William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy weren’t the only two “Star Trek” characters to have a feud behind the scenes. In “DSN,” audiences fell in love with the charming companionship between Julian Bashir, played by Alexander Siddig, and Chief O’Brien, portrayed by Colm Meany. Turns out Meany was quite a “meanie” to Siddig and so was Siddig one to Meany.
The two didn’t get on, but episode after episode for seven years, they convinced fans that their two onscreen personas were bosom buddies. Apparently, behind-the-scenes Meany and Siddig argued about everything – from politics to worldviews. If the two could convince audiences and pull their onscreen friendship off, we’ve got to admit that they’re fine actors.
Patrick Stewart Wasn’t a Fan
“Trekkies” are known as some of the most dedicated fans. Hence, they have deservedly earned their own loyalty name, “Trekkies.” Interestingly, Patrick Stewart, who would go on to play one of the show’s most famous characters Captain Jean-Luc Picard, hadn’t even heard of the series when he auditioned.
As Stewart was a British actor – and who did most of his work in theater productions – he was unknown to American audiences. Fans bemoaned Stewart being cast in their favorite show. Fortunately, for Stewart, as he wasn’t a big fan, he was completely oblivious to the outraged fans who were angry at him being cast as the “Trekkie” captain.
When Nature Calls
One of the longest-running jokes in the “Star Trek” franchise is about the lack of bathroom facilities. What’s interesting is that though it's set during an age when humanity has every technological innovation at hand there is an obvious lack of restrooms.
On the Starfleet Ship “Enterprise” and anywhere the crew travels in the universe, there doesn’t appear to be all that many toilets around. In a world where warp drive is possible as well as a cure for all kinds of maladies like blindness, you’d think that there’d be a lot more toilets. Unless of course, nature’s calls aren’t an issue in this distant utopic future.
During the episode “Miri,” the crew of the “USS Enterprise” beam down to a planet inhabited by children. Back in the studio, lots of children were needed to star in the roles of these children. As the budget was tight, many of the cast’s own children played the roles of these children, including William Shatner’s daughter, Melanie.
Scott Whitney, Grace Lee Whitney’s son, also appeared in this episode as well as the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, two daughters. However, the child of one cast member was conspicuously absent. Leonard Nimoy didn’t allow his son, Adam, to appear in that episode. He didn’t want his son to go to son to go into showbiz. Ironically, Adam Nimoy went on to become a director and even directed some episodes of “TNG.”
French is Obsolete
Over the years, “Star Trek” has given its audience plenty to think about. One thing that has always perplexed audiences is why Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by British actor Patrick Stewart, speaks English like his on the set of a Shakespeare play. What’s interesting is that Picard is noticeably of French descent – and rather proud of his French heritage.
The backstory to this character speaking perfect Queen’s English is that according to the show’s creators in the 24th century, French would be obsolete. This probably didn’t go down too well with French audience members, but time will tell. We’ll have to see if anyone’s still speaking French in three centuries’ time. Perhaps, Klingon will be the new “Lingua Franca.”