25 Interesting Facts About Star Trek: The Next Generation You Didn’t Know

25 Interesting Facts About Star Trek: The Next Generation You Didn’t Know

Star Trek has been around for a long time but one of the most famous editions of this classic science fiction television show is Star Trek: The Next Generation which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since then, these characters have played a major role in our lives on the small AND big screens. Now, let’s find out some interesting facts that you may not know about our favorite show:

1. Deforest Kelly’s first and only appearance was on the first episode: Encounter at Farpoint.

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2. The character ‘Lore’ was supposed to be a female android but Brent Spiner came up with the idea of an evil twin instead.

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3. The Borg was supposed to be a race of insectoids but it was too expensive to create.

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4.  Wesley Snipes was originally intended to play to role of Geordi LaForge.

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5. Steven Hawking played himself on this show and was the only one to do so.

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6. Most of the Season 2 episodes were from the scrapped Trek Series – Star Trek: Phase II.

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7.  Patrick sang the song ‘The Hills are Alive’ from the sound of music to lighten the mood of Tasha Yara’s funeral scene.

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8. One of the best episodes was based on an open submission. It was called ‘Yesterday’s Enterpirse’.

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9. Q was supposed to be the cause of Picards time travel in this episode.

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10. This scene was supposed to have a same sex couple holding hands but was trashed when someone called up production and complained.

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11. The title of this show was supposed to be ‘The Good, the Bad and the Klingon’.

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12. Patrick Stewart didn’t like the fact that he had fish in this tank because it goes against the utopian society that they were portraying.

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13. An earlier draft of this episode had Picard and Data combined as one Borg unit.

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14.  Patrick Stewart is a huge fan of Bevis and Butthead and can even do impressions of them.

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15. Only men were allowed to hold swords during this Robin Hood themed episode.

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16. Kirstie Alley was supposed to play in this episode but was replaced by her Cheers co-star, Kelsey Grammer instead.

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17. This episode, ‘Inner Light’ was taken from a Beatles song of the same name.

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18. Tasha Yar was replaced in this episode in the alternate universe by Wesley.

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19. Gates McFadden filmed this episode ‘Genesis’ which was also directed by a female cast member.

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20. Patrick Stewart was fully nude and on a closed set to film this torture scene and he wanted it to be realistic.

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21. In this episode, Q was supposed to show Picard moments in his life including the death of his best friend, Jack Crusher.

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22. Patrick made the whole cast and crew laugh during the rehearsal of this scene by saying, “I am Locutus of Borg. Have you considered buying a Pontiac?”

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23. If there was a scene that Roddenberry didn’t like, Rick Berman would blindfold Gene and bust into his office so Gene couldn’t see what was happening.

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24.  The reason this scene happened is because Patrick wanted more sex and shooting for his character.

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25. The series finale was supposed to have an attack at Wolf 359 as a timeline that Picard visits.

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