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Pon Farr in the new timeline

In the original series episode "Amok Time", Spock describes the 7-year Vulcan mating cycle: We are driven by forces we cannot control to return home and take a wife or die. He cites precedents ...
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What Star Trek episode has a prison experience that is only in the mind?

I'm fairly sure this was a Star Trek episode. A character went through a horrible prison experience for years, only to find out when he woke up that merely months had passed and it was all part of ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg? [duplicate]

In episode Q2 of Voyager, Q tells his son: Q : If the Continnum's told you once, they've told you a thousand times. DON'T PROVOKE THE BORG!! If Q are omnipotent / immortal / all powerful, why ...
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Where is the Nexus when it's not in our universe?

In Star Trek: Generations, what did it mean that the Nexus "enters our universe every 75 years", or something to that effect? I mean, where would it be when it's not in our universe? And how does it ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

This is the final dialogue of the episode as well as being Shelby's last time on TNG show: RIKER: And Earth Station McKinley has advised they're ready to begin refitting the Enterprise. ...
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In the Battle of Wolf 359, one ship survives. Which one was it and why did it survive?

In "TNG: The Best of Both Worlds," 40 Starfleet starships under the command of Admiral J.P. Hanson gather near Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube ship traveling to Earth. (The Star Trek Encyclopedia ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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Why are logs sometimes dated and sometimes supplemental?

There doesn't seem to be any pattern to when it's "Captain's Log, StarDate xxx' and 'Captain's Log, Supplemental". Is there any?
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Why did the doctor not think to capture one of the primates or find the insect that carried the virus on the planet to find a cure for the virus?

In the Voyager episode "Resolutions" Janeway fairly quickly is setting up traps to find the insect that transmitted the virus to her and Chakotay. At the same time Janeway is also trying to befriend a ...
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Why did the doctor put Janeway and Chakotay in stasis for 17 days?

In the Voyager episode "Resolutions" the doctor puts Janway in stasis for 17 days. Why did he put them in stasis when he could have had Janeway helping out by analyzing and working on a cure during ...
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Do Tuvok and Neelix have Tuvix's memories?

In the Voyager episode Tuvix, Tuvix has Neelix's and Tuvok's memories. After Janeway murders Tuvix and separates Tuvok and Neelix at the end of the episode do they possess Tuvix's memories?
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If the Q are all powerful, how does the continuum affect punishment on an individual Q? [duplicate]

Since one Q is all powerful, then two q's aren't really double all powerful are they? ALL powerful would mean they could do pretty much anything. Couldn't one Q kill all the other Q if he wanted to?
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Why would Professor Moriarty “cease to exist” if he tried to exit the holodeck via the arch?

In the episode Ship in a Bottle, Professor James Moriarty wishes to leave the holodeck. The whole episode is centered around his complicated gambit to do just that, by giving the illusion to Picard ...
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Do any of the known species besides the Srivani in Star Trek use a phase shift as a cloaking device?

Please keep in mind "TNG: The Pegasus." It would appear that this would be a superior cloaking device as a ship could pass through objects.
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In anything Star Trek, what does it mean to be in or out of phase?

In many Star Trek episodes term/concept in phase, out of phase, phase variance, etc. are used many times. What does phase mean exactly? Please give as detailed and technical an answer as you can ...
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How does out of phase Voyager get back into phase?

In the Voyager Episode "Deadlock", the vidiians can only see the "healthy" Voyager. The "unhealthy" Voyager that the Vidiians can't see survives their attack. The "unhealthy" Voyager would be out of ...
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How does Harry Kim get back into phase with the rest of the Voyager crew?

At the end of the Voyager episode "Deadlock", Harry crossed the boundary between the two vessels with an arm band because he was out of phase. Is he now living his entire life out of phase? Does he ...
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Is the depiction of the movement of stars at warp in Star Trek accurate? [closed]

When the enterprise (ENT) is moving at warp we see numerous stars flying past in the windows: However, according to warp speed charts, at warp 5 (the maximum speed of the 1st enterprise) it would ...
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Did the Selay & Antican delegations ever get to the peace process?

In "TNG : Lonely Among Us" the purpose of the Enterprise's mission was to deliver the Selay and Antican delegations to a peace process. They get side tracked by an energy species from an energy cloud. ...
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Why are the Romulan and Klingon Empires “empires”?

(Remotely related to Is there an in-universe explanation for the Roman Empire terminology used for the Romulans?) The Romulan Empire and the Klingon Empire are led by a senate and a council with a ...
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How many separate Klingon realms were there in the era of TNG?

That may seem a silly question. But how many states of Virginia were there in 1864? Obviously there was only one, Virginia, before 1861, and after Virginia was readmitted there were two, Virginia, ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “justice” of Star Trek TNG do we ever learn what the entities that the Edo call god really are?

Is there anything in canon that teaches us what the entities orbiting the planet are, their capabilities, where they come from, etc.? I am happy to accept responses based on the expanded universe ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “Justice” of Star Trek TNG didn't they violate the prime directive by introducing themselves to a non-warp society? [duplicate]

The entire episode is about Wesley accidently walking on the Edo's grass, violating their laws in the process, and incurring the death penalty. Picard is concerned about violating the prime directive ...
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Gorn psychology and physiology

I caught an old episode of the original Star Trek, "Arena," in which Captain Kirk comes extremely close to the Gorn he is fighting: ...
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Wouldn't Capt Braxton have already destroyed Voyager before the events of “Relativity?”

During the ST:V Episode "Relativity" a deranged Capt Braxton tries to erase Voyager from the timeline after suffering from temporal psychosis after repairing several incursions Voyager created. When ...
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Re: Star Trek Voyager S2 E22 “Deadlock”, why would Janeway suggest sending a security detail across the barrier?

B'elanna stated early in the episode they couldn't bring more then five people across or it would throw off the atomic mass and create an explosion due to an imbalance of atoms on one side. If ...
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In Star Trek Voyager S2 E22 “Deadlock” How could Wildman give birth?

In Star Trek Voyager episode “Deadlock” Ensign Wildman gives birth to her daughter Naomi but at that point they were already waaaay past nine months out of space dock (almost two years out at that ...
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Why were the “proton blasts” causing such problems?

In the Voyager episode "Deadlock" Voyager is split into two ships occupying the same space but out of phase with each other. They appear to have split their matter but only one ship (the healthy one) ...
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Why did the two Voyagers have MORE problems after they moved apart?

In the Star Trek Voyager Episode "Deadlock" Voyager encountered a "spacial scission" that created two Voyagers. Voyager 1 (unhealthy/damaged) and Voyager 2 (healthy/undamaged) split apart, but only ...
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In TNG S1 EP 17, “when the bough breaks” why didn't the federation gain the repulsion weapon technology when helping the Aldeans?

In the tng episode "When the Bough Breaks", S1 Ep17, after the enterprise fixed the ozone layer, cured the people, and agreed to teach them about their technology and how it functioned, why didn't the ...
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Why is Worf in The Undiscovered Country?

After watching The Undiscovered Country I noticed that the advocate for Kirk and Bones during their trial is none other than Michael Dorn, a.k.a. Worf. During the trial I believe they even call the ...
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Which order should I watch the Star Trek TV shows and Movies? [duplicate]

So, I watched the new Star Trek movie. That got me interested in Star Trek so I watched Star Trek Into Darkness. But now I want to watch all of the Star Trek movies and TV shows. I can watch them on ...
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What was the content of the 20 million gigaquads uploaded to Voyager's computer in the episode entitled “Twisted?”

In Star Trek Voyager, Season 2, Episode 6, "Twisted" there is an alien life form that is trying to communicate with voyager through a distortion ring/energy field. At the end of the episode the alien ...
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Were there families on the Enterprise-E?

Were there any families on the Enterprise-E like there were on the D? Was it also a ship of exploration?
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Were the Dominion aware of the Borg?

Are there any canon sources which indicate that the Dominion was aware of the Borg? If so, do those sources indicate what the Dominion planned to do about them? I find it hard to believe that they ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise modulate its shield frequency?

In the movie Star Trek: Generations, when the Klingons stole their shield frequencies, why didn't they just modulate their shield frequency, just like against the Borg in "Q Who". I have been giving ...
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Was Q Created in the very first Star Trek Movie? [duplicate]

This question is based off the end of the very first Star Trek Movie, so I will ask it in spoilers in the odd case that you haven't seen it yet. could this theoretically have been the beginning of ...
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How frequently do Federation Starfleet personnel receive shore leave?

According to the Memory Alpha page on shore leave, Starfleet (both Earth and Federation) receive occasional shore leave. One thing the page doesn't mention though is the frequency of shore leave. ...
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Is there any canonical evidence of Vulcan nerve pinch being used on species other than humans, humanoids and horses?

The Vulcan nerve pinch clearly works on humans and other humanoids. And—as seen in the 1989 film, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier—it can clearly work on horses as well. Is there any canonical ...
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Star Trek Shield Shape, inconsistencies?

According to the answer on Why do shields in Star Trek "wear out"? the TNG technical manual says the Defense Shields are basically form fitting. And this aligns with what I remember of TOS, ...
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If starships can raise and lower their shields at will, how do they fail in battle? [duplicate]

The question is this: Starship's can materialize their shields instantly, when there were no shields (or no more than navigational deflectors) to begin with. However, when there were some shields, ...
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Has any Star Trek material had a serious in-universe discussion about the philosophy of transporter technology?

I was reading this question and it got me thinking. When someone gets transported, the original form is destroyed and either recreated or recycled into a new copy of it upon arrival. However, ...
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Is an android from Star Trek cold or hot to the touch?

It may seem silly to ask and/or obvious to answer. I can't recall exact episode titles I'm afraid, but when Deanna was pregnant, Data was assumed by Pulaski to be cold to the touch. In contrast, the ...
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Why does Spock come across as so vague and submissive throughout Star Trek V: The Final Frontier?

One of the frustrating aspects of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is the vague and submissive conduct of Spock throughout, even taking into account the fact that Sybok is his half-brother. It really ...
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Why do we see the stairs in the cloaked ship in Star Trek 4?

When they first leave the ship.... in San Francisco, they walk off/down the stairs/lift of the ship... we see the stair rails But the ship is cloaked!
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Is there a TOS episode where Captain Kirk wears a red shirt?

My question is as simple as the title gets. I haven't finished watching TOS yet, so if I'll notice such occurrence I'll make sure to update here.
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Why doesn't the crew automatically switch the main view screen to interesting objects?

This happens throughout all the series: WORF: Captain... Klingon attack cruiser decloaking, bearing zero-one-zero mark three-two-seven. PICARD: On screen. . PICARD: Report. RIKER: ...
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Why (in universe) does the use of a cloaking device cause a 'wobbling' effect of light?

Whenever a ship uses cloaking technology (well, at least in terms of the Romulans and Klingons in TNG), there is a 'wobbling' effect of light as they activate/deactivate the cloak. Now, I know that ...
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How can ship crew walk in USS Enterprise?

Has there been a scientific explanation for ship crew walking in spaceships in Star Trek? I know rotating stations can create artifical gravity but USS Enterprise does not rotate, at least not enough ...
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Do Star Trek's Bussard collectors conflict with the deflectors?

In Star Trek, even at 'low' impulse speeds, colliding with a Very Tiny Object would be horribly damaging to the ship - see this NASA.org link which describes space shuttle windows being damaged by ...