BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS OCT 4, 2011 10:00 AM
With Star Trek: The Next Generation coming to Blu-ray next year, we’re going to be rediscovering the Enterprise-D all over again. And with all that new picture quality, we’ll be able to notice all sorts of details we missed the first time.
TNG didn’t just bring Star Trek back to life on television — it also reinvented television space opera, making some fascinating choices along the way. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Star Trek: The Next Generation.
10. Rock Star Cameos. Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac shaved off his famous beard for a guest spot in the TNG episode “Manhunt” — but then he was cast as an Antedean, a fish-like alien, and thus his face was completely covered up in any case. Meanwhile, Picard’s former love interest, Jenice Manheim, in “We’ll Always Have Paris,” was played by Michelle Philips, former member of The Mamas & The Papas. Source: IMDB. (Philips also played William Shatner‘s love interest in an episode of T.J. Hooker.)
9) Star Trek Without Starships? Early on in the planning of TNG, the creators went through a few different concepts, including setting the show 150 years after the Original Series instead of just 78 years later, and setting it on the Enterprise-G. And they also considered getting rid of the Enterprise altogether — because Transporter technology would have advanced so far, the crew could just teleport from planet to planet, instead of flying in a ship. Source: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.