Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Trivia: The Klingon who defends Kirk and McCoy at the trial is Michael Dorn, the actor who plays Worf in The Next Generation. The Klingon makeup is also identical, even though it is supposed to be a different character. (The makeup is actually more subdued than the makeup for TNG [flatter] but it looks similar because he is actually playing one of Lieutenant Worf's ancestors.)

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Trivia: Both the opening explosion of the Klingon moon Praxis and much of the footage from the U.S.S. Excelsior was later used in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", ("Flashback") with special guest star George Takei.

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Trivia: Originally, this movie was going to be a prequel about when Kirk and Spock first met at Starfleet Academy.

Trivia: General Chang's line,"don't wait for the translation,answer me now" during the Trial is the same line used by American Ambassador Adlai Stevenson towards Russian Ambassador Valerian Zorin at the United Nations during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Trivia: Many of the sets in this movie are obvious redresses of the sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation. For example, the Enterprise-A's main engineering and transporter room are modified versions of those from the 1701-D. Likewise other TNG sets are used in different fashions. For example, the 1701-D's observation lounge becomes the 1701-A's dining room. The most obvious redress is that of the Federation president's office, which, if you look behind the curtains, you'll see the distinctive windows of 10-Forward.

Trivia: Nicholas Meyer (Director & Co-writer) wanted an end scene where Kirk handed over the Enterprise to Picard & Crew to link the two series. Once he was told there was 75 year gap between them, the idea was instantly dropped.

Trivia: In the ending credits, Uhura's name is misspelled Uhuru.

Trivia: Christian Slater's brief appearance in this movie was as a result of him wanting to be in a Star Trek movie with the original actors before they moved on to the Next Generation movies.

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Trivia: Spock says " An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." That is from a Sherlock Holmes story, so one of Spock's human ancestors must have been Arthur Conan Doyle.

Trivia: The Klingon translator during the trial is portrayed by Todd Bryant, the same actor who portrayed the Klingon Captain Klaa in ST V The Final Frontier and a cadet in ST 2, The Wrath of Khan.

Trivia: Before his final log entry, in response to Chekov's request for a course, Kirk says "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning." This is a nod to the direction to find Never Neverland in "Peter Pan."

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Trivia: The story Lt. Valeris tells of the word origin for "sabotage", with sabots being thrown into machinery, is simply not true (although a persistent enough falsehood not to be considered a movie mistake). While the word does take its roots from sabots (wooden shoes), it comes from French anarchist Pouget wanting to translate the British practice of ca'cannery, deliberately working slowly, into a French word. Those who wore wooden shoes moved clumsily and slower than those with leather shoes.

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Trivia: David Warner plays Rosanna DeSoto's father in this film, even though in real life he's only nine years older than DeSoto.

Trivia: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry passed away before the movie's premiere, just days after viewing the film.

Trivia: The penal planet Rura Penthe is so named as a nod to Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, wherein a prison camp of that name is the inspiration for Captain Nemo's crusade against mankind's injustice and cruelty.

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Trivia: David Warner, who plays Chancellor Gorkun, also had a small part in 5, as the human ambassador on Nimbus 3, residing in the town that was taken over by Sybock and his followers (and eventually became one of Sybock's followers himself).

Trivia: Despite his prominent billing, David Warner (Chancellor Gorkon) is only on screen for 10 minutes throughout the entire film.

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Continuity mistake: When Spock places the viridium patch on Kirk's shoulder, its orientation is horizontal. In the very next scene when Kirk and McCoy beam to the Klingon ship, the patch is vertical. (00:31:20)

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Captain James T. Kirk: Spock, you want to know something? Everybody's human.
Captain Spock: I find that remark... Insulting.

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Question: I don't understand why Spock insists that the magnetic boots must be on the Enterprise and not on the cloaked bird of prey. Spock points out that someone involved in the assassination conspiracy must be on the Enterprise, because this person must have altered the data banks. I agree with him. But why does that prove that the assassins who boarded the Klingon ship must have beamed from and returned to the Enterprise? How can he assume that the assassins and the computer hacker are the same person/people? Maybe there are assassins on the cloaked bird of prey and only a hacker on the Enterprise. Or, maybe the assassins might have beamed from the Enterprise but then carried on to the bird of prey, once their work was done, instead of returning to the Enterprise. And finally, if Spock does think the assassins beamed to and from the Enterprise, why is no one looking at transporter logs/records for evidence of unauthorized beaming to Kronos 1?

Answer: It's fairly simple - somebody good enough to hack the weaponry databanks on the ship would undoubtedly be able to alter the transporter logs, so, while they were undoubtedly checked (we do see Chekov investigating the transporters - he would certainly have looked at the logs), they'd be unlikely to glean anything from them. They'd also be good enough to cover their tracks, so they're not going to get very far investigating the computer breach. As such, the only specific thing that they can look for are the gravity boots - this does make the assumption that the assassins came from the Enterprise and returned to it, but, at that point, all they have to work with are theories. However, while the only specific items that they can look for are the gravity boots, the search might also turn up other items that could indicate complicity in the events on Kronos 1 - the hacker probably used some specific computer tools which could be found.

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