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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

We’re going for the hat trick with this installment, three consecutive BtSPotDs on top of each other on the main page. Now I see what Santa really got me for Christmas. I am King of AICN for the holidays! Foolish AICNers with families and loved ones and Christmas cheer! Maniacal laughter here.

On this post Holiday Sunday I figured I’d dig into one of my Trek images. I don’t know why that felt right, but putting a picture of Brent Spiner popping a squat next to Professor Stephen Hawking while totally in make-up and costume just felt like it should be run.

The conversations that were had on that set on that particular day would probably melt my brain with science and awesome.




Tomorrow’s pic features many different things I love, including surreal sets and little people. See you then!

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  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST


    by Larry Knowles

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Data getting last minute instructions

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    I am Larry Knowles - Harry's ugly twin brother.

    by Larry Knowles

    I am Larry Knowles! And on this day, I was first to post.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Was Hawking on an episode of TNG?

    by Larry Knowles

    Didn't he play a Klingon on sumthin? Maybe a Cardassian - Kim or Chloe.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Looks like Larry Knowles is late on everything like his brother

    by _Venkman


  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    larryknowles --- Nah, he played himself as a holodeck character.

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    It's was Data against him, Einstein and a couple of other science luminaries.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    "Popping a squat"...?

    by Larry Knowles

    "Kneeling" would have been a more appropriate verb to use when discussing one of the most brilliant minds in the last century. Although my dog did almost "pop a squat" on a gypsy woman this morning at the meat store. She noticed and started to pop a squat on him while I was ordering my beef chuck. I snatched him away before she could deliver. I think she put a curse on me.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    rob schnieder

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    was the best data, when he ripped the human heart out because he could not compute valentines day on snl with patrick stewart

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Brent Spiner in Master of Disguise

    by Larry Knowles

    Brent Spiner in Master of Disguise was absolutely hilarious! After unveiling his evil plans, he would begin his evil laugh...and then...he would let one rip-slip and it would totally ruin the evil mood. Happened three or four times in the movie and got funnier each time. Just an evil mastermind with poor sphinctor control.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Is it OK to make Stephen Hawking jokes here?

    by Larry Knowles

    Please let me know. I have some material that Id like to toss out for your foul pleasure.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    It's ok

    by _Venkman

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Stephen Hawking admitted to hospital!

    by Larry Knowles

    Stephen Hawking was admitted to a hospital last night with a broken arm, a broken leg, broken wrist and a cracked hip. Apparently, he was out on a date last night and she stood him up!

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Harry...I am your brother.

    by Larry Knowles

    Search your feelings brother, you know this to be true. You got all the Knowles good looks, intelligence and athletic ability. All I got was this stupid talkback login.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    JOIN ME in making this the most off-topic TALKBEAK ever!

    by Larry Knowles

    The time is ripe for we talkbackers to rise up!!! Rise up, my brethryn, and let us comment on anything and everything not related to Quint's posting. Only together can we claim this Talkback our own. A place where someday our children can come and rant, and the children's children. We will have many generations of talkbackers here. Sieze the day!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Conversations on set?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Hawking can't have a conversation. He can't even type one out very quickly. They mostly have to be prepared ahead of time. I doubt there was any mind melted by any conversation that day.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    This is where movie fans come to die

    by _Venkman

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I Still Like It Here

    by Crow3711

    Talkbacks make it worthwhile. Still no place quite like em on the net. All this whiny bullshit about it dying is starting to be annoying. I guess its kind of always been there. Still going pretty strong through...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    lol nice pic

    by Briestro

    Newton yells at Einstein for sucking at basic math, says "I INVENted physics", and then Hawking wins the hand. :) Still amusing after all these years. B

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    next time some fuck bags on you for being a trekker

    by john

    pull out this fucking pic one of the greatest minds on the planet is a fan...thats good enough for me

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Hawking was in TNG

    by quintana007

    Data created a holodeck with Hawking, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton for a game of poker. Dont remember the episodes name

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Richard Cheese duet w/ Hawking


  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Thank God that...

    by Larry Knowles

    ...drinking and posting is still legal. Becuase I was really tanked last night. I don't feel my response time was too diminished however (I did manage to respond first - no easy feat even for a sober person). I was a bit off-topic though. Please forgive me, brother. It is difficult living in your -very large- shadow. Your Brother, Larry Knowles

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Its not real Quint !!!

    by 2LeggedFreak

    There would be no brain melting conversations because nobody but Hawkings would understand them. The rest of the conversation would consist of average actors ( and I love Trek) trying to look clever by quoting Shakespeare. Hawkings:- Yes , the metro-quantum thingymammy would interface with the quasi-qunatum proton nuclei... Stewart:-- be or not to be...that is the question Spiner:- Cry havoc and let loose the Dogs of War !!! Hawkings:-- Can't I be on Doctor Who instead ?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Larry Knowles

    by 1997-2011

    can you review movies for us? because your brother is a disappointment in that department.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    2leggedfreak - it's HAWKING, not Hawkings!

    by irishraidersfan

    Only the greatest scientist of our times and you can't even be arsed to get his name right?!?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    All the quantum fluctuations of the universe...

    by wtriker1701

    ...can't change the spam-bots in our talkbacks. Why are they that persistent, when we still have to login several times these days? Those nanite-spammies gotta be extinguished verrrry soon! Where is The Spaminator?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    i thought the greatest scientist of our times

    by jack black

    is Witten? or am i missing something? being the most popular doesnt make you the greatest you know...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    One question

    by Keith

    Why the fuck hasn't Hawking upgraded to a better voice synthesizer? Is it because people now think of him as having a trademark Dalek voice, and it's now officially "his" voice?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Enough behind the scenes pics

    by Bruce of all Trades

    They're fun and everything, but how about some actual NEWS? You know, like COOL NEWS? Like this website's NAME??

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    The website is "Ain't it Cool News". So I guess it's a question. After fourteen years you're at liberty to offer an answer.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    I fucking hate spam-bots

    by 1997-2011

    I wish they die a horrible death

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by grendel69

    Now THATS a cool picture.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    On set , Hawking took a tour of engineering

    by mortsleam

    When wheeling by the warp core, he said, "I'm working on it." Funny guy.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Seriously, Does Anyone Report for this Site Anymore?

    by Bruda5000

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Seriously, Does Anyone Report for this Site Anymore?

    by Bruda5000

    I think four things have been added in a week. If you need some help let me know. Ill pitch in. Restore this site to its previous glory for the love of Jeebus.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Read an interview with Spiner after that episode

    by lochkray

    He commented that it was an honour to meet Hawking, but there was very little conversation. Despite what it portrayed on the Simpsons, Mr. Hawking's vocal device is very limited in terms of conversational ability. A bunch of preprogrammed cursory responces. Any deteailed comments the man plans to make have to be programmed ahead of time to suit the situation - so there wasnt any great conversation happening that day. Although I imagine he might have put in "this is so cool", with Mr. Hawking being a full-onTreckie.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Look out for the boxing glove on a spring!

    by cookylamoo

    Hah. Sucker!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Why wouldn't he use his intellect to study neuromuscular diseases?

    by planetran_fan

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Data's happy because...

    by CzechNeck

    .. he knows he's already won that game of X-Box Kinect...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    After years of research, Stephen Hawking can finally get an erection!

    by Larry Knowles

    Turns out all he had to do was remove his pop-up blocker.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Ghastly effects of Joker Venom.

    by cookylamoo

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    That was an awesome cameo by Hawking...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I just wish he'd been given an entire "holodeck episode". Like, the Enterprise is trapped in some sort of spacial anomaly (yet again!) and the entire engineering staff are knocked unconscious, so they pull up the Emergency Science Hologram, which just happens to be Stephen Hawking. Hey, it would be just as logical as some other TNG storylines, so why not? Heh heh heh...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    "Spiner popping a squat"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    C'mon AICN'ers. We've had "nuke the fridge", "..'s gotta eat", and others, lets work in "poppin a squat"... Spielberg was poppin a squat when he made Crystal Skull...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Hawking is only revered because...

    by alienindisguise

    he's in a wheel chair and has a speak and spell voice. Many of his theories have been revised or discounted.

  • I mean really: the constant quoting of Shakespeare, the only Earth music people listened to was Classical or Jazz, no Earth holidays were celebrated, everyone (except Worf) was a vegetarian "because we no longer 'enslave' animals for food," no one had pockets, and every solution involved takion particles. I'm glad J.J. Abrams gave the most recent movie a hell of a lot more flavor - and yes, I know that this movie took place in Kirk's time. All the same, Star Trek was like NPR in space!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    "no Earth holidays were celebrated"

    by MattmanReturns

    I can't remember if they ever showed any holidays in the series, but in Star Trek Generations they showed Picard's family celebrating Christmas.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Atkinson

    Good point, but that was a movie - not the television series. As far as holidays, okay fair enough. But there are literally dozens and dozens of episodes on ancient Klingon and Vulcan Rites of Passage, and ceremonies marking the Bajoran sun's solstice, and the Frerangi piggy bank breaking day. I mean come on! You'd think that there would be an episode where someone would explain Halloween to Counselor Troy or Data. I could initially see their intention: there was a general consensus among the writers of the show that "in the future" everyone is an atheist, (because that's so Utopian). And since many holidays (or holy-days) are tied to a religious origins they would rather assume we've outgrown that as a civilization. I'm agonistic myself, so I'm not advocating religion. I'm just saying that it's not very credible screenwriting. (and yes, I know we're talking about a Sci-Fi show.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Star Trek Holidays.

    by cookylamoo

    By the time of Star Trek there wasn't much to celebrate. I mean who wants to celebrate WWII day, Eugenics War Day, Florida Attack Day or Vulcan's Save our Ass day.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    "Want your usual, Professor Hawking?"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    No, ToDaY i'D lIkE sOmEtHiNg GoOd.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    It's "copping" a squat, not "popping"...

    by DickBallsworth

    Unless he's dropping a steaming Data deuce next to Hawking's wheels of steel.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    It's "copping" a squat, not "popping"...

    by DickBallsworth

    Unless he's dropping a steaming Data deuce next to Hawking's wheels of steel.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    Isn't it Christmas in the Nexus when Picard remembers all his family died in a fire? Hardly celebratory ehh?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Not for nothin, Quint, but it's "Cop" a squat...

    by Somerichs

    Cop a squat, a la Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts says it to Richard Gere when they're in SF in the park...<P> "pop a squat" sounds kinda nasty...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    alienindisguise you may not be far away

    by jack black

    from the truth.I remember when Hawking had visited Greece for a seminar and all the Media had wrongfully added in their news that he was also a Nobel prize winner.... as someone said maybe it is in our human nature to unintentionally deify people who make great things despite their disabilities.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Bruda5000

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Just so you guys know...

    by brocknroll

    Brent Spiner responds to photo...!/BrentSpiner/status/19488582876012544

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Steven Hawking isn`t as clever as me..

    by gabbygall

    Sure, he knows a lot about time and space, but I could beat him in a "Wipe your own ass" or "Feed myself solid food" competition every time. Genius my arse. And I could beat him in a fight - I would knock the cunt out before he even managed to type out "ARRRRGGGGH" with his twitchy eye keyboard.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Why should I listen to him? He's not even a famous actor. Did he make the People Magazine Top 100 Most Beautiful People? Is he related to the Kardashians or have a Basketball Wife? Was he on 'Dancing with the Stars?' No? Then shut up. The mans got nuttin I wanna hear.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    by Sara Marie DuLac

    2 of my favorite people...of course, Brent is more handsome =)

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    2 of my favorite people, of course, Brent is the most handsome of the two =)

    by Sara Marie DuLac

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Both look like Muppets

    by Papa CaveDweller

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Yeah the problem with TNG was that

    by jack black

    everything and everyone in the Federation were perfect.I understand that this was Roddenberry's utopian vision for the future,but on the other hand we are talking about a tvshow aimed to entertain and educate without being preachy us the less civilized and less perfect audience. ;) It's a major flaw that the creators of the series understood but unfortunately instead of turning the characters less perfect and more flawed,they introduced the evil twin counterparts of them: evin data,evil ryker,evil picard,the excessive use of the mirror universe etc At least with the D9 series we got more realistic,grounded and multi-layered characters and an alien race which was not representing only a stereotype but instead showed a great degree of variety: the Cardassians.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    LArry: Never let a gypsie take a button off your coat...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...and give it back to you. Never, EVER mix up a button a gypsie gave you with a coin from your significant other's coin collection. Actually, it's pretty much just very wise to never piss off a gypsy. Go ahead, give her the loan even if she has no collateral.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    In the Art of Star Trek, Stephen Hawking said...

    by hyperboycomics

    He was in the Engineering set, rolled to the Warp Core area and said, "I'm working on that."

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    thank you aicn!

    by Boborci

    love these behind the scenes pics!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    boborci, good questions about holidays in Trek here!

    by Sir Loin

    Seriously...I agree with atkinson's praise about giving Star Trek a much-needed character boost, where people actually got angry and fought. But the holiday issue is an interesting one, think we'd ever see references to them in future films?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Science needs more celebrities

    by Nem_Wan

    It doesn't matter if Stephen Hawking or Carl Sagan did or didn't produce the greatest milestones of science. A legitimate scientist who can achieve sustained fame deserves it because they accomplished the rare-among-scientists feat of connecting with the public. Someone like Einstein, who was both a revolutionary thinker and a compelling personality, comes along in intervals measured in centuries. As for great popularizers of science, we only get a few of them over decades. It is a meaningful accomplishment to get millions of people to read (or try to read) A Brief History of Time by Hawking, or watch Cosmos by Sagan. The world is a better place with more people appreciating science.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by redshirt

    The show was rife with technobabble and quasi scientific explanations of how the science worked. But I cannot recall any conversation that explained how the economics of the federation worked. They mentioned trade often, but never a word on how the crew was compensated or how the ships were paid for. Picard said "We have eliminated want" and "The pursuit of things is no longer necessary" Well, how did they do it? Would have loved an episode where the Enterprise puts down a tax rebellion on some far flung colony...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    sir loin that kind of character boost was given to

    by jack black

    the trek movies since ST2.But i guess you mixed it with JJ's pretty lens flare lights..

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    redshirt they eliminated the artificial problem of

    by jack black

    "scarcity" which the modern mega-corps use to promote and sustain the current world-wide economic,social and class status quo. for instance the Federation has created the replicators which can create food directly from energy.They have enormous amounts of energy thanks to the mater-antimater technology.Thus they can feed the billions of their members.Since the federation members can live without the need of working to live (see there? that is what the mega-corps exploit),they can work in other more creative things like ie the exploration of space. Yes they need dilithium for their technology but dilithium is not scarce in the universe.the real problem is political with other organized groups who want to control the galaxy and its raw materials for themselves.(does this remind you of something?) Roddenbery's utopian future is plausible but not possible unless the modern world wakes up and finally starts doing the right things.but i am afraid that will never happen.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    by Boborci

    since holidays tend to be based on religious bullshit, i doubt it:)

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    nem_wan i dont disagree but i dont think

    by jack black

    that things have improved that much with the popularization of the modern sciencies.Remember what happened with CERN's LHC accelerator and the negative reaction which caused and which was accompanied with a lot of fear and even outrage from the public. And i am not talking only about the uneducated people who believed that the world was going to end with the experiment,but also about the moronic people who criticized the scientific community ,for spending billions on an experiment to chase theoretical particles instead of spending them on more practical and urgent things like the global hunger problem. Another problem at least with Physics,is that because of the exotic,mysterious and intriguing nature of the things that this science is exploring (time-travel,multi-verse,etc),there are many scientists who exploit this appeal that Physics (its Cosmology section more precisely) to the public and keep writing and publishing popularized scientific books just for the easy buck. The thing is that in order to make these exotic things to look more fantastical,they often use hyperbole in their writing or they dont try to clarify the logic behind the science and that has the result that many readers end up misinterpreting the science,getting the wrong picture of the universe and its laws,not understanding the different between hypothesis,theory,facts,experiment,observatioetc Then come the science fiction writers,the Media journalists,the Media bloggers,etc who keep using all these exotic and impressive things like tachyons,time-travel paradoxs etc,and the real meaning and nature of the Sciences get messed up completely and end up even being misunderstood by the audience. Just go to and read the science articles which are written by both ordinary journalists and professional physicists and the comments from other scientists,visitors of the site,who keep correcting their mistakes and clarifying their mistakes and exaggerations in their articles. Anyway,yes we need more scientists celebs like Hawking etc but i think that the situation has come a bit out of control with the public looking at the tree but ignoring the forest..

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Boborci how about a holiday celebrating

    by jack black

    the birth of the Federation,like you americans celebrate ID4 etc.You can even have Nu-Kirk taking part in some kind of celebratory event,like a car racing since he is a rebel,lives in the edge of danger and loves cars as you demonstrated in the movie. Have Vin Diesel as a cameo with his dilithium-empowered super car and a bunch of sexy alien chicks applauding them like in the Fast n Furious movies.HA. But seriously now people are still having fun in their free time in the 23rd century right?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    BRILLIANT PICTURE - thank you!

    by Jeff Myers

    Nuff said! :)

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Hawking on TNG

    by mcgillj

    I want to say it was the season 7 episode "Descent, part I". Hawking was in a poker game with Einstein.. and.. maybe Newton? With Hawking playing himself.. was interesting to see WHO Data would pick to play poker with. Not the greatest episode.. but a decent resolution.. and still better Borg than First Contact... I rank the nano-mite borg right up there with midichlorians.. not to take anything from the movie.. but WHY? WHY?

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    ummm huh?

    by mcgillj

    I remember there was one episode with an EVIL Picard.. but the MIRROR Universe did not really come into play, again, until.. was it Enterprise? and.. an Evil Riker? Through season seasons.. and I am sure that DID HAPPEN at some point. can't say I recall that one.. and aside from Lore.. and one time when Picard was evil or something.. then "Power Play" in season 5.. which seemed like.. convict ghosts take over some of the crew (Data, Rho and O'Brien).. I can't think of a whole lot of that.. and while DS9 DID have the Cardassians.. you forgot they were originally introduced on TNG.. David Warner was EXCELLENT in I believe it was called "Chains of Command" when Ronny Cox took over the Enterprise from Picard (as they thought Stewart was not going to return to the show.. Ronny Cox WOULD have been pretty awesome). Although.. I think they dialed down ALOT of the "perfect" concept after the earlier seasons.. when Roddenberry was ACTIVELY involved with the show. Although I can admit there were very few episodes in which they acted in shades of grey.. although, Picard OFTEN broke the Prime Directive which he claimed to cherish when it came to his thinking that some backward civilization is holding my people hostage.. going to kill them.. which makes his stand in "Insurrection" IRONIC to say the least.. but that's neither here nor there.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    is hawking on twitter?

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    mcgillj wtf are you talking about?

    by jack black

    the nano-mite borg thing was a brilliant script idea which gave the outnumbered borgs who had infiltrated the enterprise,the plausible ability to quickly assimilate the crew which not only made them more dangerous,but it also helped a lot the story to progress quicker by establishing the borgs as a threat for the whole mission almost immediately. and you compare it with the atrocious midichlorians which was a completely unnecessary idea from Lucas for a totally different puprose,to simply explain how the Force works by a scientific perspective? It's no wonder,why the movie studios dont give a fuck about the opinions of the fanboys..sigh..

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    any bts pics of hawking on simpsons?

    by Meadowe

    I thought his apperance(s) were pretty coo' and I would've thought he would've been too coo'/busy for them, but there he was in the credits.