Like all major Hollywood franchises, Star Trek's history is full of what-ifs and alternate versions of episodes and movies we never got to see.
We've been treated to director's cuts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, and The Undiscovered Country, as well as extended episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation released when that series was remastered for blu-ray. Still, there exists numerous other missing scenes or deleted material for extended editions and ultimate cuts that will likely never see the light of day.
Some of these deleted scenes are just fun additions (Kirk skydiving in Star Trek Generations, anyone?) and still others would explain points of confusion and mysteries that have cropped up over the films and episodes . With that in mind, here are 10 mysteries from Star Trek films and television episodes and the deleted scenes that explain them all away.
10. Star Trek Generations - Soran Tortures Geordi
What did Soran mean when he told the Duras Sisters Geordi's "heart just wasn't in it" after they captured LaForge in Star Trek Generations?
The Deleted Scene:
Likely deleted to retain the family friendly PG rating, a torture scene was filmed but ultimately removed from Star Trek Generations that featured Soran torturing a captured Geordi LaForge.
While the scene in the theatrical cut ends with LaForge strapped to a table and Soran asking him about trilithium, the sequence was meant to continue and show Soran attempting to find out exactly what the crew of the Enterprise-D knows about his plan and what, if anything, Guinan told them about his past. While LaForge keeps his answers technical, Soran isn't satisfied and uses a Borg nanoprobe to stop Geordi's heart to motivate the engineer to talk.
The torture apparently still doesn't work, but Soran has heart jokes. He tells LaForge in the deleted scene he can tell Geordi has "a good heart" and later, in the theatrical cut, there's the whole "his heart just wasn't in it" line. Also in the final cut, Doctor Crusher can later be heard telling Geordi she's removed the nanoprobe and that she thinks he's going to be fine. Tough guy that LaForge.