generations''.
** Marc Alaimo who would become, in ''Deep Space Nine'', Gul Dukat, played 4 different characters in TNG, including the first Romulan seen in TNG in "The Neutral Zone". Most notably he played the first ever Cardassian seen in ''Star Trek'' (Gul Macet in "The Wounded").
** Robert Duncan [=McNeill=], ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'''s Tom Paris, as Nicholas Locarno in "The First Duty." (The character of Locarno was the inspiration for Paris. The ''Voyager'' creators say they didn't plan to hire the same actor; once they realized they had, they considered making [=McNeill=] Locarno on ''Voyager'', but reformulated him into Paris, feeling that Locarno "couldn't be redeemed enough" (read: they didn't want to pay royalties) for what they planned with Paris.
** Ethan Phillips, ''Voyager'''s Neelix, as Dr. Farek in "Ménage à Troi" and the holographic maître d' in ''First Contact''.
** Most jarring of all is James Cromwell as the leader of a potential new Federation alliance world in "The Hunted", when he later played Cochrane in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''.
** David Tristan Birke, who played Rene, Picard's nephew in "Family", later played the young Picard himself in "Rascals".
** Max Grodenchik as the very typical conniving, treacherous Ferengi Sovak in "Captain's Holiday"; better known for his later role as the very ''a''typical (and somewhat dim) Rom from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''.
** Armin Shimerman played both Letek, one of the first Ferengi ever shown onscreen in "The Last Outpost", another Ferengi, Bractor in "Peak Performances", and the better known Quark -- also from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]].''
** Majel Barrett (who played [[HospitalHottie Nurse Chapel]] in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek TOS]]'', as well as NumberTwo--actually called "Number One"--in the original pilot) as Lwaxana Troi, and also the voice of the ship's computer in both series.
** Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Pulaski in season 2, had two previous spots on the original series (as different characters, both doctors, no less.)
** Christopher Collins, AKA [[TheStarscream Chris Latta]] played a Klingon Captain in ''A Matter of Honor'' and later plays a Pakled in ''The Samaritan Snare''. Might be more of a case of You ''Sound'' Familiar.
** Michelle Forbes played a small role in season 5's "Half A Life" before coming back in Season 6 as semi regular Ensign Ro Laren.
** Charles Cooper played a drunken and disgraced Klingon general in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''. Here, he got to play the much more dignified Chancellor K'mpec in "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion."

11th Jun '16 9:12:05 AM Megazord
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** After the episode ''[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E16StarshipMine}} Starship Mine]]'', Picard got the name Jean-Luc [[{Film/DieHard} McClane]]
20th May '16 5:10:57 PM DrRomoray
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** Gene didn't like Rick Berman. At all. But Rick was installed on the show by the studio as a way to keep a handle on the show: keep it under-budget, make sure that the scripts were done on time, filter out any adult material. Ultimately, Berman ended up in control because he played the politics game more effectively and Gene was completely toothless at this time, having chased away all of his friends and handed creative control over to his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish.
** "''Patrick Stewart WILL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN in connection with Star Trek!''" -- actual memo from Gene Roddenberry. Luckily, Patrick had a champion in Rick Berman, director Corey Allan, and others who rigged the auditions in his favor.
--->'''Michael Dorn''': [[FailedASpotCheck Two seasons later]], he's like, [imitating Gene] "...What is ''he'' still doing here?!"\\

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** Gene didn't like Rick Berman. At all. But Rick was installed on the show by the studio as a way to keep a handle on the show: keep it under-budget, make sure that the scripts were done on time, filter out any adult material. Ultimately, Berman ended up in control because he played the politics game more effectively and Gene was completely toothless at this time, having chased away all of his friends and handed creative control over to his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish.
** "''Patrick Stewart WILL NEVER BE MENTIONED AGAIN in connection with Star Trek!''" -- actual memo from Gene Roddenberry. Luckily, Fortunately, Patrick had a champion in Rick Berman, director Corey Allan, and others who rigged helped rig the auditions in his favor.
favor. From the Blu-Ray TNG reunion:
--->'''Michael Dorn''': [[FailedASpotCheck Two seasons later]], he's like, [imitating Gene] "...What what is ''he'' still doing here?!"\\



** Maizlish is the big bogeyman of the ''Trek'' world. However, he is (grugingly) credited with keeping the name "Data", casting John de Lancie and hiring Maurice Hurley, which resulted in the debut of the Borg.

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** With the high profile of ''The Next Generation'' securing his position, Roddenberry was able to leverage more control over the [[StarTrekExpandedUniverse tie-ins]] set inside his universe. His archivist, Richard Arnold, immediately began cleaning house. The on-going DC Comics ''Star Trek'' series was immediately cancelled and reconned, replaced with a follow-up that would be much more in tune with the TV series. (Plus one that didn’t deal in as many original or “non-canon” characters.) Arnold also went to work on the [[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse novels]], bringing his strict editorial sensibilities to bear. Arnold has had a number of choice comments about how he views the writers of tie-in materials, going to far as to suggest that many of the tie-in writers “had never written ''Star Trek''”.
** Berman was installed on the show by the studio as a way to keep a handle on the show: keep it under-budget, make sure that the scripts were done on time, filter out any adult material. Ultimately, Berman ended up in control because he played the politics game more effectively and Gene was completely toothless at this time, having driven away all of his allies and handed creative control over to his lawyer, Leonard Maizlish.
Maizlish is the big bogeyman of the ''Trek'' world. However, he is (grugingly) credited with keeping the name "Data", casting John de Lancie and hiring Maurice Hurley, which resulted in the debut of the Borg.
25th Mar '16 3:25:11 PM Wyldchyld
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The Mandarin bailiff for Q's first trial in the premiere episode is [[Film/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]].
** What was the deal with recycling actors from ''{{Series/Benson}}''? (See also [=DS9's=] René Auberjonois and VOY's Ethan Phillips.)
** Wasn't Guinan the [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares center square]]?
** Bob Gunton, aka [[TheShawshankRedemption Samuel Norton]], played Chief O'Brien's previous captain in "The Wounded".
** Vincent Schiavelli, best known as [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Uncle Enyos]] (or, if you prefer, [[{{Film/Ghost}} "LIIIIIKE TRAAAAAIINS?!?"]]) appears as an obnoxious holo-salesman. ("The Arsenal of Freedom")
** The late Andreas Katsulas, who played Romulan Commander Tomalak, was Ambassador G'Kar on ''Series/BabylonFive'', and Fred Sykes, the one-armed man in ''Film/TheFugitive''.
*** Patricia Tallman, best known for playing Lyta the telepath on [=B5=], has a Memory Alpha entry '' as long as Patrick Stewart himself?'' WHAT SORCERY IS THIS? Actually, before she got her break on [=B5=], she was a stunt double for all the female leads on TNG (barring Whoopi, of course) and some on [=DS9=], as well. She also had uncredited roles as a petty officer in "Power Play", ''Generations'' and ''Star Trek: Voyager'', as well as speaking roles in "Starship Mine" (one of the hijackers) and "Timescape" (one of the fake Romulans).
** [[Film/JamesBond General]] [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Gogol]] is one of the scientists in "Home Soil".
** Data is [[Film/TheMasterOfDisguise Devlin Bowman.]]
** [[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy's]] boss shows up in "Suspicions". Sort of appropriate, since in that episode Crusher is faced with a murder mystery and performs two autopsies while trying to solve it.
** The Klingon captain who smuggled Picard and Data to Romulus is [[Film/OfficeSpace Milton Waddams]], [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Bill Dauterive]], and [[Series/NewsRadio Jimmy James.]]
** Tam Elbrun is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Mayor Richard Wilkins III.]]
** [[Series/DesperateHousewives Susan Mayer]] shows up (uncredited!!) as transporter chief B.G. Robinson in "The Outrageous Okona" (not to mention [[Series/TheKilling Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond]] playing Okona himself, and [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Joe Piscopo]] as the comic in the holodeck).
** Tracey Walter (Bob the Goon in ''Film/{{Batman}}'') shows up as one of the Ferengi in "The Last Outpost."
** Brenda Strong (''Series/DesperateHousewives'', ''Series/{{Dallas}}'') played Rashella in "When the Bough Breaks."
** Among some Trek fans, "Symbiosis" is known as the "Star Trek II episode," featuring both [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathofKhan Joachim and David Marcus]].
** Distinctive-looking actor Michael Berryman (''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'', ''Film/WeirdScience'') played Captain Rixx in "Conspiracy."
** Ensign Sonya Gomez was in ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]''. Most don't recognize her because they were too busy looking at her....[[MultiBoobage other appendages]].
** The late Roy Brocksmith (''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'') is Sirna Kolrami in "Peak Performance."
** Ray Wise ([[TwinPeaks Leland Palmer]]) as Liko in "Who Watches the Watchers." He also appears in VOY's "Hope and fear", and has built an extensive genre show resume.
** In "The Price": Dan Shor (''Film/{{Tron}}'', ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'') as Ferengi Dr. Arridor. Also, check out the tall dude that plays Leyor. The face doesn't ring a bell, but [[Film/{{Predator}} his body movements seem eerily familiar...]]
** Sovereign Marouk in "The Vengeance Factor": [[Film/{{Porkys}} Ouch. Just....ouch. Not cool, Ms. Balbricker.]]
** And now for some perennial That Guys from American television, including: [[Series/LALaw Arnie Becker]] as [=Q2=] in "Deja Q."
** I pity the fool who doesn't realize [[Series/TheATeam "Howlin' Mad" Murdock]] is Lt. Reg Barclay.
** The great Creator/SaulRubinek as Kivas Fajo in "The Most Toys." He's a replacement for the original Fajo actor, who committed suicide during filming.
** [[Literature/TheStand Glen Bateman]] as Boothby.
** The [[HumanPopsicle unfrozen 20th century businessman]] from "The Neutral Zone" was once an ''Film/AgentForHARM''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Japanese-dubbed version has some interesting casting choices, mostly from the sci-fi and {{Mecha}} genres:
** Jean Luc-Picard [[Creator/{{Mugihito}} is]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Keel Lorentz]] and [[Anime/PaniPoniDash the Alien Commander]], [[ActorAllusion who, by the way, parodies his role as Picard.]]
** William Riker [[AkioOhtsuka is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]] and [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]].
** Data [[Creator/HochuOtsuka is]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Jiraiya]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]] and [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Chibodee Crocket.]]
** Deana Troi [[Creator/GaraTakashima is]] [[Anime/CowboyBebop Julia.]]
** Wesley Crusher [[Creator/AkiraIshida is]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Snails]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Athrun Zala]] and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa.]]
** Keiko O'Brien [[Creator/RikaFukami is]] [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]]
** Worf [[Creator/BanjoGinga is]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Liquid Snake]], [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Souther]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Ghiren Zabi]].
** This show and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' share cast members, two of whom are Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski) as Dr. Leslie Thompkins and Creator/JohndeLancie (Q) as one of the Penguin's henchmen in "Blind as a Bat." Another would be Creator/DavidWarner, who played ComicBook/RasalGhul in Batman and Gul Madred, Picard's interrogator, in ''Chain of Command''.
** Likewise, ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' was comprised mostly of TNG cast members, including Creator/JonathanFrakes (Riker/Xanatos), Creator/BrentSpiner (Robin/Puck), Marina Sirtis (Trio/Demona), and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''[='=]s Kate Mulgrew (Janeway/Titania), among others. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gargoyles_cast_members full list]] is on ThatOtherWiki. The Brazilian Portuguese dub chose to give Picard's voice to Xanatos.
** In "Coming of Age", Wesley attends a Starfleet Academy exam with two other hopefuls, including a young Vulcan. This is Tasia Valenza, best-known for voicing Sniper Wolf in the best-selling ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and Poison Ivy in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' series.
** [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Derek Powers/Blight]] is Captain Endar in "Suddenly Human".
** If you're in Germany, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Discord]] is Data instead of Q.
** In Hungarian, Wesley Crusher wound up as [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Shining Armor]].
** Zorn in "Encounter at Farpoint" is played by veteran voice actor Creator/MichaelBell, known for [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero Duke]], [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Prowl and Sideswipe]], [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Quackerjack]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Drew Pickles and Chazz Finster]], and [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Raziel]] among others.
17th Mar '16 3:46:32 PM alexandrajade
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* RomanceOnTheSet: Patrick Stewart, on the lookout for the ''next'' Ex-Ms. Patrick Stewart, dated Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) during Seasons 3 & 4. They were briefly engaged during "Q-Pid", but nothing came of it.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Patrick Stewart, on the lookout for the ''next'' Ex-Ms. Patrick Stewart, dated Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) during Seasons 3 & 4. They were briefly engaged during "Q-Pid", but nothing came of it. In 2000, six years after TNG ended, Stewart and producer Wendy Neuss did marry. They divorced three years later.
17th Mar '16 2:03:04 PM alexandrajade
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* HideYourPregnancy: Gates McFadden was pregnant throughout season 4, including during "Remember Me" which contained a couple of physically demanding stunts that she performed herself (she wasn't aware she was pregnant at that point). Later in the season she is shown almost exclusively wearing her "lab coat" and/or being filmed from the sternum up.
17th Mar '16 1:06:17 PM jameygamer
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** It was because he renewed his contract for ''TNG'' that Stewart was unable to take three major roles at Creator/{{Disney}}, which were The Beast and Jafar in the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Animated Classics]] ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' and ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', respectively, and then as Goliath in Creator/GregWeisman's ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', which featured nearly every other member of the ''TNG'' crew.
17th Mar '16 1:00:24 PM jameygamer
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** The Mandarin bailiff for Q's first trial in the premiere episode is [[Film/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]].
8th Feb '16 5:29:01 PM themisterfree
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** Wasn't Guinan the [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares center square]]?
4th Feb '16 6:01:56 PM hamonrye
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* CreatorBacklash: The producers grew to hate the [[ShouldersOfDoom overly-broad shouldered]] uniforms worn by the Romulans.

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** The cast hated "Angel One" and demanded changes. Believe it or not, the first draft was even ''more'' sexist. There's no salvaging "Code of Honor", though.
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