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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/...
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Why was there no funeral for Kirk at the end of Star Trek: Generations?

I also noticed that Picard did not mention to others that he had help from Kirk to defeat Soran. I assume that this was because he violated the prime directive related to time travel. Could this be ...
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Origin of 'Beam Me Up Scotty'

All good Trekkies know that, despite coming very close, nobody uttered the exact phrase 'Beam Me Up Scotty'. It's become something of an iconic phrase for Star Trek despite its notable absence from ...
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Should the name “Enterprise” have been retired?

Obviously "Enterprise" is pretty much synonymous with "Star Trek", so new shows and movies will continue to have an Enterprise. However, in-universe, how many times does a ship of a given name need ...
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Why does Picard order 'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.'? [duplicate]

The Enterprise-D's computer shows us on multiple occasions that it can deal with natural language input. One notable example of extended conversation is in TNG '11001010': PICARD: Computer, ...
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In-universe rules for extent of handheld phaser disintegration

Being shot by a phaser set to disintegrate/vaporize is rather a tidy death: since when hit in the clothed chest, the shirt, pants, shoes, and entire lifeform within ...
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Is Chekov's accent considered normal, in-universe?

In honor of Anton Yelchin, I have a question about Pavel Chekov. Chekov's Russian accent is irregular. Apparently, Walter Koenig based the accent on that of his father, who had difficulty with the "v"...
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Is inanimate mass transported at molecular resolution between point A & B in some way lesser than it was prior to beaming?

I was revisiting this question and found @Valorum's comment interesting. That's covered in the excellent (and fully canon) Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. I quote; "These units ...
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Why couldn't the Enterprise beam down the Argo(buggy)?

In Nemesis, when they away team is searching for the android parts, why couldn't they just beam down the Argo instead of bringing a shuttle to take it down? They mentioned before about how there was ...
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Who gave Scotty the nickname “Scotty”?

On screen, the first time we hear the nickname "Scotty" for Montgomery Scott is in the episode "The Naked Time": KIRK: I'll hold you to that half second, Scotty. The reboot films go out of their ...
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What happens to trash on the Enterprise? [duplicate]

Virtually every time someone uses a replicator in TNG, the food they requested comes with accompanying plates, cups, and silverware. What is done with these after they have been used? Or any trash for ...
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Which language is more fully developed, Klingon or Quenya/Sindarin?

It is well-known that Tolkien's forte is linguistics and he created various fictional languages in his writings. Although Klingon language started off kind of slow, it's emerged as a viable language, ...
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Helm vs. Engineering (changing of speed)

The vast majority of the time, the helm officer plots the new course and speed (Warp 7 at heading 141 mark 11). Sometimes, though, Engineering is asked to change speed/put the ship into warp. Such a ...
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Which race invented the various bits of technology found in Star Trek? [closed]

In the Enterprise episode Unexpected, it appears that a race called the Xyrillian invented the holodeck. The holodeck seems related to converting mass into energy and reorganising. Presumably things ...
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What was the expected period of service for a ship in Starfleet?

Of the many common classes of vessels in Starfleet (Excelsior, Constitution, Galaxy, Defiant, etc.) how long were ships expected to be in service? I understand that throughout the course of their ...
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What made Romulan Ale Romulan?

What made Romulan Ale Romulan? That it was made from a Romulan recipe, or that it was made on Romulus? After the destruction of Romulus, was any new Romulan Ale produced?
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Which is the fastest ship seen in Star Trek? [duplicate]

Over the course of the many series of Star Trek, we have seen dozens, perhaps hundreds of different kinds of spacecraft. Is there any way to know which one was the fastest, and if so, in which series ...
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Why did Lt. Saavik take the Kobayashi Maru test during Wrath of Khan?

I've always had the impression that the Kobayashi Maru test was only given to Starfleet cadets. However, in Star Trek: Wrath of Khan we see Lt. Saavik (not a cadet, but a commissioned officer AFAIK) ...
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Why were the Romulans so blase about the Dominion after it gained a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant?

Early on in season three the Romulans seemed to consider the Dominion a threat even though they were still on the other side of the wormhole, as shown by their actions in the following episodes: The ...
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Did Starfleet ever have an Enterprise-class of starship?

The Star Trek series has many different classes of star ships featured in the shows and movies. Some examples include: Constitution-class, Galaxy-class, Excelsior-class, Intrepid-class, Defiant-class ...
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Does Worf ever admit to being afraid?

In the episode where Wes is preparing for his Starfleet Academy entrance exam, Worf tells him that "only fools have no fear." (Presumably, he doesn't consider pre-emotion chip Data to be a fool.) ...
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Are there any Australian characters in Star Trek?

I've noticed we have quite a diversity of cultures throughout Star Trek canon, but I can't recall any characters who were (in-universe) from Australia. Are there any Australian characters in Star ...
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What, exactly did Starfleet have “invested” in Mr. Spock?

While watching episode 5 of Season 2, "The Apple," Mr. Spock steps in front of Kirk and takes a hit from poisonous barbs from a dangerous flower on the planet they are investigating. After being ...
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The words “Ion Drive” spoken by Scotty in TOS?

I'm looking for a moment when I remember Scotty uttering the words - I think - "Ion Drive" while looking at a screen (or Kirk) in astonishment, or something in that vein. I found these clips of ...
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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

As seen in the answers to In Star Trek, does the original die in teleportation?, transporter technology in The Next Generation reconstructs a person at their destination using, at least in part, their ...
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How did the Enterprise lower the Reliant's shields in Wrath of Khan?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, there is a scene in which the Enterprise finds itself Right at the most critical moment of the battle however, What exactly did Kirk transmit, and how did ...
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What is the Guardian of Forever?

It was created, but yet it states that it's neither alive, nor machine. My guess is that it's not alive in the traditional sense, but "alive" in the way that Data or the EMH is alive. http://memory-...
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Why battle the “Darmok” beast with knives?

In "Darmok," the Tamarian captain and Picard battle the electromagnetic lifeform on El-Adrel IV. All that Dathan uses is a knife, and offers one also to Picard. Why not use phasers? I'm pretty sure ...
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Where were the Vulcans during the final inspection?

In VOY: Counterpoint, Voyager's crew hide a number of telepathic refugees plus their own three crew members; Jarot, an otherwise unknown Betazoid and the two Vulcans, Tuvok and Vorik in a transporter ...
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Who was informing the Suliban Cabal in the Temporal Cold War?

In Star Trek: Enterprise, there was a silhouetted figure that was informing Silik and the rest of the Cabal. I don't recall ever seeing who he was, or what he was trying to do. Who was he?
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Has a Klingon ever been head-butted to any effect by a non-Klingon?

Given the tough cranial ridge that nature has selected to incorporate into the Klingon forehead, has any non-Klingon given a Klingon an effective headbutt (on their head) on-screen?
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Does Spock's appearance reflect the fact that he is only half-Vulcan?

We know that Spock is biologically half-Vulcan but to me he looks just like full-Vulcans. B'Elanna Torres is half-Klingon and half-human, but in her case you can tell; the Klingon traits like head ...
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Does Spock have any human physical characteristics that pure Vulcans don't have?

Throughout Star Trek, Spock is referred to as having many Vulcan characteristics such as his pointed ears and inner eyelids. He is also stated to be half-human. Are there any human physical ...
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Who said 'He's Dead' or 'She's Dead' the most other than McCoy

One of the biggest tropes from Star Trek is McCoy's line 'He's Dead Jim' for basically every redshirt other than Scotty. I was watching VOY 'Mortal Coil' today and noticed Paris said 'He's Dead'. ...
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What species or individuals can restore life?

The two I can think of at the moment are Q and Nomad. Q's power is pretty much unlimited, and Nomad restored Scotty's life. I guess maybe you could argue that Seven of Nine, or any Borg Drone, can ...
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Are there any Star Trek characters that are hybrids of non-human species?

Hybrids are fairly common in Star Trek: Spock is half Vulcan, Deanna Troi is half Betazoid, B’Elanna Torres is half Klingon and, just for good measure, Simon Tarses is ¼ Romulan. However, in all of ...
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Where were the advanced species and civilizations of ST:TOS during the war against the Borg?

Recently, I've decided to make it a personal task to watch through ALL of Star Trek. I grew up on TNG and watched it whenever I could. I mention this because I have a distant recollection of many of ...
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How did Starfleet Academy deal with Betazoids and other telepaths?

Since Betazoids are telepathic, it would seem they would have a prohibitive advantage in an academic setting. How did Starfleet Academy deal with Betazoids and other telepaths in trying to keep ...
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In Star Trek, is there any in-universe mention of the redshirt effect or fatality statistics? [duplicate]

A little while ago, I read a novel called "Redshirts" by John Scalzi. The novel specifically references Star Trek and the redshirt effect - with the statistics and narrative patterns (including ...
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Was the Borg destroyed at the end of Voyager?

In the series finale of Voyager (and arguably the series finale of all the Star Trek TV series if DS9's date is right in my head) we see the Borg collapsing as the queen dies and the virus future ...
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How fast can Data run?

Data is an android, of course, so it stands to reason that he can run faster than the typical humanoids. Is there anything in canon (or otherwise) that speaks to this? The only time I can recall ...
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Aside from the Bridge set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set piece garnered the most onscreen time?

Aside from the Bridge(and it's possible there was a set piece in the Bridge ensemble that qualifies because it appeared outside of the Bridge) set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set ...
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What did Ensign Davies mean when he said “I like to break up married teams” in “Pen Pals”?

In the TNG episode Pen Pals, the following exchange takes place: Wesley: "Ensign Davies?" Davies: "You got him." Wesley: "Wesley Crusher. I've been put in charge of the planetary geological ...
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Why didn't Kirk simply tell Nomad that its mission was being changed?

In "The Changeling," why didn't Captain Kirk, as the "creator," simply tell Nomad that it was being reassigned? Tell the probe that its new job was going to be counting space particles (outside of the ...
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Is the on screen Enterprise turbolift synchronized to its real location in the ship?

I vaguely remember a video showing this. It was done split screen with one side being a scene from TOS depticting Kirk and Spock having a conversation in a turbolift on their way to the bridge. The ...
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ST:Titan Sword of Damocles ending

At the end of the (non-canon) novel Star Trek Titan: Sword of Damocles there feels like there is something missing or forgotten. The problem here is that: Am I missing something here? Did I ...
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Did Abrams make any Star Trek references in The Force Awakens?

J.J.Abrams directed Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness before doing Star Wars Episode 7. Are there any references between the two films? I'm using a loose, broad definition of reference for this ...
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Why so much Red Matter?

In Star Trek (2009), the villain Nero uses Red Matter in order to This Red Matter was initially created by Spock In both cases it clearly only takes one drop of Red Matter in order to achieve ...
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Why would Ilia put her oath of celibacy on record?

One of the strangest moments in Star Trek: The Motion Picture is during Ilia and Kirk's first meeting where she bluntly tells him that his womanizing ways won't work on her: My oath of celibacy ...