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From Wikipedia: After becoming sole showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series. One of these [is Picard]. Season two of Discovery was the first to be presented in the 2.39:1 ratio, ...


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In the Season 2 episode The Measure Of A Man, we learn that Picard had been brought to a court martial over the loss of the Stargazer, but that he was absolved of any and all charges brought at that time. So, he was briefly in trouble - but not in a career limiting way. From the TV shows and movies, we don't have any clear indication of what Picard did ...


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That's not her full designation, it's a shorthand for her full "Borg Name" which is "Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01." Essentially that equates to at least "7-9-03-U01" which is more than adequate as a unique identifier. I'd have to do additional research but it should be noted that these designations are subject to change. I seem to ...


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In part because, as explained in The Next Generation's Wikipedia page: By 1986, 20 years after the original Star Trek's debut on NBC, the franchise's longevity amazed Paramount Pictures executives. Chairman Frank Mancuso Sr. and others described it as the studio's "crown jewel", a "priceless asset" that "must not be squandered". The series was the most ...


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I never fully understood that episode but from reading in Memory Alpha, Picard is recovering from his assimilation with the Borg. The vacation on Earth is about Picard reconnecting with his family, his past and his traditions. I believe René initially made a mistake and Picard jokingly accepted him as his Uncle. René must have realized his mistake when he ...


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Here is an interview with Michael Dorn on TrekNews. He opens with the line "It was just a backstory." Which maybe means it wasn't intended to be long term. Can you talk about some of the factors that led to you joining the cast at that time? Dorn: It was just a backstory. We [Star Trek: The Next Generation] ended in ’94 and we did a movie real ...


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From Memory Alpha. This was the first episode of Deep Space Nine to feature the grey-on-black Starfleet uniforms with the division color undershirts created for Star Trek: First Contact, which would also be used for the remainder of the series. Sisko also wears a captain's vest/waistcoat, as worn by Jean-Luc Picard in that movie. The uniforms had been ...


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Yes, the "three foot" model was used to film some special effects scenes of the U. S. S. Enterprise in outer space. The "three-foot" model (actually 33 inches long instead of 36 inches) was completed and delivered on December 14, 1964, and was used to film all the special effects shots of the Enterprise in space in "The Cage", the first pilot film, up to ...


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Whitney was a known entity to Roddenberry having worked with him before and had worked quite extensively in TV before. Based on salary, her "billing" seems correct. Grace Lee Whitney came on board as Janice Rand, the Captain’s Yeoman. She was 35. A former stage dancer with more than three dozen credits in television and film, she had recently played a ...


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In addition to @BCdotweb’s excellent answer: Star Trek began as a production of Desilu, an Independent Studio Star Trek was developed at Desilu, the independent television studio owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (hence the name). As mentioned in the comments by @PaulieD, they literally shopped it around to all the networks, and NBC bought the pilot. ...


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There isn't a specific trope for something like this besides maybe "The Show must go on", So I will call it, The Plot Must go on! If the Borg just blew up/killed/assimilated everyone on board, there wouldn't be a show. The reasoning for the Borg to take Picard was to use him as a spokesperson when dealing with humanity and the Federation and getting ...


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I'm not sure there is such a thing as a 'typical' lead time. It's very much dependent on episode count per year and budget. I've never worked on a sci-fi big budget show like the Star Trek franchise, so I can't be specific on that one, sorry. I've worked on 8- or 10-episode flagship shows where principal photography was May - October, with 1st episode ...


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It is entirely about power. Gul Madred isn't really interested in truth - he simply wants to be able to control Picard. This is the whole point of the four/five lights - once Picard reacts with the answer Madred insists on, Madred will know he has broken his prisoner's will. As a torturer, that is all he really cares about.


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Why writing changes . . . I could almost write a novel, but the Klingon Warrior race was implied in TOS, at least once. It's true that mostly they were just "the enemy" and there was little examination into their society or beliefs, but in the episode Friday's Child, some of the Klingon views were made clear. Kras, the Klingon, said to Teer, the leader of ...


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I would argue that this didn't happen. Aside from Worf, many of the Klingons we see aren't really that honorable. They're short-sighted, violent, dishonest, and stupid. Worf, on the other hand, learned to be a Klingon from books. He turned himself into the Klingon ideal, not knowing that real Klingons don't often behave that way.


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This is simply impossible to answer without opinion based conjecture. With that said, the Borg are fused organic machines...they will have a specific and optimum temperature at which their organics and machine parts run optimally. This is normal for all things, including machines, electronics, batteries. and you guessed it, living organisms. Star Trek ...


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There are what appear to be shooting scripts for TNG episodes here: Star Trek Minutiae The script for season 1, episode 4 "Code of Honor" contains the first mention of VISOR I could find, written as all capitals: ACT FOUR FADE IN: 47 INT. ENTERPRISE - GEORDI'S QUARTERS Geordi is standing alone in his room, ...


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Control is not the only "non-organic" entity in the canon. This season, you've also seen the sphere (whose data was passed to Discovery), another similar "singularity-like" entity. The timeline doesn't match up for Control to be the origin of the Borg (as commented by Memor-X-). It's not impossible for this to be retconned (e.g. if Control get access to ...


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I can't find any information on the specific prop (source: These Are The Voyages: Vol 3 by Marc Cushman) but my understanding is that the shots of the Enterprise used in the opening credits, orbiting planets etc were done using a much larger model. The prop in question appears too small for close up work on film and was likely made for the episode or pre-...


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She was originally intended to have a much larger role in the show, but was slowly written out when plans changed. She was released from her contract entirely after eight episodes. The Wikipedia article for Grace Lee Whitney has all the details (sourced from her own memoir.)


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According to Wiki, Unimatrix Zero Part 2(S7,EP1) plays around Stardate 54014.4. The following EP2 plays around Stardate 54058.6 which is more than 2 weeks later. Initially, they designed and build the Delta Flyer from scratch in approximately less than a week under the pressure of the Malon also building a shuttle to steal Voyagers probe. While they don’t ...


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A more cynical point of view: Product positioning. A theatrical release is considered a "higher league" in mass consciousness (eg: Oscars being more prestigious than Golden Globes). Wide screen format is associated with theatrical release. Therefore many shows, both films and series, which are meant solely for streaming/TV are filmed in wide format to ...


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