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Why do control panels on Star Trek blow up? [duplicate]

Not only do the control panels blow up, killing their user, but then they continue to be usable, the post is filled by another redshirt. Is there any explanation? I've read about power surges but ...
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What was this character thinking in “Brothers”?

In "Brothers", Data takes over the ship, at the direction of Soong's signal. What always confused me about this was what the signal did to Data. On the one hand, it seems unlikely that Soong was ...
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When and why did policies concerning captains and away teams change?

In TOS Kirk joined away teams fairly regularly but by Picard's time it was frowned on captains doing so (mentioned in TNG episode Time's Arrow pt 1, as well as in the film Nemesis)- was there ever ...
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Why not build a space ship of holomatter

According to this question and its accepted answer: Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck? it is possible to remove matter from holodeck and it will remain stable, ...
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When was Uhura Captain of the Enterprise?

Lt. Nyota Uhura was the communications officer on the original Enterprise in the first series of Star Trek, and went on to reprise her role in several subsequent films. However, an answer in this ...
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Does Lwaxana Troi ever talk to herself (as the computer voice)?

They were both played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, but I can't remember if she ever interacted with a Federation computer. Which would be a nice in-joke if it happened.
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What happened at the end of Voyager: Endgame?

The final episode of Star Trek: Voyager, "Endgame" has this sequence: Voyager enters transwarp tunnel. Sphere seen bearing down on Voyager Sphere exits tunnel + ...
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Was Jake Sisko the author of anything other than “Anslem”?

"Anslem" was authored by Jake Sisko and was referred to several times during the course of DS9. Do we know if he was the author of any other works? Is his writing referenced in any books or the EU?
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Why are downloads destructive in the Star Trek universe?

There are numerous places in various Star Trek episodes where references are made to the fact that "downloads" are a destructive operation: you download something from one place, and unless you ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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How come Star Trek starships don't have better computer security? [duplicate]

I'm curious if there's a good in-universe explanation for this. In Star Trek II, we see Admiral Kirk have to give a retinal(biometric) scan to access Project Genesis data. Memory Alpha also lists ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

After Kivas hits Data with the acid in "The Most Toys," he presents the android with a choice: run around naked, or change into the purple clothes which were refused earlier. Data chooses the latter ...
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Why does shields have to be adjusted manually? [duplicate]

In Star Trek, why do they need to transfer all energy in front shields? Why isn't there an automatic system which scans for phaser and adjust the shield? It would be much faster and precise then a ...
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Which Star Trek episodes deal with the Omega Particle?

I'm interested in learning more about the Omega Particle as revealed in the Star Trek TV shows (TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT). What shows deal with the Omega Particle, and what is the recommended viewing ...
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How many times did Picard tell Wesley to shut up?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard was often seen telling young upstart Wesley Crusher to shut up. How often did this happen, and furthermore, when did it happen first?
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Would the stun setting really incapacitate Data?

In "Brothers," after Data has commandeered the bridge, Captain Picard wonders if the computer would supply them with the exact stun setting required to incapacitate Data. It seems unlikely to me ...
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Metaphasic shields is a software (only) update? [duplicate]

In S7E1 Descent, they hide from a Borg ship by going into the sun where the Borg could not follow. This was a quick idea that Dr.Crusher (currently in charge on the bridge) thought of, as Geordi has ...
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Why do they use shuttles in Star Trek even for short distances?

Something I just can't understand why they use shuttles to go to and from earth to the space dock where the Enterprise is docked, when they could just instantly beam themselves there? ...
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How quickly will a starship deplete its ammo?

Watching original Star Trek, the ships seem to be shooting in slow motion not much faster than a muzzleloader, yet the modern version shows them engaging enemy ships with extreme rapid fire of both ...
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Which star trek series main ship/base/structure had the most events that destroyed it? [duplicate]

It just occurred to me that across the different Star Trek series, there are many instances where the show's main ship or base is destroyed. For example, in Next Gen, alternate (time looped) Picard ...
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Is there any explanation as to why it sounds like Neelix was badly dubbed over for a single word in the Star Trek Voyager episode, Tuvix?

I've been rewatching Voyager on Amazon Prime, and have stumbled upon something ridiculously nitpicky, but is bothering me deeply. About 1:38 into the episode, "Tuvix," Neelix asks Tuvok, "Why don't ...
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Why does Q (nearly always) appear in uniform?

For the most part, when appearing on Starfleet vessels, Q shows up wearing the uniform of whatever crew he visits. I guess he doesn't have the creativity to create his own duds? Presumably the Q ...
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Do the post-Nemesis Star Trek novels reference the destruction of Romulus?

Ever since Star Trek: Nemesis came out, the official Pocket Books novels set in the Star Trek universe had become much more coherent and uniform, forming one long running plot and continuity. ...
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Why is a model of the secret Starship in plain view?

Why is a model of the dreadnought class Starship in Star Trek Into Darkness in plain view. I thought it was supposed to be a classified project? In the below scene it is in clear view on the Admiral ...
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How do the crew determine the time after time-traveling?

When time traveling in Star Trek, the ship's clock always seems to show the correct time that they have traveled to. How do ship & crew determine what the exact date is, prior to the invention of ...
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Which ship has made the most first contacts?

From what we see in Star Trek, first contacts are very important dealings. So, my question is which ship 1 has made the most number of first contacts? Allow me to define 'first contacts'. For the ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

I DO NOT want any in-universe explanations or answers for this. I'm interested, strictly, in the decisions made by the producers. In The Enterprise Incident we see Romulans using Klingon ships (or ...
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Does Q perform “magic,” or does he actually know how to do everything?

Bear with me. When Q snaps his fingers and turns Crusher into a dog, does he just "think it," or is there some scientific "explanation" for how he could do such a thing, that he needs to "think" into ...
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Why is there no medical confidentiality in Star Trek (except when there is)?

In all the Star Trek series the medical bay is a large, open area where the doctor talks to and examines the patient, where just about anyone can walk in uninvited, and often does. Sometimes ...
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Are any of Reginald Barclay's modifications permanent?

In the episode The Nth Degree, Barclay is modified by the Cytherians in order to make contact. Barclay goes super genius and starts to make radical changes to the Enterprise in order to destroy the ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Throughout Star Trek, Data reminds people that he is, in fact, an android. While he doesn't sweat, his artificial skin and hair should have their own scent -- yet it's never remarked on, as far as I ...
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Why would Uhura's linguistic skills matter?

In Star Trek(2009), why would it matter that Uhura knew Romulan? In all scenes together, Starfleet crew and the Romulans were able to understand each other. Either they were all speaking the same ...
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Why don’t they switch to text communication when there’s a bad connection?

It happens sometimes in Star Trek that the quality of video chats is too bad. Why don't they switch to audio or text only? This would save bandwidth and they would communicate better.
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Does Data smell?

It's pretty clear Data can see, hear, and feel stimuli; in fact his sight is better than the average humanoid's. But what about his olfactory abilities? Can he smell or taste anything?
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Does Cpt. Sisko ever face consequences for his actions in “For the Uniform”?

In Deep Space Nine's episode "For the Uniform", Sisko takes following action: he detonates two torpedos loaded with trilithium resin in the atmosphere of a Maqui planet, making the planet ...
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Does Data “unlearn” things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...
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Is Uhura having good hearing meant to imply she is a good communications officer?

I remember in the first New Trek film she's hears someone mouth breathing under her roommates bed. Later her astute 'hearing' picked up the dialect difference between two alien species (I forget ...
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How do they hear incoming transmissions through their communicator?

I was wondering how people in Star Trek hear the incoming transmissions. I thought they used speakers located in the rooms and corridors of space ships, but they also work outside. Does the sound come ...
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Can Spock speak Klingon?

A Guardian article on a lawsuit relating to the Klingon language has a photo of Spock. Obviously, he isn't a Klingon, but can he speak the language? A search of Memory Alpha has no mention of it.
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What are the technical differences between these two versions of the NCC-1701? [duplicate]

What are the major technical differences between the Enterprise NCC-1701 (TOS) and NCC-1701 (Abrams)? I don't recall TOS engineering looking like a sterile brewery or having a large transparent water ...
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Why do aliens from the Delta Quadrant also refer to that part of the galaxy as 'Delta Quadrant'?

If I was living on a planet somewhere in the galaxy and decided to divide that galaxy into some named parts, I would probably name my own region the 'Alpha' part, and chances are that not all species ...
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Which character has traveled in time the most on-screen?

The title says it all: Which main Star Trek character has traveled through time the most number of times on-screen? I'm referring to characters from the 22nd century to the 24th century - no ...
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Which TOS characters do we see in TNG-era canon?

I recall seeing Spock and McCoy on TNG, but which other TOS regular bridge crew do we see in TNG-era canon i.e. TNG, DS9, VOY and the TNG movies.
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Why aren't Earth humans considered Species 001?

In the book trilogy, Star Trek: Destiny, the Borg are first created when two injured, dying, and slightly deranged Caeliar unnaturally merged/assimilated two humans that were with them when their ship ...
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What happened to the Calamarain and the shuttle?

At the end of "Deja Q," Q (with his powers reinstated) "blows away" the Calamarain Cloud, which he had shrunk to fit neatly in the palm of his hand. Apparently the Cloud vanished, for it wasn't found ...
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Where do replicators get their material?

My fiance just asked me if replicators got their matter by dereplicating human waste, and I realized I wasn't sure. Even after researching the matter, I can't find any concrete information. So where ...
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Which starship gets destroyed the most often?

The question "Which starship has been sent back in time the most number of times?" made me wonder... Which starship has been destroyed on screen the most? Time travel loops count individually, but ...
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Which starship has been sent back in time the most number of times?

The title says it all: Which starship has travelled back in time the most number of times? The only restriction is it must be from canon. It can be from any society, any time period.
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What Star Trek episodes are set in the 20th century?

Star Trek has a lot of time travel in it and, more often than not, it seems that when they travel back in time, they go to the 20th century. Which Trek episodes are set in 20th Earth century? I'll ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?