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2012-09-08 04:43:13 PM  
Actually I knew all of those.

But then, I'm a huge nerd.
 
2012-09-08 04:49:27 PM  
I once dated T'Pring from Amok Time while in high school, she was really cute. Her real name is Mary Rice.
 
2012-09-08 04:55:38 PM  
One thing the author of TFA didn't know is how to spell Lisabeth.
 
2012-09-08 05:19:22 PM  
1) yes I knew all of those things. Because they're in every "10 things you didn't know about star trek" article.
2) William Shatner is not the only person who felt uncomfortable watching Star Trek V
 
2012-09-08 05:25:05 PM  
11: Gene Coon was probably more responsible for everything good about Star Trek than Gene Roddenberry.

/I offer the first two seasons of TNG, and the Motion Picture as proof.
 
2012-09-08 05:29:20 PM  

Jimmyboy: I once dated T'Pring from Amok Time while in high school, she was really cute. Her real name is Mary Rice.


Did you experience the Pon Farr during this time?
 
2012-09-08 05:31:41 PM  

crypticsatellite: Jimmyboy: I once dated T'Pring from Amok Time while in high school, she was really cute. Her real name is Mary Rice.

Did you experience the Pon Farr during this time?


No, but he had to fight off another suitor with both the Lirpa and the Ahn-Woon!

/Duh-duh-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUHDUH-DUHDUH
 
2012-09-08 05:32:01 PM  

NeedlesslyCanadian: Actually I knew all of those.

But then, I'm a huge nerd.


I still have those blueprints from 1975 so i'm getting a huge kick out of this thread.
 
2012-09-08 06:31:01 PM  
They actually filmed scenes to include the enterprise bowling alley, but shatner threw so many gutterballs that he made them destroy all the footage
 
2012-09-08 06:53:24 PM  
11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.
 
2012-09-08 07:55:30 PM  

quatchi: NeedlesslyCanadian: Actually I knew all of those.

But then, I'm a huge nerd.

I still have those blueprints from 1975 so i'm getting a huge kick out of this thread.


As do I. I thought about selling them on eBay, but apparently they made metric shiatton of them and they're not really worth a heck of a lot. So I kept 'em for old times' sake.
 
2012-09-08 08:03:28 PM  
I'm torn, while Shatner did force himself into getting the history behind first interracial kiss (or at least most famous), he did have the balls/brash arrogance to mess up all the other takes to keep it in the episode.
 
2012-09-08 08:04:39 PM  

gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.


12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".
 
2012-09-08 08:21:35 PM  

johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".


13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.
 
2012-09-08 08:22:28 PM  
8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.
 
2012-09-08 08:30:22 PM  

ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.


ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.


14. Despite being called "Star Trek," none of the actors involved are actually stars.
 
2012-09-08 08:52:35 PM  
Three of those things were news to me.
 
2012-09-08 09:07:18 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: crypticsatellite: Jimmyboy: I once dated T'Pring from Amok Time while in high school, she was really cute. Her real name is Mary Rice.

Did you experience the Pon Farr during this time?

No, but he had to fight off another suitor with both the Lirpa and the Ahn-Woon!

/Duh-duh-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUHDUH-DUHDUH


I wonder if he found out if having was the same as wanting?
 
2012-09-08 09:14:21 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.

ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.

14. Despite being called "Star Trek," none of the actors involved are actually stars.


15. God actually does need a spaceship
 
2012-09-08 09:20:07 PM  
I don't go to gizmodo. Is one of them the bowling ally on board?


Does a strike count if it's due to the ship being shaken all to hell?
 
2012-09-08 09:20:52 PM  
Star Trek was invented by the French, many years before the US TV series, It was originally about a short French painter who has two toilets in his house, but neither can be reached without crawling for a long distance through his basement.

It was called "Two Loos - low trek".
 
2012-09-08 09:34:13 PM  
fusillade762


8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.

Is that twit stillll claiming that? We're supposed to believe a man with an ego that huge has NEVER watched the show he's famous for?

B U L L $ # ! +
 
2012-09-08 09:34:33 PM  

Moodybastard: 1000 Ways to Dye: ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.

ModernLuddite: johnsoninca: gopher321: 11. George Takei MAY NOT be all that interested in women.

12. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was originally called "Star Trek".

13. The show actually takes place on a space ship, and not as commonly believed, in a really big apartment in New York.

14. Despite being called "Star Trek," none of the actors involved are actually stars.

15. God actually does need a spaceship


16. The Eugenics Wars, claimed to have occured in 1992, did not actually take place. Instead, Bill Clinton would be elected President of the United States.
 
2012-09-08 09:34:51 PM  

Tillmaster: Star Trek was invented by the French, many years before the US TV series, It was originally about a short French painter who has two toilets in his house, but neither can be reached without crawling for a long distance through his basement.

It was called "Two Loos - low trek".


There should be a picture of an eel with that post. Ugh.
 
2012-09-08 09:35:02 PM  
Why people worship this show is beyond me; it's a freaking TV show!

Well, at least it's not those POS 'Gilligan's Island' or 'I Love Lucy'.
 
2012-09-08 09:39:50 PM  

OnlyM3: I don't go to gizmodo. Is one of them the bowling ally on board?


Does a strike count if it's due to the ship being shaken all to hell?


Bowling allies are much better to have than bowling enemies
 
2012-09-08 09:39:55 PM  

Moodybastard: 15. God actually does need a spaceship


Starship.
 
2012-09-08 09:48:40 PM  
This post was originally published on August 4, 2011. Republished today in honor of yesterday's 46th anniversary of the original series.
 
2012-09-08 09:53:15 PM  

OnlyM3: fusillade762


8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.
Is that twit stillll claiming that? We're supposed to believe a man with an ego that huge has NEVER watched the show he's famous for?

B U L L $ # ! +


I never read anything I write so asdlkfhnghh
 
2012-09-08 09:54:13 PM  
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-08 09:56:29 PM  

fusillade762: 8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.


Well, he did apparently explicitly state that watching himself in ST:5 made him uncomfortable.

I somehow never watched ST:5, and after hearing how terrible everyone says it was, I probably never will.
 
2012-09-08 10:05:48 PM  

douchebag/hater: Why people worship this show is beyond me; it's a freaking TV show!

Well, at least it's not those POS 'Gilligan's Island' or 'I Love Lucy'.


Gilligan's Island? Oh, those poor people.
 
2012-09-08 10:16:07 PM  
io9? More like "10 things frickin everybody knew about Star Trek TOS because they are included in the same list we publish every 6 months".
 
2012-09-08 10:16:58 PM  
19. Lucas originally planned 3 trilogies.
 
2012-09-08 10:20:00 PM  

douchebag/hater: Why people worship this show is beyond me; it's a freaking TV show!

Well, at least it's not those POS 'Gilligan's Island' or 'I Love Lucy'.


It's kinda a special show. Entertainingly full of ideas and thoughts and hopeful visions of humanity's future.
 
2012-09-08 10:34:55 PM  

OnlyM3: fusillade762


8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.
Is that twit stillll claiming that? We're supposed to believe a man with an ego that huge has NEVER watched the show he's famous for?

B U L L $ # ! +


He's watched T. J. Hooker quite a lot.
 
2012-09-08 10:36:28 PM  

Erix: fusillade762: 8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.

Well, he did apparently explicitly state that watching himself in ST:5 made him uncomfortable.

I somehow never watched ST:5, and after hearing how terrible everyone says it was, I probably never will.


Are you one with the horse, Spock?
 
2012-09-08 10:37:08 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: 14. Despite being called "Star Trek," none of the actors involved are actually stars.


Eh, personally I'd say that Leonard Nimoy has done a fair bit of work both before and after Star Trek to warrant a certain sort of stardom. Maybe not on a Brad PItt level, but certainly above the rest of the cast.

/other than Takei, of course
 
2012-09-08 10:40:40 PM  

prjindigo: Erix: fusillade762: 8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.

Well, he did apparently explicitly state that watching himself in ST:5 made him uncomfortable.

I somehow never watched ST:5, and after hearing how terrible everyone says it was, I probably never will.

Are you one with the horse, Spock?


Thanks to your post, I got to watch Spock nerve-pinch a horse. It was great, but I still don't want to watch the movie.
 
2012-09-08 10:41:43 PM  
The bowling alley cracks me up. Cruising around the galaxy in a kick ass starship, and into bowling...

The standard thing we would do to new engineers on their first trip on an aircraft carrier was tell them the ship was so huge that they have a little three lane bowling alley onboard for crew recreation. It's so cool, they should check it out when they get a chance.

Then snicker when said engineers go around the ship asking crewmen where the bowling alley is....
 
2012-09-08 10:43:38 PM  
Ok never mind this nonsense about not actually being stars and the eugenics wars not actually happening in 1992. We must now have a thread jack in which we discuss our favorite episodes.

Balance of Terror for the win!!!!!

I also like the giant amoeba one.
 
2012-09-08 10:45:25 PM  
When he was directing himself and had to watch the footage afterwards - for example in Star Trek V - he found it really uncomfortable.

We all did, Bill.
 
2012-09-08 10:46:14 PM  

Erix: prjindigo: Erix: fusillade762: 8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.

Well, he did apparently explicitly state that watching himself in ST:5 made him uncomfortable.

I somehow never watched ST:5, and after hearing how terrible everyone says it was, I probably never will.

Are you one with the horse, Spock?

Thanks to your post, I got to watch Spock nerve-pinch a horse. It was great, but I still don't want to watch the movie.


It's not the best movie. That's true. It's far from the worst ever. There's even some genuinely enjoyable moments in it. I think that you would not be worse if you watched it. Think of it as a low-end two parter TNG episode. Now you wouldn't skip that mess for the world, right!
 
2012-09-08 10:47:22 PM  

Gergesa: Ok never mind this nonsense about not actually being stars and the eugenics wars not actually happening in 1992. We must now have a thread jack in which we discuss our favorite episodes.

Balance of Terror for the win!!!!!

I also like the giant amoeba one.


Balance of terror is a direct rip-off of the movie "The Enemy Below", even up to the line "In another lifetime, I could have called you friend".
 
2012-09-08 10:51:26 PM  
 
2012-09-08 10:53:18 PM  

mark12A: The bowling alley cracks me up. Cruising around the galaxy in a kick ass starship, and into bowling...

The standard thing we would do to new engineers on their first trip on an aircraft carrier was tell them the ship was so huge that they have a little three lane bowling alley onboard for crew recreation. It's so cool, they should check it out when they get a chance.

Then snicker when said engineers go around the ship asking crewmen where the bowling alley is....


Bowling was hugely popular in the 60's and 70's and a staple of weekend sports programming, much like golf is now.
 
2012-09-08 10:55:51 PM  

Surool: io9? More like "10 things frickin everybody knew about Star Trek TOS because they are included in the same list we publish every 6 months".


This.

Also, why did they use a pic of the Constellation instead of the Enterprise?
 
2012-09-08 11:06:24 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Surool: io9? More like "10 things frickin everybody knew about Star Trek TOS because they are included in the same list we publish every 6 months".

This.

Also, why did they use a pic of the Constellation instead of the Enterprise?


...because they are in it to make money, not because they give a f*ck about Science Fiction.
 
2012-09-08 11:06:27 PM  

casual disregard: Erix: prjindigo: Erix: fusillade762: 8. William Shatner has never watched Star Trek.

That explains a fair amount about Star Trek V.

Well, he did apparently explicitly state that watching himself in ST:5 made him uncomfortable.

I somehow never watched ST:5, and after hearing how terrible everyone says it was, I probably never will.

Are you one with the horse, Spock?

Thanks to your post, I got to watch Spock nerve-pinch a horse. It was great, but I still don't want to watch the movie.

It's not the best movie. That's true. It's far from the worst ever. There's even some genuinely enjoyable moments in it. I think that you would not be worse if you watched it. Think of it as a low-end two parter TNG episode. Now you wouldn't skip that mess for the world, right!


By far the best defense of it yet. I'll give it a shot next time I come across it. But if it's as bad as everyone says, you'll be forever associated with a second horrible event in my life.
 
2012-09-08 11:07:19 PM  
The Star Trek theme song is the national anthem of Ireland. You never hear it sung, because no one can agree on what the lyrics ought to be.
 
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