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Wasn’t Checkhov not in the first season though?
We first saw him in the first episode of the second season. He may or may not have been on the ship before being introduced to the audience.
That's always how I saw it, he was always on the ship but we just didn't see him. That also explains how he was able to beat Khan to the bathroom that time.

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I remember reading that Roddenberry added Chekov after a Russian newspaper complained that they were the first country in space, yet there were no Russians in Star Trek.

Snopes can’t confirm or deny that. Was Star Trek's Chekov Inspired by Pravda?
I always heard the story (and saw Walter tell it) as they wanted someone who looked like Davy Jones to appeal to the younger crowd.


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W. T. F.

I realize I'm late to the party, but I caught up on my lunch hour today.

It's like someone decided to do a cheap Alien remake without realizing that Starfleet had advanced technology, advanced weaponry, basic military training, and knowledge of the enemy.

Then they forgot that Starfleet had advanced medical technology (and infinite-duration transporter buffers), and suicided one of the few interesting characters they had because he was in the initial stages of a parasitic infection.
To be fair though, Kemmer was designed as a temporary character who would mentor Uhura. His sole purpose was Uhura's character development.
 

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Was this evident from the series, or disclosed out of band by the producers? I did notice he was not getting the screen time I felt the character deserved in prior episodes. He felt to me a bit like the Tig Notaro character from Discovery, who often doesn't get that much screen time but when she does it really pops. I felt Kemmer was an opportunity missed in an otherwise middling crew.
It wouldn't be said in the series ("Sorry, Kemmer, but you're going to die soon"), it was mentioned out of band. Not by the producers, but by Bruce Horak. He knew when he was hired that Kemmer was going to die at some point.

Well, we shot it a year ago, but I’m really happy with how the episode turned out. When I was approached to play the part, they told me right off the bat that this was going to be the character arc of Hemmer. So, I knew it going in. There was a bit of trepidation off the top about how the death was going to happen, how the grand finale was going to play out. When I read the script, I was so happy — well, happy is not the right word. I was relieved. It’s a pretty great death for a red shirt. (Laughs.)
 
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