Since its humble beginnings, Star Trek has made a lasting impression on pop culture. With catchy phrases, futuristic technology, and mind-bending philosophy, the show captured our hearts and imaginations, making resistance futile. Of course, with a show as memorable as Star Trek, there are going to be plenty of facts to discover. It’s likely the seasoned Trekkies know every popular and obscure fact about Star Trek on the planet while everyone else might struggle to describe a tribble. Regardless if you’re in either camp, there’s always something new to learn. So, set your phasers to stun and prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before. Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Star Trek You Might Not Know.
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Spock and Uhura were originally planned to kiss.
In the original series, it was originally planned for Spock and Uhura to have the first interracial kiss. However, William Shatner stepped in and protested, saying he wanted Captain Kirk to kiss Uhura. According to Nichelle Nichols, Shatner wanted to rehearse all the time to get it right.
While the idea of teleportation is pretty cool (and we all wish we had the technology in real life), it wasn’t used on Star Trek for the reason you might think. So what was the reason? They couldn’t afford to have scenes of the characters shuttling to planets in smaller space crafts, so they came up with teleportation to fix the problem.
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both got tinnitus on set.
While they were on a Star Trek movie set, Shatner and Nimoy both stood too close to an explosion and got a ringing in their ears. It never went away. Shatner sought medical treatment but was told he’d have to just live with it. Eventually, he found a device that emits white noise to cancel out the sound.
Ronald Reagan visited a Star Trek set.
During the 1991 filming of the Star Trek: Next Generation episode of “Redemption,” Ronald Reagan visited the set and said, “I like the Klingons. They remind me of Congress.”
Bones almost played the role of Spock.
It’s hard to imagine DeForest Kelley playing anyone other than the pensive Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. But, believe it or not, he was originally considered for the role of Spock. It would have been a totally different version of Spock than we’re familiar with, but thankfully, he didn’t get the part and was later cast as Bones.
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