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Today, countries making up about 95% of the world's population use the metric system: The holdouts are the USA, Liberia, and Myanmar. If the Earth is peacefully united and sends missions to the stars -- as is the case in Star Trek -- the overwhelming majority of people would be metric users. Simple democracy would lead to the metric system being adopted.


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She is in Episode VIII, filming is complete, and her scenes will not be changed. General Leia Organa was played by Carrie Fisher, who was definitely going to be in The Last Jedi (Episode VIII): “She’s in ‘VIII,’ and we’re not changing eight to deal with her passing,” Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said during an on-stage conversation with his wife, ...


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One of the show's writers, Ronald D Moore, would agree with you. In fact, he left Voyager because of a lot of the issues you mentioned. Eventually his ideas for what Voyager should have been were remodeled into the remake of Battlestar Galactica. Have a read of these interviews: Exclusive Interview: Ron Moore – Fighting The Trek Clichés - TrekMovie.com: ...


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Short answer? People feel that the future is the metric system. It's more endorsed by the scientific community. Many nations have adopted it as a universal measure. Thus, in a farflung science-heavy future, the assumption is that people will be using metric units exclusively, the same reason futurists thought people would all be speaking Esperanto in the ...


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Voyager was supposed to be more intense than TNG, but multiple concurrent projects forced the creative team to revert to the TNG format of episodes. The official Star Trek web site published the following recent interview with Voyager producer Rick Berman, in which he comments directly on what Voyager was supposed to achieve and why it did not achieve those ...


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The explanation I've heard in a few places was that Prowse was joking/speculating at the time, and only happened to be right. I've seen a few people speculate that he must have seen an early script or draft and ran with that. While this interview from 2006 does not specifically address the supposed leak, he does say that he didn't know the truth, and that ...


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He did try to act like a Klingon, but he also read his lines. From Memory Alpha, with a citation to Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 2nd edition, p. 20: Michael Dorn recalled his audition as follows: "I did not wear makeup, but I took on the psychological guise of a Klingon. I walked into Paramount in character. No jokes. No laughing with the ...


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It is starting to be the norm for shows that air on subscription channels. Most new shows on these “on demand” channels only have 10-12 episodes. The most common reason I’ve read is that they don’t have to run a factory churning out 22-24 episodes so they make a profit from the commercials, since you’re paying them directly via the subscription fee. The ...


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I believe you're slightly mis-remembering what Farrand was talking about. It wasn't the name of the planet, rather it was a visual effect / matte painting. Here is the paragraph from the DS9 Nitpickers Guide page 34 (OCR'd for Thunderforge) The Colonists of Eternal Doom. Some legends are almost too sorrowfully strange to tell. The creators give us the ...


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Nobody has pointed out syndication. In the non-service based model (ie - pre CBS All-Access), there is/was a long term financial benefit to produce as many episodes as possible, so you can then sell them to third-party networks to re-air. This even affected Star Trek The Original Series: At that time, if a series managed to hold on for five years, ...


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Seemingly, no it wasn't On the DVD commentary for The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas denied that the Wampa scene was created to address Hamill’s injuries, noting that the scene had been written some time earlier. From IMDB However, George Lucas explains in the DVD commentary that this attack was merely to keep the audience interested while the Empire ...


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The Emperor was originally intended to be a clever bureaucrat and politician by the name of Cos Dashit, later changed to Cos Palpatine, who became President/ Chancellor (the exact title was never made clear in the original drafts), proclaimed himself Emperor - perfectly legally - then left the day-to-day running of his Empire to his advisors, who were to be ...


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In the video below, Mark Hamill and George Lucas briefly discuss the methods used to create the lightsaber effects in the Original Trilogy films. The effect was largely achieved by coating a thin wooden tube with reflective material (made out of movie screen) and shining bright spotlights onto it in order to make it appear fluorescent. They then used film ...


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The scene from the promo was most likely raw footage, taken directly from the boom mike on set. The line from the actual episode was then redubbed using a technique called ADR (Automated dialogue replacement) where words that are slurred or pronounced with a colloquial accent can be corrected later. According to the show's 'dialogue rerecording mixer', ...


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Because Star Trek is a show about a mission to explore space, and scientists -- yes, even in the United States -- use the metric system.


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Yes, he absolutely did. I just noted them last night. I don't know how to prove this until someone can point to a video on YouTube or a gif, but he did. I noted it because there is an iris wipe in at least one instance, which is hard to miss because exotic wipes are very rare outside Star Wars nowadays, so it's quite conspicuous if you're looking for ...


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There's no point in not answering this- as your youtube link indicated, it's the Wilhelm Scream, and originated a fair bit earlier than Lucas' work: The Wilhelm scream originates from a series of sound effects recorded for the 1951 movie Distant Drums. In a scene from the film, soldiers are wading through a swamp in the Everglades, and one of them is ...


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Yes, Moffat is leaving Doctor Who at the end of 2017. From this article officially released by the BBC itself: The head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, is to step down from the show, the BBC has confirmed. His last series will go out in spring 2017 following a Christmas special, after which he will be replaced by ...


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It's classic storytelling to gradually build up the main villain, and only reveal him or her near the end. The villain can be much more scary if his reputation is slowly developed over a period of time before the audience actually sees him. Meanwhile the heroes can fight his minions, led by the chief henchman/enforcer. (Warning: TVTropes links.) In Episodes ...


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In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. I think this is basically what @KennyPeanuts is saying, but as I understood it, the machines are surviving. With the sun blocked out by the aftermath of the machine-human war (see The Animatrix), the machines actually rely on the humans for ...


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According to a 2011 Q&A session Phil Tippett participated in at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX prior to a screening of Jurassic Park (1993), his feelings on the new Star Wars “Special Edition” additions are as follows: They’re sh-t. He went on to elaborate on his feelings towards the Mos Eisley spaceport scenes to express that he didn’t think ...


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Legal tip-toeing, Genevieve's preference, and then preference by the producers(?). 'Kathryn' was chosen before Kate joined the cast. Jeri Taylor, co-creator of Star Trek: Voyager: "There is a prominent Elizabeth Janeway, and we're not allowed to use names of prominent people because it can be sticky, although we heard sort of secondhand that Elizabeth ...


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The film was released as "Return of the Jedi" but some of the posters had the older title "Revenge of the Jedi". The original teaser trailer for the film carried the name Revenge of the Jedi. In December 1982, Lucas decided that "Revenge" was not appropriate as Jedi should not seek revenge and returned to his original title. By that time thousands of "...


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In the old days of television, you needed around 24 episodes per season to have one per week for the Fall to Spring run, with time off for Summer. You were filling a literal spot in the weekly lineup, so you had to produce that many. Now it is a lot more fashionable to have half (or less) seasons, particularly when you aren’t trying to fill a time slot, ...


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You answered your question in the question - because Celsius is an SI unit (well it's not really, Kelvin is, but Celsius is just a constant offset so it is for the purposes of this question). There's no logic to a scientific organization in the future using anything other than what the scientific community use (Nasa used imperial for a while because it was ...


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The writing on the DVD VHD case in your picture says "ジェダイの復讐" (Jedi no fukushu), which indeed means "Revenge of the Jedi." (ジェダイ is "Jedi" spelt phonetically, whereas "復讐" means revenge.) The Japanese Wikipedia page appears to say that it was released as ジェダイの復讐 originally and later changed to its current title, ジェダイの帰還 (Jedi no kikan), which means Return ...


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Obviously, it's impossible to say exactly what Lucas was thinking, but there are some hints in very early drafts of The Empire Strikes Back that when he originally wrote the line he didn't think it would refer to Leia. The very first Empire draft was written by Leigh Brackett in 1977 and annotated by Lucas. In this draft, Vader is not Luke's father, he ...


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Actually, it was originally intended to be the Enterprise-7, until The Voyage Home introduced an alphabetic designation for further Enterprises. Even after that, it was initially designated the Enterprise-G (!) by producers. From Memory Alpha: During the early planning stages of TNG, it was intended for the series to be set in the late 25th century. The ...


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The masters were 2-inch videotape which is why they became lost in the first place. Videotape was much more expensive in the 60's and 70's and many tapes were erased so they could be re-used. The secondary source was when they telerecorded the episodes onto 16mm film which cannot be re-used and many of which were donated to other countries or destroyed. It ...


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Ten forward was originally intended to be on the underside of the leading edge. The location can be seen clearly on the original deck plan by Senior Designer, Michael Okuda Per Ex Astris, the observation windows were ultimately moved up to top side of the leading edge, presumably so the set could be recycled into bedrooms or observation lounges as the need ...


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