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The producers asked George Takei to come back and play Sulu one more time, and take the helm of the Enterprise-B. But Takei refused because if Sulu had taken the helm, it would have meant temporarily reducing Sulu's rank, so that he could serve under Captain Kirk again. He felt that Sulu had worked too hard to earn his command to allow even a temporary reduction. A new character, Demora, daughter of Sulu, was created to speak Sulu's lines.
Leonard Nimoy was originally asked to act in and direct this film, but he declined after reading the script and being told there was not time to fix the parts with which he had problems. According to Nimoy, there was a character named Spock in the script, but the lines were so bland they could have been spoken by anyone (those lines were given to James Doohan as Scotty; Nimoy later pointed to this as proof he was right).
William Shatner has stated that his line "Who am I to argue with the Captain of the Enterprise?" was the hardest line he ever had to deliver.
The horse that William Shatner rides is his, as are the home and farm where the sequence takes place.
DeForest Kelley was set to appear in this movie as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, but due to his declining health, he could not get on-set insurance (a union requirement for anyone on a film set). His lines were then given to Walter Koenig as Chekov.
The first movie to have a web site created specifically to promote it.
In the holodeck scene, Troi (when she goes to help Picard) hands over the sailing ship's helm to an elderly man. This man is, in real life, the captain of the boat (the Lady Washington, owned by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington) which was used in filming this scene. The same ship also portrayed the Interceptor in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
In Captain Kirk's house, a wall cabinet features some interesting items, including: a Klingon bat'leth, a picture of the USS Enterprise (from Star Trek (1966)), various pistols, a phaser from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), an unknown futuristic weapon, a Jem'Hadar weapon from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and a photo of the original crew of the Enterprise. (From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991))
Malcolm McDowell was so taken with the line "Time is the fire in which we burn.", he had it engraved on the pocket watch he uses in the film.
The Starfleet phaser and the dedication plaque on Captain Kirk's cabinet wall are the only surviving relics from the original USS Enterprise that was destroyed in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).
This was the first Star Trek film to be produced and filmed after the death of Gene Roddenberry. Following his death, the Star Trek creative team began using story ideas and concepts that Roddenberry was opposed to, which included the teaming up of Star Trek (1966): The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) characters.
Fifty days before shooting began, the captain's chair on the bridge set was stolen. A new one had to be used, one made of fiberglass around foam on an old first season frame.
Many of the recording devices used by the news crews on the Enterprise-B are actually hand-held video games.
The redesigned bridge of the Enterprise-D that is used in this film was inspired by the "alternate-history" bridge of the Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990).
This is William Shatner's only "Star Trek" appearance without Leonard Nimoy.
Soran's line "They say time is the fire in which we burn." is from the Delmore Schwartz poem "Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day" from his collection entitled "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities". This book is incorrectly acknowledged in the credits as "Dreams Begin Responsibilities".
In the opening scenes on board the Enterprise-B, three different news networks (each with a reporter and a camera person) are represented. They are: the Federation News Network, Starfleet Broadcasting and the Earth Broadcasting Service.
The six-foot, two-part Enterprise model from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987) was taken out of storage and refurbished to meet the demands of the big screen. This was because it had to stand up to the glare of motion picture lighting.
This movie was to have started with Captain Kirk making an orbital skydive and Chekov and Scotty running to meet him when he lands on the ground to inform him that he has to be on the new Enterprise-B for its launching ceremony. This scene was shot but cut from the final film.
The opening of the film was planned to feature Kirk, Spock and Bones. Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley declined so their parts were given to Chekov and Scotty.
This movie features a brief appearance by Demora Sulu, the only child of an original Star Trek (1966) cast member depicted in any of the movies except for Kirk's son David, who appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Her presence on the bridge even prompts Kirk to comment, "When did Sulu find time for a family?".
Patrick Stewart was aided in his portrayal of Picard's grief by the script for Jeffrey (1995), which he was reading on the set. It touched him so deeply he cried reading it.
Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner were the only cast members to have custom "colour-top" uniforms (as used in seasons 1-5 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and later on in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)) made for use in the film. Jonathan Frakes had to borrow Avery Brooks' uniform and LeVar Burton had to borrow Colm Meaney's uniform from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), neither of which fit the actors very well (Frakes had to roll up the sleeves and Burton's is obviously too big for him.)
With his role as Captain John Harriman in this film, Alan Ruck becomes the fourth commander of the starship Enterprise, joining Captains Christopher Pike, Robert April and James T. Kirk.
Interestingly, when Picard is relating his family's history, he mentions that he was often told about the Picards who fought in the battle of Trafalgar. Picard is of French origin, and the battle of Trafalgar was a catastrophic loss for the French, and a decisive British victory. The combined French/Spanish fleet lost twenty-two of their forty-one ships in the battle, without inflicting a single loss on the British. So why the Picards should choose to brag about their presence in a battle that was such an emphatic defeat, much less their descendents doing so centuries later, is unclear.
In the movie, Soran comments on La Forge's response to his interrogation by saying "His heart just wasn't in it.". This is a reference to the form of torture used in a deleted scene in which Soran used a nanoprobe to stop and start La Forge's heart. This is also reference in a later scene in which Dr. Crusher mentions that she had removed the nanoprobe.
The Enterprise-B's science station shows the names of both ships stranded in the Nexus: SS Robert Fox and SS Lakul.
A new set of Starfleet uniforms was intended to be introduced in the film to be worn by the Enterprise-D crew. These new uniforms would have been similar to the television ones, except the collars would have been the same department color as the rest of the tunic and the rank pips would have been worn on the shoulder with a corresponding rank braid on the wrists. The uniforms were eventually nixed by producer Rick Berman. The decision was then made to use both the uniforms from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as well as the uniforms from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). However, Playmates had already made an action figure line for the film with the Enterprise-D crew wearing the aborted uniforms. It was too late to retract the figures, which is the only place the aborted uniforms can be seen.
The Enterprise-B bridge is a redress of the Enterprise-A bridge as seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). After filming, it was heavily modified to become the Amargosa Observatory control center.
Some of the modifications to the Enterprise-D bridge, namely the raised command platform, were originally made for the Future Enterprise as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994).
Picard, in mourning, tells Troi about how his family had even served in the Battle of Trafalgar. At his "house" while inside the Nexus, a painting of his ancestor from that period is hanging.
The number 47 appeared an inordinate number of times on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). In this film, Scotty is able to save 47 of the 150 El-Aurian refugees.
During the battle with Klingons, Troi, played by Marina Sirtis, takes the helm when the conn officer is injured after a computer station explodes. The director wanted this action sequence done in one take in order to fully capture the genuine reactions of the actors. However, during the filming, Sirtis burned her bottom after she sat on a burning piece of debris that had landed on the conn station chair. This was the take used for the movie, however, it cuts away right as Sirtis sits on the chair. Sirtis was not badly injured and continued filming the scene afterwards.
Early drafts of the script included a part for DeForest Kelley to reprise his role of Dr. Leonard McCoy.
Jenette Goldstein, who plays a small role as a science officer, auditioned for the role of Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Yar was based on Goldstein's character in Aliens (1986).
Captain James T. Kirk was killed off due to William Shatner's age. Chris Pine succeeded William Shatner in the role for the Star Trek (2009) reboot.
When the the Duras sisters' vessel is destroyed by the Enterprise, the explosion and destruction is re-used footage of the prototype Klingon vessel in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, being destroyed.
Guinan and Soran are El-Aurians, as Soran puts it, "a race of listeners". The name derives from the Latin word "auris", meaning "ear".
47 reference: Data says that the ribbon will arrive at Veridian III in 47 minutes.
In the film, Riker, played by Jonathan Frakes, says that he plans to live forever. In the television series Gargoyles (1994), Frakes plays David Xanatos, a ruthless billionaire who is obsessed with becoming immortal.
Sets used for the Enterprise-D bridge scenes are supposedly identical to those used in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), upon closer examination however, there are two extra crew stations in the movie, one on either side and just to the aft of the main part of the bridge.
The model of the Enterprise-B is simply the Excelsior with a few new front details. These hull additions were made so that the "damage" caused by the Nexus ribbon would not require cutting into the actual model. This miniature was seen first in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and was used in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
The only "Star Trek" film featuring the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) cast that had to use props and styluses (phasers, tricorders, PADDs, etc.) from the television series. In Star Trek: First Contact (1996), the props had been subtly updated. (and were eventually used on both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995)).
Thomas Dekker's first feature film. He has the small role of Thomas Picard.
Antonia, Kirk's mostly-unseen love interest in the Nexus, was originally conceived as Carol Marcus from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982). Paramount requested that the character be changed.
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Jenette Goldstein plays a member of the bridge crew on the Enterprise-B. Goldstein was originally considered for the role of Tasha Yar, and her own performance in Aliens (1986) was the original inspiration for the role.
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Whoopi Goldberg:  reprising her role as the Enterprise's bartender Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), but is not credited in the cast list.
Tim Russ:  the Vulcan Tuvok of Star Trek: Voyager (1995), has a small role as a human member of the bridge crew of the Enterprise-B.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Partially because of the fans' negative reaction to Kirk's death, William Shatner later wrote a Star Trek novel titled "The Return" in which the Romulans and the Borg have formed an alliance. They bring Kirk back to life using Borg nano-technology and turn him against Picard and the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) crew. Spock (Who would live to appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification II (1991)), Scotty (Who made it into the 24th Century from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992)), and McCoy (Who sent the Enterprise-D off in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987)) were to appear. One of the plot points would've been the ultimate revelation that the Borg was the "machine planet" that sent the Voyager VI/V'Ger probe back to Earth in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
James T. Kirk's final two words, "Oh, my..." are a spontaneous ad lib made by William Shatner. Shatner later explained it was Kirk's reaction to eternity and truly going where Kirk had never gone before.
Although Data is the owner of Spot, the cat, Brent Spiner who plays Data in fact hates cats and objected to the scene where Data finds Spot in the wreckage of the Enterprise, saying "Does he have to find the cat? Can't he find, like, Geordi or something?".
Kirk's death scenes were re-shot after preview audiences reacted badly to the original version, wanting a more "heroic" death. Kirk originally died after being shot in the back by Soran.
Originally, there was a scene in the script for Captain Kirk's funeral. In the scene Spock was to be standing at the entrance of the church, hesitant to enter (And therefore admitting to himself that his friend was really dead). He was supposed to be overwhelmed and slightly revealing his emotional side as he was being urged into the service by Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Scotty (James Doohan). But Leonard Nimoy ultimately passed on the film and Kelley was in declining health and couldn't get insured, so the scene was never filmed, but it does appear in the novelization.
Original versions of the script called for Kirk to take command of the battle bridge of the Enterprise and lead it into combat against the Klingons, thus dying onboard the Enterprise.
One of the reasons for destroying the Enterprise-D was that it was designed for the narrow aspect ratio and low resolution of televisions. Destroying the ship allowed the creation of a theater-friendly ship for subsequent movies.
Most of the Enterprise sets were destroyed during filming of the crash sequence. What was not destroyed, such as crew quarters, transporter rooms, and parts of engineering was integrated into the sets of the USS Voyager from Star Trek: Voyager (1995). The frame from Data's Lab on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) can be seen among the wreckage at the Amargosa Observatory. Worf's tactical console was all that remained of the Enterprise-D Bridge after filming.
The Enterprise-B turbolift foyer, turbolift and doors were saved and became part of the Enterprise-E bridge set in Star Trek: First Contact (1996). The doors and foyer were originally built for the Enterprise bridge in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and are the only surviving pieces of that set.
Paramount spent an extra $5 million (one sixth of the film's budget) to reshoot Captain James T. Kirk's demise.
Malcolm McDowell received death threats from obsessed Star Trek fans after his character killed Captain James T. Kirk.
The Enteprise's saucer was meant to break in half during the crash sequence, which would have been the main reason why Starfleet couldn't just take the saucer and attach it to a new engineering hull. However, it was quickly determined that there would be no way to satisfactorily achieve the effect with models or CGI of that era, and the idea was abandoned.
The starship to which Captain Picard and Commander Riker transport at the end of the movie, USS Farragut, bears the same name as the ship which Captain Kirk served upon as a young lieutenant. In Star Trek: Obsession (1967), Captain Kirk recalls the details of one incident that occurred during that period of his career to the son of a former shipmate.
It is unknown if Lursa's son survived her. She was revealed to be pregnant in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Firstborn (1994), but it is not known if the son was born between that moment and her death in Star Trek: Generations (1994).
In the original version of the ending, Captain Kirk dies when Soran shoots him in the back, and Soran then dies when Captain Picard shoots him with his own disruptor pistol. The first edition of the film's novelization told the story this way, but was later edited and republished. When this ending audience was shown to a test audience, Rick Berman remembers that an ominous silence was present in the room. The Executives at Paramount told Rick and writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga that the ending had to be reshot. The writers considered multiple scenarios, including forcefields and tunnels, among others. They finally settled on having a bridge present that would eventually collapse and provide an action sequence with Captain Picard, Captain Kirk and Soran. In four days time, the scaffolding sets were rebuilt at the Valley of Fire (the State of Nevada had kept the metal at the park following original filming) and a 65 foot bridge was flown in by helicopter and placed at the Valley of Fire. The actors returned, the ending was reshot to what was seen in the film. Rick Berman remembers that original photography occurred during the summer months in 110 degree heat, and when they returned, it was September and October and only about 80 degrees. Braga and Moore though have expressed dissatisfaction with how the ending turned out, even though it was better than Captain Kirk being shot in the back.
At the end of the movie, Picard says "We must cherish every moment, because they'll never come again.". Apparently, forgetting that "living the same moment again" is exactly how he managed to defeat Soran just a short while earlier.
Kirk wears a red vest in the later part of this film. In Star Trek (1966) lore, a character of Starfleet wearing a red uniform (referred to as a "red-shirt") is the one that will be killed-off throughout the course of the episode. This foreshadows Kirk's death at the end.

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