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How could Troi “sense” emotions in Data?

When Lore is feeding Data negative emotions in Descent, Troi notes with surprise that she could "sense" emotions in him. Now, "sense" is a word that Troi only seems to use when referring to her ...
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The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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What is the source of an alternate quotation of “Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant”?

In Star Trek TOS "The Enterprise Incident" the Romulan commander states to Spock "Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant." This seemed like a redundant statement to me and ...
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How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...
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Can you drown on the Holodeck?

The Holodecks and Holosuites of Star Trek fame have a number of security measures designed to ensure that no part of the simulated environment can harm the user. Assuming there is no malfunction and ...
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Why does the Federation in Star Trek seek out new worlds? [closed]

Is it only because of curiosity or to help others? Why do they have first contacts with worlds?
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Why did Khan decide to chase the Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula in Star Trek II?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, why didn't Khan just wait outside the Mutara-class Nebula until Enterprise came out and then just finish them off? Considering the fact that he had a genetically ...
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Does warp travel happen in the 4th dimension of euclidean space? [duplicate]

The first time someone explained the fourth dimension to me (referring to four dimentional euclidean space-not spacetime) they drew a picture of a tesseract and used the analogy of starships traveling ...
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Did we ever learn more about Gary Seven's homeworld?

In the TOS episode "Assignment: Earth", the Enterprise travels back in time to the 20th century. While there they intercept a transporter beam beyond even their technology, and the traveler, Gary 7, ...
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Why does the Enteprise in “Star Trek Enterprise” look more modern than the one in the Original Series?

Star Trek : Enterprise takes place over a hundred years before the "Original Series" (with Kirk and the crew) but we have a problem here. The spaceship in the series TOS is very spartan, where they ...
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How many providers (dissembodied brains) exist in Triskelion?

In The Gamesters Of Triskelion, how many disembodied brains exist on the planet? I seem to recall after the landing party gets their colours, Galt said something like "red, you are on a good team". ...
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Why not use the transporter to beam enemies boarding the ship directly to the brig?

I am aware of this question (I anticipate people linking it to this one in less than 3 seconds since I hit "Post"), and I am asking something more precise and somehow different. When some enemy force ...
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Why did Picard decide to blow up the ship?

In Where Silence Has Lease, Nagilum threatens to kill one third of the crew. As a response Picard decided to start the self-destruct. The loss of a third of the crew falls near the acceptable ...
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In Star Trek, How Can Holodeck Users Eat and Drink Holo-Food Without Harm? [duplicate]

There's been use of the Holodeck wherein users will dine and drink on what should be fake, holographic food. Even though the holo-matter still has physical substance, as soon as they leave the ...
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Is there any adverse effect from consuming a diet of replicated food?

Replicators are used ubiquitously throughout the Star Trek universe to produce any material that the user desires - notably food and drink. On a starship, the crew's entire diet would consist of ...
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Has the Federation ever forced the Prime Directive on other species?

We all know that Starfleet officers follow the Prime Directive but are they duty bound to stop other races from interfering in other civilizations? If not, then what stops someone like the ...
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Why doesn't Federation mandatorily always use “Signal Jammer” against the Borg?

The nastiest thing about the Borg is its Collective Intelligence. Remove it and individual drones won't be able to do anything big. From the canon, individual Borg drones (disconnected from the ...
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Why did the Borg run from 22nd century Earth?

When the Enterprise-E destroyed a Borg cube in the 24th century, a small part of it travelled back in time (2063) to stop first contact of Humans with Vulcans. During the fight with Picard, two Borg ...
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What happened to Jeremy Aster?

So in the TNG Season 3 episode "The Bonding", Worf and Jeremy Aster perform the R'uustai, a ritual that binds them together as brothers, effectively joining Jeremy Aster to the House of Mogh. What ...
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What episodes in TNG contain the Ferengi?

I'm re-watching Star Trek TNG episodes to get a better understanding of how the Ferengi have evolved over the years, into what they are now known as in DS9. Irrespective of how accurate the ...
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What Star Trek episode has a ship twisted by a wormhole?

I have watched almost all episodes of all Star Trek TV series, but I am unable to recall this scene: In the image, I can clearly see a Warp Nacelle which is twisted/warped by a wormhole or ...
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How has no one annihilated the Ferengi?

As I understand it, the Ferengi were set up at the beginning of TNG to be the next "big bad" of the galaxy, and their capabilities are described as being equal to the Enterprise's. That being said, ...
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Has the Federation ever fought a protracted land war?

Starfleet is, we are told again and again, not a military organization. That being said, they are the group that the Federation turns to in times of war, and they have gone to war on several ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Star Trek-era designs paralleling 20th century fashions?

I am generally the type of guy who thinks "because it's a TV show" is a reasonable and complete explanation for unexplainable elements in fictional works. However, given the tendency for Star Trek ...
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What is the status of holographic sentience in the Federation?

Over the course of several stories, and more specifically with the Doctor on Voyager, it's fair to say that Federation holograms, backed by appropriate computer cycles, can achieve self-awareness in a ...
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If the Federation has effective time travel, why don't they use it to correct major problems in the past?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we see Kirk and his crew can perform fairly accurate time travel via the light-speed breakaway factor. Is there any reason they don't use this technique more ...
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Why did Bajor allow the Cardassians and Dominion to retake DS9?

In "A Call to Arms" (DS9, episode 5x26), it's made clear that the Dominion has a non-aggression pact with Bajor, which would prevent the Cardassians from retaking Bajor. However, since DS9 is under ...
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Why do the Borg assimilate children?

After reading several other questions surrounding the mechanics of the Borg assimilating children and pregnant women, with the use of maturation chambers to mature the child to a point where they are ...
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What happens when the Borg assimilate a pregnant woman?

In Drone we see a Borg maturation chamber, and they obviously assimilate children (like Annika Hansen, later to be known as 7 of 9). So we know what happens when they assimilate a child. What happens ...
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Does Starfleet have self-activated teleport technology? If so, have they ever used it?

I've seen multiple situations where non-starfleet beings teleport themselves to and from different locations by using a self-activated handheld device, i.e. they do not have to call their host ship to ...
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Why is the United Federation of Planets based on Earth? [duplicate]

I've always thought it strange that the Federation (Starfleet), one of the dominant organizations in the alpha quadrant, and comparable to the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire, etc., is ...
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What Happened to Mestral?

In Star Trek: Enterprise episode Carbon Creek (Season 2 Episode 02): I'm curious if there is any more in-universe explanation about what may have happened as a result of this story. I haven't read ...
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Can Spock even have children?

Spock was the only Human-Vulcan half breed because he was genetically created, not born. In an interview between Gene Roddenberry and Sarek (played by Mark Lenard, of course) on the album Inside Star ...
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Still confused by the Abramsverse [closed]

Being a lifelong Trek fan, I am still bewildered by the Abramsverse Trek films. The use of the black hole created by the red matter apparently affects space-time much like the quantum rift from the ...
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Which TNG episodes should be viewed to catch these major elements?

There have been many, many good questions regarding viewing order in Star Trek, largely involving the whole series, but sometimes involving a single series. In this case I'm looking at TNG ...
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Why do the Borg refer to themselves as “We” and not “I”

In ST:TNG there was much made of the Borg being a singular entity, such that one Borg couldn't detach itself from another easily, analogous to a person being unable to easily cut off their foot. But ...
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Are bridge activities always recorded, or only during certain missions?

In the episode "Court Martial," apparent video of bridge proceedings is shown, in order to try and determine Kirk's guilt or innocence. My question is whether this is actual video footage of bridge ...
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Episode ID: When did Spock say “To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for…” (did he ever)?

Can anyone identify when onscreen (season and episode, or movie) Spock (or someone else) said this (or something very near to it)? "To destroy your home planet's ecosystem for imaginary wealth is ...
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Does only one John de Lancie Q exist in the multiverse?

As shown in various episodes ("Mirror, Mirror," "Phantasms," etc.), other universes exist, oftentimes containing the same characters, albeit in different situations than in the prime universe. I'm ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture dress uniforms

Is there any additional information regarding formal dress uniforms for Starfleet personnel, from the first motion picture? Some could say the admiral's uniform seen in the first movie was a dress ...
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Do Borg Drones dream while regenerating?

We know that Seven of Nine had dreams, but she wasn't fully Borg. I'm curious whether anything in the canon answers the question of whether Borgs dream while regenerating.
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Why did Nero intercept Spock while Spock was trying to save Romulus?

Why did Nero intercept Spock in the first place when Spock was saving Romulus. It was never explained, all Spock said was that "I was intercepted by Nero. My ship was no match for his..." Nero ...
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Besides Prophets and Pah Wraiths, do distinct energy species ever meet in the same episode?

In at least one episode of DS9, the Prophets and Pah Wraiths meet, albeit in humanoid form. I'm curious whether there's another episode of Star Trek in which distinct energy species are involved. ...
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Star Trek Viewing Order + Other Questions [duplicate]

I am interested in watching Star Trek and have a few questions about doing so. Firstly, I have never watched anything with an 'old' feel to it. For some reason I just can't get into them but I hope ...
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In Star Trek TOS, who is security chief, and how does the department function?

Is Lt Cmd. Giotto security chief throughout TOS? And like are there multiple officers under him with rank of Lt. or are most of them enlisted/ensigns? Also, what would their duties be?
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Are energy beings considered “biological?”

In "Forsaken," Dax posits that non-biological life could exist---mechanical life, for instance. We know this is the case since nanites, among other mechanical life, exist. My question is whether Dax ...
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Why Zalkonian ship was chasing alien in TNG: “Transfigurations”?

In the final scenes of TNG: "Transfigurations" (after meeting with Zalkonian ship), The Zalkonian Commander Sunad explains, that they have hunted down small ship, on which the alien ("John Doe") and ...
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Maximum distance and speed for communication in StarTrek franchise [duplicate]

In the middle of TNG: "Transfigurations" an alien ship is detected on long-range sensors. Worf says, that it travels with Warp 9.72 on interception course and it will take 10.53 hours to meet it. We ...
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Galaxy-class ship's speed, when on space-charting mission

In TNG: "Transfigurations" crew has determined, that their guest's home is around 2.3 parsecs from their current position. In the next scene, captain Jean-Luc Picard told the guest, that it will take ...