History Trivia / StarTrekTheOriginalSeries

28th Apr '16 12:29:32 PM CaptEquinox
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*** He said "she'll blow soon" once, in "The Corbomite Maneuver.
23rd Apr '16 6:12:51 PM DrRomoray
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** Much is made of the show’s diversity, but rarely is it acknowledged that NBC wanted that diversity [[http://web.mit.edu/21l.432/www/readings/NBC_Chapt12.pdf more than Gene Roddenberry.]]
10th Apr '16 7:27:53 AM PaulA
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** Skip Homeier played the main antagonist in both "Patterns of Force" and "The Way to Eden".
9th Apr '16 9:57:46 PM PaulA
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* AlanSmithee: The writer of "Return to Tomorrow" had himself credited under a pseudonym in protest against a change that was made to the ending.

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** Two episodes in the third season, "That Which Survives" and "The Way to Eden", were developed from storylines by Trek veteran writer D.C. Fontana, but bear the credit "Story by Michael Richards" because Fontana felt the final episodes diverged too far for her to feel comfortable putting her name on them.
6th Apr '16 6:31:49 AM PaulA
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* TheMerch: One of the rarest of the Mego action figures to come out in the '70s (and the only one tied to a specific episode) was of a Cheron from "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
6th Apr '16 6:29:16 AM PaulA
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** In one episode, Spock rightly points out that "evolution is man evolving from apes" is a grossly misleading and deliberate mischaracterization--but describes evolution as life forms [[EvolutionaryLevels evolving from "lower" to "advanced" stages]]. Now, evolution is understood as life forms changing over time to suit their environment. While they ''usually'' become more complex than their ancestors, they do sometimes become less complex if losing a trait 1. makes them more successful in their environment or 2. doesn't hurt them either way.

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** In one episode, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", Spock rightly points out that "evolution is man evolving from apes" is a grossly misleading and deliberate mischaracterization--but describes evolution as life forms [[EvolutionaryLevels evolving from "lower" to "advanced" stages]]. Now, evolution is understood as life forms changing over time to suit their environment. While they ''usually'' become more complex than their ancestors, they do sometimes become less complex if losing a trait 1. makes them more successful in their environment or 2. doesn't hurt them either way.
25th Mar '16 3:29:50 PM Wyldchyld
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Lt. Cdr. Gary Mitchell in the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is played by Gary Lockwood, who also played Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey. No wonder HAL wasn't too happy with him...
** The android servant in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" is Lurch from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. He also voices Balok in "The Corbomite Maneuver".
** In "Miri", Miri is Mattie from ''Film/TrueGrit'', the "Bonk Bonk" boy is Dill from ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', and Jahn is C.W. Moss from ''Film/BonnieAndClyde''.
** Sarek is the Romulan Commander? No wonder Spock has daddy issues...
** In "The Apple", [[Series/StarskyAndHutch Hutch]] is an alien who wants to know what kissing is.
** Spock's mom is also the mom of [[Series/FatherKnowsBest James Jr., Betty and Kathy]]. Then she married [[Series/StElsewhere Dr. Daniel Auschlander]].
** In "Friday's Child", [[{{Series/Batman}} Catwoman]] is Eleen. Captain Greer of ''Series/TheModSquad'' is Kras.
** [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Count Baltar]] is a Klingon commander!
** ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Batgirl]]'' was a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe in "Whom Gods Destroy". Also ''[[Series/{{Batman}} the Riddler]]'' played Commissioner Bele in "Let that be your Last Battleground".
** One for film music fans--Music/BasilPoledouris never wrote any music for ''Star Trek'' but he turns up as an extra in three episodes: as a mook in "Errand of Mercy" and "Patterns of Force", and as a redshirt (who survives an especially redshirt-unfriendly episode) in "Obsession".
** In "The Trouble with Tribbles", [[Series/TheTimeTunnel Whit Bissell]] is the station's commander, and Rollo from the ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episode "Once Upon a Time" is now an interstellar trader.
** Mel the Cook from ''Series/{{Alice 1976}}'' is a gang boss in "A Piece of the Action".
** Rojan in "By Any Other Name" is played by Warren Stevens, who was the ship's doctor in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', one of Trek's spiritual forebears.
** "Assignment: Earth" isn't the only time Teri Garr had a [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind close encounter with an alien visitor]], or dealt with [[Film/YoungFrankenstein a rotating wall]].
** [[TheBrainThatWouldntDie Dr. Bill Cortner]] played Rael in "Wink of an Eye" ([=MiSTies=] will remember Dr. Bill from [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E13TheBrainThatWouldntDie the episode of MST3K where Mike succeeded Joel]]).
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Majel Barret did her best Creator/MaeWest impression when voicing the malfunctioning computer in "Tomorrow Is Yesterday". She would use that seductive purr again when voicing M'Ress in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''.
** [[Disney/TheJungleBook One of the wolves who raised Mowgli]] is head of the Organian council!
** [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Piglet]] is an immortal murderous energy being in "Wolf in the Fold".
** James Doohan, a registered voice actor capable of a variety of accents other than the Scottish, does the radio commercial for ''Bang Bang'' "the sweetest little automatic in the world" in "A Piece of the Action" and the computer voice in "The Ultimate Computer".
** In the Japanese dub:
*** Kirk is voiced by Masaaki Yajima, who voiced [[GiantRobo Dr. Kusama]] and [[Anime/ShinMazinger Zeus]].
*** Scott is voiced by the late Osamu Kobayashi and later by Creator/KenjiUtsumi ([[FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]])
4th Feb '16 11:09:20 AM R.G.
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** ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Batgirl]]'' was a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe in "Whom Gods Destroy".

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** ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Batgirl]]'' was a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe in "Whom Gods Destroy". Also ''[[Series/{{Batman}} the Riddler]]'' played Commissioner Bele in "Let that be your Last Battleground".
15th Jan '16 3:05:58 PM hamonrye
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** Creator/ClintHoward's nice cameo in [=DS9=] as a bum who suspects aliens are among us -- and happens to be right. Clint famously played the role of Balok in the original series episode "The Corbomite Maneuver".



** Malachi Throne (Commodore Mendez in TOS' "The Menagerie") makes his comeback in TNG, playing the Romulan double-agent in "Unification". Fun: Once again, his character is antagonistic toward Commander (now Ambassador) Spock.



** Mark Lenard first appears as the Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror", then as Spock's father Sarek. He then shows up as a Klingon in the prologue of [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture the first movie]], thus appearing as a member of all three major galactic powers of the era.

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** Mark Lenard first appears as the Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror", then as Spock's father Sarek. He then shows up as a Klingon in the prologue of [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture the first movie]], thus appearing as a member of all three major galactic powers of the era.
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15th Jan '16 2:58:52 AM Anddrix
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** The network chiefs felt the initial pilot episode, "The Cage", was [[ViewersAreMorons too cerebral for the average viewer at home]], and turned it down on those grounds. [[NetworkToTheRescue They gave the series another chance]] though, on the proviso that Gene Roddenberry gave them something with a bit more action and a bit less philosophy--and less sex. The concept of an Earthman kept in an environment where any fantasy could be brought to vivid life--with a woman (and then ''two more'' women) who could assume any form he chose--was simply too much for network execs at that time.

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** The network chiefs felt the initial pilot episode, "The Cage", was [[ViewersAreMorons too cerebral for the average viewer at home]], home, and turned it down on those grounds. [[NetworkToTheRescue They gave the series another chance]] though, on the proviso that Gene Roddenberry gave them something with a bit more action and a bit less philosophy--and less sex. The concept of an Earthman kept in an environment where any fantasy could be brought to vivid life--with a woman (and then ''two more'' women) who could assume any form he chose--was simply too much for network execs at that time.
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