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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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."
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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 clichéd that it frequently appears in satirical works to denote humorously incompetent or overly melodramatic writing.
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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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