Star Trek writers and executives have had a lot of ideas, but most get red-shirted before they hit the airwaves. It’s too bad, because some sounded awesome. Here are some great Star Trek projects we never got to see.
In 1992, the city of Las Vegas drew up an ambitious and, we have to say it, enterprising plan to bring more families to the Strip and boost the gambling revenue: They would pull tourists away from the flashier casinos, with a full-size model of the Starship Enterprise.
The original plan spared no expense. The Enterprise would be built exactly to the fictional specifications of the TV show, omitting, unfortunately, the phasers and photon torpedoes, making it look like the old gal plopped down right in the middle of Vegas. Guests could tour the ship and witness faithful reproductions of the sets from the TV shows and movies, and with no exterior supports (to keep the reproduction faithful) the ship was a minor engineering miracle, something that would have made even Scotty proud.
So what happened? Basically, Paramount killed the project for being too audacious. According to the Paramount CEO, if they made a bad movie, everybody would forget about it in a year. If this tourist trap didn’t pan out, however, it’d be around forever. That was the nail in the coffin. Vegas went with the less-spectacular Fremont Street Experience, and millions of Star Trek fans cried more than they did when Spock died.