Are you the kind of person that says DAY-tuh instead of DA-tuh? When given the opportunity, do you order tea, Earl Grey, hot (in that order)? When you play poker, do you go by Federation Day rules and make all aces, twos and sixes wild in honor of the year the United Federation of Planets was created? If you're a Trekkie (some prefer the nomenclature Trekker) then you probably have at least one uniform (they're NOT costumes) in your closet and several communication badges on your shelf. You take your Star Trek very seriously and will fight Jim Kirk himself to show how much of a fan you are. If the Romulans taught us anything, it's that knowledge is power, so to be a true Star Trek fan, you need to know about production dates, facts about casting, cut scenes and most importantly, easter eggs.
You don't need to do a tachyon sweep in order to de-cloak these Star Trek easter eggs. Some easter eggs deal with the production, such as hidden numbers and messages placed strategically throughout various sets. Other easter eggs involve moments in the show that refer to other iterations of Star Trek. The cramped tubes that Scotty used to crawl through was named after the man that helped design the Enterprise. Robert April, the first Captain of the Enterprise, was made to look like show creator, Gene Roddenberry. However, do you know the most obscure easter eggs? What Star Trek character reprised his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming? James Bond almost made an appearance in what Trek movie? Set phasers to stun and find out how much Trek trivia you may have missed!
20 WIL WHEATON IN STAR TREK REBOOT
Shut up, Wesley! I'm sure Wil Wheaton didn't like hearing that, but neither did Gene Roddenberry. Although Dr. Crusher's son was annoying to some, he was a favorite of The Great Bird of the Galaxy. After all, Roddenberry's middle name was Wesley!
You may want Wesley to shut up, but in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, you could hear him loud and clear! Wheaton voiced several Romulan soldiers that worked for Nero. Wheaton's voice was digitally altered so it could be repeated over several characters.
19 WHO WAS FRANK FORCE?
Michael Keaton may have menaced Spider-Man in Homecoming, but did you know that's not his real name? Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas, but that was already taken. Screen Actors Guild has very specific rules on names and who can work on what, which gave birth to Frank Force.
If you look at the credits to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, you'll see that the USS Excelsior computer was voiced by Frank Force. In real life, the voice was provided by Leonard Nimoy, but had to change his name for the credit due to union rules!
18 R2D2 CAMEO
Did you know there was lots of overlap between Star Wars and Star Trek? In Star Wars, the Wookiee homeworld is named Kashyyyk. In an episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "Counterpoint" the adversary and love interest of the Captain was a Devore inspector named Kashyk, played by Mark Harelik.
In the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, the Enterprise under Captain Pike's command warps into an area that has destroyed Federation vessels. Sulu dodged debris, but one of the nacelles got scraped. Right after, if you look at the bottom left corner, you'll see R2D2 floating around amongst the wreckage!
17 GENE RODDENBERRY WAS THE FIRST CAPTAIN OF THE ENTERPRISE
We may remember Captain Kirk as the commander of the Enterprise, but before him, NCC-1701 was skippered by Christopher Pike. Who was the Captain before him? To find out that answer, we need to go to the Animated Series.
In the episode "The Counter-Clock Incident" we are introduced to the original Captain of the Enterprise, Robert M. April. April was the original Captain pitched by Roddenberry to the studios. The name was later used in episodes of a Roddnenberry tv show called Have Gun-Will Travel. If you find photos of April, it's actually Gene Roddenberry!
16 "GOES NOWHERE, DOES NOTHING"
Fortunately, the designers that worked on Star Trek had a great sense of humor, and stashed a number of easter eggs all over the set. They were well hidden, but once High Definition hit markets, all of the hidden gems came to light! A lot of the reveals came with the labels that were shown on doors, in corridors and on equipment.
For example, the plaque that lives on the bridge of Voyager lists the names of producers as well as lists Gene Roddenberry as the Chief of Staff. Other corridors were labeled with the acronym GNDN, for "Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing."
15 PRAXIS EFFECT
Star Trek has influenced and predicted many things that have occurred in modern day society. One could argue that handheld communicators predicted mobile phones. Although the fictional transparent aluminum was referenced in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, it was made for real and became the bulletproof ceramic known as aluminum oxynitride.
In the remastering of Star Wars, the Death Star explosion produced shockwaves in space. A similar explosion occured in the 1996 film Independence Day and the 1994 film Stargate. These explosions are referred to as the Praxis Effect, named after the Klingon moon exploding at the opening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country!
14 A SERIES OF TUBES
Starships are engineering marvels, allowing people to travel faster than light to distant planets. However, why were the service corridors designed to be so darn tiny? Starships in space were allegorical references to nautical ships at sea, and even the biggest boats have tiny crawl spaces.
In The Original Series, we saw Scotty on numerous occasions squeeze into a small corridor to operate on the ship the way McCoy operated on people in his Medical Bay. The maintenance conduits were called Jefferies Tubes, named after Starfleet Engineer W.M. Jefferies, who was named after real life Enterprise Designer Matt Jefferies!
13 CHATEAU PICARD
Creature comforts can be hard to come by on a starship, but fortunately the Captain has a Ready Room to chillax in. For Picard, he had his fish as well as a good book to read while he waited for Q to return and torture him and his crew. What about other Starfleet Captains?
The USS Shenzhou's Ready Room for the Captain had a number of amenities. Besides a telescope that was in her family for generations, she also had a bottle of Chateau Picard wine, made by Picard's family!
12 STAR TREK: HOMECOMING
Is Spider-Man a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Star Trek universe? In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spidey is killing time fighting crime while he's waiting to hear back from Tony Stark. He stops a bike from being stolen and a hot dog vendor makes a request of Spider-Man to do a flip.
Who's that standing next to him on the street? It's a man holding an old school 1980s boom box. The actor is Kirk Thatcher, who held a similar boom box and was Vulcan Nerve Pinched by Spock in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home! So which franchise is in which universe?
11 FATHER AND SON
In the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk returned to the Captain's chair to combat an unknown entity making its way to Earth. Becoming the Captain of the Enterprise-A resulted in the demotion of the current Captain, a man named Will Decker. This was not the first time we've seen a Decker kicked off an Enterprise bridge.
Will Decker was actually the son of Commodore Matt Decker, who was featured in the episode "The Doomsday Machine." Although a decorated Captain, he's driven mad after his vessel is destroyed by the Doomsday Machine. Eventually he was relieved of command by Spock.
10 THE ANIMATED SERIES RETURNS!
Star Trek was cancelled in 1969 and audiences wouldn't see a live action Trek until ten years later. However, Trek did return in an animated version for two seasons in 1973. Nimoy took a hard stance, insisting that the voices of George Takei and Nichelle Nichols be a part of the show.
Takei and Nichols returned, but due to the budget, Walter Koenig did not. His empty chair was filled by two characters: a Caitian lieutenant named M'Ress and an orange dude with three arms and legs. In the reboot of Star Trek, you can see a version of this guy appear on the bridge in the 2009 version of the film!
9 MYSTIQUE IN STAR TREK
If you think the X-Men being involved in the Star Trek world is a good idea, you're right. In fact, it happened twice: once with Kirk's crew and another time with the Next Generation. Imagine everyone's surprise when Picard and Professor X were in the same room together! So how did Jennifer Lawrence make it into Star Trek?
Star Trek Beyond was co-written by cinephile and uber-nerd Simon Pegg. While writing the character of Jaylah, Pegg was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's character from the 2010 film Winter's Bone. The name Jaylah is a mashing together of Jennifer Lawrence's first and last names.
8 STAR TREK MEETS JAMES BOND
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had some great ideas but was considered one of the less-liked Trek movies (it was an odd-numbered film, after all). Laurence Luckinbill played Sybok, Spock's evil half-brother, but there was one actor that William Shatner really wanted for the role: Sean Connery.
Shatner thought that Connery would have been a great addition to the Star Trek franchise. Connery turned down the offer, but Shatner's wants still echo in the film. Remember the planet that Sybok thought had God on it? It was ShaKaRee, a phonetic take on Sean Connery's name!
7 HONORING THE GOOD DOCTOR
After Star Trek: Voyager, producers decided to rewind the clock and have the newest series be a prequel in the 22nd century. Star Trek: Enterprise took place a century before Kirk explored the galaxy, yet still made references and homages to things to come.
Admiral Maxwell Forrest was named in honor of DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. McCoy in the Original Series. Commander Williams was also featured on Enterprise and was named after William Shatner. In the Star Trek: Enterprise novel A Choice of Futures, it's implied this character is the great-grandfather of James Kirk!
6 NEW ZEALAND: THE FINAL FRONTIER
It took a few seasons for Star Trek: The Next Generation to find its voice. Changes had to be made for comfort, such as the uniforms going from jumpsuit to two-piece. The introduction to the show also went through changes. The first two seasons showed the Enterprise flying away from Earth and out of the solar system.
In season 3, the intro was updated to show the Enterprise traveling to different parts of the galaxy, featuring nebulas, comets and ringed planets. If you look closely at the volcanic ringed planet, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The shape of New Zealand can be made out in the planet's crust!
When producing Star Trek in the late 1960s, did anyone associated with the show think that it would still be popular a half century later? Ship designs, uniforms and alien races are staples of the Star Trek franchise. Trek continuity is extremely important, but how accurate were early writers with stardates?
The answer? They weren't. However, around the Next Generation, writers as well as producers used stardates as an important part of archiving continuity. If you hear the Captain make reference to stardate 44325.7, the first number refers to being in the 24th century, the second number is the season the episode is in.
4 BUCKAROO BANZAI
It's always great when films reference other films, and Star Trek is no different. Before Peter Weller played Admiral Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness, he was the physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot and rock musician named Buckaroo Banzai.
Captain Benjamin Sisko was a huge fan of baseball, and one of his sports heroes was the fictional Buck Bokai, who played for the London Kings. Bokai is a variation of Bonzai, who starred in the 1984 film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. A sequel in which Banzai fights against the World Crime League was advertised but never happened.
3 THE NUMBER 47
According to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is the answer to literally everything. What does that mean? We have no idea, but the number 42 also appears prominently in Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll was not only a writer, he was also a mathematician.
Speaking of mathematicians, Professor Donald Bentley of Pomona College joked about the importance of the number 47. Joe Menosky was a student of Bentley's at Pomona and took his former Professor's love of 47 and put it into Star Trek. Only 47 El-Aurians were rescued from their ship in Generations and there are 47 examples of the name Darmok in the Federation database.
Let's not forget: the people that make Star Trek are also fans of the show! Over the years, people behind the scenes have found ways to sneak onto the big screen. For example, the Admiral that gives Kirk his orders in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is Trek film producer Harve Bennett.
In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, one of the crewmen running down a corridor is longtime Trek composer James Horner. Writer/producer Akiva Goldsman makes an appearance as a Vulcan in the Star Trek reboot, and even CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos made an appearance in Star Trek Beyond!
Captain Picard being the Captain of the Enterprise-D is an iconic image, but his very first command was the USS Stargazer. Thanks to this ship, we have the tactical strategy called the Picard Maneuver, where a ship does a very short warp jump to confuse the sensors of the enemy vessel.
In Star Trek: Nemesis, Riker and Troi get married and leave the Enterprise for the USS Titan. During the wedding ceremony, we see the return of Wesley Crusher and Guinan. Picard's former ship is also present: on the tables of the guests present are a particular kind of lily called the Stargazer lily!