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How could the Duplicate Voyager crew not know that they were duplicates?

ST Voyager "Demon": DEMON KIM: We'd rather die than be alone. We deserve life. JANEWAY: This silver blood that created you. It duplicated Harry without killing him. So you don't need our ...
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Why do the the vorta have telekinetic powers in one episode, and at no other time?

In the DS9 episode "The Jem'Hadar," Eris the Vorta has telekinetic powers. Later, throughout the Dominion War, no other Vorta have telekinetic powers. Do they just never use them, or was Eris the only ...
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Did Star Trek invent the holodeck?

I first saw the holodeck in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Had any other science fiction work used computer-programmable virtual recreation before Star Trek? If so, where was it first used in sci-fi? ...
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The Universal Translator and similar machines: any armwaving argument as to how a universal translator might work? [duplicate]

Everybody on this site must be familiar with the Universal Translator of Star Trek. I do not recall any explanation, even a vague one, of how it worked, and worked (almost?) instantaneously at that. ...
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Why would the Iconians want to visit Toronto City Hall?

In the TNG episode "Contagion", the sister ship of the Enterprise-D, the USS Yamato, is destroyed. An investigation into the cause leads the Enterprise to a planet in the Neutral Zone whose existence ...
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What are fans speculations about fiction universes turned out to be true? [on hold]

Fans of such universes often like to speculate, why such character do that, or why such party do this, what Obi-Wan though in this moment, what agenda of Tom Bombadil was, etc, etc. And I wonder, is ...
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Was Spock fallible?

Whenever Spock appears, he always brings logic. However there is a difference between logic and omniscience. Clearly Spock doesn't know everything, otherwise you wouldn't need Scottie, Bones or most ...
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How is longer life span explained in Star Trek?

Characters in the star trek future live a lot longer than people live today. For example, Jonathan Archer is still working at age 140 in the 2250s when Star Trek 2009 was set. How is the increase ...
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In Star Trek, are there any (named) low-ranking older officers?

Of course, I mean besides Lt. JG Picard in "Tapestry": Is it just Hollywood bias are are we to believe that officers either get promoted, get killed, or retire if their career is not advancing?
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What's the deal with “marshmelons”?

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy enjoy some quality time together around the campfire, musing about life, death, baked beans, and rowing boats gently down streams. In ...
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How old was Porthos when Scotty killed him?

In Star Trek 2009, we meet Montgomery Scott in exile on Delta Vega. Scotty says his exile happened because he caused Admiral Jonathan Archer's dog Porthos to disappear during a test of an early ...
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Out of universe, why was Seven-of-Nine introduced?

Seven of Nine, along with Voyager's encounter with the Borg, to me anyway, seems to quite suddenly appear. Out-of-universe, what was the reason to introduce the new character of Seven-of-Nine midway ...
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Why did Gates McFadden leave after season 1 of TNG? [duplicate]

In Season 2 of TNG, Dr Crusher (played by McFadden) leaves, I understand, to take a position at Starfleet Medical. I'm interested, however, in the out of universe reason as to why did McFadden leave ...
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Are there any aliens identical to humans who aren't friendly in the Star Trek universe?

Usually in Star Trek alien races have alien appearances, whether it's just a bump on their nose, spots, or a totally alien appearance. I'd hypothesize that the only aliens who look identical to human ...
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Does Jim Kirk know about Jonathan Archer?

I recall that Jim Kirk and Spock and the original Star Trek crew were sent on a three year mission to explore new worlds using the new warp technology, as if they were the first ones. But the ...
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How does Geordi LaForge's visor work?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Geordi is blind. But yet he has a visor that enables him to see. How does Geordi's visor work?
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Does the name 'Quark' have a different meaning in Ferengi culture?

I was just considering the character of Quark and what an unusual name it was. Of course a quark is a sub-atomic particle or the German word for cottage cheese, but it seems peculiar that a Ferengi, ...
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Do we ever learn why there was a delay in symptoms of the disease in Odo?

DS9 "When it pours..." BASHIR [on monitor]: I was running a scan on the sample you left when I noticed something unusual. ODO: Unusual in what way? BASHIR [on monitor]: The disease ...
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Are the crew of the Enterprise-D famous?

We all know that the Enterprise-D had a wide variety of exciting adventures, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations and just generally going boldly where no one has ...
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Is there recognition of Frakes' acting?

I predict downvote, but please bear with me -- this is an objective question. Preamble: People often criticize the acting on Star Trek, including TNG. Rewatching TNG from the beginning, there are ...
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Was Captain Gantu based on Worf?

I recently re-watched Lilo and Stitch (the 2002) film and noticed a great resemblance between the character of Captain Gantu and Worf from Star Trek. Gantu seems a bit of an exaggeration of Worf, ...
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Actors in both Star Trek and Doctor Who

I saw a headline today that read "Star Trek actor dies". Naturally I had to click the link to find out who it was. It ended up being Olaf Pooley whom I had never heard of. In reading his Wikipedia ...
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Are the Q affected by widespread changes in the timeline? [duplicate]

I suspect the answer is "No", but felt I should ask anyway. Given that the everything we know about the Star Trek "universe" has changed with the Abrams reboot, I was wondering how this would affect ...
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Did we ever see Enterprise-D's arboretum?

It seems they mention the arboretum many times. Apparently Miles O'Brien proposed to Keiko there. Barclay and Troi go for a walk there. A tree is beamed to the Crystalline Entity from there. ...
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Why do we see so few Andorians or Tellarites serving in Starfleet or aboard starships?

Obviously, out of universe having these alien species would be a huge headache for make-up and financial drain in terms of production costs, but is there an in-universe explanation? Tellarites and ...
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When Tanya Hernandez actually became Tasha Yar?

An answer to this question cites this discussion, though it incorrectly dates it to 1990, when cited discussion is actually dated 3/17/87. A document mentioned (cited) in both sources says about Lt. ...
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Any Jeffrey Nordling appearance in Star Trek The Next Generation?

I have just stated watching (along with my wife) DS9 after about two weeks break since ending watching entire TNG. When we started watching "Past Prologue", my wife recalls that she saw the same actor ...
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Do we have a copy of Captain Jonathan Archer's final speech in the final episode of the series Enterprise “These are the voyages?”

First I have to say after completely loving the series, I mean really loving it, the final episode was a huge letdown. I was going to post a question here about why they would do it on a "Next ...
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When was the Verteron Array built exactly and why wasn't it used against the Xindi when they were about to destroy earth?

Enterprise "Terra Prime": PAXTON [on viewscreen]: I've just taken over the verteron array on Mars. I can now fire on any ship or facility in the system. (He blasts a new crater on the Moon.) ...
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What happened right after the Enterprise episode “In a Mirror Darkly part 2?”

Enterprise "In a mirror darkly part 2": HOSHI: Open a channel to Fleet Admiral Gardner. CREWWOMAN: Channel open. HOSHI: This is the Starship Defiant. If you don't surrender ...
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Is it true that “To boldly go where no man has gone before” came from a White House document?

I have read in various places that the famous Star Trek refrain, "To boldly go where no man has gone before", was lifted almost verbatim from either a 1957 or 1958 White House pamphlet on space ...
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Was Kim's outburst in “Resolutions” a direct callback or reference to Tuvix's in “Tuvix”

Seeing both Season 2 Episode 24 "Tuvix" and Season 2 Episode 25 "Resolutions" back to back, the ethical question put in both seems almost intentional. In "Tuvix" the titular character lashes out on ...
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Word of God on Tuvix's Murder

The Star Trek Voyager episode "Tuvix" dealt with a transporter accident that took two people and merged them into a unique lifeform, shown to be sentient and sapient and healthy. At the end, he ...
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Which Captain ordered the most Crew to their deaths?

Currently rewatching all of Voyager, and remembering how callous Janeway was in ordering Tuvix's death. And how many times she threatens to, and actually activates the Self-Destruct Sequence. I ...
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At what point and why does it become (almost) impossible to transport through shields in the Star Trek Universe?

In all of the other series besides "Enterprise" the transporter only works with the shields down. I'm not going to quote the multitudes of episodes but it's a given to any Star Trek fan that shields ...
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How was the USS Columbia able to catch up to the USS Enterprise?

The NX-01 Enterprise has left space dock and been gone for awhile. They had to travel 8.2 hours at maximum warp with the engines running at 105%. Enterprise "Affliction": T'POL: The freighter's ...
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Were the Xindi in Enterprise and the Xendi in The Next Generation the same species?

TNG "The Battle": Captain's log, stardate 41723.9. In response to a Starfleet order we are in the Xendi Sabu star system, having rendezvoused with a Ferengi vessel which has requested a ...
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What was the process by which the Augments or Genetically Enhanced Humans were made?

ENT: "Cold Station 12": SMIKE: That's not what my father said. ARCHER: Soong is not your father. SMIKE: What do you mean? ARCHER: (fetching a PADD) Your biological father was Miklos ...
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Were the Augments from the show “Enterprise” the same genetically enhanced people that were in “The original Star Trek series?”

In ENT: "Augments" there are a group of 19 genetically enhanced human embryos that Dr. Arik Soong stole out of a secret medical facility and raised as his children. Later in the episode Dr. Arik Soong ...
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How were Doctor Arik Soong and Noonian Soong related?

I see Noonien listed as a descendant of Arik, but I'm not exactly sure how they are related. Is there a Soong family tree of some sort that shows who married who, the name of the offspring, etc. that ...
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Did Khan disapprove of Spock in an early draft of “Space Seed”?

A few years ago, an acquaintance had informed me that, in an early draft of "Space Seed", there was a scene in which Khan had expressed disapproval toward Spock's existence. He explained that Khan ...
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How did the Terran Empire take over the Vulcans?

In the episode "In the Mirror Darkly", the Terran Empire consider the Vulcans as slaves, but the Terrans only obtained one Vulcan scout ship - how would have this been enough to take over a ...
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Why did Khan try to destroy the ship?

This is a question about Khan's motivations in TOS  "Space Seed". As the anesthesia gas flooded the briefing room, Khan escaped and ran to the engineering controls. He began fiddling with the ...
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What is the Klingon Onomotopoeia for laughing?

Most Onomotopoeia (words that indicate a sound by being similar in structure to the sound like "haha" or "meow") for laughing in human languages are some variation on "haha" or "hehe" or something ...
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What else is in the little room in Picard's Ready Room?

On the Enterprise-D in The Next Generation, the Captain's Ready Room has a little side room that contains a replicator. Picard is often seen going into it to order his "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot". As far ...
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Does Starfleet know their kind of time-travel?

Time Travel in Science Fiction has multiple variants to cope with its paradoxes such as the Grandfather Paradox, the most famous of them being the closed time loop, where anything that seems to ...
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Is there any in-universe explanation or reference to why pointy sideburns persisted for so long?

(Related question: Who invented Star Trek sideburns and why?) The pointy sideburns didn't apparently exist in ENT: But did exist thereafter: Hairstyles don't normally persist for ten years, let ...
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Who invented Star Trek sideburns and why?

In Star Trek, they generally have pointy sideburns. Clearly a production decision was made in the 60s. What's the history of this? (Related question: Is there any in-universe explanation or ...
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What were Khan's plans if he had defeated Kirk in *The Wrath of Khan*?

Are there any clues in the film or novelization describing Khan's future plans if he had defeated Kirk in The Wrath of Khan? Secondary question: what would Khan's plans have been had he followed the ...
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How many admirals are in Starfleet?

Let's say in the TNG era. They seem to be pretty rare given that they have to be promoted mostly from the ranks of the most accomplished captains. I would guess maybe twenty are encountered or ...