Not only die-hard “Trekkies,” but many audiences will admit that “ST” was way ahead of its time. Leaders could be female and even members of minority groups made the cast. One actress who contributed to this legacy of equality in “Star Trek” was Kate Mulgrew who played Captain Janeway of the Starfleet Ship, “USS Voyager.”
Mulgrew wanted audiences to see Janeway as a strong captain who had professionalism down to the T. This meant that Janeway had no relationships with her crew. Mulgrew also wanted her character to look the part of a strong leader, so Mulgrew put a stop to the makeup team making her character look alluring. Clearly, Captain Janeway was not only Janeway a strong woman also but the actress who brought her to life.
A Huge Platform for Making Contact
Considered one of the “Enterprise’s” most dangerous adversaries was Khan Noonien Singh. Interestingly, this character was created as a means for “Star Trek” creator, Gene Roddenberry, to contact an old buddy. During World War Two, Roddenberry served as a pilot. His co-pilot was called Kim Noonien Singh.
After the War, the two lost touch, and Roddenberry called the “Enterprise’s” most dangerous adversary Khan Noonien Singh. Roddenberry hoped that “Star Trek” was a big enough platform to contact his former friend, who would have put two and two together and worked out that the show’s producer was trying to get hold of him. It’s unclear if a friendship was ever rekindled between the two former friends, but Singh did inspire one of the coolest villains ever.
A Lasting Legacy
Majel Barrett is best known for her role as Number One, a one-time second-in-command on the “Enterprise.” However, this was not Barrett's only role in the “ST” universe. She is also the ship's nurse and Lwaxana Troi. However, these were not the only contributions Barrett made to the show.
Before her death, the actress recorded a whole range of sounds. Producers now have access to a huge library of Barrett’s sounds. Not only does this mean that Barrett is the longest-serving “Star Trek” contributor, but her contributions will go on indefinitely. Her voice can be used time and time again for “Star Trek” products – and has been. She is now the voice of Starfleet.
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.