Intolerance in the 23rd century? Improbable! If man survives that long, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear. It’s a manifestation of the greatness that God, or whatever it is, gave us. This infinite variation and delight, this is part of the optimism we built into Star Trek.
Gene Roddenberry, in The Making of Star Trek (1968)
I rather resent it when people say Uhura didn’t do anything but say, ‘Hailing frequencies open.’ That’s not true. It demeans my status. Uhura represented womanhood and the breakthrough of cross-racial representation. She represented dignity and intelligence, and no one can take that away from her, or me.
There are many parts of my youth that I’m not proud of. There were… loose threads – untidy parts of me that I would like to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads – it’d unravel the tapestry of my life.
“Number One was born and bred for her job. I had developed my own backstory for her that on her planet, she was raised in a litter, so she was raised for her job. But she had heart. I think you’d have found as she developed that she would have showed that heart. There would have been lots of places to go with that. It was terribly disappointing to not play her because I knew who she was.”
- Majel Barrett, quoted in the Star Trek Communicator magazine, September 2000.