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There is the TNG episode "The Defector": In addition to his regular role of Captain Picard, Patrick Stewart also played the role of the holodeck character of "Michael Williams" from Shakespeare's Henry V, Act 4, Scene I, in the opening scenes of the episode. Stewart requested this out of his love for Shakespeare, himself a member of the Royal ...


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According to an article about the credits for the movie at TrekMovie.com, although they [Hemsworth and Morrison] don’t appear in the film, some of their dialog from the 2009 movie can be briefly heard during a dream sequence/flashback. Presumably that counts as a speaking part, so they have to be in the credits.


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The best I can come up with is Brent Spiner - he played Data on The Next Generation, and appeared onscreen in three episodes as Lore, Data's brother. I'm not sure that this is far enough from the instances of clones or mirrors that you mention, but the characters exist simultaneously and have distinct personalities. This is the Wikipedia article featuring ...


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It was a Klingon propaganda device. The Klingons apparently appreciated the works of Shakespeare so much that they 'retconned' him to be one of their own poets rather than a human from Earth. From Wikipedia's article on The Klingon Hamlet, sourced to the DVD commentary on the film Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country: The film's director Nicholas ...


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According to the script, he is saying "Later". BONES: (dry) Admiral! What about the rest of the inspection? KIRK: (mouths word) Later.


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Two reasons come to mind: In Star Trek: Generations, the engines were hot because of the just completed Battle of Veridian III. In Star Trek: First Contact, the Enterprise had been quietly orbiting Earth for some time. Cold engines are presumably in less need of coolant. The Enterprise-E was an upgraded ship compared to the Enterprise-D; it is not ...


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According to the script: WORF (groans) Ugghhh... Irving Berlin. And watching the clip, it sure sounds like it. (Irving Berlin wrote Blue Skies, the song Data is singing.)


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The Borg sphere's approach to time travel is described in two lines of the movie: DATA: Sensors show chronometric particles emanating from the sphere. PICARD: They're creating a temporal vortex. The troublesome question of how the Enterprise returns is dealt with just as abruptly at the end of the film: LAFORGE: Captain. I've reconfigured ...


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This could well be plasma residue which is a byproduct of warp drive engines. In previous incarnations of the star ships from the films and TV shows, it was revealed that the plasma residue needed to be purged from the ships' warp nacelles on a regular basis to avoid dangerous build-ups of the substance in the warp engines. As the plasma residue has always ...


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Have you ever heard of a film called Broadcast News? There is a pivotal scene where William Hurt turns in an interview, and he appears to cry in reaction to his subject's story. The interview looks extremely emotional, and garners Hurt's character a ton of attention. It isn't until later that it is brought to Holly Hunter's character's attention that Hurt'...


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I bet it's the same reason people from France speak English, just with French accents. The majority of English-speaking audiences don't want to read subtitles. Having actors speak English, but with accents, is a trope that filmmakers developed to simplify dealing with other languages. (One fun example of this is Sean Connery's character in "The Hunt for Red ...


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The very best I can come up with is Brent Spiner. He played not two but THREE characters in the same scene, in the 77th episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, 'Brothers', where he appears simultaneously as Data, as Data's evil android brother Lore, and as their creator Dr Noonien Soong.


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The line is simply self-referential humor on the part of the writers, and I guess you could say it's an attempt at breaking the fourth wall. The character of Cochrane isn't really intended to have any awareness of a TV show called Star Trek. The crew of the USS Enterprise are basically trekking around the stars, hence the name of the show. As such, when they ...


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This drastic change in appearance for Klingons was a bit of a running joke among fans during later series of Star Trek. The writers even acknowledged it during an episode of Deep Space Nine which sees Worf, among others, time-travel back into the original series episode The Trouble with Tribbles. When asked why those Klingons looked funny he curtly replies ...


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A quick search of Q images reveals that he doesn't always have blue lips. It appears he tends to change his complexion depending on the role he is assuming. That said, the picture below with the blue lips might be considered Q in his natural state, so perhaps they are indeed blue. As to why, I have no idea other than the fact that he is an omnipotent alien, ...


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Red Matter - The rare mineral decalithium is processed into red matter that creates a black hole when it comes in contact with nuclear matter. It was presented with a lot of artistic license which made it red when in actuality it wouldn't be and also the matter being "destroyed" (we know it can't be, but Vulcan went poof) yet the spacecrafts didn't, just ...


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First of all the idea that time is different for wormhole-beings makes some sense: modern physics theoretically allows wormholes to connect different places in space-time, so one end can be in the past, one in the future. Now, here's my interpretation: The wormhole-beings dont know that they didn't know. They have actually a worse perception of time than we ...


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According to the Development section of the Wikipedia article for The Undiscovered Country: With the looming 25th anniversary of the original series in 1991, producer Harve Bennett revisited an idea Ralph Winter had for the fourth film: a prequel featuring young versions of Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy. The prequel was designed to be a way of ...


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From the Memory Alpha article for the episode The Trouble with Tribbles: Sound effects editor Douglas Grindstaff combined altered dove coos, screech owl cries and emptying balloons to create the tribble sounds.


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More details than you could possibly want are available at Memory Alpha. In 2370, cadet Crusher resigned from Starfleet Academy after The Traveler - posing as a villager on Dorvan V - guided him through a vision of his deceased father who told him that his destiny lay somewhere other than with Starfleet and that he should not follow in his ...


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Space Seed was supposed to be a bottle episode. As few of the regular cast was to be used as possible. Since the Enterprise was on a 5 year journey, we would presume the ship didn't run back to HQ and drop everyone else off; rather only those few regulars were shown as being instrumental to that particular script. In this case, only Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and ...


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As someone who has the full Frasier on DVD, and has watched it through several times (currently on series 10 of about run 6), I can say : No, he doesn't mention it at any point As cde mentions in the comments, he also didn't notice the similarity when Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner were in Frasier as well, so maybe a TOS purest (although he wanted Scott ...


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From the actual movie script, not a secondary source: FADE IN: 1 EXT. DESERT - DAY 1 Shimmering waves of heat. A flat unforgiving landscape stretches to infinity. A storm of dust gathers on the horizon, small at first, increasing in size as ...


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In the original series "Assignment: Earth", the human derived from a hidden planet, Gary Seven, shrugs off a Vulcan nerve pinch without any discomfort at all. Khan is not incapacitated by it, but does create much pain for him—so presumably it would be worse for anyone else. We don't know if his superior muscularity guards the nerves or if his ...


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I agree with the other posters on here that suggest it alludes to an STD. The phrase "a wee bout" suggests an infection, not anything drink related, plus the use of the words 'sea dog' and 'shore leave' are usually connected with the old tales of sailors having a girl in every port (and a port in every girl).


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The Enterprise recreates the temporal vortex that the Borg created and get back to their own timeline. From Memory Alpha: Scanning Earth, the Enterprise crew found that, in the new timeline, humanity had been assimilated, and realized that they had to follow the sphere through the rift in order to correct the damage done to history. Later, after having ...


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The theory of relativity, as we understand it today, would preclude faster-than-light travel altogether, and make near-light travel subject to time dilation, as you said, which makes for some very good science fiction, but really gets in the way of space opera, of fast ships travelling to and fro around the galaxy. To achieve that, various science fiction ...



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