According to writer Ronald D. Moore, the planet's Kirk-obsessed population would "have conventions" and "know all the adventures." His vision was "to send the [DS9] characters to a Star Trek convention" as "a kind of comment on fandom, and people's involvement with the show from afar." In short, there'd be an entire planet of Trekkies.
Producers eventually put an "all stop" on the plan, since it'd be almost impossible to do without making fun of their viewership and talking down to them.
The concept didn't completely die, though, and the core idea was revisited years later in the Voyager episode "Virtuoso," in which the Doctor becomes a celebrity on a Delta Quadrant planet.
CBS Television Distribution Voyager: where ideas that couldn't cut it on TNG and DS9 finally got their day in the sun.
Eddie Murphy Was Originally The Sidekick In The Voyage Home
As a huge Star Trek fan, actor and comedian Eddie Murphy was understandably jazzed at the prospect of starring alongside Kirk and Spock in one of the Trek films. And in early versions of the script for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Murphy was slated for a "sidekick" role in the portions of the film that take place in modern-day San Francisco. There, Murphy would run around acting like Eddie Murphy, while Shatner and Nimoy made faces and tried to keep up.
In case you're a little foggy on the premise, Star Trek IV is "the one with the whales." When an alien probe threatens to destroy 23rd-century Earth if it can't talk to some whales -- which are extinct -- Kirk and the Enterprise crew travel back in time to 1986 to retrieve some.
Paramount Pictures This is one of the better Trek movies, believe it or not.
So why wasn't Murphy in the final version of the film, hanging out with Kirk and Spock and having a whale of a time? Turns out he was super interested in going to space, but considerably less psyched about, uh, "coming to America." As Murphy put it, "I wanna be in space! I wanna beam up! I don't wanna be in San Francisco." While Murphy later got his space on in the timeless classic Pluto Nash, the sidekick role was reworked for Catherine Hicks, who joined the cast as a whale biologist and love interest for Captain Kirk.
The Original Pitch For The Series Was A "Wagon Train To The Stars"
Although every episode begins with a not-so-subtle reminder that the crew of the Enterprise is here to "explore strange new worlds," "seek out new life and new civilizations," and "boldly go where no one has gone before," the original concept for Star Trek was a lot more along the lines of "Wagons ho!"
When Gene Roddenberry first pitched the series in 1964, he envisioned a "wagon train" concept, featuring "characters who travel to worlds 'similar' to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which becomes our stories." One ship, the S.S. Yorktown, would do most of the ferrying, and her "skipper," Captain Robert April, would head up the cast of characters for the "space western."
CBS passed on Roddenberry's pitch, citing its similarity to Lost In Space. And while we're confident Fox would have eventually picked it up, called it Firefly, and cancelled it to the dismay of viewers everywhere, Roddenberry decided to revise his premise. The result of his editing was the TOS original pilot, called "The Cage," which interested NBC enough for them to order a second, revised pilot, and eventually the entire series.
And so history was made. Roddenberry got his show, Shatner didn't have to get that dusty, and we never had to sit through any tedious episodes about Klingons rustlin' space cattle.
CBS Television Distribution Shatner would have almost certainly still bagged several green alien farm daughters a season, though.
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