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11 Most Famous Star Trek Lines And Their Origin

11 Most Famous Star Trek Lines And Their Origin

No matter how old the Star Trek: The Original Series is, it is definitely not dated and in fact it is a cult series in its own regard. So much so that Star Trek lines and dialogues are an important part of our culture now. If we use them so very often, we also must be wondering where they originated from. Here is a dekko at some of the most famous Star Trek lines and their origins:

1) “Live Long And Prosper”

This dialogue appeared for the first time in an episode titled ‘Amok Time’ in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. This was the brainchild of Spock (Leonard Nimoy). The way of greeting , and the hand gesture is actually based on an Orthodox Jewish blessing in which the position of the fingers form Hebrew letter ‘Shin’, which represents the name ‘Shaddai’ or Almighty God. The only difference between the two is that Star Trek used only one hand, while the blessing is given by both hands.
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2) “Highly Illogical…”

Spock never ever hesitated questioning the logic of those around him, especially Kirk. So it was routine for Spock to use terms like ‘illogical’ and ‘most illogical’. In Season 2 episode ‘The Omega Glory’, a couple of natives of Planet Omega IV, attacked Kirk in jail cell, which made Spock team up his raised eyebrows along with the term ‘Highly illogical’. From here on, this phrase became a cult expression and was being used in several other episodes as well as in JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise. Leonard Nimoy’s music album released in 1993 was also named ‘Highly Illogical’. It had a recording of his songs from the 1960s as well as some new ones.

3) “Beam Me Up, Scotty”

This phrase was actually a request to Chief Engineer Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott for transporting back to USS Enterprise, but in reality this was never used in any of Star Trek television series or movies. Star Trek animated series did have a variation of this line like ‘Beam us up, Scotty’ and other variations seen on the show were ‘Three to beam up’ or ‘Beam them up’ . While reading the audio version of his novel Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden, William Shatner, used this line for the first time and it caught on.

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  1. Robert Longo

    August 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    The Arthur is only partly correct about the Phrase “Beam Up Scotty”. While yes, it was never used exactly that way in TOS it predates Shatners Novels.

    Also, the Phrase “Set Phasers to Stun” was used exactly that way in the TOS Episode “Return of the Archons”.

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