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The Day the Earth Stood Still

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A scene from the movie

The Day the Earth Stood Still was a science fiction film released during the mid-20th century. The plot centers on a fictional postulation of what Humanity's first contact with an alien race would be like. Although the alien that arrived on Earth was a benevolent ambassador with essentially peaceful intentions, the mass public reacted with hysteria and paranoia at his arrival.

This film was among those in the motion picture library aboard Enterprise NX-01 in 2152.

While cooped up in the catwalk of Enterprise, Trip Tucker presented The Day the Earth Stood Still for movie night on a monitor in compartment five. (ENT: "The Catwalk")

In 2153, after deciding againstwestern movies, Tucker showed the movie to Charles, a Vissian cogenitor whom he'd befriended, knowing that it would be the first movie the cogenitor would watch. After watching the film, Charles asked Trip why Humans were afraid of Klaatu and his android. (ENT: "Cogenitor")

Background information Edit

In reality, this film was directed by Robert Wise in 1951 who also worked on The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), both of them also "first contact" situations.

In Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, Michael Piller calls the basic plot of TNG: "First Contact" an homage to this film, only "we're the aliens".

It is interesting to note that although Klaatu's mission (the main character in the film) is to deliver to Earth a forceful warning against "extending your aggression beyond your planet," he asserts that those he represents have no interest in how Humans manage their own affairs. This assertion is an early progenitor of Starfleet's eventual General Order 1.

The Spanish title for the movie is Ultimátum a la Tierra (Literally "Ultimatum to Earth"), not being known for its original title. However, in the dubbed version of episode "Cogenitor", Tucker translates the original, literal title ("La Tierra Se Detuvo", literally "The Earth Stood Still").

Later, Tucker explains it is a fiction ("In fact, the Earth did not stand still"), keeping the literal translation, but adding confusion to a Spanish-speaking audience that might not be familiar with the original title.

Lawrence Dobkin, who directed TOS: "Charlie X" and guest-starred in TNG: "The Mind's Eye", appeared in this movie as one of Klaatu's doctors. Reginald Lal Singh, who guest starred in TOS: "Court Martial" appeared as a scientific delegate in the film.

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