History Trivia / StarTrekTheOriginalSeries

7th Feb '17 2:00:55 PM SubjectFive
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** The running gag of Kirk's shirt tearing pretty much constantly was actually due to the fact that the shirts were of obscenely low quality because of the show's very low tailoring budget.
15th Dec '16 9:38:41 AM Allronix
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** Creator/JamesDoohan had a degree in Engineering and even used it to save Creator/GeneRoddenberry from danger when they went out boating and ran into trouble. No record exists of him saying that the boat "cannae take much more of this" though.

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** Creator/JamesDoohan had a degree in Engineering and even used it to save Creator/GeneRoddenberry from danger when they went out boating and ran into trouble. No record exists of him saying that the boat "cannae take much more of this" though. [[note]] It came into play when someone asked about Scotty's {{Unishment}} in "Trouble with Tribbles," spending shore leave in his quarters with tech journals. The reply was "Scotty reads tech journals because ''James Doohan'' reads tech journals." [[/note]]
3rd Nov '16 7:23:52 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* AccidentallyAccurate: In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday]]" the ''Enterprise'' travels back in time to the 1960s. It's mentioned that three astronauts are taking part in a manned moon shot on Wednesday. Two years after the episode aired, Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969 (a Wednesday) carrying three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins). Given that the Apollo program was already getting started around the time of this episode, however, it was [[ShownTheirWork already known that there would be three astronauts per spacecraft]], and odds were good that at least ''one'' of the craft bound for the moon would launch on a Wednesday. That the Wednesday launch happened to be Apollo 11 (the first moon landing) was a happy coincidence.

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* AccidentallyAccurate: In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday]]" the ''Enterprise'' travels back in time to the 1960s.1968. It's mentioned that three astronauts are taking part in a manned moon shot on Wednesday. Two years after the episode aired, Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969 (a Wednesday) carrying three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins). Given that the Apollo program was already getting started around the time of this episode, however, it was [[ShownTheirWork already known that there would be three astronauts per spacecraft]], and odds were good that at least ''one'' of the craft bound for the moon would launch on a Wednesday. That the Wednesday launch happened to be Apollo 11 (the first moon landing) was a happy coincidence. In a far sadder coincidence, it's also mentioned that "an important assassination" will take place. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both assassinated later that year.
21st Oct '16 2:11:55 PM siberia82
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* ReferencedBy: Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' films he directed. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].

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* ReferencedBy: Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' films he directed. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].
13th Oct '16 8:03:34 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TheyJustDidntCare: In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder}} Turnabout Intruder]]", the director ordered Creator/WilliamShatner to exit the conference room the wrong way to get the shot he wanted, which Shatner pleaded against to no avail.
12th Oct '16 3:44:01 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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6th Oct '16 7:30:23 PM StarSword
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* WordOfGay: Inverted. Since Creator/GeorgeTakei has come out of the closet, many have speculated that Sulu is gay too, but Takei asserted that Sulu [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was/is/will be]] straight. That didn't stop David Gerrold from inserting some cute dialogue in the fan-staged "Blood and Fire" which has a gay couple.
-->'''Alex:''' ''[hugs Pete from behind]'' Guess who?\\

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* WordOfGay: Inverted. Since Creator/GeorgeTakei has come out of the closet, many have speculated that Sulu is gay too, but Takei asserted that he had played Sulu [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was/is/will be]] as being straight. That However:
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didn't stop David Gerrold from inserting some cute dialogue in the fan-staged "Blood and Fire" which has a gay couple.
-->'''Alex:''' --->'''Alex:''' ''[hugs Pete from behind]'' Guess who?\\


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** It also led to a minor controversy over the Kelvin Timeline film ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' when they decided to make their version of Sulu gay.
10th Sep '16 8:54:29 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ReferencedBy": Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' films he directed. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].

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* ReferencedBy": ReferencedBy: Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' films he directed. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].



*** The entire scene in "Naked TIme" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Creator/LeonardNimoy. They only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.

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*** The entire scene in "Naked TIme" Time" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Creator/LeonardNimoy. They only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.



* Tuckerization: The slanting crawlway that leads up to the warp-drive nacelles is referred to as a "Jefferies tube." This is a reference to art director Walter M. Jefferies.

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* Tuckerization: {{Tuckerization}}: The slanting crawlway that leads up to the warp-drive nacelles is referred to as a "Jefferies tube." This is a reference to art director Walter M. Jefferies.
6th Sep '16 3:42:44 PM thelivingtoad
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* CreatorsFavouriteEpisode: In a TV Guide interview two months before his death, Creator/GeneRoddenberry listed his ten favourite episodes - "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime}} Amok Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} Balance of Terror]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]", "The Managerie" (Two parter), "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E21TheReturnOfTheArchons}} The Return of the Archons]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore}} Where No Man Has Gone Before]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble with Tribbles]]"

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* CreatorsFavouriteEpisode: CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: In a TV Guide interview two months before his death, Creator/GeneRoddenberry listed his ten favourite episodes - "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime}} Amok Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} Balance of Terror]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]", "The Managerie" (Two parter), "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E21TheReturnOfTheArchons}} The Return of the Archons]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore}} Where No Man Has Gone Before]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble with Tribbles]]"



* McLeaned / RoleEndingMisdemeanour: There are conflicting reasons as to why Janice Rand was written out of the series after only eight appearances during the first season. Creator/GeneRoddenberry has said it was a budgetary move, but others have claimed that as the show progressed her role as the Captain's Woman, or potential loved interest for Kirk became impractical. Other stories have claimed that Grace Lee Whitney was having issues with alcoholism, which was said to be affecting her work on the series. Whitney herself said she may have been let go to keep her quiet over accusations of a network executive having sexually assaulting her.

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* McLeaned / RoleEndingMisdemeanour: RoleEndingMisdemeanor: There are conflicting reasons as to why Janice Rand was written out of the series after only eight appearances during the first season. Creator/GeneRoddenberry has said it was a budgetary move, but others have claimed that as the show progressed her role as the Captain's Woman, or potential loved interest for Kirk became impractical. Other stories have claimed that Grace Lee Whitney was having issues with alcoholism, which was said to be affecting her work on the series. Whitney herself said she may have been let go to keep her quiet over accusations of a network executive having sexually assaulting her.
17th Aug '16 9:16:43 AM htuttle
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** In "The Naked Time", Uhura's response to being cast as the "fair maiden" in Sulu's swashbuckling fantasy ("Sorry, neither.") was an ad lib by Creator/NichelleNichols during rehearsals.
** The entire scene in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Creator/LeonardNimoy, and they only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.

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** In [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} "The Naked Time", Time]]", Uhura's response to being cast as the "fair maiden" in Sulu's swashbuckling fantasy ("Sorry, neither.") was an ad lib by Creator/NichelleNichols during rehearsals.
** *** The entire scene in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" "Naked TIme" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Creator/LeonardNimoy, and they Creator/LeonardNimoy. They only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.



** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E6SpectreOfTheGun}} Spectre of the Gun]]" was originally planned to be filmed on an existing Western town set on the backlot. However, serious budget cuts for the series' third season made this impossible. So, it was instead made on a soundstage in a surreal, incomplete, plainly artificial environment. Though some (including Creator/LeonardNimoy) were skeptical over this move, it's now largely viewed to have been a good choice for the story.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The entire series could have been very different if the network executives hadn't declined the first pilot.
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday]]" were originally conceived as a two-part story, which is why the former ends with an out-of-the-blue time-travel incident that leads nowhere and the latter begins with the ''Enterprise'' already back in time due to (in the aired episode) an unrelated time-travel incident.
** Creator/HarlanEllison's script for "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever]]" was heavily altered to fit the tone of the series (as well as to trim a large cast and settings that were far beyond the show's budget). Rather than [=McCoy=], the past was changed by an evil drug-dealing crewman who ends up in a particularly hellish AndIMustScream situation trapped inside a newborn star. Also, Kirk is frozen with indecision over whether to let Edith die, forcing Spock to step in. The general consensus from those who've read it is that it would make a great standalone story, but as an episode of ''Trek'' it just feels wrong.
** An early draft of "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]" reveals at the end that Carolyn Palamas is pregnant, presumably by Apollo. This bit survived into the Blish adaptation, complete with [=McCoy=] complaining his medical training didn't cover being pediatrician for a god, but was cut by the time the script was shot for obvious '60s-TV-values reasons. It also survived into the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, where Palamas' part-deity great-grandson is a main character in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier''.
** Scriptwriter Norman Spinrad originally envisioned Robert Ryan as playing Matt Decker in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine]]". Ryan was unavailable, so William Windom was cast.
** Originally Chekov's place in the story "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E16TheGamestersOfTriskelion}} The Gamesters of Triskelion]]" was filled by Sulu, who would have shown off his martial arts skills. Unfortunately, Creator/GeorgeTakei was busy filming ''Film/TheGreenBerets''.
** In the outline for [[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E19APrivateLittleWar}} "A Private Little War"]], the arms dealer was Kirk's old foe, Kor (from [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E26ErrandOfMercy}} "Errand of Mercy"]]). It would have been Kor's second appearance in the Kirk timeline, barring ''The Animated Series''. The producers differed on this point, saying it [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale made no sense]] that Kor would just be hanging around a random M-class planet.
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E26AssignmentEarth}} Assignment: Earth]]" was intended as a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for a spin-off series. We could have had an American ''Series/DoctorWho'', complete with sonic screwdriver and youthful companion!
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E6SpectreOfTheGun}} Spectre of the Gun]]" was originally planned to be filmed on an existing Western town set on the backlot. However, serious budget cuts for the series' third season made this impossible. So, it was instead made on a soundstage in a surreal, incomplete, plainly artificial environment. Though some (including Creator/LeonardNimoy) were skeptical over this move, it's now largely viewed to have been a good choice for the story.
** James Hong (a.k.a. [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina David Lo Pan]]) auditioned for Sulu, but was passed over in favor of Creator/GeorgeTakei.
** Creator/JamesDoohan had tried several different accents as Scotty before settling on a Scottish accent.
** Chekov was originally planned to be a British character. Supposedly Roddenberry changed it after having a letter from the Soviet Union which praised the show's message, but [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar criticized the lack of a prominent Russian character]], although this may be an apocryphal story as American programming wasn't airing in the U.S.S.R. at that time.
** An episode exploring [=McCoy=]'s {{Backstory}} was planned and shelved at least twice. One of the main points (that he joined Starfleet as an established [=MD=] after a nasty divorce) finally saw the light of day in the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 movie]].
** [=McCoy=] was also supposed to have an estranged daughter named Joanna, who would have appeared in--and whose name was the original title of--"[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E20TheWayToEden}} The Way to Eden]]", being one of the hippies who take over the ''Enterprise''. Ultimately, she never appeared in the series, only showing up (possibly non-canonically) in The Animated Series.
** Roddenberry promised Nimoy that if the Spock character creeped out too many viewers, he would have plastic surgery and make the ears look normal. Of course, Spock instantly became the most popular character of the series and the ears stayed.
** Roddenberry originally conceived Spock's skin color to be red, which would have meant extra hours in make-up for Nimoy. Fortunately for him, an early make-up test showed the red color appeared as black on B & W TVs. As most TVs in the '60s were still B & W, the idea was dropped.
** Roddenberry originally wanted Creator/MartinLandau to play Spock, but he turned it down.
** Music/JerryGoldsmith was Roddenberry's first choice to write the theme for this series. Years later, Goldsmith wrote the theme to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', which later was used for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** [[Series/HawaiiFiveO Jack Lord]] was the first choice for Captain Kirk, but he turned it down.
** Most episodes revolve around Kirk, Spock and/or McCoy. Producers often proclaimed intentions to feature stories focusing on the supporting characters. While Scotty achieved greater prominence in some episodes as the show went on, promised episodes centering around Sulu, Chekov or Uhura never materialized.
** An episode was written for Creator/MiltonBerle to guest star in titled "He Walked Among Us." Berle would have played a sociologist playing God in a primitive society. Berle was a fan of the series and wanted to show his dramatic acting range. But Norman Spinrad's script was rewritten by Gene L. Coon into a comedy. Spinrad was so angry that he wanted the episode scrapped. Roddenberry agreed to scrap the episode after reading the script.
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