Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Trivia: The Klingon who defends Kirk and McCoy at the trial is Michael Dorn, the actor who plays Worf in The Next Generation. The Klingon makeup is also identical, even though it is supposed to be a different character. (The makeup is actually more subdued than the makeup for TNG [flatter] but it looks similar because he is actually playing one of Lieutenant Worf's ancestors.)

Trivia: Both the opening explosion of the Klingon moon Praxis and much of the footage from the U.S.S. Excelsior was later used in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", ("Flashback") with special guest star George Takei.

Trivia: Originally, this movie was going to be a prequel about when Kirk and Spock first met at Starfleet Academy.

Trivia: Many of the sets in this movie are obvious redresses of the sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation. For example, the Enterprise-A's main engineering and transporter room are modified versions of those from the 1701-D. Likewise other TNG sets are used in different fashions. For example, the 1701-D's observation lounge becomes the 1701-A's dining room. The most obvious redress is that of the Federation president's office, which, if you look behind the curtains, you'll see the distinctive windows of 10-Forward.

Trivia: General Chang's line,"don't wait for the translation,answer me now" during the Trial is the same line used by American Ambassador Adlai Stevenson towards Russian Ambassador Valerian Zorin at the United Nations during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Trivia: Nicholas Meyer (Director & Co-writer) wanted an end scene where Kirk handed over the Enterprise to Picard & Crew to link the two series. Once he was told there was 75 year gap between them, the idea was instantly dropped.

Trivia: In the ending credits, Uhura's name is misspelled Uhuru.

Trivia: Spock says " An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." That is from a Sherlock Holmes story, so one of Spock's human ancestors must have been Arthur Conan Doyle.

Trivia: The Klingon translator during the trial is portrayed by Todd Bryant, the same actor who portrayed the Klingon Captain Klaa in ST V The Final Frontier and a cadet in ST 2, The Wrath of Khan.

Trivia: Before his final log entry, in response to Chekov's request for a course, Kirk says "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning." This is a nod to the direction to find Never Neverland in "Peter Pan."

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Trivia: The story Lt. Valeris tells of the word origin for "sabotage", with sabots being thrown into machinery, is simply not true (although a persistent enough falsehood not to be considered a movie mistake). While the word does take its roots from sabots (wooden shoes), it comes from French anarchist Pouget wanting to translate the British practice of ca'cannery, deliberately working slowly, into a French word. Those who wore wooden shoes moved clumsily and slower than those with leather shoes.

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Trivia: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry passed away before the movie's premiere, just days after viewing the film.

Trivia: The penal planet Rura Penthe is so named as a nod to Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, wherein a prison camp of that name is the inspiration for Captain Nemo's crusade against mankind's injustice and cruelty.

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Trivia: David Warner, who plays Chancellor Gorkun, also had a small part in 5, as the human ambassador on Nimbus 3, residing in the town that was taken over by Sybock and his followers (and eventually became one of Sybock's followers himself).

Trivia: Despite his prominent billing, David Warner (Chancellor Gorkon) is only on screen for 10 minutes throughout the entire film.

Other mistake: When Sulu tells Kirk he is coming to help, he states the Excelsior is currently in the Alpha Quadrant. The problem is the the Alpha Quadrant in the Star Trek universe is one quarter of the total Milky Way Galaxy. While technically correct, Sulu giving his position as in the Alpha Quadrant is useless to Kirk in terms of knowing when to expect help. It doesn't matter where Khitomer is in the galaxy. Sulu saying he is in the Alpha Quadrant gives Kirk absolutely no idea of when he will arrive. He could be anywhere from 5 minutes away to 5 weeks away or even further. Remember, it was originally projected to take Voyager 70 years to go from the Delta Quadrant back to the Federation in the Alpha Quadrant.

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Suggested correction: The implication is that Excelsior has only very recently crossed the border from the Beta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant.

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Captain James T. Kirk: Spock, you want to know something? Everybody's human.
Captain Spock: I find that remark... Insulting.

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Question: Is it my imagination, or does the opening theme sound similar to the classical piece "The Planets - Mars" by Holst?

StevenJ

Chosen answer: There are certain similarities, yes. Whether any specific aspects of the piece were deliberately incorporated into the film's opening theme is an open question, but the overall feel is undoubtedly very similar.

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Answer: At one point Nicholas Meyer did indeed have the idea to incorporate "The Planets" into the score, but apparently the rights proved too expensive. I have no doubt Meyer asked composer Cliff Eidelmann to give the score a similar sound.

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