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Live Long, and Prosper: The Ultimate Star Trek Quiz
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Space. The final frontier. And even though the original "Star Trek" series aired over 50 years ago, space still remains the final frontier. Maybe that's what makes all the "Star Trek" episodes so relevant and popular even today. But can you remember all the details of your favorite Star Trek episodes, the crew of the Enterprise or those aliens who threatened the safety of others? Time to test yourself. Check out this stellar quiz and enjoy the ride.
Gene Roddenberry created the hugely popular "Star Trek" concept. He would take moral dilemmas and put them against a space background for an added twist. The drama and conflicts were relate-able, yet otherworldly. The success of the original series spawned countless other space TV series and several "Star Trek" movies. The public's imagination and enchantment with space can only be measured in light years.
But how about you? Do you remember "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode or the episode when Spock is betrothed? How about Lieutenant Uhura's first name (Nyota)? What was Bones always saying to Jim? If these are easy to answer, you'll love this quiz. It's for you and the Trekkie in all of us. Take the quiz now. The future is waiting.
Where on Earth did James T. Kirk grow up?
As Kirk tells Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1984), “I’m from Iowa—I only work in outer space.” In Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise is seen being built in Iowa, closely linking the captain and his vessel.
Which then-famous Hollywood actor played the Enterprise’s captain in Star Trek’s first pilot episode, “The Cage” (filmed 1964)?
Jeffrey Hunter played Captain Christopher Pike in “The Cage,” the first of Star Trek’s eventual two pilot episodes. NBC thought “The Cage” was too intellectual for a mass audience, but thought the series showed enough potential to give it a second chance.
Which Star Trek character was the only one who appeared in both pilot episodes?
NBC told series creator Gene Roddenberry to drop either Spock or Number One, the Enterprise’s female second-in-command, from Star Trek’s format. Convinced that a regular alien character was critical to the show’s integrity, Roddenberry kept Spock.
What was the alien beverage Balok served to Kirk, McCoy and Bailey in the episode “The Corbomite Maneuever”?
The original series featured Saurian brandy in several episodes, Star Trek II (1982) introduced Romulan ale, and Star Trek: The Next Generation established that raktajino was Klingon coffee; but Balok served tranya to his guests.
In the episode “Amok Time,” what was the name of Spock’s betrothed?
T’Pring was Spock’s betrothed. They were telepathically bound to each other as children, per Vulcan custom. She broke their “engagement” by challenging Spock to fight Kirk to the death for her.
Which of these Star Trek villains was (in Chekov’s words) “a genetically engineered criminal” who, in Star Trek’s version of history, ruled much of Earth during the Eugenics Wars in the 1990s?
Khan Noonien Singh was the genetic “superman” who fled Earth in a “sleeper ship,” only to be awakened in the 23rd century. Ricardo Montalban played Khan in the original series episode “Space Seed.” Benedict Cumberbatch played him in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Which of the following traits is NOT part of the trouble with tribbles?
Tribbles are small, furry, ball-like creatures that make a high-pitched purring noise. According to Spock, tribbles “do have one redeeming characteristic… They do not talk too much.”
In the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” who played the saintly social worker Kirk must let die in order to save the course of future history?
Joan Collins made her mark playing the scheming, self-centered Alexis Carrington on the 1980s primetime soap opera Dynasty. Scriptwriter Harlan Ellison modeled Edith Keeler after 1930s evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
Captain Kirk and his crew met beings claiming to be all but one of the following figures from human legend and history. Which one?
Although they never met Mozart, the Enterprise crew did (in “Requiem for Methuselah”) meet a long-lived alien who claimed he had been classical composer Johannes Brahms, among other notables.
To which of these extraterrestrial races are Vulcans most closely related?
The Romulans were a Vulcanoid species that rejected peace and logic in favor of aggression and conquest. They only appeared in two episodes of the original series (“Balance of Terror” and “The Enterprise Incident”) but became a major Federation adversary in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
What was the fate of Kirk’s close friend from Starfleet Academy, Gary Mitchell?
Gary Mitchell mutated into a supremely powerful and malevolent being when exposed to strange energies at the galaxy’s edge. He was played by Gary Lockwood, who also played ill-fated astronaut Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Who was the only guest villain to appear in more than one episode of the original Star Trek?
Veteran character actor Roger C. Carmel played cosmic con man Harry Mudd in two live-action epsiodes—“Mudd’s Women,” in which he ran a “mail order bride” business; and “I, Mudd,” in which he ruled a planet of robots—and the animated Star Trek episode, “Mudd’s Passion.”
What is Lieutenant Uhura’s first name?
Uhura’s first name was officially established as Nyota in the 2009 movie, but many fans had long accepted it as a fact. The name means “star” in Swahili.
Dr. McCoy often grouses that he’s “a doctor, not a [something else].” Which of the following has McCoy never claimed he’s not?
McCoy never claimed to be a rancher. He uttered his more famous catchphrase—“He’s dead, Jim,” or some close variation—about 20 times during the original series.
Which of these was an Enterprise shuttlecraft seen during the original series?
The Galileo figured in several episodes, as did a Galileo II. The animated Star Trek showed viewers a shuttle named after another famous astronomer, the Copernicus.
Which character joined the show in its second season as an effort to appeal to younger viewers?
Chekov debuted in “Catspaw,” complete with a (quickly discarded) Monkees-style wig. Gene Roddenberry claimed he also created Chekov as a tribute to Russia’s pioneering space achievements.
How did Captain Kirk gain command of the Imperial Star Ship Enterprise in the Mirror Universe?
Officers in the Mirror Universe rise through the ranks by murdering their superiors. In “Mirror, Mirror,” Spock said the evil counterparts of the Enterprise crew were “brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous—in every way, splendid examples of homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity.”
What were the names of the whales Kirk and crew brought back to the future in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)?
The whales were named after legendary husband-and-wife comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen.
In Star Trek’s history of the future, who will invent the warp drive that propels humanity to the stars at faster-than-light speeds?
Zefram Cochrane is one of the few Star Trek characters played by multiple actors: Glenn Corbett in “Metamorphosis” and James Cromwell in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
What starship does Sulu command in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)?
Sulu commanded the Excelsior. His promotion was mentioned in a scene filmed for but cut from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). The Excelsior was first seen, under a different captain, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984).
What originally motivated Nurse Christine Chapel to join Starfleet?
The first-season episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” (written by legendary horror writer Robert Bloch, author of Psycho), established Chapel’s engagement to Roger Korby—who had transferred his consciousness to an android body by the time the Enterprise found him.
According to the episode “The Menagerie,” what Starfleet violation is punishable by “the only death penalty left on the books?”
Starfleet General Order Seven prohibits all contact with Talos IV. The Talosians’ extreme powers of telepathy and illusion are a danger to human life.
Why does Dr. McCoy’s accidental loss of his communicator on Iota II in “A Piece of the Action” pose a problem?
When the Iotians disassemble the communicator, they will discover the transtator, which Spock says is “the basis for every important piece of equipment that we have.”
Almost everyone knows the Enterprise’s chief surgeon, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. What other doctor do we see aboard the Enterprise, in two episodes of the original series?
Dr. M’Benga, played by Booker Bradshaw, was a human doctor who specialized in Vulcan medicine. He appears in “A Private Little War” and “That Which Survives.”
Director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reveals that Captain Kirk’s father, George, served aboard which starship?
George Kirk served, and perished, aboard the Kelvin. Abrams has included “Kelvin” (his maternal grandfather’s last name) in many projects, including a reference to “Kelvin Ridge” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
In “The Naked Time,” we learn that Mr. Sulu secretly fancies himself a character from what swashbuckling story?
His inhibitions erased by a virus, Sulu runs amok in the Enterprise’s corridors with a fencing foil, shouting “Richelieu, beware!”—a reference to The Three Musketeers (as is Spock’s reference to Sulu as “d’Artagnan”).
What causes Mr. Spock to eat meat and fall in love in the third-season episode, “All Our Yesterdays?”
Lost in the past, Spock began to act like Vulcans of the past. Mariette Hartley played his love interest, Zarabeth. In two of her Star Trek novels, A.C. Crispin posited that Spock and Zarabeth had a son.
What is the title of the song Uhura sings to Kevin Riley in “The Conscience of the King?”
Uhura sang “Beyond Antares.” The episode marked the second time Nichelle Nichols sang as Uhura—and the last, until “The Moon’s a Window to Heaven” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).
What ancient Vulcan ritual—not attempted “since ages past, and then, only in legend”—restores Spock’s katra (“living spirit”) to his body in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)?
The fal-tor-pan, the “refusion,” returns Spock’s consciousness to Spock’s body. Director Leonard Nimoy cast veteran British actress Dame Judith Anderson as the Vulcan priestess who performs the ritual in order to evoke the dignity of Celia Lovsky, who played Vulcan matriarch T’Pau in the episode “Amok Time.”
Of what crime was Scotty accused during a shore leave gone wrong in the episode “Wolf in the Fold?”
Things look bad when Scotty is found standing over a dead woman’s body with a bloody knife, but he is exonerated: He was possessed by the “Redjac,” the same alien consciousness responsible for the “Jack the Ripper” murders in Victorian England.
How does Kirk’s son, Dr. David Marcus, die?
David takes the knife a Klingon soldier intended for Saavik. William Shatner created the emotional moment when Kirk, hearing the news, stumbles and falls to the bridge floor, shouting, “You Klingon bastards, you killed my son!”
Which of these games is a favorite pastime on the Enterprise in the original series?
While all these games appear in various Star Trek series, only three-dimensional chess was a mainstay aboard the original Enterprise. In 1994, the Franklin Mint produced a wildly popular replica of the chess set.
Which episode introduced enigmatic time-traveler Gary Seven in Gene Roddenberry’s unsuccessful bid to launch a Star Trek spin-off series?
“Assignment: Earth” would have followed Gary Seven (Robert Lansing), Roberta Lincoln (Terri Garr) and the shape-shifting black cat Isis as they worked to guide humanity out of its nuclear age into a better future. “Assignment: Earth” is the only episode of the original series set entirely in Star Trek’s past (the year 1968).
Who was the first person or creature (in series production order) with whom Mr. Spock performed a Vulcan mind meld?
Spock first joined minds with Dr. Van Gelder (“Dagger of the Mind”). Leonard Nimoy and the writers created the technique as an interesting way to deliver otherwise dry but necessary exposition.
In the planned but never-produced Star Trek Phase II series, which character would have replaced Mr. Spock?
Xon was a character created to replace Spock, and David Gautreaux was cast in the part. When Phase II became Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) instead, Gautreaux played the smaller role of Commander Branch, aboard the ill-fated Epsilon IX space station.
Who was the first character from the original series to appear in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation?
Although his character was only called “The Admiral” onscreen, DeForest Kelley appeared in “Encounter at Farpoint,” The Next Generation’s pilot episode, as an elderly Leonard McCoy, telling Data the new starship Enterprise “had the right name… Treat her like a lady, and she’ll always bring you home.”
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