History Trivia / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

13th Jan '17 9:41:14 AM monkeyjb1988
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: A VERY rare example being both positive and regarding ''Star Trek'': ''The Next Level'' was a Blu-Ray disc containing four episodes from the series to showcase the restoration work to make it HD. One of the episodes, ''Sins of the Father'', had a 13 second portion (of Dr. Crusher telling Riker about Worf's nanny) that was upconverted from the standard definition tape because the restoration team couldn't find the original film for that section. After that disc was released, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome they found the film]] and had a true HD version of the portion in the episode in time for the Season 3 Blu-Ray release and is the version released on Netflix and CBS. In terms of the version with the 13 seconds upconverted from the SD tape, it will likely be gone if and when the ''Next Level'' disc goes out of print. As for this being a rare positive example... well, if you had a choice, would you take the version where 13 seconds are a (relatively well done) upconversion or the one that's completely HD? To make it better, the Season 1 set has a documentary about the restoration that talks about the story behind those 13 seconds, meaning the clip can still be seen for historical reference.
8th Jan '17 1:07:27 AM KJMackley
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* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Most of the actors playing blood relatives to cast members look impressively like them. For longevity, Majel Barret very much seemed like Marina Sirtis mother, in "Man of the People" where Sirtis had aging make-up on the similarity became uncanny. There was also Jeremy Kemp as Picard's brother Robert. Then there was the child actors playing Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan in "Rascals," David Tristen Burken previously played Picard's nephew in "Family" while Isis Jones also played a younger version of Whoopi Goldberg in ''Film/SisterAct''.
21st Dec '16 1:42:26 PM lakingsif
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* KilledByRequest: The actress playing Tasha Yar wasn't interested in continuing with the series, and requested to be killed off during the first season. She later regretted this choice, and came back as a guest star several times.
21st Dec '16 6:27:24 AM MadSpy
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** One of Moore’s complaints about TNG was that the characters were not allowed to breathe as individuals or embrace other cultures besides Starfleet. You can almost smell his disdain in episodes he penned himself.

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** One of Ron Moore’s complaints about TNG was that the characters were not allowed to breathe as individuals or embrace other cultures besides Starfleet. You can almost smell his disdain in episodes he penned himself.
9th Dec '16 8:21:39 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AuthorAppeal: Baseball was Michael Piller's favorite sport. [[NeverBareheaded Shocking, we know.]] One of his goals was to bring that sport back to the 24th century, which had replaced it with Parrises Squares, Racket Ball and the like.; hence Dr. Stubs ('Evolution'). This also inspired the [=DS9=] episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite."
-->'''Behr''': Baseball is Michael Piller's favorite sport, but in the first episode he ever wrote for ''Star Trek'', he killed baseball. Why, we still don't know, but we thought we owed it to him to bring baseball back, even though he had chosen to kill it.
9th Dec '16 8:11:23 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Sir Pat Stu: "Time Squared" (Creator/PatrickStewart plays two Picards), and a dual role as [[Theatre/HenryV Michael Williams]] in Data's holodeck play in "The Defector".
** Two-Takes Frakes: "Second Chances" (Creator/JonathanFrakes plays two Rikers).
** Fully Functional: Any episode with Data & Lore or their "father" Dr. Noonien Soong. (Also see the episode "Brothers" which was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Acting For Three]]'' (including one stint in enough make up to make a Klingon's actor cry.) And let's not forget "A Fistful of Datas", where Data plays...a fistful of ancient Western stock-characters.

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** Sir Pat Stu: "Time Squared" " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E13TimeSquared}} Time Squared]]" (Creator/PatrickStewart plays two Picards), and a dual role as [[Theatre/HenryV Michael Williams]] in Data's holodeck play in "The Defector".
"[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E10TheDefector}} The Defector]]".
** Two-Takes Frakes: "Second Chances" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E22SecondChances}} Second Chances]]" (Creator/JonathanFrakes plays two Rikers).
** Fully Functional: Any episode with Data & Lore or their "father" Dr. Noonien Soong. (Also see the episode "Brothers" " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E3Brothers}} Brothers]]" which was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Acting For Three]]'' (including one stint in enough make up to make a Klingon's actor cry.) And let's not forget "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E8AFistfulOfDatas}} A Fistful of Datas", Datas]]", where Data plays...a fistful of ancient Western stock-characters.



** Similar to how Sisko does with baseball, Picard enjoys using Shakespeare as a metaphor for the human condition. Of course, everyone knows about Stewart's background in Shakespearean theater; he quotes ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' in "Hide And Q," and participates in Data's production of ''Henry V''.
** ''TNG'' had a minor in-show example: In "Descent, Part II" the ''Enterprise'' is forced to hide within a star's corona by using an experimental shield. The lieutenant at Tactical doesn't think that the shield will work, but is proven wrong. The actor played a different character in a previous episode who tried to make it appear that the shield ''didn't'' work.
** In "Sarek," Wesley gets ticked at Geordi and taunts him by saying, "At least I'm not spending the night with [[ReadingRainbow a good book]], like some people!" Geordi seems to take this remark rather personally.

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** Similar to how Sisko does with baseball, Picard enjoys using Shakespeare as a metaphor for the human condition. Of course, everyone knows about Stewart's background in Shakespearean theater; he quotes ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' in "Hide And Q," " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E9HideAndQ}} Hide and Q]]", and participates in Data's production of ''Henry V''.
''Theatre/HenryV''.
** ''TNG'' had a minor in-show example: In "Descent, Part II" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E24S7E1Descent}} Descent]] (Part 2)" the ''Enterprise'' is forced to hide within a star's corona by using an experimental shield. The lieutenant at Tactical doesn't think that the shield will work, but is proven wrong. The actor played a different character in a previous episode who tried to make it appear that the shield ''didn't'' work.
** In "Sarek," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek}} Sarek]]", Wesley gets ticked at Geordi and taunts him by saying, "At least I'm not spending the night with [[ReadingRainbow a good book]], like some people!" Geordi seems to take this remark rather personally.



** Wesley Snipes was considered to star as Geordi [=LaForge=]. Tim [[Series/StarTrekVoyager "Tuvok"]] Russ also auditioned for the role. He came ''that'' close to getting it, too.

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** Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes was considered to star as Geordi [=LaForge=]. Tim [[Series/StarTrekVoyager "Tuvok"]] Russ also auditioned for the role. He came ''that'' close to getting it, too.



** The writers didn't know what to do with Troi in Season 1, even omitting her from four episodes just to save themselves the trouble. Marina Sirtis has said she was nearly let go after Season 1 because of this. She was only kept on because Denise Crosby had already left and Gates [=McFadden=] would soon decide to leave.

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** The writers didn't know what to do with Troi in Season 1, even omitting her from four episodes just to save themselves the trouble. Marina Sirtis has said she was nearly let go after Season 1 because of this. She was only kept on because Denise Crosby had already left and Gates [=McFadden=] Creator/GatesMcFadden would soon decide to leave.
11th Nov '16 11:28:11 AM ManiacalEmu
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** "All Good Things" was originally going to feature four time periods, the fourth being the events of "The Best of Both Worlds", with Picard as Locutus. This was Braga and Moore's attempt to have the Borg featured in the series finale, which they felt fit but Michael Piller felt the four time periods was too confusing, so they chose to ditch it. Braga and Moore feel "Star Trek: First Contact" was a superior follow-up to "The Best Of Both Worlds" anyway, so they have no regrets over it.

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** "All Good Things" was originally going to feature four time periods, the fourth being the events of "The Best of Both Worlds", with Picard as Locutus. This was Braga and Moore's attempt to have the Borg featured in the series finale, which they felt fit but should appear as villains, and have the episode be a follow-up of sorts to the infamous two-parter. Michael Piller felt the four time periods was too confusing, so they chose to ditch it. it instead of replacing one of the other time periods. Braga and Moore feel "Star Trek: First Contact" was a superior follow-up to "The Best Of Both Worlds" anyway, so they have no regrets over it.don't regret canning the Borg here.
11th Nov '16 11:25:03 AM ManiacalEmu
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** The original idea for the season 6 cliffhanger was to be a two parter titled "All Good Things" (no, not that one) that would have had Starfleet all of a sudden decommissioning the Enterprise and splitting the crew up. On the way back to Earth, the Enterprise would be attacked, have to use the saucer separation with the lower half blowing up and forcing the saucer section to crash. This story idea from Ron Moore and Brannon Braga formed the basis of their scripts in the series finale "All Good Things.." (which derives its name from this original idea) and the first TNG feature film Star Trek Generations. One wonders how the seventh season would have turned out if they had been allowed to do this (they claim higher ups absolutely hated the idea, hence why we get the much more generic Descent two parter).

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** The original idea for the season 6 cliffhanger was to be a two parter titled "All Good Things" (no, not that one) that would have had Starfleet all of a sudden decommissioning the Enterprise and splitting the crew up. On the way back to Earth, the Enterprise would be attacked, have to use the saucer separation with the lower half blowing up and forcing the saucer section to crash. This story idea from Ron Moore and Brannon Braga formed the basis of their scripts in the series finale "All Good Things.." (which derives its name from this original idea) and the first TNG feature film Star Trek Trek: Generations. One wonders how the seventh season would have turned out if they had been allowed to do this (they claim higher ups absolutely hated the idea, hence why we get the much more generic Descent two parter).



** For "All Good Things...", the writers considered revisiting "The Best of Both Worlds" in addition to the other three time periods.

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** For The "anti-time future" in "All Good Things...", " was originally going to involve Picard and co. having to steal the writers considered revisiting Enterprise D from a fleet museum, as a homage to Star Trek III. The sequence would have involved the crew having to go through a museum tour in disguise, with docents getting their names wrong and gawkish tourists annoying them. According to Brannon Braga, it was rejected for being too silly. Ron Moore regretted not being able to keep this in the script, and referenced the concept on Battlestar Galactica.
**"All Good Things" was originally going to feature four time periods, the fourth being the events of
"The Best of Both Worlds", with Picard as Locutus. This was Braga and Moore's attempt to have the Borg featured in the series finale, which they felt fit but Michael Piller felt the four time periods was too confusing, so they chose to ditch it. Braga and Moore feel "Star Trek: First Contact" was a superior follow-up to "The Best Of Both Worlds" in addition to the other three time periods.anyway, so they have no regrets over it.
9th Nov '16 4:39:53 PM hullflyer
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** Originally it was going to be Picard hoping between realities in "Parallels" but Brannon Braga thought Picard's relationships wouldn't change much from reality to reality, and thus would be less jarring, so he decided to make it happen to Worf instead.

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** Originally it was going to be Picard hoping hopping between realities in "Parallels" but Brannon Braga thought Picard's relationships wouldn't change much from reality to reality, and thus would be less jarring, so he decided to make it happen to Worf instead.
9th Nov '16 4:33:55 PM hullflyer
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* RealitySubtext: Creator/LeVarBurton would often get headaches from the devices on his temples that were used to hold the VISOR in place. Likewise, Geordi would ocassionally mention headaches as a side effect of wearing the VISOR.

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* RealitySubtext: Creator/LeVarBurton would often get headaches from the devices on his temples that were used to hold the VISOR in place. Likewise, Geordi would ocassionally occasionally mention headaches as a side effect of wearing the VISOR.
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