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Trivia: Gene Roddenberry created the transporter as an easier (and cheaper) way of getting Enterprise crew members onto a planet's surface, rather than landing the ship on the planet.

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Trivia: The Vulcan Nerve Pinch was invented by Leonard Nimoy as a way for Spock to overpower opponents without having to resort to violence.

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That Which Survives - S3-E17

Trivia: Actress Lee Meriwether says she was teased daily by a playful DeForest Kelley while shooting "That Which Survives." He continually pulled down the glued-on cloth rectangle that NBC insisted should conceal her navel, then squinted at her tummy and asked, "What time is it?" On the final day of filming, she got back at him. When Kelley peeled off the cloth, he broke up laughing before he could ask the question. Meriwether had glued a small, ticking clock over her navel - set to the correct time, of course.

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Trivia: Leonard Nimoy created the hand gesture that Vulcans give when they say, "Live Long and Prosper." He is Jewish, and the spreading of the fingers resembles the hand gesture taken from the ceremony performed by the descendants of the priestly family during holiday prayer services.

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Trivia: The slanting crawlway that leads up to the warp-drive nacelles is referred to as a "Jefferies tube." This is a tribute to art director Walter M. Jefferies.

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Trivia: Though the Captain Kirk line of "Beam me up Scotty" is an often quoted Star Trek line Kirk never actually said that line at any point during any of the episodes.

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Patterns of Force - S2-E21

Trivia: The episode "Patterns Of Force" was aired only once on German TV, after which it was prohibited to be broadcast by any German TV station again to this day, because of its Nazi theme.

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Trivia: The Klingon species was named for Lt. Wilbur Clingan, who served on the LAPD with Gene Roddenberry.

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Trivia: Before the series went on the air, Gene Roddenberry expressed concerns about the sound effects in Star Trek's intro. He wondered if the "swish" effect of the passing ship should be removed, since there's no sound in space. Desilu Studios polled preview audiences about it; the majority said they liked the effect because it conveyed great speed, and that the scientific inaccuracy didn't bother them. So the "swish" was allowed to remain.

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Operation -- Annihilate! - S1-E29

Trivia: Don't know if its intentional or not? This is the only episode of Star Trek, (the Original Series) that I know of, where a person makes a sound after being stunned by a phaser. As Kirk and crew stun the group of men with pipes, listen carefully as the last one falls to the ground. He makes a "oh-ah" or groaning sound. After reviewing all the episodes prior and after. This is the only person who makes any kind of noise after being stunned. Maybe it was the parasite infecting his body that allowed him to do this.

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Trivia: A perennial Star Trek extra, the tall blond Eddie Paskey played a red-shirted crewman standing in the background in virtually every Trek episode for all 3 seasons. He rarely had any lines, and was even killed off in "Obsession," but was back on duty anyhow in the following episodes and for the rest of the series.

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Operation -- Annihilate! - S1-E29

Trivia: The dead body of Kirk's brother, Sam, is played by William Shatner.

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Trivia: Mark Lenard played Sarek, father of Spock (Leonard Nimoy). In real life, Lenard was only seven years older than Nimoy.

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: In this episode, Uhura is wearing a command gold uniform - in other episodes she has a red uniform.

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: Prop master Jim Rugg "animated" the tribbles by inserting wind-up toys under their fur to make them crawl, and by supplying some with small balloons and concealed air hoses, making them appear to breathe.

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Season 2 generally

Trivia: Paramount's press releases in 1967 claimed that the Soviet news agency Pravda had complained about Star Trek having no Russian characters, so they were adding Chekov. This story was completely bogus. (Star Trek never aired in the U.S.S.R.) NBC wanted to appeal to the 8-14 teenybopper crowd, and asked Roddenberry to add a character who looked like Davy Jones of the Monkees. So Chekov debuted in season 2, replete with a bad Beatle wig that was, thankfully, soon jettisoned.

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Mirror, Mirror - S2-E4

Trivia: Because Barbara Luna came down with strep, all of Marlena's kissing scenes with Kirk had to be put on hold. They were shot a month later when she'd recovered. "And you can tell," Luna says. "In the kissing scenes, I'm several pounds thinner."

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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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Miri - S1-E8

Trivia: Many of the "onlies" in the final scenes of this episode were the children of Star Trek's cast and crew. They included William Shatner's two young daughters, Leslie and Lisabeth Shatner.

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Trivia: This was the first cancelled TV show to be brought back. The only other cancelled shows to be brought back to date are "America's Most Wanted", "Cagney and Lacey" and Family Guy. I am happy to say that you can now add Farscape to this list, also Futurama.

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Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Trivia: Robert Lansing was the only guest star to have his name listed after the teaser and intial opening credits, during the beginning of Act I.

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The Man Trap - S1-E1

Trivia: When Janice Rand brings him his plate of food, Sulu says to her, "May the great bird of the galaxy bless your planet." This is a reference to series creator Gene Roddenberry, whose nickname was "The Great Bird of the Galaxy."

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Day of the Dove - S3-E7

Trivia: Scotty's line to Spock is, "Keep your Vulcan hands off me!" But the word "Vulcan" is indistinct and unfortunately, sounds rather like a certain obscenity starting with the letter F. This resulted in several TV stations across the US censoring that part of Scott's misunderstood line with a "Bleep."

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The Squire of Gothos - S1-E17

Trivia: The costume of the Salt Vampire from "The Man Trap" appears in Trelane's castle. It is in an alcove near the front door.

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The Squire of Gothos - S1-E17

Trivia: William Campbell later appeared as Klingon captain Koloth in "The Trouble with Tribbles."

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Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Trivia: This episode was originally intended to be a pilot episode for a spin-off show for the character Gary Seven. This is why Robert Lansing's name appears at the start of the show.

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Trivia: A UK pop band from the late 1980s, T,Pau, got their name from a character in Star Trek. She was head of the planet Vulcan.

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The Menagerie (1) - S1-E11

Trivia: Gene Roddenberry wanted "alien plants" for the planet's surface, but had trouble communicating the idea to the prop department. They sent dozens of lush, green potted specimens, all very terrestrial. A frustrated Roddenberry finally grabbed one potted tree, yanked it out of the soil and stuck it back in upside down with its bare, tangled roots exposed. "There," he grumped. "Now that's an alien plant!"

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: One week after shooting, William Campbell (the Klingon captain) returned to the set and collected some of the Tribbles for children in his neighbourhood. But when the episode was eventually aired, he was swamped by requests for Tribbles.

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Plato's Stepchildren - S3-E10

Trivia: TV's first interracial kiss occurs here. But close examination reveals that Kirk's and Uhura's lips never actually meet. For fear of censorship, the kiss was simulated, so that complaints could be answered with "They only pretended to kiss." Despite this "out," however, the episode was still banned by several stations across the US.

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That Which Survives - S3-E17

Trivia: Usually, when you see James Doohan's right hand, he has it closed to hide his missing middle finger (a wartime injury). When he is checking over the panels in Engineering, you see him holding a micro tape. If viewed closely, his hand is open, and you see he is missing his middle finger.

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Miri - S1-E8

Trivia: This episode was not broadcast in the United Kingdom for many years due to the BBC deeming its content of the away team being beaten up by children being too scary for its time slot. It was finally shown on the BBC for the first time as part of a complete re-run of the series in the 1990s and nowadays is present in all re-runs of the show.

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Miri - S1-E8

Trivia: Steven McEveety (the red-haired boy) is the son of Vincent McEveety, the director of this episode.

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Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Trivia: At the very end, in talking about the future of the two characters, Spock says, "We could say that Mr. Seven and Miss Lincoln have some interesting experiences in store for them." While this seems like a strange thing for him to say, this episode was a "backdoor pilot" for a spinoff series with the same title (see Teri Garr's Wikipedia entry). But the idea wasn't sold and Mr. Seven and Miss Lincoln never had any further interesting experiences. The Enterprise's history log was evidently wrong.

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The Changeling - S2-E3

Trivia: When Kirk, Spock and McCoy view biographical data on Nomad's creator, Jackson Roykirk, we see a man on the screen. This man is actually the director, Marc Daniels.

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Patterns of Force - S2-E21

Trivia: Some parts of the film Kirk and Spock watch are historical footage, some of it is made specially for this episode. If you look very closely you can see the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler in a car at one of his ceremonies. Beware he is hard to spot, because most of the time his head is behind some flags.

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Shore Leave - S1-E15

Trivia: "Shore Leave" was the first of many Star Trek episodes (and movies) partially shot at Vasquez Rocks, a distinctive California desert rock formation named for a 19th Century bandit who once had a hideout there. Kirk and Finnegan's fistfight and Kirk's encounter with Ruth were both shot at Vasquez. The formation is most prominently featured in "Arena," when Kirk pushes the boulder off its peak onto the Gorn.

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Shore Leave - S1-E15

Trivia: William Shatner recalls having a "lame-brained" attack of bravado during "Shore Leave's" filming and insisting that Kirk should wrestle the tiger - without a stunt double. Gene Roddenberry finally convinced him that he was much too valuable to the show to risk his life for a stunt. Thirty years later on a Sci Fi Channel special, Shatner said, "Thank you, Gene, for preventing me from becoming a hair ball!"

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The Menagerie (1) - S1-E11

Trivia: For her Orion slave girl dance, Susan Oliver was painted green from head to toe. But every time production footage of her came back from the processing lab, no trace of her green make-up job showed on film. After three rounds of Gene Roddenberry ordering the make-up crew to "paint her greener!" it was finally deduced that the lab techs, assuming her color was a lighting error, had been re-tinting her a nice, healthy pink every time.

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: The intention of introducing the Klingon Capt. Koloth was to bring in a counterpart and recurring adversary for Kirk, but that intention was never carried out.

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Return to Tomorrow - S2-E20

Trivia: The title "Return to Tomorrow" didn't translate well into other languages. So in France, the episode became "You Are Nothing But Dust"; in Japan, "Energy at 160 Kilometers Underground," and in Germany, "Ghost Craves Body!"

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Trivia: Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in all 80 episodes (including the pilot) of the original series.

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What Are Little Girls Made Of? - S1-E7

Trivia: The phaser weapon that Brown, then Andrea, used was from the pilot episode with Captain Pike.

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By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Trivia: In this episode, Scotty tries to get a Kelvin drunk. When asked what the liquor is, Scotty says "It is green." In the episode "Relics" (The Next Generation) Scotty asks Data what the unnamed liquor is, Data sniffs the bottle and says "it is... (sniffs)...it is... (sniffs)...it is green"

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Shore Leave - S1-E15

Trivia: Because Theodore Sturgeon's original script for "Shore Leave" was so complex, many scenes were too expensive to film. Gene Roddenberry had to hastily rewrite many of these minutes before they were shot, resulting in some segments that were ad-libbed because the rewrites hadn't been completed. McCoy's "distracted" scene with Yeoman Barrows is one of these.

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Arena - S1-E18

Trivia: Once Kirk arrives on the planet and begins running up the rocks, notice that he is no longer wearing the regulation Starfleet boots, but instead, wearing lace-up wrestler shoes. The laces can be seen as Kirk climbs up to push the huge rock onto the Gorn.

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That Which Survives - S3-E17

Trivia: In the 1960s, showing the female navel was forbidden by NBC's censors. This was why Losira's costume had that weird square patch sticking up from the otherwise low-cut hip-hugger pants. (Oddly, no such restriction applied to male costumes.) By 1969, the network had abandoned the rule, and "The Cloud Minders" became the only Trek episode with costumes shamelessly exposing women's navels.

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The Enterprise Incident - S3-E2

Trivia: The third season's tight budget forced the recycling of many props. Here, the Romulan cloaking device was rather obviously cobbled together from two items used in previous episodes: Nomad's head from "The Changeling," and Sargon's globe from "Return to Tomorrow."

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: After Kirk leaves Sickbay, and after McCoy says one of his "What am I...?" questions (i.e., I'm a doctor, not a _______), he says, "If I jumped every time a light flashed around here, I'd end up talking to myself." Later, in Star Trek V, as he's watching Kirk climb the mountain, he says, to himself, "'You'll enjoy shore leave. You'll be able to relax'. You call this relaxing? I'm a nervous wreck. If I'm not careful, I'll end up talking to myself."

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: According to the screenwriter David Gerrold, the producers of the show noticed a similarity of the plot line and story concept to Robert A. Heinlein's story "The Rolling Stones" and asked Heinlein for permission to use the idea. Heinlein asked for an autographed copy of the script, but otherwise did not object, noting that both stories owed something to the Ellis Parker Butler's 1905 short story "Pigs is Pigs" and perhaps "Noah". (Source "The Trouble With Tribbles: the birth, sale and final production of one episode" by David Gerrold).

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: The voice of the Balok puppet in this episode is Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch in "The Addams Family". Cassidy had previously starred as Ruk in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

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Miri - S1-E8

Trivia: Phil Morris, son of the actor Greg Morris, appears as a boy in this episode. He would later go on to star in the feature film "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" as well as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager".

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Spock's Brain - S3-E1

Trivia: In any poll, "Spock's Brain" unfailingly wins the title of Absolute Worst Star Trek Episode - Ever. Gene L. Coon wrote it under his pen name, Lee Cronin, but never intended to actually produce it. His terrible script was a practical joke, a jab at Gene Roddenberry after they'd argued over where the series should go. But by season 3, both Coon and Roddenberry had left the show, and their clueless replacements filmed the thing, thinking this shark-jumping episode was great stuff.

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A Private Little War - S2-E19

Trivia: Director Marc Daniels employed an old trick to save Nona's topless bathing scene from NBC's censors. He deliberately shot twice the needed footage, including risque side shots exposing portions of bare breast. After the censors excised the "most naked" portions, what remained was precisely what Daniels had wanted to begin with: a bare-backed Nona bathing in the waterfall.

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: Stanley Adams, who appears in this episode as Cyrano Jones the tribble peddler, later co-wrote the season 3 episode "The Mark of Gideon".

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Trivia: For a lot of the first few seasons: When it was time to officially shoot the episodes, William Shatner would be late getting to the set, and when he finally showed up, he was drunk! But no one could really stop the filming to wait for him to be sober, so they would film the episode with Shatner in a dramatic tone (he never spoke that way on purpose, he was just so drunk he didn't realize how he was talking, and that's why it's become so infamous today).

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The Ultimate Computer - S2-E24

Trivia: In this episode, when brooding about M5, Kirk quotes John Masefield, "All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." In Star Trek V, on approach to the Enterprise-A, he again uses the quote.

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: The first episode to feature Captain Kirk's "Space: the final frontier" monologue in the opening credits.

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Mirror, Mirror - S2-E4

Trivia: While talking with Kirk in the Transporter room, Scotty calls Kirk 'Jim', one of the rare instances he does so.

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Plato's Stepchildren - S3-E10

Trivia: When Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Chapel are gathered and costumed to "entertain" the Platonians, Parmen first causes Spock to serenade Uhura and Chapel with a medieval lament in which Spock warns the women to "Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime"; although most viewers and fans didn't understand it at the time (and even today), this line of the song is very much a sexual innuendo. "Velvet prime" refers to the blood-engorged velvet that covers a stag's antlers, allowing the horns to grow to great size. Essentially, Spock's song warned women to be wary of young, horny men.

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Trivia: In the original series, Dr. McCoy never prefaced his description of being a doctor and not another profession with "Dammit, Jim!" For example, he never said, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!"

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Trivia: To preserve the safety of the ship in "The Cage", Spock orders preparation for Hyper drive, with a Time Warp factor. After the re-tooling and re-casting, it was called simply Warp factor, or more commonly Warp.

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The Enterprise Incident - S3-E2

Trivia: If the corridors of the Romulan ships look familiar, it's due to budgetary constraints. They are the same corridors and walls of the Enterprise, with a little redress.

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The Squire of Gothos - S1-E17

Trivia: Interestingly, Trelane put Kirk on trial in his courtroom. In Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 : Ep1 "Encounter at Farpoint", Q played judge in an apocalyptic courtroom, putting Picard and the human race on trial.

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The Galileo Seven - S1-E16

Trivia: Even though it is revealed that Trelane uses a machine to augment his powers, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel "Q Squared" it is revealed that Trelane and his parents are members of the Q Continuum. It is also revealed the the power that Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner gained in S1 :Ep3, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was Q himself trying to get back into this universe but was suspended in the area outside the galaxy in an energy form.

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: On the bridge, as Kirk tips his cup of coffee, the cup maker's logo, and other info, while not clear, is visible.

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The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Trivia: This seems to be the only episode where someone other than Uhura or Spock is seen with an earpiece - Bailey has one listening to the message coming in over the navigation beams.

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Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Trivia: In Sick Bay, Kirk refers to a night he and Mitchell were on Deneb IV. In The Next Generation pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint", the station is also on planet Deneb IV.

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Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Trivia: This was the second pilot for the series, the first pilot being done with Jeffrey Hunter as Capt. Christopher Pike. This is also the first episode that has William Shatner as the famous Capt. James T. Kirk. The episode was made at the request of Lucille Ball, part owner of Desilu Studios, and friend to Gene Roddenberry, because she believed in the franchise.

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The Gamesters of Triskelion - S2-E16

Trivia: The dagger that Uhura's drill thrall has on is the same model seen in S2: Ep 4: "Mirror, Mirror."

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The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Trivia: Captain Koloth was played by William Campbell, who also played the fan favorite Trelane in "The Squire of Gothos." Almost twenty-seven years later, he reprised the role of Koloth in the DS9 episode "Blood Oath."

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The Man Trap - S1-E1

Trivia: The phaser pistol Crater has is from the pilot episode with Captain Pike.

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Trivia: Throughout the series, planets are given a Class rating, most commonly "Class M", suitable for humans. The M is never defined in this series, or TNG, but in Star Trek: Enterprise, S1: E3 "Strange New World", T'Pol says the new planet is "Minshara Class", meaning suitable for humans. Therefore, the classifications for planets used by the Federation were probably determined by the Vulcans.

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