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Rand al'thor has done a great job of collecting reviews on the issue of The Motion Picture. However, I thought you might also appreciate the input of a die-hard Trek fan. While critics deplored the plodding pace of the film, Star Trek fans are no stranger to episodes with a contemplative pace (even if TMP is uniquely slow amongst Trek films). Going from ...


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They met at least once, at a Star Wars convention in 1987. There's a review of Trek Nation, a documentary about Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, which includes this photograph of Lucas and Roddenberry shaking hands: The caption reads: The only known photo of Gene Roddenberry meeting George Lucas at the Creation Entertainment/Starlog 10th Anniversary Star Wars ...


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Let me give a bit of qualification for my source, which is me. I was born in late 1962, so I'm working with the memories of someone who was 7 when Star Trek ended its run. But I remember the news stories, since we often ate dinner in the den, while watching the evening news on TV. I remember seeing reporters wearing helmets and ducking down in trenches ...


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Wikipedia has a section on "Critical reception". Quoting the negative parts: Gary Arnold and Judith Martin of The Washington Post felt that the plot was too thin to support the length of the film. Time‍'​s Harold Livingston wrote that the film consisted of spaceships that "take an unconscionable amount of time to get anywhere, and nothing of dramatic ...


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Was Roddenberry really so far ahead of his time on race? I think it is easy to underestimate how far ahead he was. See this from wikipedia (emphasis mine) Uhura was an important part of the original series' multicultural crew and one of the first characters of African descent to be featured in a non-menial role on an American television series. This ...


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No. There are two events where both the CY (Commonwealth Year) and the Earth year are known: the year that Nietzsche published Thus Spake Zarathustra (6811 CY, published in four parts between 1883 and 1885) and the year that The Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier (6869 CY, 1947). We know that Earth joined the Systems Commonwealth in 7085 CY, which is ...


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Here's some quotes from Wikipedia's article on Star Trek canon (Bolding mine): People who worked with Roddenberry remember that he used to handle canon not on a series-by-series basis nor an episode-by-episode basis, but point by point. If he changed his mind on something, or if a fact in one episode contradicted what he considered to be a more ...


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Writer David Gerrold claims credit for "Tiberius" as Kirk's middle name. It first appeared in the Animated Series episode "Bem" http://www.startrek.com/article/david-gerrold-recalls-more-tribbles-and-bem Gerrold: Yes. I’ll tell you how that happened. I got the name from a book I’d read about the history of torture. So, Dorothy and I were at a Star ...


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The name James Tiberius Kirk appears to be an homage to an earlier Roddenberry character, William Tiberius Rice. As to why Tiberius was chosen, you may wish to note Gene Roddenberry's extreme Roman fetish (Vulcan, Romulan, Reman, Orion, Cerberus, Gaia, Isis III, Janus VI, Kronos, Minos, Oceanus IV, Persephone V, Pollux IV, Sarpedion, etc) when choosing ...


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TNG Producer Rick Berman discussed this in an official StarTrek.com interview Q: Let’s dig into some complicated ground. Roddenberry got sick, became less involved and eventually passed away. What were your thoughts, as the torch was handed on, about following his vision versus doing what needed to be done to make the show work versus any urge you might’...


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It is unlikely that any of the well-known actors made such statements. Your premise is not entirely correct. Roddenberry's thoughts are well known, but they didn't always translate to the screen. The very post you link to about Earth religions gives several examples of religion/spirituality throughout Trek (mostly from after his death). The producers and ...


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In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country we learn that Sulu's first name is Hikaru, which is a name of Japanese origin.


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According to this story - no, his attempts (both with Khan and Soong) did not attract the intended attention: Back in the day, when Roddenberry was flying his combat missions with the 394th Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, 13th Air Force in a B-17 Flying Fortress, he met a Chinese pilot who became his friend. After the war, he lost contact with ...


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It definitely wasn't unique among creative SciFi people in general. It may have been ahead of its time for TV; but it's hard to tell if it was attributable to external pressure of TV studio execs as opposed to creative talent. Far before Roddenberry, R.A.Heinlein had a Filipino protagonist (with a romantic interest in a Latin girl) in 1959 Starship Troopers....


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A few other things that Memory Alpha has to say on the movie's reception: Shatner thought it was the end: Shatner commented: "Well, that's it. We gave it our best shot, it wasn't good, and it will never happen again." But having recalled his reaction fifteen years later, he has added, "Shows you what I know." (Star Trek Movie Memories, 1995, p. 124) ...


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Maybe. The earliest mention of a "Lwaxana Troi sitcom" seems like it was in Starlog #177, April 1992. (Thanks to @Richard for mentioning this), Most mentions of it don't provide any source at all, and the ones that do tend to point to Starlog #177, the exact quote being: A fourth possibility — a SF sitcom starring Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi — had ...


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In the story "The Squire of Gothos", when Trelane meets DeSalle he speaks French to him and then when me meets Sulu he greets him in Japanese.


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Star Trek may have been ahead of its time for American television; it was not ahead of its time for science fiction. You may wish to read the article "Race in SF" in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. I will just give a few examples of the treatment of race in classic science fiction. 1935: Odd John by Olaf Stapledon; you can read it at Project Gutenberg ...


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If you're looking for out-of-universe evidence, I recall George Takei saying in an interview that Sulu was supposed to have a Katana in "The Naked Time." But Takei requested it be changed to a European sword as he was "Japanese-American" and didn't want to portray himself as traditional Japanese. Of course, it could just be that "Katana" was the only type ...


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Spock had already saved Kirk's life early in the series. In "The Man Trap" he interrupted the salt-sucking monster from draining Kirk in McCoy's quarters. But the episode airing closest to the June-July 1967 timeline of the correspondence that also featured Spock saving Kirk's life would be "The Apple". In that episode Spock pushes Kirk away from a flower ...


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I combed through Stephen E. Whitfield's The Making of Star Trek to see what I could find. There is no reference to titles of the other two stories that were pitched along with "The Cage." However, after their viewing of The Cage, as we know, they ordered another pilot. On page 134 of The Making of Star Trek the other stories are stated to be Omega Glory ...


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Out of universe explanation: Gene Roddenberry gave her two belly buttons to spite the censors who forbid bellybuttons from being shown on network TV at the time TOS was filming. (In a humorous reference to the fact that Hartley was forbidden by the network censors to show her belly button on Star Trek, Roddenberry gave her two belly buttons for Genesis ...


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This is conjecture on my part but have a look at this on movies.se: What happens to actor salaries around seasons 6-7 of a show The usual contract is 7 seasons, after that contracts are renegotiated and it can be much more expensive to make a show.


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This is clearly not the case because the Original Series was originally planned or at least hoped to be five years, as evidenced by: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."


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From what I understand, ANDROMEDA was originally intended to be a TREK series, set after the fall of the Federation. The Andromeda Ascendant would have been another in the line of Enterprises, the Vulcans and Klingons were replaced with Vedrans and Nietzscheans, or something like that. I always wished that this had been the show we got, we always heard ...


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The Uhuru/Spock love story could be canon if you take into consideration the timeline was altered as soon as George Kirks ship encountered the anomaly at the beginning of the movie, from that point in time an alteration to the timeline has occurred. Whatever the consequences of that were, they occurred in such a way that it facilitated sometime in the future ...


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It has its own canon. It's not the same as Gene Roddenberry's canon. I was surprised at seeing Spock's love story with Uhura in the reboot because they're not the way I know the characters. Uhura appears to be attracted to Spock in 'The Man Trap' (Who isn't) and tries to flirt with him and he has no idea what she's doing and she gives up really quickly while ...


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My guess (no quote, sorry): Similar goal to early Star Trek: Make aliens distinctive behind the scenes to save budget. Two circulatory systems is something that sounds complex and is rather alien, yet it doesn't require any makeup on its own. Two belly buttons is a nice touch to still add some alien flavor to the actor without making it too expensive/...


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