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* ActingForTwo: ''Time Squared'' (Patrick Stewart plays two Picards). ''Second Chances'' (Creator/JonathanFrakes plays two Rikers). Any episode with Data & Lore or their "father" Dr. Noonien Soong. (Also see the episode ''Brothers'' which was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Acting For Three]]'' (including one stint in enough make up to make a Klingon's actor cry.) And let's not forget ''A Fistful of Datas'', where Data plays...[[ShapedLikeItself a fistful]] of Ancient-Western stock-characters.
* ActorAllusion:
** Similar to how Sisko does with baseball, Picard enjoys using Shakespeare as a metaphor for the human condition. Of course, everyone knows about Stewart's background in Shakespearean theater; he quotes {{Hamlet}} in "Hide And Q," and he even plays a dual role as [[HenryV Michael Williams]] in Data's holodeck play ("The Defector").
** ''TNG'' had a minor in-show example: In "Descent, Part II" the ''Enterprise'' is forced to hide within a star's corona by using an experimental shield. The lieutenant at Tactical doesn't think that the shield will work, but is proven wrong. The actor played a different character in a previous episode who tried to make it appear that the shield ''didn't'' work.
** In "Sarek," Wesley gets ticked at Geordi and taunts him by saying, "At least I'm not spending the night with [[ReadingRainbow a good book]], like some people!" Geordi seems to take this remark rather personally.
** In "Half A Life," David Ogden Stiers guest-stars as an alien scientist doing research work on the ''Enterprise''. One of his report readouts is attempt number [[Film/{{Mash}} 4077]].
* BannedInChina: "The High Ground" got banned from broadcast in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland due to a line about Ireland being reunited in 2024 following a successful "terrorist" campaign.
** "Conspiracy" was banned for a time in the U.K. because of the infamous "exploding Remmick" scene.
* BilingualBonus : The "Harami Cluster." Harami means "bastard" in Hindi.
* CreatorBacklash: The producers grew to hate the [[ShouldersOfDoom overly-broad shouldered]] uniforms worn by the Romulans.
* DescendedCreator: Roddenberry's wife Creator/MajelBarrett, who also played Lwaxana Troi, owned a great deal of the rights and was one of the chief executives owning ''Star Trek'' after her husband's death.
* DirectedByCastMember: Stewart, Frakes, Burton and [=McFadden=] all directed episodes. [=McFadden=] also choreographed the dance sequences in "Data's Day", Frakes directed two of the movies, and Dorn directed several episodes of [=DS9=].
* EnforcedMethodActing: The relationships between the characters mirrored the relationships between the actors. Knowing this may cast [[TheChessmaster Gene Roddenberry in a different light.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: Is what got Creator/PatrickStewart an audition in the first place. The casting director saw him in a play and wanted him to try out, but Roddenberry was against it - feeling Stewart was too old and too bald to play Picard. Rick Berman admitted to also having doubts, but he was at least willing to give Stewart a shot. Berman, the casting director and production manager Robert H. Justman kept pressuring Roddenberry until he finally relented to seeing Stewart audition.
* FakeBrit: Daniel Davis, who played a hologram of Professor James Moriarty and the snide British butler on ''Series/TheNanny'', hails from the Royal House of Arkansas.
* FakeNationality:
** It goes without saying that Patrick Stewart is, shocker, not a Frenchman despite all the pepperings of "''Merde''" into his lines.
** Keiko is from Japan; Rosalind Chao is Chinese-American. Funnily enough, her [[FountainOfYouth 12-year-old self]] in "Rascals" was played by Caroline Junko King, a Japanese-American, thus getting the ethnicity right.
* FanNickname:
** Picard's habit of straightening his uniform is called "the Picard Maneuver" by fans (not to be confused with "the Picard Maneuver" from the episode "The Battle").
** The ''Galaxy''-class starship is often abbreviated to "GCS".
** "Cleavage" for Troi.
* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: Inverted with Brent Spiner's Data, a completely emotionless character played by an utter goofball of an actor.
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Germans Love Counselor Troi]]: Marina Sirtis has a sizable fanbase in Germany (She gloats in one interview that it's the only place where Brent Spiner doesn't have top billing).
* HeyItsThatGuy: Often overlapping with YouLookFamiliar.
** Bob Gunton, aka [[TheShawshankRedemption Samuel Norton]], played Chief O'Brien's previous captain in "The Wounded".
** Vincent Schiavelli, best known as [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Uncle Enyos]] (or, if you prefer, [[{{Film/Ghost}} "LIIIIIKE TRAAAAAIINS?!?"]]) appears as an obnoxious holo-salesman. ("The Arsenal of Freedom")
** Mark Alaimo appeared as a minor RubberForeheadAlien in Season 1's "Lonely Among Us," Romulan Commander Tebok later that season in "The Neutral Zone," Cardassian Gul Macet in Season 4's "The Wounded", and a 19th century gambler in Season 5's "Time's Arrow" before taking on the role of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'''s Gul Dukat.
** The late Andreas Katsulas, who played Romulan Commander Tomalak, was Ambassador G'Kar on ''Series/BabylonFive'', and Fred Sykes, the one-armed man in ''Film/TheFugitive''.
** [[Film/JamesBond General]] [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Gogol]] is one of the scientists in "Home Soil".
** Data is [[Film/TheMasterOfDisguise Devlin Bowman.]]
** [[Series/{{Quincy}} Quincy's]] boss shows up in "Suspicions". Sort of appropriate, since in that episode Crusher is faced with a murder mystery and performs two autopsies while trying to solve it.
** The Klingon captain who smuggled Picard and Data to Romulus is [[OfficeSpace Milton Waddams]], [[KingOfTheHill Bill Dauterive]], and [[NewsRadio Jimmy James.]]
** Tam Elbrun is [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Mayor Richard Wilkins III.]]
** [[Series/DesperateHousewives Susan Mayer]] shows up (uncredited!!) as transporter chief B.G. Robinson in "The Outrageous Okona" (not to mention [[Series/TheKilling Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond]] playing Okona himself, and [[SaturdayNightLive Joe Piscopo]] as the comic in the holodeck).
** Tracey Walter (Bob the Goon in ''Film/{{Batman}}'') shows up as one of the Ferengi in "The Last Outpost."
** Brenda Strong (''DesperateHousewives'', ''Series/{{Dallas}}'') played Rashella in "When the Bough Breaks."
** Among some Trek fans, "Symbiosis" is known as the "Star Trek II episode," featuring both [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathofKhan Joachim and David Marcus]].
** Distinctive-looking actor Michael Berryman (''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes'', ''Film/WeirdScience'') played Captain Rixx in "Conspiracy."
** Ensign Sonya Gomez was in ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]''. Most don't recognize her because they were too busy looking at her....[[MultiBoobage other appendages]].
** The late Roy Brocksmith (''Film/TotalRecall1990'', ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'') is Sirna Kolrami in "Peak Performance."
** Ray Wise ([[TwinPeaks Leland Palmer]]) as Liko in "Who Watches the Watchers." He also appears in VOY's "Hope and fear", and has built an extensive genre show resume.
** In "The Price": Dan Shor (''Film/{{Tron}}'', ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'') as Ferengi Dr. Arridor. Also, check out the tall dude that plays Leyor. The face doesn't ring a bell, but [[Film/{{Predator}} his body movements seem eerily familiar...]]
** Sovereign Marouk in "The Vengeance Factor": [[Film/{{Porkys}} Ouch. Just....ouch. Not cool, Ms. Balbricker.]]
** And now for some perennial That Guys from American television, including: [[Series/LALaw Arnie Becker]] as [=Q2=] in "Deja Q."
** Creator/DarrenAronofsky fave Mark Margolis as Dr. Nel Apgar in "A Matter of Perspective." ''Series/BreakingBad'' fans know him as "Tio" Hector Salamanca.
** Creator/ChristopherMcDonald as Lt. Richard Castillo in "Yesterday's Enterprise."
** Creator/TonyTodd as Worf's brother, Klingon Captain Kurn.
** Okana's squeeze, transporter chief B.G. Robinson, is played by Teri Hatcher of ''Film/TangoAndCash''-''Series/LoisAndClark'' fame.
** I pity the fool who doesn't realize [[Series/TheATeam "Howlin' Mad" Murdock]] is Lt. Reg Barclay.
** The great Creator/SaulRubinek as Kivas Fajo in "The Most Toys." He's a replacement for the original Fajo actor, who committed suicide during filming.
** [[Literature/TheStand Glen Bateman]] as Boothby.
** The [[HumanPopsicle unfrozen 20th century businessman]] from "The Neutral Zone" was once an ''Film/AgentForHARM''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Japanese-dubbed version has some interesting casting choices, mostly from the sci-fi and {{Mecha}} genres:
** Jean Luc-Picard [[Creator/{{Mugihito}} is]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Keel Lorentz]] and [[PaniPoniDash the Alien Commander]], [[ActorAllusion who, by the way, parodies his role as Picard.]]
** William Riker [[AkioOhtsuka is]] [[MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]] and [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]].
** Data [[HochuOtsuka is]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Jiraiya]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]] and [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Chibodee Crocket.]]
** Deana Troi [[GaraTakashima is]] [[CowboyBebop Julia.]]
** Wesley Crusher [[AkiraIshida is]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Snails]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Athrun Zala]] and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa.]]
** Keiko O'Brien [[RikaFukami is]] [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]]
** Worf [[Creator/BanjoGinga is]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Liquid Snake]], [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Souther]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Ghiren Zabi]].
** This show and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' share cast members, two of whom are Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski) as Dr. Leslie Thompkins and Creator/JohndeLancie (Q) as one of the Penguin's henchmen in "Blind as a Bat." Another would be Creator/DavidWarner, who played ComicBook/RasalGhul in Batman and Gul Madred, Picard's interrogator, in ''Chain of Command''.
** Likewise, ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' was comprised mostly of TNG cast members, including Creator/JonathanFrakes (Riker/Xanatos), Creator/BrentSpiner (Robin/Puck), Marina Sirtis (Trio/Demona), and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''[='=]s Kate Mulgrew (Janeway/Titania), among others. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gargoyles_cast_members full list]] is on ThatOtherWiki. The Brazilian Portuguese dub chose to give Picard's voice to Xanatos.
** In "Coming of Age", Wesley attends a Starfleet Academy exam with two other hopefuls, including a young Vulcan. This is Tasia Valenza, best-known for voicing Sniper Wolf in the best-selling ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and Poison Ivy in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' series.
** [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Derek Powers/Blight]] is Captain Endar in "Suddenly Human".
** If you're in Germany, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Discord]] is Data instead of Q.
** In Hungarian, Wesley Crusher wound up as [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Shining Armor]].
* LifeImitatesArt:
** Michael Dorn [[TheComicallySerious often resembles his character]] during cast reunions. Also, having to modulate his voice for Worf's baritone caused Dorn's real-life (nasally) voice to dip several octaves.
** In the Creator/WilliamShatner documentary ''The Captains'', Creator/PatrickStewart's behind-the-scenes experiences at TNG share an odd similarity with his character. Stewart, who was stressed out over succeeding the stars of TOS and his long hours, got the cast together and told them to quit goofing off between takes ("[[StopHavingFunGuys We're not here to HAVE FUN!!]]"); his castmates never let him live ''that'' down. In the long run, TNG taught him to do good work and have fun doing it. This is mirrored by Picard's final line of the show when he joins the Bridge Officers' poker game.
** The Tricorders and to a lesser extent the computer [=PADDs=] seen in this version of Trek inspired all kinds of similarly-sized, touchscreen-powered devices, such as tablet [=PCs=], Palm Pilots and the [=iPhone=]. THE IPAD IS FROM THE FUTURE!
* LaserGuidedKarma: When NBC canceled the original series in TheSixties. In TheEighties and TheNineties, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was in syndication rather than on a network. It was '''beating''' NFL football, ''60 Minutes'' and other network programming, including NBC's.
* McLeaned: Lt. Natasha Yar was killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek instead of just being transferred to another vessel.
* MemorialCharacter: Geordi [=LaForge=], who is named after George [=LaForge=], a disabled ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fan who died in 1975.
* TheMerch: ''Next Gen'' had ''two'' distinct toylines. The first, by Lewis Galoob, came out during the first few seasons. It featured 3.75" figures (in scale with ''Franchise/StarWars'' and smallish, die-cast vehicles including an Enterprise whose saucer detached. A few years later, Playmates Toys came out with its own line, which...Let's just say that ''Next Gen'' was a landmark moment in toys, even more so than ''Star Wars''. The figures boasted superior sculpting and articulation (though sitting down looked slightly unnatural), ''there were aliens and villains right in the first run'', and the line made incredibly creative use of electronics, with sound effects taken directly from the show! What's more, the show itself provided more than ample inspiration for variants, including the "Holodeck Adventures" line. Playmates held onto the license with its teeth, providing lines for ''Deep Space Nine'', ''Voyager'', the Original Series (which got its own badass boxed-set), the movies, ''Enterprise'', and the first J.J. Abrams movie.
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent- The episode "True Q" was inspired by a fan's suggestion, and may be a nod to the fact that [[ATrekkiesTale the original MarySue]] was a Star Trek fanfic.
* TheOtherDarrin: Spot. Yep. Data's first feline friend was a long-haired Somali, while later ones are played by a generic short-haired tabby. This has caused some ''Trek'' authorities to joke that Spot [[EpilepticTrees is a shapeshifter in disguise]], or else lost his fur in a transporter accident.
* PlayingAgainstType: It's old news now, but Dwight Schulz's transition from the half-deranged (and so [[BunnyEarsLawyer half-sane!]]) "Howlin' Mad" Murdoch to the buttoned-down, mousey Reginald "Reg" Barclay was a novelty indeed. It paid off: Barclay is equally as -- if not more -- famous as his star-making role on ''The A-Team''.
** Brent Spiner was primarily a comedic actor before being cast as Data. Of all the ''TNG'' regulars, Spiner probably goofed off the most between takes, which is why Data is always wearing a semi-menacing grin in behind-the-scenes footage. However, he got to cut loose in "The Outrageous Okona", which had Data practicing his [[BorschtBelt Henny Youngman]] routine in a comedy club.
** TNG had a habit of casting noted TV "bad guys" in benign or heroic roles. Jonathan Frakes is the biggest example, as his career up that point had been almost entirely villain roles. Others include Harry Groener as Tam Elbrun, Ronnie Cox as Captain Jellico, Christopher [=McDonald=] as Richard Castillo, Robert Knepper as Wyatt Miller (he would later play the heavy in VOY's "Dragon's Teeth"), and Spencer Garrett as Simon Tarses (he would go on to play one of the killer holograms in VOY's "Flesh and Blood"). No such luck for Marc Alaimo, though; he played ''four'' bad guys!
* PromotedFanboy: Both Creator/WilWheaton and Creator/LeVarBurton were Trekkies at the time of their hiring.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg was a huge fan of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] and has specifically named Creator/NichelleNichols as her inspiration for acting. Just before the second season entered production, she called Roddenberry, saying "I am a ''Star Trek'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show?" Roddenberry was so impressed that he re-wrote the bartender character he had intended to introduce for Goldberg.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "The Defector" was supposed to open with another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but legal issues forced the writers to retool it into a holodeck simulation of ''HenryV''. This doubles as foreshadowing: Jarok, like King Henry, is forced to go undercover as a 'commoner' in this episode.
** "The Best of Both Worlds" introduces a job opening for Riker on another ship, as well as a new female commander for him to butt heads with. The showrunners were grooming Riker to take over as Captain if Patrick Stewart didn't want to return.
* RealitySubtext: Creator/LeVarBurton would often get headaches from the devices on his temples that were used to hold the VISOR in place. Likewise, Geordi would ocassionally mention headaches as a side effect of wearing the VISOR.
* RecycledScript:
** Riker is based on Willard Decker from the cancelled series ''Star Trek: Phase II'', which was turned into ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** Probably an aversion with Worf; the DC Star Trek comics had long featured a Klingon in Starfleet named [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Konom Konom]], but his backstory and character are very different from Worf's and Roddenberry probably had a similar idea independently.
** Troi is based on Ilia from ''Star Trek: Phase II'' (which was cancelled and re-worked into ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'').
** Data is derived from the character Xon from the cancelled ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase 2''. Xon was a full-blooded Vulcan, the idea being that he would provide a contrast to the vanished Spock--whereas Spock was always denying his human side and embracing his Vulcan, Xon would already be secure in his Vulcan-ness and thus be more intrigued and curious about understanding human emotions. This eventually mutated into the idea of an emotionless android seeking to achieve those human emotions.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/FamkeJanssen as Kamala, the empathic metamorph who bonds with Picard in "The Perfect Mate." Famke Janssen and Patrick Stewart would later star together in the [[Film/XMen X-Men film series]] as Jean Grey and Professor X, respectively.
** Creator/TerryOQuinn, aka [[{{Lost}} John Locke]], was Riker's previous CO, now an Admiral, in "The Pegasus".
** Jerry Hardin ("Deep Throat" in ''Series/TheXFiles'') plays Radue in "When the Bough Breaks" and Samuel Clemens in "Time's Arrow" Pts. 1 & 2.
** Vaughn Armstrong ([[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Forrest]]) played Captain Korris in "Heart of Glory."
** In "The Royale": Noble Willingham (''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'') and Creator/SamAnderson (''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'').
** The little alien girl Sarjenka in "Pen Pals" is Nikki Cox (''Series/LasVegas'').
** Diedrich Bader (billed as "Dietrich"; ''OfficeSpace'', ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'') plays a tactical crewman in "The Emissary."
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Bob Kelso]] as Dr. Paul Stubbs in "Evolution."
** Hey, it's [[StarTrekFirstContact Zefram Cochran]] as Prime Minister Nayrok in "The Hunted" (and Zaglom Shrek in "Birthright," Pts. 1 & 2, even though you can't see his face in that one)!
** Hey, that Ferengi Dr. Farek in "Menage a Troi" sure sounds a lot like [[StarTrekVoyager Neelix]]. (He later played another Ferengi on ''Enterprise''.)
* RomanceOnTheSet: Patrick Stewart, on the lookout for the ''next'' Ex-Ms. Patrick Stewart, dated Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) during Seasons 3 & 4. They were briefly engaged during "Q-Pid", but nothing came of it.
* ShrugOfGod: Ron Moore mentioned in the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion'' that he'd considered writing that the ancient humanoids from "The Chase" that [[{{Panspermia}} seeded humanoids throughout the galaxy]] were the same species as the Preservers from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', but decided against it. He said that they ''could'' be the Preservers and have it be internally consistent. ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' {{Arc Weld|ing}}ed the two.
* TalkingToHimself: Riker in "Second Chances". Any time Lwaxana Troi interacts with the computer.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: TNG foresaw the prevalence of tablet devices like the iPad, though this show, as well as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] and [[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]], thought we'd use dozens of tablets at a time rather than just one.
* ThrowItIn:
** "Skin of Evil" was Denise Crosby's last aired episode[[note]]other than her coming BackForTheDead in an AlternateTimeline in "Yesterday's Enterprise"[[/note]], with her character being killed off. In the previous episode, "Symbiosis" (which was actually filmed later), she's in the background at the end, as Picard and Crusher enter the turbolift. Just as the doors close she waves goodbye to the camera.
** In "[=QPid=]", Vash has been transformed into Lady Marian by Q. As they were filming the scene where she paces back and forth in her cell, Jennifer Hetrick tripped over her dress. The director left it in reasoning that a 24th century woman would not be used to walking in 12th-century finery.
* TroubledProduction: As per usual with ''Trek'', getting the show on the air was extremely taxing. Gene was quarrelsome, in ill health, and fans of The Original Series were more than usually scrutinizing. The prototype uniforms smelled bad (spandex retains bodily oils more than the newer cloth uniforms) and gave the actors back problems. By the time three seasons had passed, three actors (Crosby, [=McFadden=], and Muldaur) had had enough, and Patrick Stewart was in the middle of contract re-negotiations. General consensus has it that the audience response to "Best of Both Worlds" revitalized the program, although the addition of Whoopi Goldberg and return of Gates certainty helped.
* WagTheDirector: Patrick Stewart wasn't too thrilled with his stodgy, preachy, apparently sexless Captain in Seasons 1-2. British TV is flooded with this type of character, particularly in the 70's and 80's, and Stewart had had his fill of playing patriarchal dispensers of wisdom. One of his conditions for remaining with the series was that Picard be allowed to get his hands dirty (although his exact words, according to Ronald D. Moore, were "There isn't nearly enough [[RatedMForManly screwing and shooting]] on this show" before cheerfully strolling off), which led directly to "Captain's Holiday."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Apparently Tracey Tormé has originally wanted to include an Andorian in the episode "Conspiracy", but was informed by a producer (probably Berman) that, “We don’t do antennae on this show.” As such, the Bolians were rolled in as a compromise – blue, antennae-less aliens. Later, [=DS9=] writer and producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe reported that producer Rick Berman did not care for the antennae, and noted that, “if we’d been allowed to, I guarantee we’d’ve put an Andorian on the show so fast your head would’ve spun.“ The Andorians were finally given their day on ''Enterprise'', appearing in the "The Andorian Incident", one of the least-regarded episodes in ''Star Trek'' history. (Looks like Berman had a point...)
** Creator/RobinWilliams was offered the part of the time-traveling "Dr." Berlinghoff Rasmussen in "A Matter of Time", but he was busy working on ''Film/{{Hook}}'' at the time, so the role was given to [[MaxHeadroom Matt Frewer]].
** Stewart auditioned for TNG three times. Once for Data and twice for Picard. Once bald and once [[DodgyToupee wearing a hairpiece.]]
** [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Edward James Olmos]] was offered the part of Jean-Luc Picard, but declined due to being constrained by contractual obligation. Over time this story has morphed into Olmos being considered for the lead in ''Voyager'', and other such rumours.
** Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby were originally going to play Yar and Troi respectively, but switched roles at the last minute.
** The Borg were planned to be insectoid aliens but the special effects budget wouldn't cut it. The concept was reused for the Jarada, who we never see on-screen.
** The writers considered crashing the ship's saucer section on a planet as the cliffhanger ending of Season 6, but the budget didn't allow for it. This was eventually used in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' instead. Separating the saucer itself was planned to be a much more common tactic, but again effects expenses meant it was only used four times. In addition, halfway through season one it had become painfully obvious that saucer separation was time-consuming and destroyed the pacing, a major issue when it was supposed to happen halfway through dramatic battle sequences.
** [[Film/TheRocketeer Bill Campbell]], who played the titular "[[InformedAbility Outrageous]]" Okona, tried out for the part of Riker.
** Wesley Snipes was considered to star as Geordi [=LaForge=]. Tim [[Series/StarTrekVoyager "Tuvok"]] Russ also auditioned for the role. He came ''that'' close to getting it, too.
** Among the actors that auditioned for Riker were Creator/JeffreyCombs and Vaughn Armstrong - both of whom became pretty well-known to viewers regardless.
** How much better would "The Outcast" have been if the actors playing the sexless J'naii were ''male'' instead of female? Jonathan Frakes criticized the staff for not doing that and making the message of the episode that much stronger.
** For "All Good Things...", the writers considered revisiting "The Best of Both Worlds" in addition to the other three time periods.
** Dr. Selar (from "The Schzoid Man" and repeatedly referenced) was originally intended to be a recurring character and would develop a romance with Worf, since there was a drought of Vulcans on the show and pairing one up with a Klingon sounded interesting. But this was scuttled when K'Ehleyr was introduced later the same season. Incidentally, both characters have similar names (seriously, try sounding them out) and were played by StatuesqueStunner Suzie Plakson.
** The ''Enterprise'' was originally going to be the seventh rather than fifth ship to bear the name, and was referred to in the script as the ''Enterprise Seven'' rather than the ''Enterprise-''D we know and love.
** The writers considered bringing back Denise Crosby as Tasha in one of the alternate universes in "Parallels", but decided against it, feeling it'd be redundant after "Yesterday's Enterprise".
** The Q Continuum were originally going to be many people with the same face. This portrayal is rather apparent in "Encounter At Farpoint," with each change of costume Q goes through usually resulting in a change in attitude and demeanor. However, by Q's next appearance, this particular idea seems to have been dropped, with Q acting as a single individual, and later episodes (and StarTrekVoyager) introduced additional members of the Q Continuum.
** The writers didn't know what to do with Troi in Season 1, even omitting her from four episodes just to save themselves the trouble. Marina Sirtis has said she was nearly let go after Season 1 because of this. She was only kept on because Denise Crosby had already left and Gates [=McFadden=] would soon decide to leave.
** At one point Wesley Crusher was planned as a female character named Leslie Crusher, as the TNG creators thought the teenaged boy genius was too much of a cliché. (They were probably right.) Although considering that a female genius would have been MarySue, it was kind of a no-win situation.
** Ronald D. Moore considered bringing Captain Jellico back to be the commander of the ''Enterprise'' in the AlternateTimeline presented in the episode "Tapestry".
** One of the people who was considered a favorite for the role that eventually became Tasha Yar was Rosalind Chao, who later portrayed Keiko O'Brien.
** Patrick Stewart's contract was up for renewal at the end of season three, and he waffled a bit over whether he would continue with the show. Hence, "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1" was constructed around the possibility of losing Picard (with no forward planning on how to resolve the story either way).
* WordOfSaintPaul: The ''Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual'', in its entry on the Captain's Yacht, includes an out-of-universe sidebar that says "Patrick Stewart informs us the yacht is named ''Calypso'' after Jacques Cousteau's vessel", in a way that suggests that, as far as the writers of the ''Manual'' are concerned, he should know. This was never confirmed on screen, since the ''Enterprise''-D yacht was never used (or even confirmed to ''exist''), but was nodded to in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', where the yacht on the ''Enterprise''-E is called the ''Cousteau''.
** Also from the technical manual, Rick Sternback had a pet idea for "Cetacean Ops" -- literally, navigation research that's being handled by [[SpaceWhale a dozen dolphins being overseen by a couple of whales]] -- in huge underwater tanks throughout the ship. It got a mention in "The Perfect Mate", but goes otherwise unregarded by other writers.

!!Trivia for [[Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the pinball machine]]:
* HeyItsThatSound: During the mission "Time Rift", one of the sound effects was Sub-Zero's Freeze attack from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''.
* ReferencedBy: Admiral Biagie [[TheCameo cameos]] in ''Pinball/WorldCupSoccer''.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: The operator's manual for the ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pinball mentions a "secret VideoMode" in the game[[note]]allegedly a version of ''VideoGame/{{Breakout}}''[[/note]], and there are two operator settings to control it. Problem is, no one knows how to activate it, and it's unclear if the mode is actually enabled in the final game or not. It can sometimes be seen on the display in the game's attract mode, however.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to programmer Dwight Sullivan, this game was to have been based on ''{{Film/Under Siege}}''.

!!This series has [[TropeNamers named the following tropes]]:

* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Captain Kirk in ''Generations'']].
* GrowingTheBeard[[invoked]]
* HolodeckMalfunction
* KlingonPromotion
* LowerDeckEpisode
* PatrickStewartSpeech
* ResistanceIsFutile
* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech
* TheWorfEffect
* TheWorfBarrage
* WorfHadTheFlu

!!This series [[ImageSource provides the page image]] for:

* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive
* AlienBlood
* BaldOfAwesome
* CommandRoster
* {{Costumer}}
* DueToTheDead (top third)
* EmergentHuman
* FacePalm
* FandomRivalry (''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover)
* GrowingTheBeard: Named after Riker's beard, whose growing of which coincided with this.
* HolodeckMalfunction
* HumanAliens: Guinan, an El-Aurian, provides the center-bottom image.
* LanguageEqualsThought (right half)
* MarriedAtSea
* OneWayVisor (right column , 2nd from the top)
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes

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