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Was Star Trek’s “Time Warp” ever developed past episode one of the TOS?

I consider myself a Trekkie and I have seen pretty much every episode there is to watch at least once. That was a long time ago, and my memory is hazy but I seem to recall that in the first episode of ...
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Was Qo'noS evacuated?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the destruction of my namesake causes an ecological disaster on the Klingon homeworld and paves the way for a serious peace effort between the Federation and ...
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The fates of corporations in the Star Trek universe

As we learned in the responses to the question Why do people risk death by joining Starfleet if not for money or preservation of their homes?, the Federation (and Earth in particular) enjoys a ...
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Is there a Vulcan funeral blessing?

In light of the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, I've been trying to think of an appropriate Vulcan saying which would address the death of a beloved or respected member of their society. "Live long, ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

Is it ever explained why so many races evolve, technologically speaking, on a nearly parallel course in the Star Trek universe? Obviously their physical and social evolution was far from parallel but ...
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what's the exact difference between Refit USS enterprise and USS enterprise A?

I have been always wondering exactly what is the difference between the Refit USS Entrprise and the USS Enterprise A from the Star Trek movies? I mean which ship is more powerful in terms of size and ...
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What became of the probe in “Schisms”?

In the TNG episode "Schisms", Enterprise crew members are taken against their will (and without their knowledge, at least initially) to a subspace realm where they are experimented on by ...
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Did the Vulcans have a “guide civilization”, like they were to Humanity?

Obviously many of the technologies in Star Trek were invented by Humans, or developed during the Federation era, but there's also a lot that seems to have been given/sold/traded/taught to Humanity in ...
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What is the name of Worf's Exercises?

We regularly see Worf doing some sort of exercises that are similar to Tai Chi and I was just wondering what these were? I know we see him doing this in the TNG episodes Parallels (where he proceeds ...
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What kind of training is required to be a civilian employee / resident on a starship?

The Enterprise D in TNG has civilian employees on board, such as Mot the barber, Ms. Kyle the school teacher, and Guinan's wait staff in Ten Forward. There are also families on board. What training ...
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Besides contests of arms, do Vulcans participate in either individual or team sports?

Vulcans are adept, or can be, with weapons and display physical ability and mental agility to work together in battle. A GIF I posted in chat made me wonder about their participation in individual or ...
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Effectiveness of Universal Translator in translating a book [duplicate]

Would running a book through the universal translator make an accurate translation? The universal translator is able to translate languages never heard by the federation practically instantly,(with ...
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Why do people risk death by joining Starfleet if not for money or preservation of their homes?

Watching Star Trek made me think of a few "deeper" questions about Starfleet, which are all related to the Star Trek TV series. So, let's take for example the Dominion War: people are dying every ...
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Speed of growth of Spock's hair on Genesis

When Spock was being rapidly regenerated on the Genesis Planet in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, why didn't his hair and beard grow rapidly as well since he was rapidly being regenerated? Is ...
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Did Voyager actually trade technology?

In the episode(s) Flesh and Blood, Janeway states that they had to trade technology to survive in the Delta Quadrant, however in the beginning of the Voyager series I thought it was strictly forbidden ...
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How many Starships did the Federation lose during the Dominion War?

Is there any record of how many Starships the Federation lost in battle with the Dominion forces during the war?
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Can Traveling into the past really change the future? [duplicate]

Remembering one of two Original Star Trek series, Spock said that the past couldn't be change, Yet in the other one a science ship mate made it back to the time of WW II and the Enterprise was No ...
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How dence and compact does Kepler-5b need to be to become a black hole [migrated]

How dence and compact does Kepler-5b need to be to become a black hole ? And this is just for the fun of knowing like what vsuase did to how compacte and dense it needed to be for one of the many ...
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Did Star Trek Ever Reconcile the time line problems? [duplicate]

Beginning with the 1967 episode Space Seed, we start seeing references to the Eugenics Wars which, according to Memory Alpha, took place on Earth between 1992 and 1996 and led to World Ward 3. ...
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Are there any other changeling species in the Star Trek universe besides the Founders?

I'm currently watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and as all you know there are many appearances of shapeshifting/changeling characters like the Founders and Odo. I watched Star Trek Voyager 5-6 ...
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Robert April in the alternate timeline

Although it wasn't always official, for many years it has been an accepted part of Star Trek canon that Robert April was the first captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). April was first introduced ...
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Was Kirk born prematurely in the alternate timeline?

There are two reasons the presence of Winona Kirk (James T. Kirk's mother) on the USS Kelvin in 2233 might not make sense: (1) Family members of officers and enlisted crew generally weren't housed on ...
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Nero's knowledge of George Kirk

Towards the end of Star Trek (2009), Nero threatens James Kirk aboard the Narada: A life I will deprive you of, just like I did your father. How exactly does Nero know that Kirk's father was on ...
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How did the Klingons Wage a War with Cardassia?

In Deep Space 9, there was an ongoing plotline involving a war between Cardassia and The Klingon Empire. Obviously the did have the war, but the crux of my question is how they managed to do so ...
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Who were the aliens in “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode “Silent Enemy” (S01E11)?

Grew up watching Star Trek TOS reruns, then happily watched the newer series until life took over and I only ever caught a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Now, with a bit more time on my ...
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Non 24 hour sleep cycle species and Star Trek [closed]

Considering how humans have developed a 24 hour sleep cycle due to the Earth's rotational period and our natural diurnal circadian rhythm, and star fleets human only club attitude dictating social ...
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Positronic signature in Nemesis

In Nemesis, the Enterprise E is lured to Kolarin III by a positronic signature, which ends up being B-4, another Soongian android. Would starships of that time period (circa 2379) normally monitor ...
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Question about Star Trek: Into Darkness *spoilers*

The question would be fairly self-explanatory if I could ask it without spoiling anything but that is impossible, but I will elucidate. Spoilers follow!!! My main question is,
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Success of the transwarp drive on the Excelsior

In The Search for Spock, the new USS Excelsior is equipped with a "transwarp" drive. The usage of "transwarp" is different here than in Voyager, as explained in What is the difference between ...
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Does Star Trek's adherence to naval tradition have roots in NASA or earlier real organizations or works?

Is it well established that Star Trek follows naval tradition. For example its ranks come from USN. Ships share names with real Earth vessels, etc. I was surprised that the contingency speech on the ...
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Why would Admiral Marcus need Khan's help?

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Admiral Marcus puts Khan to work for him, on projects designed to enhance the military capability of Starfleet. For instance, Khan is a principal consultant on the ...
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Why does Chakotay wear apparent lieutenant commander's insignia?

To the best of my knowledge, everything in the Star Trek: Voyager canon points to Chakotay holding the provisional rank of (full) Commander. However, his collar rank insignia display two full bars and ...
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Management of fruit bowls on the Enterprise D

I have noticed that guest quarters on the Enterprise D have fruit bowls on their tables. A prominent instance is the fruit bowl in Berlinghoff Rasmussen's quarters in "A Matter of Time". The first ...
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Carol Marcus learning about David after The Search for Spock

In The Search for Spock, Kirk's son David Marcus gives his life on the Planet Genesis, after Captain Kruge orders his men to execute one of the three prisoners (David, Saavik, and Spock). Is there ...
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How was the teleporter effect on Star Trek: TOS achieved?

Does anybody know how they made the glittery spiral effect when teleporting on the original Star Trek series?
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Why is Bashir allowed to gamble?

In Deep Space 9 S6E9, Statistical Probabilities, there are a couple of scenes in Quark's where Bashir is gambling. This is after it's been revealed that Bashir which seems to be general knowledge. ...
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Αre there bathrooms on the Enterprise?

I know it's a weird question, but I haven't seen a single bathroom on the Enterprise, not even on blueprints. Do they exist?
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How would Starfleet know what a Romulan looks like in Star Trek 2009?

In TOS, Kirk's Enterprise encounters a Romulan warbird for the first time, after it had destroyed several Starfleet outposts along the Neutral Zone. When they see the ship's captain, they are ...
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Janet Kagan: “Uhura's Song” sequels

The Star Trek novel Uhura's Song is a personal favorite of mine. Apparently, author Janet Kagan (who died in 2008) had written sequels, which were not published due to a policy not allowing an ...
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Where did the original Enterprise bridge sounds come from?

I was watching an episode of The Adventures of Superman, specifically Stolen Elephant made in 1957 and there was a short scene with background sounds that were very close to the sound loop used for ...
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Giant's Causeway in The Motion Picture?

In The Motion Picture, V'ger creates or extends a walkway between himself and the saucer section of the Enterprise, allowing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Decker, and the Ilia probe to walk down the hull in ...
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Those white one-piece engineering suits in the original series films

In the first to sixth original series Star Trek films (inclusive), engineering crew on Starfleet ships wear a special suit while on duty. The suit is a white one-piece garment, with a black rubber ...
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Do ships in Star Trek that can land on planets use impulse drive to reach space?

I have read many sources and understand that impulse drive can be very fast. A quarter of impulse can be way faster than the escape velocity on Earth (11 km/s) or on the Sun (600 km/s). Does this ...
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Why does Spock's rapid aging stop after Genesis? [duplicate]

In The Search for Spock, Spock is resurrected as a consequence of super blood the Genesis effect. A new organism, genetical identically to the deceased Spock, is created from the DNA in his corpse, ...
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Crew quarters on the Enterprise in Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness

Something that bothers me is that, in the two alternate timeline Star Trek films, we do not see crew quarters — not even once. Were sets for crew quarters built at any point? If not, does ...
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Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode “First Contact” ever revisited?

First off, this is not a question about the movie First Contact. It is a question about the eponymous episode from Season 4 of TNG. In that episode, Riker is wounded on Malcor III, where he is ...
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How does offering asylum not violate the prime directive?

Assuming that the criteria by which the offer of asylum is offered is based on human values, how can it be offered without violating the prime directive?
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Inconsistencies explained by an alternate timeline, originating from First Contact? [duplicate]

There have been several questions — for good reason, I might add — dealing with a couple of inconsistencies in the Prime Trek timeline, surrounding the Federation's first contact with the ...
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Why was there a 20-year gap between Enterprises C and D?

As can be confirmed via Memory Alpha, the service years of the ships named "USS Enterprise" in the original timeline beginning at 2245 are: NCC-1701 (Captains April, Pike, Kirk, Decker, Kirk, ...
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Speed of Scanners and Sensors from Star Trek

Are we to believe that the scanners and sensors used on Star Trek are: Instantaneous Faster than instantaneous Travel into the future Travel into the past FTL but slightly less than instantaneous ...