In the series Frasier, Noel Shempsky is a huge Star Trek fan. Now, the character of Frasier character is played by Kelsey Grammer, who also played Captain Bateson in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 'Cause and Effect':

Captain Bateson

As I've mentioned above, these two characters are played by the same actor. Although in Frasier Dr Crane isn't an actor (and isn't playing Kelsey Grammer), surely Noel would still see a huge resemblance.

My question is then: does Noel ever comment that Dr Crane looks a lot like Captain Bateson?

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    Maybe Noel just wasn't a fan of TNG? I mean, he didn't recognize Patrick Stewart or Brent Spiner's characters as looking similar either.
    – cde
    Nov 11, 2015 at 7:34
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    It's generally assumed that films and TV series take place in a universe where the actors' counterparts don't exist (with some rare exceptions). For example nobody in the Terminator films comments on how the Terminator looks a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Or perhaps Frasier doesn't actually look like Kelsey Grammer, the role is just played by him, just like King Lear didn't actually look like Ian McKellen. However you want to look at it.
    – Moyli
    Nov 11, 2015 at 10:08
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    @Moyli There is a distinct difference here, however. There is a character, in the subsequent show, referencing the existence of the previous show.
    – user001
    Nov 12, 2015 at 14:43
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    @user001 I don't understand what you're trying to say. I didn't say the show doesn't exist, I'm saying the actors don't (i.e. Bateson was played by someone else).
    – Moyli
    Nov 12, 2015 at 20:54
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    There was a cool throwback in Third Rock when William Shatner and John Lithgow have a little scene together. Lithgow: How was your flight? Shatner: Awful! I looked out the window and thought I saw a horrible monster on the wing of the plane. Lithgow: Really?? That happened to me too! Both actors played the same role in The Twilight Zone, of a passenger on an airplane that saw a gremlin tearing the wing apart. Shatner played the role on the TV show, Lithgow in the movie.
    – Ben Plont
    Dec 13, 2015 at 18:59

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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 Backula's autograph in Star Mitzvah so who knows).

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