Nichelle Nichols frequently tells a story of getting into a dispute with director Marc Daniels over the filming of this episode. As it had already been established that Uhura’s first language was Swahili, Nichols believed that, after her mind was erased, Uhura would revert to her first language. However, as Nichols herself did not speak Swahili, Daniels wanted Uhura to just speak English. Nichols refused to, telling Daniels, “Nichelle Nichols doesn’t speak Swahili, but Uhura does!” Gene Roddenberry was eventually brought in to settle the dispute, and he sided with Nichols. A linguist specializing in Swahili was then brought in to write the few lines of Swahili that are spoken in the episode. (Memory Alpha)
Michael Dorn and Suzie Plakston on the set of The Emissary.
Fans protesting the cancellation of Star Trek in 1969.
Rick Berman and The Rock behind the scenes in Tsunkatse.
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Bahind the scenes on First Contact.
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Mark Allen Shepherd, getting his Morn makeup applied.
John Eaves’ concept designs for the alien spheres in Enterprise.
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