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Old August 19 2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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Early TNG promotion question

Prior to the series airing, I recall seeing a video clip on television which as I recollect showed a bridge shot where some characters weren't located at their usual stations. Specifically, I remember some blonde woman (who I later would learn was Natasha Yar) at the console where we would normally see Wesley. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'd write it off to a faulty memory, but the memory goes back a couple of decades now
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Old August 19 2014, 12:37 AM   #2
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All I remember about the early promos was Ernie Anderson's voiceover: "Data, an annnndroiiiid ... ".
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Old August 23 2014, 04:16 AM   #3
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I only remember this promo, but it doesn't appear to show the scene you're looking for.
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Old August 23 2014, 09:22 AM   #4
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I only remember this promo, but it doesn't appear to show the scene you're looking for.
I remember that one. Wasn't that the one tacked onto the video of Star Trek IV, too?

It's interesting to look back on. After "introducing" Captain Picard and Riker, Dr. Beverly (and her brilliant son, Wesley) are next. Was that just following the Kirk/Spock/McCoy-type dynamic? Was she intended to play a bigger part in the show originally?

Then they run through the other characters, and only Worf gets a line. I wonder why that was?

Along these lines, the show's opening credits are pretty interesting, too. After Stewart and Frakes, the rest are listed alphabetically. It works out well, what with Wil Wheaton bringing up the rear. Suppose his name had been, say, Wil Barnes, which would put him before Levar Burton?

Fascinating how sometimes things just work out.

As far as my original question, the more I think about it, it must've been a clip from Entertainment Tonight, which was covering the pre-release stuff.
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Old August 24 2014, 04:22 AM   #5
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Then they run through the other characters, and only Worf gets a line. I wonder why that was?
I think that was just to surprise viewers with a Klingon character on the bridge of the Enterprise. That was a major thing back then. Of course, Roddenberry didn't even want Worf in the first place.
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Old August 24 2014, 04:39 AM   #6
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Then they run through the other characters, and only Worf gets a line. I wonder why that was?
I think that was just to surprise viewers with a Klingon character on the bridge of the Enterprise. That was a major thing back then. Of course, Roddenberry didn't even want Worf in the first place.
My recollection is that Worf was a very late addition to the cast. I think even near-final drafts of the Writers Guide didn't have him.
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Old August 24 2014, 04:44 AM   #7
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Was it by chance any of thee 30 second promos that counted down to the premier?

http://youtu.be/BeMF32tLw8U
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Old August 24 2014, 04:54 AM   #8
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Was it by chance any of thee 30 second promos that counted down to the premier?

http://youtu.be/BeMF32tLw8U
I certainly can't rule it out. I didn't spot it in the video you posted, but possibly my brain melded some imagery together, leaving a false impression. But it's just so specific is what gets me.
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Old August 24 2014, 05:08 AM   #9
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Was it by chance any of thee 30 second promos that counted down to the premier?

http://youtu.be/BeMF32tLw8U
Boy, those promos … some of them reach almost 60 percent ``not footage from the Trek movies'', don't they?
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Old August 24 2014, 05:24 AM   #10
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^LOL, yeah. I remember the very first TNG commercial before the show premiered. It was basically footage of the Genesis wave from STII
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Then they run through the other characters, and only Worf gets a line. I wonder why that was?
I think that was just to surprise viewers with a Klingon character on the bridge of the Enterprise. That was a major thing back then. Of course, Roddenberry didn't even want Worf in the first place.
My recollection is that Worf was a very late addition to the cast. I think even near-final drafts of the Writers Guide didn't have him.
He's not in the early cast photos for the series, either.

Michael Dorn was the last one added to the regular cast.

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Old August 24 2014, 05:43 AM   #12
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Was it by chance any of thee 30 second promos that counted down to the premier?

http://youtu.be/BeMF32tLw8U
Boy, those promos … some of them reach almost 60 percent ``not footage from the Trek movies'', don't they?
Maybe it was because not enough new effects footage was ready when the promotions department cut the ads.
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Old August 24 2014, 05:56 AM   #13
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I was taping the night TNG premiered, and it kicked off with the vid Hober Mallow linked to. "Tonight, the 24th century begins...", and after the promo, right into the episode.
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Old August 24 2014, 07:28 AM   #14
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Ryan Thomas Riddle wrote: View Post
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Was it by chance any of thee 30 second promos that counted down to the premier?

http://youtu.be/BeMF32tLw8U
Boy, those promos … some of them reach almost 60 percent ``not footage from the Trek movies'', don't they?
Maybe it was because not enough new effects footage was ready when the promotions department cut the ads.
Almost certainly that. If you watch those promos carefully, there is only footage from the first three eps of TNG present, and I'm pretty sure there are no fx shots from TNG other than the few from Farpoint there.
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"Data, an annnndroiiiid ... ".
That line was kind of appropriated by me in two Australian TV ads, for which members of the Sydney-based Trek club were invited to contribute!

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com.au...e-seen-it.html
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