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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Picard actually misquotes Moby-Dick. The change is obviously to simplify the text for modern audiences by putting it into more modern language, and also just to make a bit more snappy for delivery in the scene itself. There are three possibilities: in the future, someone has revised one of the greatest novels of all time, Picard's exhausted and either misremembering or paraphrasing the quote, or Picard's translator gives it in modern English for Lily rather than the original language.
    • Picard: “And he piled upon the whale's white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.”
    • Original: “He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.”
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Adam Scott auditioned for the role of Lieutenant Hawk. Though he lost out to Neal McDonough for the role, he was given the role of the unnamed helm officer of the USS Defiant.
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  • Deleted Role: Avery Brooks filmed a scene with Sisko ordering Worf to command the Defiant, but it was cut.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Jonathan Frakes was already a popular director for TNG and Deep Space Nine, and also did a few episodes for Voyager.
  • Executive Meddling: Two positive ones:
    • Ira Steven Behr insisted that the "tough little ship" exchange be added to the opening battle, so it was clear that the Defiant had survived and could still be used on Deep Space 9.
    • When discussing what the next TNG movie should be about writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore wanted to do a movie featuring the Borg while Producer Rick Berman wanted to do a time travel movie. Their solution? Do both!
  • The Other Darrin: James Cromwell replaces Glenn Corbett as Zefram Cochrane, who first appeared in the original series episode "Metamorphosis". However it is now almost a given that more people know Cromwell's performance over Corbett's, making Corbett The Pete Best.
  • Real-Life Relative: While Jerry Goldsmith composed most of the score, his son Joel wrote some of his own cues.
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  • Recycled Set: Aside from exceptions like the Bridge and Engineering, most of the Enterprise-E's sets are actually modified versions of Star Trek: Voyager's sets. It's particularly obvious in Sickbay, whose layout is almost unchanged. (You could argue that's Starfleet design or even budget issues- why make sickbays look different on their larger ships?)
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: The original Playmates version of the Enterprise-E takes some cues from an unused design for the ship, most notably the uncovered bussard collectors and the large singular impulse engine.
  • Troubled Production: Filming only really had trouble early on, due to Rick Berman's demands that it involve popular recurring villains the Borg, while also being a time-travel comedy in the vein of The Voyage Home. Moore and Braga were re-hired as screenwriters, and initially produced an outright comedic screenplay named Star Trek: Renaissance, showing the Borg taking over a castle in renaissance Italy, and the Enterprise crew foiling them with the help of Leonardo da Vinci; this screenplay was regarded by just about everyone as far too silly, and Patrick Stewart killed it altogether by insisting that he wasn't going to wear tights. Moore and Braga's second attempt, Star Trek: Resurrection was nearer the mark, but relegated the Borg to an action sub-plot aboard the Enterprise and focused mostly on Picard's time-travel shenanigans while impersonating the inventor of warp drive, with Picard never even finding out about the Borg's involvement. Finally, the people involved decided to make the film a proper follow-up to the events of the acclaimed "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter from the series and have Picard confront the Borg head-on, resulting in the film that was released.
  • What Could Have Been:
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    • The original tentative plans would have seen the Borg going back in time to the time of the Renaissance, but it was decided that such a trip would make the film too much like a historical documentary, so the time travel was instead shifted to take the Borg back to a point in the past of Star Trek without making it the past of the present day.
    • Picard and Riker's roles were to be switched, and more emphasis was going to be placed on the Earth storyline. Part of the reasons for the switch were apparently because Patrick Stewart felt Picard should have more of an active role in defending the Enterprise, while Jonathan Frakes wanted to have more time to focus on directing. Picard was also the one who had been assimilated by the Borg, so it made more sense for him to be the one to confront them. According to Braga and Moore's commentary, the Enterprise plot was mostly unchanged but the Earth-based story was completely altered. Also Lily (who was called Ruby in the early script) would have stayed on Earth with Picard in the original story.
    • The earlier drafts of the script were also quite different tonally, and more of a time-travel comedy in the same vein as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. When Picard and Riker's roles were swapped, the main storyline became much Darker and Edgier, with the Cochrane scenes instead used to provide moments of relief.
    • The Borg Queen wasn't in the early drafts of the script. They started to formulate the character when executive script notes remarked that they were just cyber-zombies and the movie needed a more tangible villain.
    • The Defiant was outright destroyed in one draft of the script. Unsurprisingly, the DS9 staff objected to what effects this would create for their show, so it was changed. (Incidentally, the ship would be destroyed on DS9, but not for another 2 and a half years, and would be replaced by a look-alike with the same name.)
    • Although the role of Zefram Cochrane was written with James Cromwell in mind, Tom Hanks, a big fan of Star Trek, was approached for the role by Paramount first, but he had already committed to That Thing You Do! and had to reject the part. Christopher Walken was also considered.
    • In the original screenplay, Picard tells Lily her phaser was set to minimum, and would have just given him a bad rash. This original line is still found in the Novelization.
    • The Enterprise-E was originally planned to be another Galaxy-class—they even repainted the four-foot model with the letters NCC-1701-E—but decided later to go with the more aggressive-looking Sovereign-class.
    • The Borg Queen originally looked like something out of Alien.
    • They also drew up various alternate sketches for Borg ships, including a "Borg Obelisk".
    • Q appeared in one draft.
    • John McTiernan and Ridley Scott were both asked to direct.
    • Yaphet Kotto was considered for a part, back when the film was called Destinies.
  • Working Title: Star Trek: Resurrection, Star Trek: Borg, Star Trek: Destinies, Star Trek: Future Generations and Star Trek: Generations II.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • James Cromwell was previously seen in two roles on Next Generation. He was the Angosian Prime Minister in "The Hunted" and a Yridian information dealer named Jaglom Shrek in both parts of "Birthright".
    • And Neelix tries to stop the Borg from entering the Dixon Hill nightclub. Ethan Phillips explains on the DVD that he mainly did the cameo to see if the fans were paying attention.
    • Don Stark, who plays Nicky the Nose, also previously played a Yridian, Ashrock, in the DS9 episode "Melora".
    • Michael Zaslow, who played Star Trek's first ever Red Shirt, Crewman Darnell from TOS's "The Man Trap", appears as Eddie the bartender.

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