In 1991, the beloved comedian indicated that he was interested in appearing on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” So, Rick Bergman wrote the episode “A Matter of Time” just for Robin Williams. He was slated to play Berlinghoff Rasmussen, a time traveler from the past who fakes being from the future.
Williams reportedly loved the television series. Alas, the legendary actor was double-booked and went with doing a film instead. At the time, he was an A-lister at the top of his game with “Good Morning, Vietnam” and an Oscar nom. Robin was simply one of a kind.
R2-D2 Trolls ‘Star Trek’ as Space Junk
In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, R2-D2 can be seen floating randomly in space in J.J. Abrams's 2009 “Star Trek” movie. It happens in the scene in which the Enterprise struck down Nero’s ship, just after the destruction of Vulcan.
Given that Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects company founded by George Lucas, worked on the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises, it is clear the visual effects crew was having some fun with it. Every once in a while, Star Trek and Star Wars have the audacity to cross over and this was a prime example. But it's subtle enough to miss.
R2-D2's Other Cameo
It turns out that R2-D2 was not in one, but two Star Trek movies, believe it or not! In J.J. Abrams's 2013 “Star Trek” movie, “Into the Darkness,” R2-D2 can be seen very briefly floating through space. The scene includes the little robot and several crewmen being ripped out of the ship into the atmosphere.
It happens in a battle scene that takes place just over an hour and fifteen minutes into the film, the part when the Vengeance fires a hit into the Enterprise. Credit for R2’s cameo goes to the Industrial Light & Magic effects people.
The Last Time the Opening Monologue Aired
“Space, the final frontier,” those epic words from the opening monologue that was voiced by Captain Kirk, have become synonymous with Star Trek and sci-fi shows in general. And the famous saying aired for the last time in 1969. With the close of the original “Star Trek” series, that introduction would only be heard again in syndication.
However, Leonard Nimoy voiced a version of the monologue for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Albeit, substituting the words “five-year mission” and “to seek out new life” with “ongoing mission” and "to seek out new lifeforms.” It was a pretty cool change.
Patrick Stewart Went Full Method Mode in This Torture Scene
As Star Trek has had plenty of incredible actors over the years, it only makes sense that some of them would immerse themselves into their roles a bit too much. In the episode, “Chain of Command, Part II,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard finds himself captured by the Cardassians who held and tortured him.
Actor Patrick Stewart, in his personal life, is a strong supporter of Amnesty International. To portray the scene as authentically as possible, the actor viewed footage of actual scenes obtained by Amnesty. Stewart felt that in order to be true to those who experienced torture, he should completely commit and pay homage to those who suffered torture.