History Trivia / StarTrekTheOriginalSeries

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.
15th Aug '16 1:20:57 AM TheFigureInTheCorner
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**The replicators used to make food have started to make their appearance as well; it is now possible to 3D print food.
13th Aug '16 6:43:39 PM htuttle
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** 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 would be hanging around a random M-class planet.

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** 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 would just be hanging around a random M-class planet.
13th Aug '16 6:42:00 PM htuttle
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** 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 would be hanging around a random M-class planet.
12th Aug '16 12:20:18 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* 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.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/GeneRoddenberry was having affairs with Majel Barrett and Creator/NichelleNichols.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/GeneRoddenberry was having affairs with Majel Barrett and Creator/NichelleNichols. Nichols broke off her affair with Roddenberry not long after the series began, though Barrett would eventually marry the series creator. They remained together until his death.


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** 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.
12th Aug '16 12:12:39 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement: Many elements of the Spock character were improvised by Creator/LeonardNimoy during production. For instance, the "Vulcan neck pinch" was his suggestion during filming of "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]" for how Spock could subdue an opponent. The "Vulcan salute" was created during the production of "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime}} Amok Time]]" using a version of a traditional Jewish religious hand gesture as a distinctive Vulcan greeting.



* OlderThanTheyThink: The series' running "I'm a doctor, not a..." gag originated in the comedy ''The Kennel Murder Case''. The coroner in that film, played by Etienne Girardot, repeatedly claims to be a doctor not a reporter, detective, etc.



* PlayingGertrude: Even though they played father and son, Mark Lenard was only six years older than Creator/LeonardNimoy.



** Kirk's attorney in "Court Martial" is... [[Series/MagnumPI Ice Pick?]]

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** Kirk's attorney in "Court Martial" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial}} Court Martial]]" is... [[Series/MagnumPI Ice Pick?]]Pick?]]
* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/GeneRoddenberry was having affairs with Majel Barrett and Creator/NichelleNichols.


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* ScullyBox: According to producers Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, Creator/WilliamShatner originally wore 1.5" lifts in his shoes so he would appear taller than Creator/LeonardNimoy. Since Shatner was only 5'9", the combination of lifts and the 2" heels of his shoes brought his height to over 6'. It distorted his posture to such a degree. his stomach stuck out. Understandably, Creator/GeneRoddenberry forbid him to wear them, instead opting to dress Nimoy and Creator/DeForestKelley in shoes with only a 1" heel as opposed to Shatner's 2" heel.


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* 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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** 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.
11th Aug '16 8:39:30 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AccidentallyAccurate: In "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 "Tomorrow "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday" 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.



** Shatner plays both Kirk and sinister-impostor-Kirk in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin The Enemy Within]]" (transporter accident), "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E7WhatAreLittleGirlsMadeOf What Are Little Girls Made Of?]]" (robot double), "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror Mirror, Mirror]]" (mirror universe), "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder Turnabout Intruder]]" (body swap), and ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' (alien shapeshifter).

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** Shatner Creator/WilliamShatner plays both Kirk and sinister-impostor-Kirk in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin The Enemy Within]]" (transporter accident), "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E7WhatAreLittleGirlsMadeOf What Are Little Girls Made Of?]]" (robot double), "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror Mirror, Mirror]]" (mirror universe), "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder Turnabout Intruder]]" (body swap), and ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' (alien shapeshifter).



** A quirk of production: Malachi Throne provided the voice (but not the face) for the Talosian Keeper in the unaired ''Trek'' pilot, "The Cage". Almost two years later, Throne was cast as Commodore Mendez for "The Menagerie" two-parter, which recycles footage from first pilot. His voice for The Keeper had to be electronically altered so the audience wouldn't recognize it as the same guy.

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** A quirk of production: Malachi Throne provided the voice (but not the face) for the Talosian Keeper in the unaired ''Trek'' pilot, "The Cage"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage}} The Cage]]". Almost two years later, Throne was cast as Commodore Mendez for "The Menagerie" two-parter, which recycles footage from first pilot. His voice for The Keeper had to be electronically altered so the audience wouldn't recognize it as the same guy.



** Creator/JamesDoohan had a degree in Engineering and even used it to save Gene Roddenberry 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 Gene Roddenberry 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.



** Kirk's the TropeNamer, by omission. No, he never said it. (No, not even in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''--there he says "Beam ''us'' up, Scotty".) The closest he comes is in ''The Voyage Home'' where he says, "Scotty, beam me up."
** Spock never said "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it"; that's from ''Star Trekkin'''. The closest he ever came in canon was the episode "The Devil in the Dark":

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** Kirk's the TropeNamer, by omission. No, he never said it. (No, not even in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''--there he says "Beam ''us'' up, Scotty".) The closest he comes is in ''The Voyage Home'' ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' where he says, "Scotty, beam me up."
** Spock never said "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it"; that's from ''Star Trekkin'''. The closest he ever came in canon was the episode "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark":Dark]]":



*** He said "she'll blow soon" once, in "The Corbomite Maneuver.

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*** He said "she'll blow soon" once, in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E10TheCorbomiteManeuver}} The Corbomite Maneuver.Maneuver]]".



* CastTheExpert: Trained belly-dancer Tania Lemani appeared as the dancer Kara in "Wolf in the Fold", and did her own choreography for the dance routine that occupies most of the character's screen time.

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* CastTheExpert: Trained belly-dancer Tania Lemani appeared as the dancer Kara in "Wolf "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E14WolfInTheFold}} Wolf in the Fold", Fold]]", and did her own choreography for the dance routine that occupies most of the character's screen time.



** Creator/HarlanEllison's opinion of "The City on the Edge of Forever" is in the Creator Backlash Hall Of Fame.
** Grace Lee Whitney had some choice words about the episode "The Enemy Within" later on:
--->'''Whitney:''' At the end of "The Enemy Within," there is a badly botched attempt at humor. In a poorly motivated and out of character moment, Mr. Spock needles me about my feelings towards the evil Kirk (who came to be called "the Imposter," even though he was supposedly every bit as much a part of the "real" James T. Kirk as the good Kirk). There is almost a nasty leer on Spock's face as he says to me, "The Imposter had some very interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, yeoman?" My response was to ignore the jibe. I can't imagine any more cruel and insensitive comment a man (or Vulcan) could make to a woman who has just been through a sexual assault! But then, some men really do think that women want to be raped. So the writer of the script (ostensibly Richard Matheson--although the line could have been added by Gene Roddenberry or an assistant scribe) gives us a leering Mr. Spock who suggests that Yeoman Rand enjoyed being raped and found the evil Kirk attractive!

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** Creator/HarlanEllison's opinion of "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever" Forever]]" is in the Creator Backlash Hall Of Fame.
** Grace Lee Whitney had some choice words about the episode "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within" Within]]" later on:
--->'''Whitney:''' At the end of "The Enemy Within," there is a badly botched attempt at humor. In a poorly motivated and out of character moment, Mr. Spock needles me about my feelings towards the evil Kirk (who came to be called "the Imposter," even though he was supposedly every bit as much a part of the "real" James T. Kirk as the good Kirk). There is almost a nasty leer on Spock's face as he says to me, "The Imposter had some very interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, yeoman?" My response was to ignore the jibe. I can't imagine any more cruel and insensitive comment a man (or Vulcan) could make to a woman who has just been through a sexual assault! But then, some men really do think that women want to be raped. So the writer of the script (ostensibly Richard Matheson--although Creator/RichardMatheson--although the line could have been added by Gene Roddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry or an assistant scribe) gives us a leering Mr. Spock who suggests that Yeoman Rand enjoyed being raped and found the evil Kirk attractive!



* CreatorCameo: Gene Roddenberry himself voiced the ship's cook in "Charlie X".
* CrossDressingVoices: The Talosians in "The Cage"/"The Menagerie" are played by female actors but their voices are dubbed by male actors, most notably, Malachi Throne, who voices the lead Talosian.

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* CreatorCameo: Gene Roddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry himself voiced the ship's cook in "Charlie X".
"[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E2CharlieX}} Charlie X]]".
* 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]]"
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark]]" was Creator/WilliamShatner's favourite episode. He thought it was "exciting, thought-provoking and intelligent, it contained all of the ingredients that made up our very best ''Star Treks''." His father died during its filming, but Shatner insisted on going through with production, and felt closer to the cast and crew for helping him through the difficult time. "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever]]" was his second favourite.
** Creator/LeonardNimoy's favourite episodes were "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E24ThisSideOfParadise}} This Side of Paradise]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime}} Amok Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E10JourneyToBabel}} Journey to Babel]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E25TheDevilInTheDark}} The Devil in the Dark]]".
** Creator/DeforestKelley's favourite was "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E12TheEmpath}} The Empath]]".
** Creator/JamesDoohan's favourite was "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine]]".
** Creator/GeorgeTakei's favourite was "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time]]".
** Creator/NichelleNichols' favourite was "Plato's Stepchildren". Her typical response to what her favourite was, "Anytime Uhura got off the bridge".
** Creator/WalterKoenig's favourite was "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E6SpectreOfTheGun}} Spectre of the Gun]]".
* CrossDressingVoices: The Talosians in "The Cage"/"The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage}} The Cage]]"/"The Menagerie" are played by female actors but their voices are dubbed by male actors, most notably, Malachi Throne, who voices the lead Talosian.



** Gary Lockwood as Gary Mitchell in "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
** Phillip Pine as Colonel Phillip Green in "The Savage Curtain".

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** Gary Lockwood as Gary Mitchell in "Where "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore}} Where No Man Has Gone Before".
Before]]".
** Phillip Pine as Colonel Phillip Green in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E22TheSavageCurtain}} The Savage Curtain".Curtain]]".



** Robert Walker was 26 years old when he played 17-year-old Charlie Evans in "Charlie X".

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** Robert Walker was 26 years old when he played 17-year-old Charlie Evans in "Charlie X"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E2CharlieX}} Charlie X]]".



** In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," Gary Mitchell's GlowingEyesOfDoom were achieved by Gary Lockwood wearing silver contact lenses. Very primitives ones, with very small holes that he could only see through by raising his head and looking down his nose at everyone else, making his AGodAmI act more believable.
** In "The Trouble with Tribbles", Shatner was quite genuinely annoyed during the "Tribble waterfall" scene. The people throwing the Tribbles at him couldn't actually see what they were doing and kept it up long after it should have stopped.

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** In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E9DaggerOfTheMind}} Dagger of the Mind]]", Gary Mitchell's GlowingEyesOfDoom were achieved by Gary Lockwood wearing silver contact lenses. Very primitives ones, with very small holes that he could only see through by raising his head and looking down his nose at everyone else, making his AGodAmI act more believable.
** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble with Tribbles", Shatner Tribbles]]", Creator/WilliamShatner was quite genuinely annoyed during the "Tribble waterfall" scene. The people throwing the Tribbles at him couldn't actually see what they were doing and kept it up long after it should have stopped.



** 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.]]
** The network chiefs felt the initial pilot episode, "The Cage", was 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.
** The original script for "The Alternative Factor" had a subplot about a romance between Lazarus and Lieutenant Masters (Janet [=MacLachlan=]). It was cut when network heads objected due to the actress playing Masters being black.[[note]]NBC's policy was notoriously ''pro''-diversity in terms of casting, but interracial romances were a different matter--they worried that it would lose Southern affiliates.[[/note]] At the same time, John Drew Barrymore, originally set to play Lazarus, quit abruptly after script rewrites changed his character too drastically. The last-minute casting of Robert Brown and the hasty rewrites that followed were one cause of the uneven story we ended up with.

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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.Creator/GeneRoddenberry.]]
** The network chiefs felt the initial pilot episode, "The Cage", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage}} The Cage]]", was 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.
** The original script for "The " [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E27TheAlternativeFactor}} The Alternative Factor" Factor]]" had a subplot about a romance between Lazarus and Lieutenant Masters (Janet [=MacLachlan=]). It was cut when network heads objected due to the actress playing Masters being black.[[note]]NBC's policy was notoriously ''pro''-diversity in terms of casting, but interracial romances were a different matter--they worried that it would lose Southern affiliates.[[/note]] At the same time, John Drew Barrymore, originally set to play Lazarus, quit abruptly after script rewrites changed his character too drastically. The last-minute casting of Robert Brown and the hasty rewrites that followed were one cause of the uneven story we ended up with.



** In the episode "Space Seed", Khan Noonien Singh is an Indian Sikh, played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban.
* FanNickname: The (unnamed) alien in "The Man Trap" is almost universally known as "the salt vampire".

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** In the episode "Space Seed", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed}} Space Seed]]", Khan Noonien Singh is an Indian Sikh, played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban.
Creator/RicardoMontalban.
* FanNickname: The (unnamed) alien in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap}} The Man Trap" Trap]]" is almost universally known as "the salt vampire".



** Possibly its ultimate triumph was that Nichelle Nichols's role on the show was the inspiration for Dr. Mae Jemison, ''America's first female African-American astronaut'', who later did a cameo on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

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** Possibly its ultimate triumph was that Nichelle Nichols's Creator/NichelleNichols's role on the show was the inspiration for Dr. Mae Jemison, ''America's first female African-American astronaut'', who later did a cameo on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.



* MagnumOpusDissonance: Although "The Doomsday Machine" usually places very highly in fan polls and best-of lists, certain members of the production staff were (and are) a good deal less enthused. Writer Norman Spinrad disliked the end result, complaining about the casting (he wanted Robert Ryan for Decker) and the underwhelming depiction of the planet killer (which he envisioned as having been "bristling with weapons"). In an interview for the Archive of American Television, story editor D.C. Fontana actually named it as her least favourite episode.
* 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".
* NamesTheSame: Writer Gene L. Coon got in a bit of trouble due to similarity of the episode "Arena" to a short story of the same name [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia he had read and forgotten]]. The research agency spotted it immediately and contacted Creator/FredricBrown's agent, inviting him to "write something for Star Trek". After numerous improvements, Coon's work was sent to Brown, Brown okayed it and was given both money and screen credit.

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* MagnumOpusDissonance: Although "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine" Machine]]" usually places very highly in fan polls and best-of lists, certain members of the production staff were (and are) a good deal less enthused. Writer Norman Spinrad disliked the end result, complaining about the casting (he wanted Robert Ryan for Decker) and the underwhelming depiction of the planet killer (which he envisioned as having been "bristling with weapons"). In an interview for the Archive of American Television, story editor D.C. Fontana actually named it as her least favourite episode.
* 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 "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
Battlefield]]".
* NamesTheSame: Writer Gene L. Coon got in a bit of trouble due to similarity of the episode "Arena" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena}} Arena]]" to a short story of the same name [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia he had read and forgotten]]. The research agency spotted it immediately and contacted Creator/FredricBrown's agent, inviting him to "write something for Star Trek". After numerous improvements, Coon's work was sent to Brown, Brown okayed it and was given both money and screen credit.



* TheOtherDarrin: Shatner's predecessor, Jeffery Hunter, played Captain Pike in "The Cage". This footage was later re-used in "The Menagerie", with Pike himself appearing a motionless deformity in an iron lung-type device. This was primarily to disguise the fact that Hunter was unavailable; this new Pike was played by a lookalike (such as he is) named Sean Kenney. What's interesting is that Captain Pike was retconned into Kirk's predecessor, as well; He was the original Captain of the ''Enterprise'', with Mr. Spock as his science officer. This is still canon in the Abrams film, in which Bruce Greenwood plays Pike.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Shatner's Creator/WiliamShatner's predecessor, Jeffery Hunter, played Captain Pike in "The Cage"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage}} The Cage]]". This footage was later re-used in "The Menagerie", with Pike himself appearing a motionless deformity in an iron lung-type device. This was primarily to disguise the fact that Hunter was unavailable; this new Pike was played by a lookalike (such as he is) named Sean Kenney. What's interesting is that Captain Pike was retconned into Kirk's predecessor, as well; He was the original Captain of the ''Enterprise'', with Mr. Spock as his science officer. This is still canon in the Abrams film, in which Bruce Greenwood plays Pike.



* PlayingAgainstType: [=DeForest=] Kelley primarily played villain roles before TOS.

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* PlayingAgainstType: [=DeForest=] Kelley Creator/DeForestKelley primarily played villain roles before TOS.



** Scotty's refusal to lower the shields against orders in "A Taste of Armageddon" is based on an actual story from James Doohan's military service.
** Any resemblance to the Vietnam War in "A Private Little War" is entirely deliberate.
* RealLifeRelative: Many of the Onlies in "Miri" are children of various members of the cast and crew. The little girl Kirk picks up is played by William Shatner's daughter, Melanie Shatner.
* RecycledSet: The same backlot is used as 1930s New York in "The City on the Edge of Forever", a Space Amish town in "The Return of the Archons", and a planet that coincidentally looks exactly like 1960s Earth in "Miri". (It's actually the same backlot used as Mayberry in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''; Kirk and Edith even walk past "Floyd's Barber Shop".)
* RedShirt: Although the TropeNamer, the first red-shirted casualty doesn't appear in series until episode 7 ("What Are Little Girls Made Of?"); the very first casualties are blue-shirted Science Team and gold-shirted Command squaddies.
* ReferencedBy": Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' films he directed. "The Naked Time" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "Who Mourns for Adonais?" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].

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** Scotty's refusal to lower the shields against orders in "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E23ATasteOfArmageddon}} A Taste of Armageddon" Armageddon]]" is based on an actual story from James Doohan's Creator/JamesDoohan's military service.
** Any resemblance to the Vietnam War in "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E19APrivateLittleWar}} A Private Little War" War]]" is entirely deliberate.
* RealLifeRelative: Many of the Onlies in "Miri" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E8Miri}} Miri]]" are children of various members of the cast and crew. The little girl Kirk picks up is played by William Shatner's Creator/WilliamShatner's daughter, Melanie Shatner.
* RecycledSet: The same backlot is used as 1930s New York in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever", Forever]]", a Space Amish town in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E21TheReturnOfTheArchons}} The Return of the Archons", Archons]]", and a planet that coincidentally looks exactly like 1960s Earth in "Miri"."[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E8Miri}} Miri]]". (It's actually the same backlot used as Mayberry in ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''; Kirk and Edith even walk past "Floyd's Barber Shop".)
* RedShirt: Although the TropeNamer, the first red-shirted casualty doesn't appear in series until episode 7 ("What (" [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E7WhatAreLittleGirlsMadeOf}} What Are Little Girls Made Of?"); of?]]"); the very first casualties are blue-shirted Science Team and gold-shirted Command squaddies.
* ReferencedBy": Creator/BryanSinger is a {{Trekkie}}, so he included a couple of episodes in two ''Film/XMen'' films he directed. "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time" Time]]" is seen on one of Hank's TV sets in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and "Who "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?" Adonais?]]" is playing in the background when Ororo has a private conversation with [[Film/XMenApocalypse Apocalypse]].



** [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld I don't always play Redshirts, but when I do, I survive the whole episode.]] (Johnathan Goldsmith appears in "The Corbomite Maneuver.")
** In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Captain Kirk is interrogated by... Captain Kirk! That's Officer Kirk from ''Series/HappyDays''--who, in a later ''Happy Days'' episode, was promoted to captain.

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** [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld I don't always play Redshirts, but when I do, I survive the whole episode.]] (Johnathan Goldsmith appears in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E10TheCorbomiteManeuver}} The Corbomite Maneuver.")
Maneuver]]").
** In "Tomorrow "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Yesterday]]", Captain Kirk is interrogated by... Captain Kirk! That's Officer Kirk from ''Series/HappyDays''--who, in a later ''Happy Days'' episode, was promoted to captain.



* UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge: Inverted--it should be noted that the demographic information that led to the Rural Purge wasn't available from Neilsen before 1970 or so; had it been, ''Trek'' would've benefited since it attracted advertisers' favored demographics.

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* UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge: Inverted--it should be noted that the demographic information that led to the Rural Purge wasn't available from Neilsen before 1970 or so; had it been, ''Trek'' would've benefited since it attracted advertisers' favored favoured demographics.



** It's mentioned in "The Man Trap" that buffalo are extinct. It is true that overhunting brought the buffalo very close to extinction at the end of the nineteenth century. In the 1960s, it was a fairly reasonable assumption that buffalo might be extinct in the future, although probably not the best guess since conservation efforts had started decades earlier. Today they are no longer considered endangered at all. (The episode also mentions passenger pigeons, which were already extinct when the episode was made.)
** In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" the ship is thrown back in time by an encounter with a "black star". At the time, there was no widely-accepted term for a star which had collapsed into a singularity and had gravity so strong light could not escape, which we now call a "black hole". The term "black hole" was not generally accepted until later in 1967.
** In "The Changeling", Kirk shows Nomad a map of the solar system with nine planets. This was before the upgrade of Ceres, the downgrade of Pluto and the discovery of Eres.
** In "The Doomsday Machine", the air pressure aboard the ''Constellation'' is measured in Pounds per Square Inch. kPa (kilopascal) is currently the preferred measure of pressure.
** In "The Trouble with Tribbles", Bones uses the word "bisexual" for the concept which is now referred to as "hermaphroditic".
** In "The Immunity Syndrome", Spock reports the dimensions of the giant space amoeba in miles. Most scientists prefer the accuracy of the metric system and would use kilometers instead. Especially noticeable since kilometers were used earlier in the episode when reporting how far away the thing was.
** In "The Omega Glory", Captain Tracey thinks that the extended lifespan of the Omegans is due to a local disease, and hopes to isolate it and reproduce its benefits for other populations, but his hopes come to nothing after [=McCoy=] determines that the lifespan is the result of a genetic adaptation. Roddenberry didn't foresee that a genetic adaptation allowing for long life would today be just as identifiable, and perhaps in the future just as reproducible, as a serum.
** In "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.

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** It's mentioned in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap}} The Man Trap" Trap]]" that buffalo are extinct. It is true that overhunting brought the buffalo very close to extinction at the end of the nineteenth century. In the 1960s, it was a fairly reasonable assumption that buffalo might be extinct in the future, although probably not the best guess since conservation efforts had started decades earlier. Today they are no longer considered endangered at all. (The episode also mentions passenger pigeons, which were already extinct when the episode was made.)
** In "Tomorrow "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday" Yesterday]]" the ship is thrown back in time by an encounter with a "black star". At the time, there was no widely-accepted term for a star which had collapsed into a singularity and had gravity so strong light could not escape, which we now call a "black hole". The term "black hole" was not generally accepted until later in 1967.
** In "The Changeling", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E3TheChangeling}} The Changeling]]", Kirk shows Nomad a map of the solar system with nine planets. This was before the upgrade of Ceres, the downgrade of Pluto and the discovery of Eres.
** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine", Machine]]", the air pressure aboard the ''Constellation'' is measured in Pounds per Square Inch. kPa (kilopascal) is currently the preferred measure of pressure.
** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble with Tribbles", Tribbles]]", Bones uses the word "bisexual" for the concept which is now referred to as "hermaphroditic".
** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E18TheImmunitySyndrome}} The Immunity Syndrome", Syndrome]]", Spock reports the dimensions of the giant space amoeba in miles. Most scientists prefer the accuracy of the metric system and would use kilometers instead. Especially noticeable since kilometers were used earlier in the episode when reporting how far away the thing was.
** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E23TheOmegaGlory}} The Omega Glory", Glory]]", Captain Tracey thinks that the extended lifespan of the Omegans is due to a local disease, and hopes to isolate it and reproduce its benefits for other populations, but his hopes come to nothing after [=McCoy=] determines that the lifespan is the result of a genetic adaptation. Roddenberry didn't foresee that a genetic adaptation allowing for long life would today be just as identifiable, and perhaps in the future just as reproducible, as a serum.
** In "Let "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", 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.



** During production of "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Gary Lockwood found the silver contact lenses painful and difficult to see through. Gary Mitchell's imperious stare is a result of Lockwood having to look down his nose through the pinholes in the lenses.

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** During production of "Where "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore}} Where No Man Has Gone Before", Before]] ", Gary Lockwood found the silver contact lenses painful and difficult to see through. Gary Mitchell's imperious stare is a result of Lockwood having to look down his nose through the pinholes in the lenses.



** That big ass tape deck that Kirk uses to record his CaptainsLog on, as seen in "Dagger of the Mind".

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** That big ass tape deck that Kirk uses to record his CaptainsLog on, as seen in "Dagger "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E9DaggerOfTheMind}} Dagger of the Mind".Mind]]".



** In "The Conscience of the King", Kodos faked his own death with a body "burned beyond recognition" and started again with a new identity. Since the episode first aired, several technologies have become commonplace (such as DNA matching) that would have made the question of identification less difficult for the heroes.

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** In "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E13TheConscienceOfTheKing}} The Conscience of the King", King]]", Kodos faked his own death with a body "burned beyond recognition" and started again with a new identity. Since the episode first aired, several technologies have become commonplace (such as DNA matching) that would have made the question of identification less difficult for the heroes.



** In "Balance of Terror", Spock removes a panel to reveal that some internal electronics have caught fire. (And then he puts the fire out with his hands. Love that Vulcan stoicism.) It seems unlikely that an interstellar spaceship wouldn't have an over current protection device that would prevent such a fire.
* TheyJustDidntCare: In "Turnabout Intruder," the director ordered Shatner to exit the conference room the wrong way to get the shot he wanted, which Shatner pleaded against to no avail.

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** In "Balance "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} Balance of Terror", Terror]]", Spock removes a panel to reveal that some internal electronics have caught fire. (And then he puts the fire out with his hands. Love that Vulcan stoicism.) It seems unlikely that an interstellar spaceship wouldn't have an over current protection device that would prevent such a fire.
* TheyJustDidntCare: In "Turnabout Intruder," "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder}} Turnabout Intruder]]", the director ordered Shatner Creator/WilliamShatner to exit the conference room the wrong way to get the shot he wanted, which Shatner pleaded against to no avail.



** The Vulcan mind-meld, neck pinch and salute are all examples of this. All were suggestions made by Creator/LeonardNimoy. In the case of the first two, they replaced more mundane, conventional ideas in the original scripts (respectively, a simple interrogation in "Dagger of the Mind", and Spock slugging evil Kirk with a pistol butt in "The Enemy Within").
** 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 Nichelle Nichols during rehearsals.
** The entire scene in "The Naked Time" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Leonard Nimoy, and they only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.
** According to legend, the stagehands didn't like Shatner very much, so in the episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," they continued the avalanche of tribbles much longer than was scripted (including the final tribble that bounces off his head at the end). Shatner can clearly be seen glancing up at the prop men with annoyance.
* TroubledProduction: Part of the reason "The Alternative Factor" is so bad is that the intended guest star, John Drew Barrymore, the most notoriously flaky member of that family, suddenly disappeared shortly before shooting and Robert Brown had to replace him at literally the last minute.
* TypeCasting: The show is infamous for doing this to its main cast for decades to come (Shatner sort of overcame the problem some twenty years later).
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Cyrano Jones is such a similar character to Harry Mudd that a story got started that he was written as Mudd, but changed when Roger C. Carmel was unavailable. In fact, the original script for "The Trouble with Tribbles" does have the same character (though his last name is Smith).
* VindicatedByReruns: Possibly the TropeCodifier. It was a modest ratings success until Creator/{{NBC}} developed the habit of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork switching its timeslot around]]. The [[ExecutiveMeddling extensive rewriting of scripts]] and lack of immediate success made many of its more talented writers leave, which caused [[SeasonalRot the quality to slip noticeably in a short time]]. It was canceled after the second season, but quickly UnCanceled following an extensive letter-writing campaign from its fans. The third season saw even worse ratings, and NBC canceled it for real. Shortly afterwards, American television industry discovered the use of {{demographics}}. When stations noticed that, according to the new standards of how ratings were calculated, ''Star Trek'' should have been one of the most successful shows on TV (and that NBC had killed what could have been their golden goose), they were rushing to throw on ''Star Trek'' reruns to attract the young demographic that it had been popular with. It didn't take many years of reruns before the show's modest fanbase grew into a force to be reckoned with. The rest is history.
* WagTheDirector: The story is that Shatner spent a lot of time taking lines away from other actors. Things worsened when the movies became popular. Think about it: Nichelle Nichols, who doesn't get a lot of work, gets maybe 12 lines in the whole movie. That's it, that's her acting job for this decade. Apparently, Shatner was always sidling up to directors and saying things like, "You know, this scene really doesn't make much sense. It would be so much more dramatic if you just went into tight close-up on ''me'', and then I could say the line, instead of Nichelle."\\\

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** The Vulcan mind-meld, neck pinch and salute are all examples of this. All were suggestions made by Creator/LeonardNimoy. In the case of the first two, they replaced more mundane, conventional ideas in the original scripts (respectively, a simple interrogation in "Dagger "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E9DaggerOfTheMind}} Dagger of the Mind", Mind]]", and Spock slugging evil Kirk with a pistol butt in "The Enemy Within").
** 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 Nichelle Nichols Creator/NichelleNichols during rehearsals.
** The entire scene in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time" Time]]" where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Leonard Nimoy, Creator/LeonardNimoy, and they only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.
** According to legend, the stagehands didn't like Shatner Creator/WilliamShatner very much, so in the episode "The episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble With Tribbles," with Tribbles]]", they continued the avalanche of tribbles much longer than was scripted (including the final tribble that bounces off his head at the end). Shatner can clearly be seen glancing up at the prop men with annoyance.
* TroubledProduction: Part of the reason "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E27TheAlternativeFactor}} The Alternative Factor" Factor]]" is so bad is that the intended guest star, John Drew Barrymore, the most notoriously flaky member of that family, suddenly disappeared shortly before shooting and Robert Brown had to replace him at literally the last minute.
* TypeCasting: The show is infamous for doing this to its main cast for decades to come (Shatner (Creator/WilliamShatner sort of overcame the problem some twenty years later).
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Cyrano Jones is such a similar character to Harry Mudd that a story got started that he was written as Mudd, but changed when Roger C. Carmel was unavailable. In fact, the original script for "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles}} The Trouble with Tribbles" Tribbles]]" does have the same character (though his last name is Smith).
* VindicatedByReruns: Possibly the TropeCodifier. It was a modest ratings success until Creator/{{NBC}} developed the habit of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork switching its timeslot around]]. The [[ExecutiveMeddling extensive rewriting of scripts]] and lack of immediate success made many of its more talented writers leave, which caused [[SeasonalRot the quality to slip noticeably in a short time]]. It was canceled cancelled after the second season, but quickly UnCanceled following an extensive letter-writing campaign from its fans. The third season saw even worse ratings, and NBC canceled cancelled it for real. Shortly afterwards, American television industry discovered the use of {{demographics}}. When stations noticed that, according to the new standards of how ratings were calculated, ''Star Trek'' should have been one of the most successful shows on TV (and that NBC had killed what could have been their golden goose), they were rushing to throw on ''Star Trek'' reruns to attract the young demographic that it had been popular with. It didn't take many years of reruns before the show's modest fanbase grew into a force to be reckoned with. The rest is history.
* WagTheDirector: The story is that Shatner Creator/WilliamShatner spent a lot of time taking lines away from other actors. Things worsened when the movies became popular. Think about it: Nichelle Nichols, Creator/NichelleNichols, who doesn't get a lot of work, gets maybe 12 lines in the whole movie. That's it, that's her acting job for this decade. Apparently, Shatner was always sidling up to directors and saying things like, "You know, this scene really doesn't make much sense. It would be so much more dramatic if you just went into tight close-up on ''me'', and then I could say the line, instead of Nichelle."\\\



** "The Naked Time" and "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.
** Harlan Ellison's script for "The City at 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 "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 "The Doomsday Weapon". Ryan was unavailable, so William Windom was cast.
** Originally Chekov's place in the story "The Gamesters of Triskelion" was filled by Sulu, who would have shown off his martial arts skills. Unfortunately, George Takei was busy filming ''The Green Berets''.
** "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!
** The episode "Spectre of the Gun" (the one set at the O.K. Corral) 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 George Takei.

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** "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time" Time]]" and "Tomorrow "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E19TomorrowIsYesterday}} Tomorrow Is Yesterday" 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.
** Harlan Ellison's Creator/HarlanEllison's script for "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City at on the Edge of Forever" 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 "Who "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns For Adonais?" 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 "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Weapon".Machine]]". Ryan was unavailable, so William Windom was cast.
** Originally Chekov's place in the story "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E16TheGamestersOfTriskelion}} The Gamesters of Triskelion" Triskelion]]" was filled by Sulu, who would have shown off his martial arts skills. Unfortunately, George Takei Creator/GeorgeTakei was busy filming ''The Green Berets''.
''Film/TheGreenBerets''.
** "Assignment: Earth" "[[{{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!
** The episode "Spectre "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E6SpectreOfTheGun}} Spectre of the Gun" (the one set at the O.K. Corral) 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 George Takei.Creator/GeorgeTakei.



** [=McCoy=] was also supposed to have an estranged daughter named Joanna, who would have appeared in--and whose name was the original title of--"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.

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** [=McCoy=] was also supposed to have an estranged daughter named Joanna, who would have appeared in--and whose name was the original title of--"The of--"[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E20TheWayToEden}} The Way to Eden", 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.



** 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".
** Majel Barrett, who played Nurse Chapel as well as NumberTwo--actually called "Number One"--in the original pilot, was recast as Lwaxana Troi in ''The Net Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine''. And she was also the voice of the ship's computer in both series.
** Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Pulaski in season 2, had two previous spots on the original series as different characters (both doctors, no less).
** Morgan Woodward guest-starred twice, as Dr. Simon Van Gelder in "Dagger of the Mind" and as Captain Ronald Tracey in "The Omega Glory".
** 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.
** Bruce Mars featured as Finnegan the Irish bully in "Shore Leave" and also appeared as a New York officer in 1968 in "Assignment: Earth".
** Craig Hundley appeared as Kirk's nephew Peter in "Operation: Annihilate!" before featuring as Tommy Starnes in "And the Children Shall Lead".
** Diana Muldaur guest-starred twice, as Dr. Ann Mulhall in "Return to Tomorrow" and as Miranda Jones in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?". (And then she returned in ''TNG'', but that's beyond the scope of this page.)
** 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.]
** Skip Homeier played the main antagonist in both "Patterns of Force" and "The Way to Eden".

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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".
** Majel Barrett, who played Nurse Chapel as well as NumberTwo--actually called "Number One"--in the original pilot, was recast as Lwaxana Troi in ''The Net Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine''. And she was also the voice of the ship's computer in both series.
** Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Pulaski in season 2, had two previous spots on the original series as different characters (both doctors, no less).
** Morgan Woodward guest-starred twice, as Dr. Simon Van Gelder in "Dagger [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E9DaggerOfTheMind}} Dagger of the Mind" Mind]]" and as Captain Ronald Tracey in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E23TheOmegaGlory}} The Omega Glory".
** 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.
Glory]]".
** Bruce Mars featured as Finnegan the Irish bully in "Shore Leave" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E15ShoreLeave}} Shore Leave]]" and also appeared as a New York officer in 1968 in "Assignment: Earth".
"[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E26AssignmentEarth}} Assignment: Earth]]".
** Craig Hundley appeared as Kirk's nephew Peter in "Operation: Annihilate!" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E29OperationAnnihilate}} Operation: Annihilate!]]" before featuring as Tommy Starnes in "And "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E4AndTheChildrenShallLead}} And the Children Shall Lead".
Lead]]".
** Diana Muldaur guest-starred twice, as Dr. Ann Mulhall in "Return "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E20ReturnToTomorrow}} Return to Tomorrow" Tomorrow]]" and as Miranda Jones in "Is "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty}} Is There in Truth No Beauty?".Beauty?]]". (And then she returned in ''TNG'', but that's beyond the scope of this page.)
** Mark Lenard first appears as the Romulan commander in "Balance "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror}} Balance of Terror", 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.]
** Skip Homeier played the main antagonist in both "Patterns "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E21PatternsOfForce}} Patterns of Force" Force]]" and "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E20TheWayToEden}} The Way to Eden".
Eden]]".
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