Love The Next Generation? Then you will love this article! I bet you don’t know most of these behind the scenes stories and trivia. Plus there are great photos and a video at the end!

They Thought the Show Would Fail! Did you know that Patrick Stewart believed that the new Star Trek would be a flop? So much so that he didn’t even unpack his suitcases until six weeks into shooting!

First Convention: Stewart had no idea what to expect at his first Star Trek convention. When waiting to go out on stage, he even approached one of the convention workers and asked if the there was anyone actually out there! When he did finally make his appearance in front of a huge crowd, he says he “felt like sting.”

Did You Know That Picard Was Almost Killed Off? Resistance is Futile

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The Captain Could Have Died a Borg: In the famous final episode of Season 3, the Captain had been assimilated by the Borg and the writers were prepared to kill him off in the following episode. This was because Patrick Stewart’s contract had ended and they were not sure if a new agreement could be made! 

Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement (V.I.S.O.R.)

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It Was Made of Scraps: Like many of the props used on the series, Geordie’s visor was thrown together using spare parts on the first day of shooting. It was composed largely of an automotive air filter and a hair band.

He Wasn’t Supposed to Keep the Visor: The studio originally planned to have Geordie gain natural eyesight and lose the visor in Season 3. However, they changed their minds when they realized that he had become such a positive role model for disabled persons.

In fact, Geordie was named after a disabled Star Trek fan, George La Forge!

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