Little Known Star Trek Facts
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Little Known Star Trek Facts

Star Trek: The Cage

This was the first pilot episode of the cult series "Star Trek" (1966). In 1965 it was presented to the NBC executives, which rejected the pilot and asked for a second pilot. (Star Trek - Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) (TV)).
The first pilot was not aired on TV until 1988, when is was used as a filler episode for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) due to a writers strike.
Footage of this pilot has been used to create the two part "Star Trek" (1966) episode ``The Menagerie''. Because of a production delay they had only one week to produce two episodes, and so they edited this pilot into two new episodes.

Star Trek - Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) (TV)


This is the second pilot of the cult series "Star Trek" (1966). It was made because Star Trek (1965) (TV) has been rejected by the NBC executives.
Although this is the real pilot episode, it was aired as episode no. 3 after ``The Man Trap'' and ``Charlie X''.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)


The original version of the ``Space Walk'' sequence had both Spock and Captain Kirk travelling through V'ger. Because it complicated the flow of the film, the scene was reshot with Spock
 alone, and that's what's seen in the final cut. However,
 a fraction of this alternate scene remains in the longer version,
 where Kirk says, ``I have him in sight''.
When Spock travels through V'ger and sees all the incredible imagery, Darth Vader and Miss Piggy can be seen. It comes right after his line ``Who or what are we dealing with?''. Occurs 94 minutes into the film.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


The original title was to be ``The Vengeance of Khan'', but this was changed because the second sequel to Star Wars (1977) (then titled ``Revenge of the Jedi'') was to be released near the same time. In the end both movie tiles were changed.
The sets of Reliant were actually the Enterprise with different lighting, camera angles, and different seat covers.
All ofKhan's men were Chippendale dancers an the time.
There are several books in the container that shelters Khan's followers on Ceti Alpha VI. Two of the titles are
 ``Moby Dick'' and ``King Lear'', and a lot of Khan's lines are directly taken from those books. In particular, the final monologue
 of Khan is identical to the last words of Captain Ahab from Melville's book.
A
 special high-speed camera was constructed. One of it's components was a spinning prism, which bent the image onto the film as it rushed past. This increased exposure time without having to slow the frame rate. 
The camera ran at 2,500 frames per second,

 which meant that the 0:01.20 long explosion would appear to take 1:40.
Director Nicholas Meyer envisioned the film as the ultimate extension of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's idea of ``Horatio Hornblower in space''. Therefore, prior to filming he had the cast watch _Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)_ for inspiration.
When Spock and Savik speak to each other in Vulcan, the actors actually spoke in English, and then sound people created the Vulcan words to match the movements of the actors' mouths.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)


The punk on the bus is Kirk Thatcher (associate producer), who also wrote and performed the song that is playing on his stereo at the time.
Some shots of the whales were in fact four foot long animatronic models. Four models were created,
 and were so realistic that after release of the film, US fishing authorities publically criticised the film makers for getting too close to whales in the wild. 

The scenes involving these whales were shot in a highschool swimming pool.
 The shot of the whales swimming past the Golden Gate Bridge were filmed on location, 
and nearly ended in disaster when a cable got snagged on a nuclear submarine and the whales were towed out to sea.
CAMEO(Bob Sarlatte): waiter in the restuarant.


Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)



The name ``Shaka-Ri'' is a play on words from the original actor asked to play the part of Sybok: Sean Connery.

The Star Trek book ``Probe'' was originally to be used as the story for this movie.

The movie was originally to be an extension of an episode of the original television series. In the movie, they would be searching for the villain. During filming, they changed to the ``Search for God''.

The surface of Shaka-Ri as viewed during reconnaissance by Captain Kirk was generated from an electron microscope image of a lobster's claw.


One of William Shatner's daughters appears as the yeoman that holds Kirk's malfunctioning Captain's log.

The cat creature that Kirk fights on Nimbus III screams exactly the same as James Brown.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)



William Shatner was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera). He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.


General Chang's eyepatch has three bolts that go into the skull. They all have the Klingon insignia engraved on them.on

Frankie and Johnny (1991) was being filmed in the same studio, and required Al Pacino to have a surprised expression on his face after opening a door. Director Garry Marshall arranged for Kirk and Spock be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

After filming was through one day nearing the end of production, Kim Cattrall posed nude for some steamy photos on the bridge set.

The traitor on the Enterprise was originally intended to be Saavik, but creator Gene Roddenberry convinced the producers that Saavik was too popular to have her become a villain.

Shatner originally wanted Sulu to not command a starship, but producers overrode his wishes.


Star Trek: Generations (1994)



Kirk's death scenes were re-shot after preview audiences reacted badly to the original version, wanting a more ``heroic'' death. Kirk originally died after being shot in the back by Soran.

The horse that Kirk (William Shatner) rides is owned by Shatner.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)


Although the role of Zephram Cochrane was actually written for (II) Cromwell, James, Tom Hanks was originally considered for the role.

For inspiration prior to filming, director Jonathan Frakes says he viewed the films Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Blade Runner (1982), and Jaws (1975).

The eyepieces of the Borg flash the Morse code of the names of people associated with the production.

The deflector dish is labeled AE35, the name of a component of a satellite dish in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

When Picard sends the attack coordinates on the Borg cube to the fleet, the voice which responds for the USS Bozeman is that of Kelsey Grammer, who played the Captain of that ship on an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987).

Star Trek: Voyager - Caretaker (1995) (TV)



Originally, Genevieve Bujold was cast as Captain Kathryn Janeway, but she dropped the role after the first day of shooting due to undisclosed circumstances.



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