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  • Directed by Cast Member: Leonard Nimoy, marking the first time a cast member directed a Star Trek production, paving the way for future cast members like Jonathan Frakes.
    • Same can be said for Shatner, but people tend to ignore that one.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: James B. Sikking as the Excelsior captain. Also, Phil Morris, who would play Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, appears in the beginning as Cadet Foster.
    • Not to mention Christopher Lloyd as "Doc" Kruge. His ship even looks like a DeLorean. And it was later used for Time Travel.
    • And a post-Black Sheep Squadron pre-Night Court John Larroquette as the surviving Klingon crewmember.
    • "Mr. Adventure" was played by Scott McGinnis, who became a prolific television director.
    • I had to kill the Excelsior helmsman because he made a mistake. Now it's time to erase that mistake.
  • What Could Have Been: Edward James Olmos was Leonard Nimoy's preference for Kruge.
    • Early scripts has the Klingons as a rogue group who commandiered a Romulan Bird of Prey.
      • And earlier than that, it was supposed to be Romulans period. It was only changed because Klingons were the better known bad guys of the franchise.
    • In the novelization, Saavik and David Marcus became romantically involved (the seeds for this were planted in the previous movie's novelization); this storyline was completely dropped from the films.
    • In the novelization, Saavik became pregnant with Spock's kid. This, too, was dropped.
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