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The writers of Star Trek frequently used Shakespeare's plays as inspiration for their episodes. There are a lot of scenes where they recite lines from plays, even acting them out. Other times the plot is based on a Shakespearean play. Even the titles of episodes are frequently a reference. The writers, creators, and actors of Star Trek are huge fans of Star Trek.
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, and several other actors in Star Trek began their careers as actors in Shakespeare's plays. They may have had a hand in the large amount of Star Trek references that invade the culture.
Here is one the scenes where Captain Picard uses Shakespeare to save the mother of one of his crew members:
In one of the Star Trek movies, a Klingon character references Shakespeare and tells a member of Star Fleet that "you haven't experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon." This idea that Shakespeare could be an alien writer and that it can be enjoyed in other cultures makes Shakespeare's writing even more interesting in its popularity and timelessness.
I am having difficulty narrowing this topic because there are so many things that I want to write about amongst all of these connections. If I were to focus on one play that is referenced I would choose Henry V because it is included so interestingly included. Data, one of the main characters in the Next Generation, is an android. One of the themes that is included throughout the show is Data's journey to understand more about humanity. Captain Picard tries to help him understand by having him perform Shakespeare. One of the plays that he performs is Henry V. I think the use of Shakespeare in this way is very interesting. I'd really like more feedback to know if this is something I should pursue.