As an original classic Star Trek ‘trekkie’ I thought I knew it all. I was wrong. Katherine Webb:
There has been arguably more supplemental information released than there is actual content from the Star Trek show itself. Fan theories, fiction, scholarly papers, and countless sites offer up detailed examinations of Roddenberry’s universe. Unfortunately, as you probably know, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet — in fact, there are some well-established pieces of lore that are actually false. Here are five Star Trek facts that are not entirely true.
- Star Trek fans are nerds – Sure, fandom can be nerdy; but these days, it’s a lot more socially acceptable to embrace geekiness of all kinds. And Star Trek, like any other big entertainment franchise, has an impressively diverse fan base.
- The series was cheap to make – For one thing, Star Trek‘s budget was equitable with many other series at the time, like Lost in Space and Mission: Impossible. Plus, it’s important to consider inflation — in 2016 dollars, the average episode budget was equivalent to about $1.4 million.
- “Beam me up, Scotty” – Even if you’ve never seen Star Trek, you’ve heard the catchphrase. You probably even have a vague understanding of what it means. But despite its widespread pop culture use, “Beam me up, Scotty!” was never actually said on the series.
The last, and a favorite– redshirts automatically mean death. Not automatically.