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Is there an in-universe explanation for the uniform change in Mirror, Mirror?

In Mirror, Mirror, when the landing party is ready to beam up they are in normal Starfleet uniforms, like this: When they materialize on the ISS Enterprise, they are in mirror universe uniforms: ...
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How did the Hirogen get ahead of voyager?

In the fourth season, in the The Killing Game episode, Captain Janeway shares the holodeck technology with the Hirogen. Three years later, in the Flesh and Blood episode, Voyager encounters again the ...
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Why wasn't Dr. Timicin's final work accepted?

In "Half a Life," Dr. Timicin (played by the fantastic actor David Ogden Stiers) tries to help save Kaelon II, his homeworld. On the Enterprise, he works with Data and Geordi. The Kaelons have a law ...
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Who were Krall's men in Star Trek: Beyond?

I watched Star Trek: Beyond and I can't get my head around one thing: Spoiler:
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Star Trek Convention - 50th anniversary [on hold]

I have a couple of questions, similar to How should I prepare for my first convention?. This, the 50th anniversary convention, will be my first. Does everyone dress up, every day? I see that they ...
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Why didn't Riker have a subcutaneous communicator in the TNG episode 'First Contact'?

In "Who Watches the Watchers," Deanna and Riker have subcutaneous communicators implanted in their skin. In the episode "First Contact," Riker loses his combadge. Is there a reason why they didn't ...
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In Enterprise canon in the same timeline of Beyond? [duplicate]

We know that the accident that causes the universes of Star Trek to diverge happend in the XXIII century. We also know that everything that happens after it (and so TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY) is set in ...
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How many times has the Enterprise been destroyed?

How many times has the starship Enterprise been destroyed? This includes the NX-01 as well as any of the others we have seen, starting with the NCC-1701, without any letters suffixed on the end or ...
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How could young Spock be holding a photo of older Spock?

In Star Trek: Beyond, how could young Spock be holding a photo of older and deceased Ambassador Spock; are they not the same person?
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Which Star Trek Original Series episode has a Starfleet Captain leading an alien village?

The details I remember are too vague to Google... apparently. The story surrounds the crew of the Enterprise discovering that the leader of the village where they're visiting (I forget why) is ...
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What has George Takei said about this revelation about Sulu in Star Trek Beyond?

In Star Trek Beyond it is revealed that While we don't technically know this for sure, since there is no dialog, it is strongly implied that This is, of course, bolstered by the fact that George ...
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Is the backstory regarding the USS Franklin inconsistent or unnecessarily complicated?

Major spoilers follow. In Star Trek Beyond we learn that Apparently, So, we can infer he took command Yet the Franklin is Despite that fact, the NX-01 is a warp five vessel. . Yet, ...
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Do I need to watch any previous shows to understand Star Trek: Discovery? [on hold]

Star Trek: Discovery is set to air on CBS starting in 2017. Do I need to watch any of the prior series (TOS, Next Generation, etc.) to be able to understand what is happening in the new series?
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Did Starfleet intend for Jellico to permanently replace Picard?

In the episode, "Chain of Command", when Starfleet assigned Captain Edward Jellico to replace Captain Picard, was it intended as a permanent or temporary assignment? Did they assign him on a ...
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Why does the combadge bounce off the holodeck wall in Ship In A Bottle?

Data throws his combadge at the wall in Ship In A Bottle to show they are in a simulation; however, shouldn't the combadge have continued on in the simulation? If this isn't so, how does Data know ...
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How could Jaylah hide this item?

In Star Trek: Beyond, Jaylah has hidden the USS Franklin from Krall and his buddies using some sort of holo/light refraction cloaking technology. How could this possibly work, as
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Voice simulation in Star Trek?

Multiple times in Star Trek, the computer is locked out using voice commands. For example in 'Brothers', Data locked out the computer and set authorization to his voice only. Couldn't they hook up a ...
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Which pre-Federation wars did this character refer to, and did he describe them accurately?

Near the end of Star Trek Beyond, pre-Federation wars between Earth and nonhumans are discussed - Krall laments to Kirk that "millions were lost" fighting the Romulans and either the Xindi or the ...
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Was Krall's suit the source of his ability?

In Star Trek Beyond we see that Krall has some unnatural ability As I watched the film, it seemed that this ability was tied to his suit. The suit was very particular, and had many shots dedicated ...
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Are any of the races in Star Trek Beyond seen in other shows?

There were a few new races in Star Trek Beyond that were not in the other two movies. I'm mainly thinking of Jaylah, Manas and Kalara's races, as they're featured most prominently in the film. ...
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Was this character from Star Trek Beyond on Archer's ship?

Be forewarned that there are major spoilers ahead. In Star Trek Beyond, we find out that As I recall, the only MACOs who actually saw action in the Xindi campaign were the ones assigned to Archer'...
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English language in the Delta Quadrant [duplicate]

Is the prevalence of the English language in the Delta Quadrant ever explained in Star Trek: Voyager? All of the races they encounter seem to have their own, non-English, language. So how is it that ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the proximity of the nexus to earth?

When the Enterprise-B was launched in Earth-orbit, it was only 3 lightyears away from two transport ships captured in the Nexus. That means the Nexus was the closest out-of-system object. However, ...
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What reality has more advanced technology?

Which reality has more advanced technology in the Star Trek universe, prime or alternate? It seems that the prime universe has more advanced technology in terms of sensors etc, but alternate pushes ...
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Why Did Spock Need Kyle's Agonizer?

In Mirror, Mirror, when there is trouble with the transporter at the start of the episode, we hear this exchange: SPOCK: Regrettable that this society has chosen suicide. Mister Kyle, you were ...
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Star Trek: Alien Domain weapon

In the new game Star Trek: Alien Domain I have noticed a weapon on the Voyager that was never used in the TV series called the "Pulse nova attack" I can find no reference to this weapon outside ...
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How was the USS Enterprise going to leave Nibiru without being seen?

In Into Darkness, Spock said that being seen by indigenous species violates the Prime Directive, and therefore he didn't want to be saved. Even if the crew of Enterprise listened to him, it wouldn't ...
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Has Riker ever made a comment about being called “Number One”?

Loosly based on this post, Is there a tendency for captains to call their first officers 'Number 1'?, where Captain Picard calls his first officer "Number One" instead of "Mr. Riker" as he would ...
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What made the Starfleet Academy ring (of power) into a bomb?

Early in the film, we see Thomas Harewood drop the said ring into a glass of water which reacts violenty and creates a massive explosion. What made the ring into a bomb? This post on reddit ...
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How do the Dominion members regard the Prophets?

I'm mainly interested in the Founders, but also the Breen, Vorta, and Jem'Hadar. Do they consider them to be mythical? Impressive? Not worth their attention?
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Did Starfleet(TOS) adopt the Enterprise logo after the 5 year mission?

I heard long ago that the USS Enterprise was the only ship of 12 to return from its 5 year mission. Because Kirk pulled this off, Star Fleet adopted the logo of the Enterprise uniforms to honor the ...
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Where do Federation vessels get all that energy, and how much would it cost today?

Reading about how gravity is generated in a Federation vessel, this questions came to my mind: If we use the Enterprise D as an example, we know these items consume energy: Gravitational force ...
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Why is there a Borg Queen?

From what I can tell, the Borg are a singular collective consciousness spread across multiple bodies: they're defined by their lack of individuality and central consciousness. So then why is there a ...
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Was Riker's holodeck jazz trio actually playing the music we hear?

This is about the production of Star Trek TNG episode "11001001". Riker fires up a holodeck program to recreate a jazz club. On stage there are 3 musicians. At one point in the episode, he briefly ...
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Is this Star Trek order ok? [duplicate]

I am currently on season 3 of Star Trek: TOS, and wanted to know if/how watching in this order will affect the story (NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!): Star Trek: TOS Star Trek: TAS Star Trek movies 1-7 Star ...
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In Star Trek, why doesn't time travel always lead to alternate realities?

The basic premise of the rebooted Start Trek films is that Spock and Nero traveling to the past caused an alternate time line. But there have been other instances of time travel in the Star Trek ...
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What is the purpose of the Enterprise tail fin?

In Star Trek Enterprise (the prequel series), the NX-01 has a fin/wing that connects the two engines and nacelles. What is contained in this area? There appears to be a large room in the middle of ...
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What was Lwaxana Troi an ambassador of? and to?

Lwaxana Troi is desribed on TV Tropes as a "Betazoid Ambassador to the Federation". On the Memory Alpha page, she is named "a Betazoid Federation ambassador", and elsewhere that she "represented the ...
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Which celestial bodies in the Sol system have been colonised by TNG era?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Riker comments how strange the moon looks and that in his time you can see the city of New Berlin. In TNG 'The Naked Now', Data begins reciting a limerick about a girl ...
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Was Data's speed affected by the polywater intoxication?

At the end of the episode, "The Naked Now," Data moves quickly in order to replace the removed isolinear chips. The Enterprise is in the path of a stellar core fragment and needs to move to avoid ...
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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?

A rumour I had heard a long time ago was that Dr. McCoy's small medical devices in The Original Series were actually Swedish salt shakers. Are there any statements corroborating this?
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Was Captain Picard named after the Piccard twins?

Wikipedia claims that Jean-Luc Picard was named after the Piccard twins: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry named Picard for one or both of the twin brothers Auguste Piccard and Jean Felix Piccard,...
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Has Starfleet Command or the Federation ever formally acknowledged the Q Continuum?

I'm pretty sure that we've all seen how disruptive Q was to the travels of the Enterprise-D and Voyager. (It's likely documented within their captain and personal logs.) Given how Starfleet Command ...
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Why did Q select an android and a half-betazoid in the trial against humanity at Farpoint?

In episode 1, Encounter at Farpoint, part 1, there are 5 members of the crew present on the battle bridge after saucer separation: Jean-Luc Picard, a human Tasha Yar, a human Miles O'Brien, a human ...
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3 1/2 Pips in Star Trek TNG

According to the wiki page, the pips used in Star Trek: The Next Generation denote rank starting with 1/2 a pip (or hollow pip) and working up to Captain (4 pips) and even beyond into Admiral ranks. ...
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Can ranks be skipped?

Suppose that Ensign Fancypants impresses Captain Picard, or a visiting admiral especially appreciates Mr. Worf's work. Can the ensign be promoted to lieutenant, or Worf to full commander (during TNG ...
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Why did they put the Enterprise underwater in Star Trek: Into Darkness?

During the opening scene of Into Darkness, Scotty tells Kirk: Do you have any idea how ridiculous it is to hide a starship at the bottom of the ocean? And then Kirk cuts him off, what with Spock ...
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What is Federation of Planets legal position on genocide? [duplicate]

What is Federation of Planets legal position on genocide and its relationship to the Prime Directive in Star Trek?
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What is the Enterprise-E's crew complement?

How many people are on board the Enterprise-E? There were over 1000 people aboard the Enterprise-D. I know the Enterprise-D was slightly bigger; would the crew complement of the Enterprise-E be a lot ...
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Does a map exist that shows Star Trek civilizations/worlds in great detail?

There's a related question which asks whether a map exists that shows where the various humanoid societies are located. That's fine, but is there a map of the galaxy that shows all canon civilizations/...