History Trivia / StarTrekTheNextGeneration

23rd Jun '18 9:51:10 PM Anicomicgeek
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** In the cover page for the first draft of "Yesterday's Enterprise" (which was an unsolicited submission) the writers noted that, in a perfect world, the ship coming out of the rift would be the Enterprise-A, and not the Enterprise-C. However they followed the instructions in the writers' guidelines which said that no members of the original cast could be used. Rick Berman noted that many years later, when they were in pre-production for StarTrekGenerations, he realized that he should have held back the script and used it for the feature film, because it would have worked much better than the story they ended up using.

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** In the cover page for the first draft of "Yesterday's Enterprise" (which was an unsolicited submission) the writers noted that, in a perfect world, the ship coming out of the rift would be the Enterprise-A, and not the Enterprise-C. However they followed the instructions in the writers' guidelines which said that no members of the original cast could be used. Rick Berman noted that many years later, when they were in pre-production for StarTrekGenerations, ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', he realized that he should have held back the script and used it for the feature film, because it would have worked much better than the story they ended up using.using.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Keye Luke was considered for the part of Dr. Soong but was then in declining health due to age.
10th Jun '18 1:21:39 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When NBC canceled the original series in TheSixties. In TheEighties and TheNineties, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was in syndication rather than on a network. It was '''beating''' NFL football, ''60 Minutes'' and other network programming....[[DeathByIrony including NBC's.]]
** In fact, Patrick Stewart was convinced by his agent that the show would be a quick failure and then he could return to Britain for theatrical auditions. For the first six weeks of filming, he literally lived out of his suitcases.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: When NBC canceled the original HostilityOnTheSet: The series had a notorious TroubledProduction in TheSixties. In TheEighties its first few seasons, it wasn't until the third season that the production team stabilized and TheNineties, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' the cast really started to get along.
*** Denise Crosby
was in syndication rather than on a network. It told up front that her character was '''beating''' NFL football, ''60 Minutes'' not going to get much screentime (as they were attempting a replicate the Kirk, Spock and other network programming....[[DeathByIrony including NBC's.]]
** In fact, Patrick Stewart
Bones PowerTrio with Picard, Crusher and Data) and because her bridge station was directly behind the captain, she would spend all day on set with few lines and often [[ShesGotLegs just her legs in the frame]]. This encouraged her to request to be written out.
*** Creator/GatesMcFadden was vocal about the sexism and racism that turned up in the first season (especially "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code of Honor]]"), which she attributed to her time in a theater conservatory that encouraged such feedback. This did not help the already difficult writers room (they notoriously went through dozens of writers, many of whom were hired and fired in the same week), and once Maurice Hurley took control for the second season he demanded that she be fired. Once Hurley left and Michael Piller took over in the third season he
convinced by his agent that the execs and [=McFadden=] herself to return.
*** Creator/PatrickStewart was uncertain of how successful
the show would be a quick failure be, and then he could return to Britain did not settle into his apartment for theatrical auditions. For years. He was also finicky about being [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra a noted Shakespearean actor]] in a sci-fi show, and would berate the first six weeks rest of filming, he literally lived out of the cast for joking around in between takes. Famously, when the cast said they were just having fun his suitcases. response was a very terse "[[StopHavingFunGuys And where in our contract does it say we are here to have 'fun'?]]" (another incident was more understandable, during a documentary/interview before the show aired the production allowed one of the interviewers to wear his costume, which he did not appreciate). He eventually lightened up and became more sociable, although the cast still gives him grief over the "fun" line.
31st May '18 2:10:20 PM DavidDelony
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* PromotedFanboy: Both Creator/WilWheaton and Creator/LeVarBurton were Trekkies at the time of their hiring.
* PromotedFanboy: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a huge fan of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and has specifically named Creator/NichelleNichols as her inspiration for acting. Just before the second season entered production, she called Roddenberry, saying "I am a ''Star Trek'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show?" Roddenberry was so impressed that he re-wrote the bartender character he had intended to introduce for Goldberg.

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Both Creator/WilWheaton and Creator/LeVarBurton were Trekkies at the time of their hiring.
* PromotedFanboy: ** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a huge fan of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and has specifically named Creator/NichelleNichols as her inspiration for acting. Just before the second season entered production, she called Roddenberry, saying "I am a ''Star Trek'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show?" Roddenberry was so impressed that he re-wrote the bartender character he had intended to introduce for Goldberg.
29th May '18 8:47:08 AM kensu
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** In the cover page for the first draft of "Yesterday's Enterprise" (which was an unsolicited submission) the writers noted that, in a perfect world, the ship coming out of the rift would be the Enterprise-A, and not the Enterprise-C. However they followed the instructions in the writers' guidelines which said that no members of the original cast could be used. Rick Berman noted that many years later, when they were in pre-production for StarTrekGenerations, he realized that he should have held back the script and used it for the feature film, because it would have worked much better than the story they ended up using.
18th May '18 8:09:48 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Not the first time Dwight Schultz has played a man with [[TheATeam mental problems]].

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** Not the first time Dwight Schultz has played a man with [[TheATeam [[Series/TheATeam mental problems]].
28th Apr '18 12:11:19 PM Malady
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** In "[[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.

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** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek Sarek]]", Wesley gets ticked at Geordi and taunts him by saying, "At least I'm not spending the night with [[ReadingRainbow [[Series/ReadingRainbow a good book]], like some people!" Geordi seems to take this remark rather personally.
5th Apr '18 4:35:00 PM StarSword
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** Geordi originally had a Jamaican accent, and Troi was going to be a non-humanoid alien.
** Picard was originally going to have hair and a French accent. The latter was dropped, [[http://www.npr.org/2014/12/13/370331835/not-my-job-actor-patrick-stewart-gets-quizzed-on-g-i-joe according to Stewart]], due to sounding too silly.



** Geordi originally had a Jamaican accent, and Troi was going to be a non-humanoid alien.
** Picard was originally going to have hair and a French accent.
23rd Mar '18 8:04:14 AM OlfinBedwere
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** A minor example having to do with the score. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead}} The Drumhead]]" is the last episode to be scored by Ron Jones before the brilliant Rick Berman (not the soundest policy maker in the ''Trek'' franchise) fired him to ‘[[TallPoppySyndrome try out new composers.]]’ There’s a reason why people vividly remember the score to "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds}} The Best of Both Worlds]]" but why nobody remembers anything from the last three seasons of TNG. [=DS9=] was affected by this decision with the first three years worth of music proving largely unremarkable before they started using dynamic scores from David Bell et al. from season four onwards.

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** A minor example having to do with the score. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead}} The Drumhead]]" is the last episode to be scored by Ron Jones before the brilliant Rick Berman (not the soundest policy maker in the ''Trek'' franchise) fired him to ‘[[TallPoppySyndrome try out new composers.]]’ There’s a reason why people vividly remember the score to "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds}} The Best of Both Worlds]]" but why nobody remembers anything from the last three seasons of TNG. [=DS9=] was affected by this decision with It wasn't until the first three years worth latter half of music proving largely unremarkable before they started using dynamic scores ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' -- barring the odd one-off composer managing to produce a decent score, and then usually being banned from David Bell et al. from season four onwards.working on the show again -- that the composers were finally allowed to produce anything other than Berman's favored "sonic wallpaper."


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** This hit a lot of episodes in the first two seasons, as there was a rule that a writer was only allowed to produce two drafts of any given script before the showrunner (Roddenberry early on, then Maurice Hurley until the end of Season 2) took over all further rewrites. Michael Piller quickly ditched that rule after he came on-board as showrunner a few episodes into Season 3.
19th Mar '18 4:48:02 AM jormis29
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** In "[[{{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.
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E22HalfALife}} Half a Life]]", David Ogden Stiers guest-stars as an alien scientist doing research work on the ''Enterprise''. One of his report readouts is attempt number [[Film/{{Mash}} 4077]].

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** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek}} "[[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.
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E22HalfALife}} "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E22HalfALife Half a Life]]", David Ogden Stiers Creator/DavidOgdenStiers guest-stars as an alien scientist doing research work on the ''Enterprise''. One of his report readouts is attempt number [[Film/{{Mash}} 4077]].
14th Mar '18 8:54:03 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: In stark contrast to Picard, Patrick Stewart ''loves'' working with kids.



* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E6TrueQ}} True Q]]" was inspired by a fan's suggestion, and may be a nod to the fact that [[FanFic/ATrekkiesTale the original MarySue]] was a Star Trek fanfic.

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* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E6TrueQ}} True Q]]" was inspired by a fan's suggestion, The series accepted fan-written spec scripts throughout its run. At least four made it into production, and may be a nod to the fact that [[FanFic/ATrekkiesTale the original MarySue]] was a Star Trek fanfic.few more episodes were based on premises supplied by fans.



* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a huge fan of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and has specifically named Creator/NichelleNichols as her inspiration for acting. Just before the second season entered production, she called Roddenberry, saying "I am a ''Star Trek'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show?" Roddenberry was so impressed that he re-wrote the bartender character he had intended to introduce for Goldberg.

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* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: PromotedFanboy: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a huge fan of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and has specifically named Creator/NichelleNichols as her inspiration for acting. Just before the second season entered production, she called Roddenberry, saying "I am a ''Star Trek'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show?" Roddenberry was so impressed that he re-wrote the bartender character he had intended to introduce for Goldberg.



** Armin Shimerman played both Letek, one of the first Ferengi ever shown onscreen in " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E4TheLastOutpost}} The Last Outpost]]", another Ferengi, Bractor in " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E21PeakPerformance}} Peak Performance]]", 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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** Armin Shimerman played both Letek, one of the first Ferengi ever shown onscreen in " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E4TheLastOutpost}} The Last Outpost]]", another Ferengi, Bractor in " [[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E21PeakPerformance}} Peak Performance]]", 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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