Star Trek: The Next Generation

Trivia: The cast really are very good friends. At LeVar Burton's wedding in 1992, the best man was Brent Spiner and the ushers were Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn. And when Brent Spiner recorded an album (Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back), the backing groups listed as The Sunspots are again the male members of the bridge crew.

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Trivia: Another joke from the set designers: whenever someone is in the Jeffries Tubes, you will see several pipes on the walls labeled "GNDN" this stands for "Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing."

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The Measure of a Man - S2-E9

Trivia: When Riker views Data's file on his computer, Data is listed as "NFN NMI Data." This stands for "no first name" and "no middle initial."

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Remember Me - S4-E5

Trivia: Gates McFadden (Commander Beverly Crusher, M.D) did all of her own stunts in this episode, while she was early on in her pregnancy.

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The Defector - S3-E10

Trivia: Data's performance of Henry V was based, in part, on the 1989 film by Kenneth Branagh. In 1980, Patrick Stewart appeared in the TV movie Hamlet, Prince of Denmark with Derek Jacobi, who in turn appeared with Branagh in Henry V.

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The First Duty - S5-E19

Trivia: The Federation flag has the Roman numeral MMCLXI, which is 2161, the year that the United Federation of Planets was founded. It's motto, "Ex astra, scientia" is latin for "from the stars, knowledge."

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Trivia: The ceiling of the transporter chamber is actually the floor of the transporter chamber from the original series.

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Trivia: Further to the Trivia entry, a control in Engineering is labelled 'Infinite Improbability Drive' as a nod to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Also, one of the indicators above a diagnostic bed in Sickbay reads 'Medical Insurance Remaining.'

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Symbiosis - S1-E22

Trivia: Near the end of the episode, Picard and Crusher walk out of the cargo bay. As the doors close behind them, you can see Tasha Yar waving to the camera from inside the bay. Her character is killed in the next episode, but this one was filmed second. The actress was waving goodbye to all of her fans.

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The Game - S5-E6

Trivia: During a scene in Ten Forward with Wesley and Robin, in the background you can see a crew member in a blue uniform playing the game. This is actor Brent Spiner, minus his Data makeup.

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Relics - S6-E4

Trivia: Scotty visits the bridge from "his" Enterprise (from the original 1966 Star Trek series) on the Holodeck. As the original set had long since been destroyed, the captain's chair and center console used in the episode was donated by a fan who had recreated a life size version of the bridge. The turbolift alcove and one of the stations was built on-set (and re-used in the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribbleations"). Everything else was made up of footage from the original series that was looped.

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Trivia: The transporter was first created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 for the original Star Trek, as an easier (and cheaper) alternative to get members of the Enterprise crew onto a planet's surface, instead of having the ship land on the planet each time. The same holds true here. Even the original version was based on a similar effect in the movie Forbidden Planet.

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Hollow Pursuits - S3-E21

Trivia: The test objects that O' Brien uses on the malfunctioning transporter are U.S. Navy sonar buoy transport cases.

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Trivia: LeVar Burton is the only Star Trek cast-member to direct episodes in four Star Trek series.

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Descent (1) - S6-E26

Trivia: Stephen Hawking guest stars in this episode, playing himself as a holodeck character (The "Poker with Einstein" program). This came about when he visited Paramount Pictures to promote "A Brief History of Time", and then told the Paramount people that he had always wanted to visit the Enterprise. He not only got to visit, but the writers added this special scene just so professor Hawking could appear on screen in a Star Trek episode. Hawking also reportedly stopped by the warp engine, smiled and said "I'm working on that".

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The Royale - S2-E12

Trivia: In this episode, Picard is studying Fermat's Great Theorem, and says it has remained unsolved for 800 years. Five years after the episode was made the theorem was proven, by Andrew Wiles and Richard Taylor from Princeton University (their proof is not the same as Fermat's though, as they used modern methods Fermat did not know of). In the Star Trek universe, this was referred to in an episode of Deep Space Nine, and is considered as a subtle correction for Picard's statements.

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Unification (2) - S5-E8

Trivia: Because of guest star Leonard Nimoy's schedule, this episode was filmed before part one.

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Trivia: The current King of Jordan appeared briefly as an officer saluting Picard in one episode.

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Trivia: The set designers added in small jokes everywhere. On the cross section of the ship near the tactical station, there are small objects in the picture that do not show up on television. (There are mice in the halls, cars in the cargo bay, a duck in a hall and a hypodermic needle in sickbay). In the halls, the red strips labeling the compartments say things like "3 hundred thousand kilometers per second, it's not just a good idea, it's the law, your mileage may vary of course", "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear to be", "A stitch in time saves nine", "In space, no one can hear you scream", and "Don't step on Superman's cape."

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Trivia: "VISOR" stands for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement.

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Trivia: A constant question during the run of all the Trek series is why Klingons look so much different, from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" on, than they did in the original series. The real reason is the movies and later TV series had a better makeup budget. However, the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence" provide a canon answer. Klingons acquired genetically engineered human embryos left over from Earth's Eugenic Wars and used them to augment their soldiers. It worked but created a virus that threatened to annihilate the Klingon race. Dr. Phlox and a Klingon doctor found a cure, but it resulted in all Klingons becoming far more human in appearance. Sometime between these episodes and the first Trek movie, a cure was found, returning the Klingons to their present day "ridged-head" appearance.

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Half a Life - S4-E22

Trivia: One of the computer readouts that Dr. Timicin studies in Engineering has the numeric code "4077". This is a reference to David Ogden Stiers' earlier role on the series M*A*S*H.

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Starship Mine - S6-E18

Trivia: Early on in the episode, just after Picard realises what the terrorists are up to. He fights and disables one of the terrorists, a human played by Tim Russ, using what appears to be a Vulcan nerve pinch (although in the script it is referred to as a "carotid artery block"), which he learned from Sarek in an earlier episode. It's ironic that Tim Russ would later go on to play the Vulcan Lt. Tuvok on Voyager, and use that very same move on many an occasion.

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Trivia: The transporter system in the Star Trek universe uses a Heisenberg compensator. This is to counter Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, which pretty much eliminated the potential for transporters, given Heisenberg's assertion that it would be impossible to re-assemble all the components of an item transported.

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Loud as a Whisper - S2-E5

Trivia: Closed captioning, in its infancy in the 80s, often dropped words and letters by accident. In the original broadcast of this episode, the captioning of Riva's line, "We could dine together," lost an N, resulting in a rather bizarre exchange. Riva: We could die together. Troi: I'd like that.

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Descent (1) - S6-E26

Trivia: The building used in this episode and in part two (S7 Ep1) is called "House of the Book" Brandeis-Bardin Institute Hebrew Campus, in Simi, California. It was also used in the early seasons of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as the Rangers Headquarters.

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Rascals - S6-E7

Trivia: David Birkin, who plays Picard as a twelve year old, previously appeared in "Family" as Picard's nephew Rene.

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Time's Arrow (2) - S6-E1

Trivia: When Counselor Troi is leading Mark Twain to his quarters, Twain asks if the Enterprise has ever encountered Halley's Comet. It's a well-known fact that Twain was born a couple of weeks after the comet's appearance in 1835.

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Manhunt - S2-E19

Trivia: Mick Fleetwood, the drummer of Fleetwood Mac, has a cameo as one of the Antedean dignitaries.

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Loud as a Whisper - S2-E5

Trivia: Guest star Marnie Mosiman, who plays a member of Riva's chorus, is married to John de Lancie, who had a recurring role as the omnipotent mischief-maker Q.

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The Measure of a Man - S2-E9

Trivia: As Picard argues for Data, the wall behind Maddox can easily be seen as the forward wall and viewer of the Enterprise Battle Bridge, re-purposed for this episode.

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The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Trivia: The Star Trek: The Next Generation novel "A Herd Rain" was based on this episode. Picard and Crusher are pictured on the cover in the clothing they wore in the episode.

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Lonely Among Us - S1-E7

Trivia: As Riker, Crusher, Geordi and Troi talk about Picard, there is a model of the Original series Shuttle craft behind Troi, with the markings 'NCC-1701/7' (otherwise known as the Galileo 7) It was the model most used for TOS shuttle sequences.

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The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Trivia: While Data researches Dixon Hill, the computer displays the titles and proclaims that the series is written by Tracy Torme. Tracy Torme is the writer of a number of Next Generation Episodes.

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Encounter at Farpoint (1) - S1-E1

Trivia: Admiral McCoy is supposed to be 137 years old in his cameo. Since this is set 73 years after Kirk and Spock, McCoy would have been 64 at the time of Camp Khitomer in Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country.

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Trivia: The design of the visor that Geordi wears was based on an 89 cent banana hair clip.

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Descent (1) - S6-E26

Trivia: Admiral Nechayev tells Picard that the Starship Gorkon will be her flagship. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the Chancellor of the High Klingon Council was named Gorkon.

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The Naked Now - S1-E3

Trivia: Early in Data's development, he was described as "bio-mechanical," and he was even susceptible to human disease, intoxication, and seduction (as demonstrated in this early TNG episode), which necessarily implied that Data had organic-tissue components.

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The Ensigns of Command - S3-E2

Trivia: Due to a noisy aqueduct on the set, they had to go back and overdub virtually all of the dialogue in the pumping station scenes on the planet's surface. This is most apparent with the character of colony leader Gosheven, who was portrayed by guest actor Grainger Hines. After filming was completed, a schedule conflict prevented Hines from participating in the overdubbing sessions, so another actor rather mechanically voiced Gosheven's lines. The incongruous overdub was so obvious and so unflattering to Grainger Hines that he requested his name be dropped from the episode credits, and so it was.

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Relics - S6-E4

Trivia: In the Holodeck, you see Scotty's right hand open on the glass and later on the bottle. It can be seen that his middle finger is missing. James Doohan kept his hand closed most of the time on screen because he lost it in World War II.

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The Neutral Zone - S1-E26

Trivia: As Clara talks with Troi, a silver colored model of a Constitution class starship with reversed nacelles is seen on the shelf behind her.

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Trivia: During the series, a number of times the shot of the Enterprise moving toward the destination at Impulse power is re-used, and there is a figure moving from left to right along the Conference room windows. According to the LCARSCom.net website, the figure in question is Captain Picard.

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We'll Always Have Paris - S1-E24

Trivia: The triangular shelf unit that Picard walks by entering the simulation appears in Kirk's apartment in Star Trek II and III.

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Silicon Avatar - S5-E4

Trivia: As Data and Dr. Marr wait for the turbolift, the dark panel on the right side of the door reads "ACCESS DENIED." No other time does this appear.

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The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Trivia: As Troi talks to Picard about the language of the Harada, there's a model of the Enterprise-A behind her painted silver. The difference is that the nacelles are flat rather than in profile (straight up) to make it appear as a different ship.

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Hide and Q - S1-E10

Trivia: In this episode, as Picard talks to Riker about the Q power, he walks around his desk. As he does, a model of the Enterprise A can be seen by the wall. In later episodes, the model is of the Stargazer.

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The Best of Both Worlds (2) - S4-E1

Trivia: When the Enterprise is travelling through the debris field, one of parts it goes past resembles the secondary, or bottom part, of the Enterprise A.

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Allegiance - S3-E18

Trivia: In this episode, the stripe on Picard's door is light purple. Usually, the info stripes are brown with white lettering. Also, you see that Picard's quarters are on Deck 9, and has a view of space, whereas Kirk's cabin was further inside, with no windows. This was a means of protecting him from attack.

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Chain of Command (2) - S6-E11

Trivia: Captain Jellico holds the distinction of being the show's only guest star to record a captain's log entry while in command of the Enterprise.

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Captain's Holiday - S3-E19

Trivia: In addition to playing Lt. Worf, Michael Dorn appears very briefly, without makeup, as a tourist on Risa.

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The Icarus Factor - S2-E14

Trivia: John Tesh, the host of Entertainment Tonight at the time, makes a cameo as one of the Klingons in Worf's Ascension ceremony.

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The Royale - S2-E12

Trivia: When Captain Picard is reading Hotel Royale in his ready room, he comments that the book's first line, 'it was a dark and stormy night', is "not a promising beginning". This line is actually the first line of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford; the line has become so clich├ęd that it frequently appears in satirical works to denote humorously incompetent or overly melodramatic writing.

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