Star Trek Trivia To boldly go where, no man has gone before….

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“Space the final frontier…” many folks recognize the opening from the original Star Trek series that aired from Sept. 8, 1966 to Sept. 2, 1969.  This month in honor of its 50th anniversary, we will explore Star Trek and the phenomenon it launched.

         Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry took a generation of viewers on a journey through space aboard the Starship Enterprise.  The show starred Captain Kirk (William Shatner); Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy); Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley); Scotty, the chief engineer (James Doohan); Sulu (George Takei); Chekhov (Walter Koenig); Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett).

This scientific adventure aired 79 episodes, which spawned a huge fan following known as “trekkies.”  The original series went into syndication after its cancellation, and is still being aired today.  It was followed by numerous Star Trek spin-offs which included: The Animated Series (1973–1974); The Next Generation (1987–1994); Deep Space Nine (1993–1999); Voyager (1995–2001); and Enterprise (2001–2005).  The next trekkie chapter – Discovery will air in 2017.

There were several Star Trek movies.  Six films followed the original series –  Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979); Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982); Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984); Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986); Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989); and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

The Next Generation movies were: Star Trek Generations (1994); Star Trek: First Contact (1996); Star Trek: Insurrection (1998); and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).  Reboot films included: Star Trek (2009); Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and the recently released Star Trek Beyond (2016).

After the show debuted, NBC asked Roddenberry to get rid of the “guy with the pointy ears” because they were worried about his “satanic” appearance.  Fortunately, Rodenberry didn’t relent, Spock turned out to be a very popular star. The character Chekov was added in the second season. The network wanted to attract a younger audience and decided to cast a “Davey Jones” type.

The budget for Star Trek was tight, and some of the NBC sets were reused.  Two episodes – Miri and The City on The Edge of Forever featured scenes from Mayberry and The Andy Griffith Show.  You can see Floyd’s Barber Shop behind William Shatner and Joan Collins.

For the transporter, the sparkling materialization sequences were created by dropping tiny bits of aluminum foil and aluminum perchlorate powder against a black sheet of cardboard, and photographing them illuminated from the side by a bright light.  The characters stepped onto the pads, and then stepped off.  Back in the studio, after filming, the actors were superimposed fading out and the fluttering aluminum fading in.

Since we beamed through the galaxy we must now explore this trekkie test.  Get set to transport the correct answers…because it’s time to get a little trivial.

  1. What is James T. Kirk’s middle name?
  2. She was known as the “First Lady of Star Trek?”
  3. The episode Space Speed was continued in which of the show’s films?
  4. She appeared in part of the first season as the captain’s personal aide.
  5. Was the registry number of the U.S.S. Enterprise?
  6. Which alien race invented the cloaking devices?
  7. This Star Trek actor was originally offered the role of Spock.
  8. What was Chekhov’s first name?
  9. This Star Trek actor who lost his middle finger during World War II.
  10. Powerful Vulcan leader, the only person ever to turn down a seat on the Federation Council.
  11. Who commanded the Enterprise before Kirk took command?
  12. Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) wanted to leave the show after season one, who talked her out of this?
  13. Which Star Trek actor refused to watch himself; and never tuned into the show.
  14. This actor missed nine episodes of season two because he was filming The Green Berets.
  15. What was the name of the last episode of the original Star Trek series?


Answers:  1. Tiberius 2. Majel Barrett (she married Rodenberry in 1969)  3. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  4. Yeoman Janice Rand  5. NCC-1701  6. Romulans  7. DeForest Kelley 8. Pavel  9 . James Doohan 10. T’Pau  11. Captain Christopher Pike 12. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 13. William Shatner  14. George Takei 15. The Turnabout Intruder

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