Out of all of the sci-fi technology fictionalized in the original series, the transportation room yet captures the imagination. The way it came about, however, is a surprise. The budget constraints were tight, so it wasn’t feasible to create scenes of intergalactic travel.
The idea to teleport crew members was the perfect solution. But even that was done on the cheap. The lights and magic that beamed them away was actually a special effect created by swirling glitter in water, believe it or not. The images were pre-taped and overlapped on the transportation room scene. They stood on stage spotlights.
‘Star Trek Generations’ Was the First Movie to Have a Website
It looks primitive today, but the 1994 Star Trek web page is considered to be the first website ever marketed by a major motion picture. The “Star Trek Generations” web page included only five links. Each was listed on a chunky, sunny-yellow bar offering the following options: “Movie Preview,” “Sights and Sounds,” “Behind the Scenes,” “Star Trek Shop,” and “Your Input.”
The yellow bars interface design may look old-fashioned but the idea of clicking a link with a graphic was a new-fangled concept. The site was published in 1994, three months before the film premiered. These days, most movies have a wesbite.
Transporter Pads Reused for Set of the TV Series
The studios behind the "Star Trek" shows and movies have always been very resourceful, making sure that sets and props are used to their absolute full potential. Take this one, for example. Transporter pads from the set of “T.O.S.” were repurposed for use in the transporter room in “The Next Generation.”
To cut back on costs, production reused the space-age transporter pads that could teleport crewmembers throughout the galaxies and back to the Enterprise. To switch it up for a fresh look, the round lights that were on the floor in “Next Generation” were used for transport pad lights on the ceiling.
Sci-Fi Tech From T.O.S. That Ended Up Being Invented
When “Star Trek” aired in the late 60s, the space-age gadgets and gizmos they used were a great fascination. Now, much of it is real. Communicators, small metal badges on the Starfleet uniform used to communicate messages like, “Beam us up,” is now known as a cellphone. Then, the crew of the Federation had universal translators to decipher interplanetary languages, now we just call them a translator app.
Tasers are common these days too. Not all sci-fi technology from the show has been invented by now, though. We're still not quite there yet. Transporters, sadly, remain in the realm of science fiction.
Captain Kirk Never Said, ‘Beam Me Up, Scotty’
Pop culture’s most frequently quoted catchphrase from the 1960s television series is “Beam me up, Scotty.” However, due to a technicality, the line was not exactly uttered by Captain Kirk. Shatner points out that he said, “Beam me up,” “Scotty, beam us up,” and “Beam them out of there, Scotty,” for instance, but never “Beam me up, Scotty.”
The saying was nevertheless used directly by Shatner as the title of his book in which he discusses the fact that he never said it. We guess you could call this a classic example of "The Mandela Effect," where a misconception becomes widely agreed upon by society at large.