One-piece spandex: The Next Generation’s Uniforms. In the first two seasons of Star Trek, the Next Generation, the uniforms worn are extremely tight, and in fact, were made of one-piece spandex. To make matters worse, the suits were intentionally sized too small so that they’d stretch extremely tightly over the actor’s bodies and not have any wrinkles. The actor’s despised them, and eventually, Patrick Stewart’s chiropractor told him that if he kept wearing the uniform, it would cause real and possibly permanent damage to his spine. This is why in season three, the uniforms were switched to being two-piece, less form fitting, and made of wool. However, some still stuck with the normal uniform choice.
Spock: The character who went through some changes to land on his final persona. Originally, Gene Roddenberry and friends wanted Spock’s skin to be a dark red, or (at least) have a red tint. This idea was abandoned when they realized that on black-and-white TVs, his skin would look black instead of red. Eventually, a decision was made to make Spock’s skin a yellow-tint. Not only was Spock’s skin color a change, but also the way he ate. Spock was originally not supposed to eat or drink anything. Instead, he had a plate in the middle of his stomach, and he fed off any energy that struck this special plate.
PADDs: The wafer-thin computers known as Personal Access Display Devices. Star Trek inspired many of the big names of Silicon Valley, who were fascinated by how the computers aboard the Enterprise worked. These PADDs were handheld and later went on to inspire the palm-top computer and also the iPad. These PADDs aboard the Enterprise came in various sizes. Also, the invention of flip phones was influenced by Captain Kirk’s communicator.
“Beam me up, Scotty”: The infamous phrase “supposedly” said by Captain Kirk. This popular quote was, in fact, never said by Kirk, and is one of today’s most popular Star Trek phrases. However, Kirk says many similar lines throughout the series – “Scotty, beam us up,” “Beam me up,” “Scotty, beam me up,” “Beam them out of there, Scotty,” etc. The closest to the infamous saying came during the animated spin-off Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Lorelei Signal, when Kirk said “Beam us up, Scotty.”
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