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that Star Trek: The Original Series premiered on Thursday, 8 September 1966, with "The Man Trap"?

02

that Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on Monday, 28 September 1987, with "Encounter at Farpoint"?

03

that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered on Sunday, 3 January 1993, with "Emissary"?

04

that Star Trek: Voyager premiered on Sunday, 16 January 1995, with "Caretaker"?

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that Star Trek: Enterprise premiered on Wednesday, 26 September 2001, with "Broken Bow"?

06

that in "United", T'Pol cites the Vulcan proverb, "One man can summon the future," while in "Mirror, Mirror", Spock pointedly states that in the mirror universe "One man cannot summon the future"?

07

that the wormhole, which had yet to be discovered, does not appear in the opening credits of the DS9 pilot "Emissary"?

08

that in the pre-production stages of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the writers worked on the idea of a starbase on the surface of Bajor before deciding to set the series aboard a space station?

09

that out of 276 Star Trek appearances, Michael Dorn's only appearance without prosthetic make-up was in the DS9 episode "Far Beyond the Stars"?

10

that the USS Enterprise visited the galactic barrier once per season throughout the three-year run of Star Trek: The Original Series?

11

that Brent Spiner appears in all but one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? His only non-appearance is the episode "Family".

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that the brig of the Enterprise NX-01 was first seen in the third season episode "Anomaly"?

13

that "Court Martial" features a mathematical error when it is stated that the ship's auditory sensors can amplify the sounds on board by "one to the fourth power", as 1*1*1*1=1, meaning that the sounds wouldn't actually be amplified at all?

14

that Brannon Braga created and produced a show called Threshold that premiered in 2005, which ironically had the same title as "Threshold", an episode authored by Braga that he calls the worst he ever wrote and which is considered by many, including staff members of Paramount Pictures, to be apocryphal?

15

that Commodore Stone, commander of Starbase 11 who had at one time captained a starship, was the highest ranking Human character of African descent ever seen in the original series?

16

that the movie Kill Bill begins with a quote from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? The opening frames read "Revenge is a dish best served cold", which the film attributes to an "old Klingon proverb."

17

that the episode "Deja Q" was originally about a looming Klingon-Federation war that was caused by Q, who had "faked" his loss of powers, only to later come in to become the hero?

18

that both Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks directed the penultimate episodes, "Preemptive Strike" and "The Dogs of War" respectively, of their respective series?

19

that both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan set records for box office earnings at their time of release?

20

that "In a Mirror, Darkly" is the 700th hour-long live-action Trek production?

21

that in the script for "Broken Bow", the two Teneebian moons were originally to be two Andorian moons, but were changed because the writers wanted to introduce the Andorians over the course of the series?

22

that there have been dozens of references, including quotes, episode titles, and storylines, to the work of William Shakespeare throughout the Star Trek series and films?

23

that Patrick Stewart directed five TNG episodes, and four of which starred Brent Spiner as the main protagonist?

24

that 1994's "Genesis" was the first episode of Star Trek to be directed by a female cast member?The episode was directed by Gates McFadden; the next episode would be Roxann Dawson's "Riddles".

25

that the Ferengi were originally created for The Next Generation to be the main antagonist to the Federation, replacing the Klingons from The Original Series, but were perceived to be so nonthreatening that eventually the Borg were devised, and would play the villain role with much greater success?

26

that "Yesterday's Enterprise" attracted 13.1 million viewers for its premiere, which was the third highest rated episode of The Next Generation?

27

that since the filming of Star Trek Generations, Brannon Braga has admitted that, if he did it over again, Kirk wouldn't have died?

28

that the TNG episode "Unification II" was filmed before "Unification I"?

29

that a second live action Star Trek franchise after Star Trek: The Original Series called Star Trek: Phase II was already planned in the late seventies, but then commuted to Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

30

that LeVar Burton has directed episodes in all four modern Trek series?

31

that Star Trek: Enterprise stood on the brink of cancellation after its third season, but was granted to proceed after UPN renegotiated the fee it paid Paramount Pictures for the series?

32

that according to Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Time Trap", the Bonaventure was the first starship to have warp drive installed?

33

that the teaser trailer for Star Trek: First Contact contains very little actual footage from the film? To launch the promotion on time, it needed to be released long before the film was completed. The score from several Trek films was used, mainly Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, along with footage from TNG and DS9 episodes. Curiously, even the USS Voyager appears in the trailer, in what appears to be an altered scene of the USS Enterprise-D attacking the Borg cube from "The Best of Both Worlds".

34

that Majel Barrett Roddenberry shares a story-writing credit for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "The Muse", aside from also guest-starring in the episode?

35

that Commander Williams, Admiral Leonard, and Admiral Forrest in Enterprise's "Broken Bow" were named for William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley? Admiral Forrest ended up becoming a recurring character.

36

that the logo of the Breen Confederacy was only on screen in one episode, "The Dogs of War"?

37

that "The Storyteller" was the episode where the friendship between Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien began?

38

that Benjamin Sisko's favorite baseball player, Buck Bokai, was only seen in "If Wishes Were Horses", and gave Ben his baseball?

39

that Worf and Tom Paris have both been married to two other regular characters, first in a different timeline, and then in the prime one? Worf was married to Deanna Troi in "Parallels", and married Jadzia Dax in "You Are Cordially Invited". Paris was married to Kes in "Before and After", and married B'Elanna Torres in "Drive".

40

that Star Trek: Enterprise was the only Star Trek series to complete its run without a change in the regular cast?

41

that a special screening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was held for Gene Roddenberry just three days before his death on 24 October 1991?

42

that the only verbal reference to a bathroom on the USS Enterprise-D is that of the "Head programmers restroom" made in the episode "Home Soil".

43

that the first chronological mention of the Tellarites took place in the Enterprise episode "Carbon Creek"?

44

that in the episode "The Omega Directive", Seven of Nine incorrectly says the stardate is 15781.3, instead of 51781.3?

45

that if you were to watch the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the stardate order, instead of the release order, Natasha Yar would appear in several episodes after her character had already died?

46

that a photograph of a young Tom Paris seen on his father Admiral Owen Paris's desk at Starfleet Command in "Pathfinder" was actually was a still shot from "The First Duty" of Nicholas Locarno, also played by Robert Duncan McNeill? Interestingly, Tom Paris' character was initially modeled after the Locarno character.

47

that Star Trek: Enterprise's "In a Mirror, Darkly" is the 700th hour-long episode of Star Trek? In this count, Paramount Pictures did not include the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series or the ten feature-length motion pictures.

48

that "Miri" and "Balance of Terror" were the first remastered episodes of The Original Series?

49

The Original Series finale "Turnabout Intruder" aired on 3 June 1969 which is almost two and a half months after the previous episode "All Our Yesterdays" aired on 14 March 1969.

50

that the title of the episode "11001001" translated from binary to decimal is 201?

51

that all of the Star Trek films premiered on a Friday, except for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home which premiered on a Wednesday?

52

that the only Star Trek film without a stardate is Star Trek: Insurrection?

53

that ten days after filming wrapped for "All Good Things..." Paramount started filming Star Trek Generations?

54

the series with the least number of recorded stardates is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with 117 out of 176 episodes being undated?

55

that in 1974, Star Trek: The Animated Series won an Emmy Award for Best Children's Program in the 1973-1974 television season?

56

that the Star Trek: The Next Generation premiere, "Encounter at Farpoint", was the final television appearance of DeForest Kelley before his death on 11 June 1999?

57

that unbeknownst to the rest of the production staff, Hal Sutherland, the director of Star Trek: The Animated Series, was colorblind? To him, pink was indistinguishable from light gray, therefore many images that were meant to be gray were unintentionally colored pink.

58

that the USS Enterprise-D visited Deep Space 9 at least twice? The ship visited the station in "Emissary" and "Birthright, Part I".

59

that the planet Archer IV, named in honor of Captain Jonathan Archer, was mentioned in the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" eleven years before Star Trek: Enterprise aired?

60

that the first interracial kiss between a Caucasian and an African-American on American network TV was between William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols in the 1968 Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Plato's Stepchildren"?

61

that Michelle Forbes was approached to reprise her character of Ro Laren on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine but declined, so Nana Visitor's role of Kira Nerys was scripted as a replacement?

62

that Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Dwight Schultz, and Alice Krige all appeared together in both Star Trek: First Contact and the Star Trek: Voyager series finale "Endgame"? Phillips played two completely different characters, the nightclub maitre d' and Neelix, but Picardo played EMHs both times, Krige played a Borg Queen both times, and Schultz played Reginald Barclay in both appearances.

63

the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise was shot almost exclusively on Sony 900 digital cameras, thus making it the first Trek series to be photographed on digital video instead of film. The only scene in the entire season that wasn't shot on digital video was the teaser of "In a Mirror, Darkly", which was shot on 35mm film to better intercut with stock footage from the 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact.

64

that the original version of the script for "Conspiracy" did not feature alien parasites? The 'conspiracy' in question was simply a military coup within Starfleet, but Gene Roddenberry vehemently opposed such an idea, since he believed Starfleet would never stoop to such methods; thus the alien angle was introduced at his insistence.

65

that in The Original Series episodes "Tomorrow is Yesterday" and "Return to Tomorrow" the Apollo moon landing is referred to/predicted, down to the approximate date? Both episodes aired more than a year before it happened.

66

that Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner were the only regular cast members in Star Trek Generations to have their own Deep Space Nine and Voyager-style uniforms made for the film? Jonathan Frakes had to borrow Avery Brooks' uniform and LeVar Burton had to borrow Colm Meaney's uniform; neither of which fit the actors very well.

67

that for "Friendship One", the producers made a list of recurring characters they could kill off, finally deciding on Joe Carey? Other possibilities that were heavily considered included Vorik and Samantha Wildman.

68

that for "If Wishes Were Horses", Rumpelstiltskin was originally written as a leprechaun, but was changed when Colm Meaney objected, claiming that this was an offensive stereotype against Irish people?

69

that while Morn's headpiece's mouth was designed to be able to move and talk, and every time it was applied to the actor it was capable of doing so, he never spoke a single word throughout the entire run of Deep Space Nine?

70

that the year in which the first season of The Next Generation takes place wasn't mentioned until "The Neutral Zone"? Using other references to time measurements, such as how old Dr. McCoy was in "Encounter at Farpoint", fans were able to determine the years of The Original Series and films.

71

that Mr. Kyle first appeared with facial hair in "Beyond the Farthest Star"? For his reappearance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, he also had a full beard.

72

that Sito Jaxa, presumed killed in The Next Generation episode "Lower Decks", was at one point intended to turn up alive in an episode of Deep Space Nine?

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