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Referring to things that happen "behind the camera", the real-life reasons for how/why a TV/film/book/comic turned out the way it did

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How were “Star Trek: The Next Generation” computer beeps/bloops sound effects created?

The ship's computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation produces complex beeps/bloops, particularly when a user is interacting with it. How were these sound effects created?
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At what point was the Master written out of “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”?

The final six-episode story of Doctor Who season fourteen was "The Talons of Weng-Chiang." Although the villains initially appear to be members of a Chinese tong group operating in nineteenth-century ...
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Were Kanjiklub always intended to be a human group?

In The Force Awakens, Han refers to the members of Kanjiclub as "little freaks." This insult doesn't really make sense, given how they ultimately appear in the film. Were they at one point in the ...
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Why was Nazi imagery used for the Rebellion in A New Hope? [closed]

It's no secret that Nazi imagery was the major inspiration for Galactic Empire, from costume and weapon designs to how the villains are shot and framed. However, in at least one instance, it's the ...
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Has anyone from DAW or Mercedes Lackey discussed the incorrect summary on her book The Hills Have Spies (2018)?

I just started reading Mercedes Lackey's new Valdemar novel The Hills Have Spies. I read the first chapter or two, then was using the dust jacket as a bookmark and happened to read the summary there. ...
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Did GRRM choose Jon's real name for the show?

In "The Dragon and the Wolf" (Game of Thrones, S07E07), Jon Snow's real name is finally revealed to be: Who chose it? Was it the Show-runners? Or GRRM?
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Which Arrested Development character was in Infinity War?

While casually waiting through the entire end credits of Avengers: Infinity War at 3am to see if there was stinger scene, I noticed that the credits thanked 20th Century Fox for the use of a character ...
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Which cue did Thomas Newman orchestrate in Return of the Jedi?

In a When John Williams Can't Go article I found: And just as Alfred Newman gave John Williams some of his first big breaks, Williams, in turn, gave Thomas Newman one of his first plum assignments ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

As today's xkcd so neatly puts it, the Chronicles of Narnia give a really unrealistic impression of how good Turkish Delight tastes While he was eating the Queen kept asking him questions. At first ...
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Was the Twin Pines Mall scene at 1:15am for in-universe or out-of-universe reasons?

Was the scene in which Marty travels from Twin Pines Mall in 1985 to the Peabody Farm in 1955 always meant to take place at 1.15 in the morning (1985 time), or was this a consequence of Eric Stoltz ...
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Did Michael J. Fox write his own music for BttF?

In the original Back to the Future, Marty McFly tends to get carried away while playing his guitar, causing confusion and/or disapproval from any nearby squares. The examples given of his ...
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What characters in Game of Thrones have been recast?

There has been some obvious recasting in Game of Thrones for characters like Gregor Clegane and Daario Naharis. It also seems to be quite well known that Myrcella Baratheon was recast. What ...
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What is the out-of-universe origin of the rebel crest?

The rebel crest was first seen in the Star Wars universe in the 1977 film Star Wars (A New Hope), at the very least it was on the rebel helmets. It has become part of Star Wars lore and has. in-...
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Were there EU prequels before canon?

The Phantom Menace, starting the Canon prequels, was released in 1999. Back then, I came across an old SF magazine that described the Extended Universe sequels to the Original Trilogy. Prequels were ...
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The Librarians: Which libraries is the layout of The Library based on

The Library is the main location in The Librarians. While the Annex entrance is located at the base of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, there is little information available on what inspired the ...
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Was Maul's survival planned in Phantom Menace?

In Phantom Menace, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi defeating (Darth) Maul by slicing him in two halves, after that Maul is presumed dead. However, in The Clone Wars series, he appears to have survived this ...
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Was William Shatner really a jerk in the 60s, 70s, and 80s?

This answer lists several snippets from articles theorizing why Shatner did not make an appearance during the unveiling of the NASA shuttle Enterprise. Half of them are less than positive and sound ...
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Who came first: Tom Riddle, or Voldemort?

Out-of-universe, which name for the lead villain did Rowling come up with first? Did she always intend to have two names for him? Looking for official sources only.
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How much creative independence are the Show runners accorded in Game of Thrones?

Since Season 3, we have been observing that the show was taking a different direction than the books. Many important characters never made it into the show, others who are still alive were killed off. ...
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Did J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) always plan for these scenes to happen as they did in B5?

In season one of B5 Londo has his visions, he sees a number of events happen one of which is he and G'Kar killing each other. In Season 3 we see the G'kar Death scene more fully as Delenn and ...
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Were the Londo premonition death scene reshot in season 3?

In season 1 we see the recurring scene of what would become Londo and G’Kar killing each other for the first time. In this scene G’Kar has just 1 eye and Londo is emperor. Later on in season 3 we see ...
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Why does it say on Netflix that “Star Trek: Discovery” is a Netflix original series?

Everyone knows about relationship between Star Trek: Discovery and CBS network (All Access service inclusive). Here's first two sentences on the series' Wikipedia page: Star Trek: Discovery is an ...
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What other works swords are in the Iron Throne?

I recently found out that the prop for the Iron Throne contains several swords from other franchises due to the team just re-using old props and moulds from previous films/shows to save money. Does ...
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Why this change in the White Walkers physical appearance?

In Season 1 of Game of Thrones we only ever see the shadowy figure of the White Walkers as they are running and when one confronts Will and Gared. When I watched the prologue back, at around 5:41 in ...
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Why are the House sigils not “correct” in the title sequence for season 1?

Whilst researching for my answer to this related question: Where are the cast and crew logos in Game of Thrones opening credits from? I came across something peculiar. In the Season 1 title sequence ...
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Did Mark Hamill know about the theatrical ending of The Last Jedi?

Given Mark Hamill's criticism of how Luke Skywalker's character was handled, was the ending of the film kept from him? There is growing speculation that his reaction after the film indicated that he ...
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Why did the chapter 'The Dark Mark' cause JK Rowling so much trouble?

JK Rowling has written in the past about the trouble that one particular chapter gave her during the writing of the Harry Potter books. She describes 'The Dark Mark' from Goblet of Fire as the most ...
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What was the deal with Frasier and Star Trek?

The long-running sitcom Frasier (1993-2004) made frequent references to the Star Trek franchise. These include: The character of Noel Shempsky is an avid Trekkie, much to the chagrin of everyone ...
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Was Space Gary cut from the final movie?

In a related question of mine I asked who Space Gary was and he turned out to be Carrie Fishers dog dressed up as some alien species in the Canto Bight casino. I have since re-watched the film and was ...
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Was Rian Johnson considered for Episode IX?

The original plan regarding the latest Star Wars trilogy had been widely reported as: J.J. Abrams would direct Episode VII (The Force Awakens) Rian Johnson would direct Episode VIII (The Last Jedi) ...
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Mark Hamill's attitude toward “The Last Jedi” and Luke

I've heard that Mark Hamill doesn't like the way that Luke Skywalker was shown in the movie. What is his attitude toward "The Last Jedi" and the development of his character?
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What happened to the original Jurassic Park gate prop?

I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?
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Was the mythology in “Moana” based on an established myth?

I just recently finished watching the film Moana. The plot includes the Realm of Monsters, complete with upside down giant crabs, a shape-shifting demigod with a magical hook, a giant lava monster, a ...
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Why did Stanley Kubrick include these scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

2001: A Space Odyssey has several scenes showing a character doing mundane activities. A flight attendant walks down an aisle to retrieve a floating pen. Heywood Floyd is reading the instructions for ...
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How much of Star Wars was ad-libbed?

A well-received comment at Why don't rebels take Stormtroopers' armor? says, regarding the original Star Wars: Luke couldn't see a thing in that helmet because it didn't fit him, literally, ...
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Where'd the nipples go? [duplicate]

In several episodes of Star Trek, The Original Series, we see bare-chested men. Surprisingly, none of the human or alien men seem to have nipples. For example, in S2E3, "Who Mourns for Adonais?", ...
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Thor: Ragnarok worldwide release dates

As anyone in North America is noticing right now from all the online reviews, Thor: Ragnarok is getting released under a relatively unusual international release schedule that puts most of Western ...
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Did Michael Dorn ever refer to his plane as a 'starship'?

In two separate articles on Wikipedia, the following claim is made: Actor and pilot Michael Dorn owned a T-33.[6] Dorn, who played the character Worf in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation ...
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Why was the book, Pale Fire, used in the Blade Runner 2049 movie?

What is the significance of the book, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov in the movie, Blade Runner 2049? The book influences three scenes. In two scenes, Officer K is being psychologically tested by a ...
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Why is “Romulan is a dirty word in the writers’ room” for Star Trek: Discovery?

In the first episode "O Discovery, Where Art Thou?" of After Trek, executive producer Aaron Harberts alluded to the difficulty of dealing with Romulans at this point in the timeline. Aaron made the ...
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Why was Katie Holmes from “Batman Begins” replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes in “The Dark Knight”?

I was thinking about this the other day, and it is still one of the things about the Nolan-Batman trilogy that is still kind of irksome to me. Don't get me wrong, I loved Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel ...
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Why did they make another prequel?

Star Trek: Discovery, the first new Star Trek television series in 12 years, debuted last week. As with a number of recent Star Trek efforts, this is a prequel to the Original Series, occurring ...
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How were the celebrity aliens in Men in Black chosen?

This question asked which real-life celebrities were shown to actually be aliens in the Men in Black movies, and now I'm wondering how they were all chosen to be portrayed as such. Were any of them ...
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What is the Hound singing?

I came across this behind-the-scenes video from Game of Thrones. What is the song Rory McCann singing? Is it a modern "pop" song or some folk song?
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How is the Game of Thrones series being made when there are no new books by Martin to base it on?

How is the Game of Thrones TV series made, when there are no books written by Martin yet to base it on? I've read all of the books and watched all of the episodes, but I don't get it. Season 7 is ...
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Was Michael Dorn (Worf) not allowed to fly during The Next Generation? If so, why?

On Michael Dorn's Wikipedia page, there's the sentence: A member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,[9] Dorn enjoys flying. He was not permitted to fly while on The Next Generation, but ...
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What (if any) is the current status of the Forever War movie?

When are they going to make a movie of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman?
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Were there any other serious contenders for the role of Mr. Wednesday?

When I read the book, I imagined Mr. Wednesday looking quite different from Ian McShane, the actor who plays him in the TV episodes - more wolf-like, leaner, a tad smoother, suave-like, sort of. ...
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Is the Leigh Brackett first draft of the script for Star Wars episode 5 available?

After the success of the original film, Lucas hired science fiction author Leigh Brackett to write Star Wars II with him. They held story conferences and, by late November 1977, Lucas had produced a ...
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Why wasn't the Second Doctor's regeneration shown on screen?

At the end of The War Games, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) was last seen spinning away into the void, crying, "Stop! You're making me giddy!" The next aired episode, Spearhead From Space, at ...