Star Trek is nearly as incomprehensible as space itself. As it is, there are such a large number of certainties, stories and bizarre goodies to explore. With Star Trek Beyond coming at us and 2016 being the 50th commemoration of the first show, we’re not going to quit discussing Star Trek for a long, long time. In this article, we’re about to tell you that some of what you think about Star Trek is really off base. Here are seven oft-rehashed Trek clichés debunked.
7. The Original Cast Did Not Get Rich When the Show Became Popular
You may think that the first cast of Star Trek began to make money after the show exploded in syndication in the mid-1970’s. However, they didn’t. In 1974, William Shatner was so broke that he needed to do advertisements for Promise Margarine. This is the sort of work he would have turned-down in the 1960’s.
In William Shatner’s diary Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man he reveals that “We didn’t get paid residuals, it’s possible no show has been run more in syndication than the original series, but we didn’t receive a penny from that.” However, this condition did not apply to Leonard Nimoy. He clearly made more than other individuals from the first cast and negotiated more smartly.
6. To Save the Original Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry Did Not Fight the Studio To The End
If you know your Trek history, then you know that the first show was wiped out by NBC in 1969. As a result of poor ratings, NBC had to scratch off the show in the second season. However, it was halted by something particular and that was a letter-writing campaign sorted out by Star Trek fans. Edward Gross stated thatNBC had no real option except to renew for a third season because of the letter writing campaign.Although Star Trek was restored for a third season, the show’s maker, Gene Roddenberry really quit being a maker. Basically, despite the fact that Trek was on air for a third year, it was dead, and Roddenberry had surrendered. NBC] didn’t care for Roddenberry and he didn’t care for them is what Gross said. Eventually, they gave the show the Friday night slot at 10 pm to guarantee that people viewing would be so low that they could scratch off it. Furthermore, amid its last season, the show was being run by Fred Freiberger, who was an outsider and not Gene Roddenberry.