History Trivia / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

15th Jul '17 7:07:44 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AbsenteeActor: Some episodes struggle to include all the actors, even with the MandatoryLine.



* DoingItForTheArt: ''TNG'''s Blu-ray release was a love letter to the fans and Mike Okuda was brought in to make sure that the remastering was of the highest quality. Because TV production practices of the 80's and 90's involved shooting on film but then scanning the footage onto videotape for editing, there were no completed reels that could be used. Instead, the original raw footage was restored and scanned in its entirety and editors then did a frame-by-frame recreation of each episode. Brand-new special effects were also commissioned as needed to to better fit in with the brighter and clearer images. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZQetJVRu0I end result]] was universally praised for its quality, especially in comparison to the divisive nature of the Original Series' use of CGI to replace effects wholesale. Unfortunately, the ''TNG'' Blu-ray didn't sell well enough to warrant ''DS9'' and ''Voyager'' receiving similar treatment.



* DoingItForTheArt: ''TNG'''s Blu-ray release was a love letter to the fans and Mike Okuda was brought in to make sure that the remastering was of the highest quality. Because TV production practices of the 80's and 90's involved shooting on film but then scanning the footage onto videotape for editing, there were no completed reels that could be used. Instead, the original raw footage was restored and scanned in its entirety and editors then did a frame-by-frame recreation of each episode. Brand-new special effects were also commissioned as needed to to better fit in with the brighter and clearer images. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZQetJVRu0I end result]] was universally praised for its quality, especially in comparison to the divisive nature of the Original Series' use of CGI to replace effects wholesale. Unfortunately, the ''TNG'' Blu-ray didn't sell well enough to warrant ''DS9'' and ''Voyager'' receiving similar treatment.



* GenderFlip: Wesley Crusher was originally a girl named Lesley.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The characters received new two-piece uniforms starting in Season 3 because the original one-piece suits were intentionally made one size too small (to look good on camera) and were causing serious back problems.
** "The Defector" was supposed to open with another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but legal issues forced the writers to retool it into a holodeck simulation of ''HenryV''. This doubles as foreshadowing: Jarok, like King Henry, is forced to go undercover as a 'commoner' in this episode.
** "The Best of Both Worlds" introduces a job opening for Riker on another ship, as well as a new female commander for him to butt heads with. The showrunners were grooming Riker to take over as Captain if Patrick Stewart didn't want to return.



* RetroactiveRecognition:
** The late Andreas Katsulas, who played Romulan Commander Tomalak, was Ambassador G'Kar on ''Series/BabylonFive''.
** Creator/DarrenAronofsky fave Mark Margolis as Dr. Nel Apgar in "A Matter of Perspective." ''Series/BreakingBad'' fans know him as "Tio" Hector Salamanca.
** Creator/ChristopherMcDonald as Lt. Richard Castillo in "Yesterday's Enterprise."
** Creator/TonyTodd as Worf's brother, Klingon Captain Kurn.
** Okana's squeeze, Transporter Chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Creator/TeriHatcher. Ironically this was an uncredited role.
** Ashley Judd as Ensign Robin Lefler, Wesley's main squeeze. It's like the show is poking the eye of everybody who damned Wesley as a geeky nuisance with no balls.
** Creator/FamkeJanssen as Kamala, the empathic metamorph who bonds with Picard in "The Perfect Mate." Famke Janssen and Patrick Stewart would later star together in the [[Film/XMen X-Men film series]] as Jean Grey and Professor X, respectively.
** Creator/TerryOQuinn, aka [[Series/{{Lost}} John Locke]], was Riker's previous CO, now an Admiral, in "The Pegasus".
** Jerry Hardin ("Deep Throat" in ''Series/TheXFiles'') plays Radue in "When the Bough Breaks" and Samuel Clemens in "Time's Arrow" Pts. 1 & 2.
** Vaughn Armstrong ([[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Forrest]]) played Captain Korris in "Heart of Glory."
** In "The Royale": Noble Willingham (''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'') and Creator/SamAnderson (''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'').
** The little alien girl Sarjenka in "Pen Pals" is Nikki Cox (''Series/LasVegas'').
** Here's an obscure one: Beth Toussaint, who played Tasha's surviving sister in "Legacy", was the first actress to play Sheridan's wife on ''Series/BabylonFive''
** Diedrich Bader (billed as "Dietrich"; ''Film/OfficeSpace'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'') plays a tactical crewman in "The Emissary."
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Bob Kelso]] as Dr. Paul Stubbs in "Evolution."
11th Jun '17 11:40:25 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** 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 [=DS9=].
*** 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]].'' He also briefly appeared in "Haven" as the Betazoid Gift Box, though it's a bit hard to recognize that one.

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*** ** 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 [=DS9=].
*** ** 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]].'' He also briefly appeared in "Haven" as the Betazoid Gift Box, though it's a bit hard to recognize that one.



*** 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.)\\\

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*** ** 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.)\\\
11th Jun '17 10:43:00 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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The prototype uniforms smelled bad (spandex retains bodily oils more than the newer cloth uniforms) and gave the actors back problems.

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** The prototype uniforms smelled bad (spandex retains bodily oils more than the newer cloth uniforms) and gave the actors back problems.
1st Jun '17 3:03:13 AM jormis29
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** Okana's squeeze, Transporter Chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Teri Hatcher. Ironically this was an uncredited role.

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** Okana's squeeze, Transporter Chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Teri Hatcher.Creator/TeriHatcher. Ironically this was an uncredited role.
30th May '17 10:48:54 AM wyattte
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** You'll occasionally come across Picard being referred to as "Space Dad."
19th Apr '17 4:04:52 PM GoblinCipher
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* FandomRivalry (''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover)
19th Mar '17 3:40:59 AM JonTron4ever
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** Yesterdays Enterprise was originally conceived as two separate episodes, one fittingly enough also titled Yesterdays Enterprise and the other unnamed. In the original Yesterdays Enterprise, the Enterprise C also accidentally comes forward in time. However it causes no changes in the timeline when discovered by the Enterprise-D, and the entire episode would have centered around Picard having to make a decision to send it back and preserve the timeline, where they would lose a hopeless battle or risk altering time by keeping them in the present. The other episode would have involved Sarek and a group of Vulcans revisiting the Guardian of Forever to go back to Vulcan pre-history. They would have fucked up the timeline and accidentally killed Surak, creating a timeline where a violent Vulcan race had arisen. They would have eventually discovered and merged with the Romulans to form a Vulcan-Romulan Empire and would have rampaged across the galaxy, exterminating the Klingons and fighting the Federation (who formed without them) in a bitter war the Federation was losing. The episode would have even had the alternate universe Vulcans planning to use the Guardian of Forever to alter Earth's history and prevent the Federation from ever forming, wich sounds a lot like Star Trek: First Contact (which even the writers Trent Christopher Ganin and Eric A. Stillwell have pointed out). Sarek would remain unaffected, be captured by the Enterprise D where after a mind meld with Picard, is allowed to return through the Guardian of Forever and take the place of Surak to preserve the timeline. Both episode pitches were received well, but Michael Piller suggested merging the ideas together, and Ronald D. Moore ended up changing the Vulcans into Klingons and using the episode to explain how the Klingons and the Federation became allies (which funningly enough is contradicted a year later with the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which eventually had to be reconciled with this episode).

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** Yesterdays Enterprise was originally conceived as two separate episodes, one fittingly enough also titled Yesterdays Enterprise and the other unnamed. In the original Yesterdays Enterprise, the Enterprise C also accidentally comes forward in time. However it causes no changes in the timeline when discovered by the Enterprise-D, and the entire episode would have centered around Picard having to make a decision to send it back and preserve the timeline, where they would lose a hopeless battle or risk altering time by keeping them in the present. The other episode would have involved Sarek and a group of Vulcans revisiting the Guardian of Forever to go back to Vulcan pre-history. They would have fucked up the timeline and accidentally killed Surak, creating a timeline where a violent Vulcan race had arisen. They would have eventually discovered and merged with the Romulans to form a Vulcan-Romulan Empire and would have rampaged across the galaxy, exterminating the Klingons and fighting the Federation (who formed without them) in a bitter war the Federation was losing. The episode would have even had featured the alternate universe Vulcans planning to use the Guardian of Forever to alter Earth's history and prevent the Federation from ever forming, wich sounds a lot like Star Trek: First Contact (which even the writers Trent Christopher Ganin and Eric A. Stillwell have pointed out). Sarek would remain unaffected, be captured by the Enterprise D where after a mind meld with Picard, is allowed to return through the Guardian of Forever and take the place of Surak to preserve the timeline. Both episode pitches were received well, but Michael Piller suggested merging the ideas together, and Ronald D. Moore ended up changing the Vulcans into Klingons and using the episode to explain how the Klingons and the Federation became allies (which funningly enough is contradicted a year later with the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which eventually had to be reconciled with this episode).episode).
** Ira Steven Behr and Ronald D Moore wanted to feature more gruesome deaths for several characters at the end of Yesterdays Enterprise, including Data being electrocuted and having Wesley Crusher graphically decapitated by debris! Riker's on-screen death was also supposed to be more gruesome, with his throat slit and spurting blood. To make things even darker, the Klingon commanding the ships doing all this damage would have been Worf! So he would have been brutally murdering his friends. Moore and Behr were disappointed this wasn't filmed, which they claim was because the producers didn't want to depress audiences, though it was also likely cut due to the graphic nature of the violence.
19th Mar '17 3:29:58 AM JonTron4ever
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** Yesterdays Enterprise was originally conceived as two separate episodes, one fittingly enough also titled Yesterdays Enterprise and the other unnamed. In the original Yesterdays Enterprise, the Enterprise C also accidentally comes forward in time. However it causes no changes in the timeline when discovered by the Enterprise-D, and the entire episode would have centered around Picard having to make a decision to send it back and preserve the timeline, where they would lose a hopeless battle or risk altering time by keeping them in the present. The other episode would have involved Sarek and a group of Vulcans revisiting the Guardian of Forever to go back to Vulcan pre-history. They would have fucked up the timeline and accidentally killed Surak, creating a timeline where a violent Vulcan race had arisen. They would have eventually discovered and merged with the Romulans to form a Vulcan-Romulan Empire and would have rampaged across the galaxy, exterminating the Klingons and fighting the Federation (who formed without them) in a bitter war the Federation was losing. The episode would have even had the alternate universe Vulcans planning to use the Guardian of Forever to alter Earth's history and prevent the Federation from ever forming, wich sounds a lot like Star Trek: First Contact (which even the writers Trent Christopher Ganin and Eric A. Stillwell have pointed out). Sarek would remain unaffected, be captured by the Enterprise D where after a mind meld with Picard, is allowed to return through the Guardian of Forever and take the place of Surak to preserve the timeline. Both episode pitches were received well, but Michael Piller suggested merging the ideas together, and Ronald D. Moore ended up changing the Vulcans into Klingons and using the episode to explain how the Klingons and the Federation became allies (which funningly enough is contradicted a year later with the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which eventually had to be reconciled with this episode).
19th Mar '17 3:18:45 AM JonTron4ever
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** According to Jeri Taylor, at one point Geordi La Forge was planned to be revealed as the product of alien experimentation on his mother, and an episode was planned to involve said aliens returning to retrieve him. According to her, it was conceived to give him some needed character development, but was rejected, probably because it would have weirded out viewers. Even stranger, the concept was almost revived in VOY, with Harry Kim planned to have a very similar backstory, but it too was rejected.
19th Mar '17 3:15:38 AM JonTron4ever
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** Several attempts were made to introduce the Mirror Universe into TNG. Even Jerome Bixby, the writer of "Mirror, Mirror", submitted a script that would have served as a sequel. It was apparently rejected because it called for guest appearances from TOS. In general, Rick Berman and Michael Piller were disinterested in TNG revisiting the Mirror Universe because they felt the concept was too cheesy and out-of-date for the series, so that's the real reason we never got a Mirror Universe episode. DS9, being staffed by fans of TOS, would eventually re-visit the Mirror Universe to mixed results, with ENT also re-visiting it to surprisingly greater effect, with its Mirror two-parter being its most popular episodes. It's fair to assume TNG re-visiting the concept would have paid off, as the non-canon novel "Dark Mirror" released in 1993 (which ended up influencing ENT's foray into the Mirror Universe) and the IDW comic "Mirror Broken" released in 2017, which both explore alternate takes on the Mirror Universe Enterprise-D are also popular.

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** Several attempts were made to introduce the Mirror Universe into TNG. Even Jerome Bixby, the writer of "Mirror, Mirror", submitted a script that would have served as a sequel. It was apparently rejected because it called for guest appearances from TOS. In general, Rick Berman and Michael Piller were disinterested in TNG revisiting the Mirror Universe because they felt the concept was too cheesy and out-of-date for the series, so that's the real reason we never got a Mirror Universe episode. DS9, being staffed by fans of TOS, would eventually re-visit the Mirror Universe to mixed results, with ENT also re-visiting it to surprisingly greater effect, with its Mirror two-parter being its most popular episodes. It's fair to assume TNG re-visiting the concept would have paid off, as the The non-canon novel "Dark Mirror" released in 1993 (which ended up influencing ENT's foray into the Mirror Universe) and the IDW comic "Mirror Broken" released in 2017, which both explore alternate takes on the Mirror Universe Enterprise-D are also popular.pretty popular, so it's interesting to speculate how TNG would handled the concept.
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