Memory Alpha has been a tremendous resource for Star Trek fans, journalists and even writers for quite a long time. Covering what it calls the canonical Star Trek universe (while Memory Beta handles non-canon), the wiki has posted entries of even the smallest minutiae in Gene Roddenberry’s creation since 2003.
But now it has two new very public fans — “Star Trek: Beyond” writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.
“We had the entirety of Star Trek history at our disposal, and it’s always there online,” Pegg recently told ComingSoon‘s Silas Lesnick. “There’s an amazing (wiki) online called Memory Alpha. It became Doug’s and my resource, and the place that we’d turn to whenever we wanted to know, ‘What kind of weapons does an NX vessel carry?’ Memory Alpha has it.”
In case you’re wondering, NX ships were featured in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” including the Enterprise itself, the NX-01. They were initially equipped with phase cannons and spatial torpedoes, and later, photonic torpedoes.
Pegg did more than just peruse the thousands of entries on Memory Alpha. He enlisted some of the editors from the wiki to help develop technology that would later make the script.
“We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie,” he said. “In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was.
“It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network.”
Although the teaser trailer for “Beyond” appears to destroy the USS Enterprise, Pegg did assure Lesnick they are not borrowing heavily from “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock” the same way “Star Trek: Into Darkness” did with “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
“No, although we were obviously aware of the coincidence of those two films,” he said. “That might be a little nod for fans perhaps, but it’s certainly not something that the film depends upon, or has any relationship to the plot of the previous ‘Star Trek III.'”
To read the full interview, check out ComingSoon right here.
“Star Trek: Beyond” premieres July 22, with its full trailer scheduled for release on May 20.