American science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. Use this tag when asking about multiple series in the Star Trek canon or as a whole.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

8
votes
1answer
229 views

What is the origin of Hikaru Sulu's last name?

Although Hikaru is a Japanese first name, Sulu is not a Japanese last name, and no Japanese last name I know sounds remotely like Sulu. As a matter of fact, the Japanese translation of Star Trek ...
5
votes
1answer
146 views

Who's flying the Enterprise when Kirk and his crew are sleeping? [duplicate]

I assume Kirk (and his crew) have got to get some rest after a long day of investigating new planets and hassling other ships in space, so who is flying the Enterprise when Kirk and his crew are ...
16
votes
6answers
2k views

If the USS Equinox crew joined the USS Voyager, who would be captain?

If the USS Voyager had met the USS Equinox earlier in the series & for whatever reason the Equinox's crew joined Voyager's crew (like Chakotay & his crew did), who would be in charge between ...
0
votes
0answers
87 views

Star Trek book with a battle (ongoing in the story) that is so large it looks like a sun

I am trying to find a Star Trek book where a battle is occurring. The battle is so big that it looks like the sun. The battle occurs at the end of the book
16
votes
1answer
1k views

Why do the Ferengi pronounce “human” the way they do?

The Ferengi seem to have a problem with pronouncing the word human. They say hyoo-män. The correct pronunciation, which every other race seems to say, is hyoo-mən. In their introductory episode in ...
12
votes
2answers
850 views

In the Star Trek universe, how do we know that the transporter didn't kill you and create a replicant? [duplicate]

One of the reasons I would personally never get in a transporter is that there is no evidence that the Real Me isn't just vaporized and a Copy Me created at the other location. The Copy Me might have ...
13
votes
1answer
843 views

Wouldn't active cloaking devices violate the law of thermodynamics - or be very hot - in Star Trek?

It's been established that cloaking devices such as those used by the Romulans or in the USS Defiant require a great amount of energy to sustain. But wouldn't the energy have to go somewhere or end ...
2
votes
1answer
285 views

ST: Why do people shooting phaser rifles miss?

In an answer to this question (Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?), one author quote from Major Kira: It's Federation standard issue. A little less powerful, but with more options; ...
3
votes
2answers
272 views

What is transformational relativity (Star Trek)?

In the Star Trek (TNG) Technical Manual, in the warp drive sections it mentions transformational relativity that goes along with general and special relativity. Is their any other information or ...
-6
votes
0answers
87 views

Could the holodeck be used for fantasies or sex? [duplicate]

We've seen the holodeck used for adventures, interactive recreation and dining, but little about the obvious (sexual) uses or stress relief. Could it be used for and would it be right for simulating ...
6
votes
4answers
262 views

Universal Translator: Sometimes working instantly, sometimes not at all?

During the different franchise series (excluding ENT) there are only very few encounters with new or unknown species the crews of the ships don't understand. Most often even the most alien species ...
39
votes
4answers
4k views

Why did O'Brien start out as a transporter chief in TNG?

In the season 4 episode "The Wounded", it is revealed that Chief O'Brien was once the tactical officer under Captain Maxwell, one of the finest captains in Starfleet. Maxwell spoke of O'Briens skill ...
1
vote
1answer
310 views

Why is it logical to live long and prosper?

All Trekkies (well, most people in general) are acquainted with the Vulcan phrase/salute 'live long and prosper'. Now Vulcans, following Surak, based their society on logic, hence it seems logical to ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Why didn't Voyager update their uniforms after Pathfinder?

In Star Trek Voyager the episode Pathfinder ends with Starfleet reestablishing regular, semi-permanent communications with Voyager. After this point why didn't the crew of Voyager update their uniform ...
0
votes
1answer
151 views

Can a replicator de-replicate? [duplicate]

I was just thinking that with all the things replicated by a replicator, I never recall seeing them dispose of the non-consumable items replicated. E.g. whenever Picard asks for his tea, it always ...
2
votes
1answer
381 views

What protects starships from debris floating in space?

What protects starships from being damaged by debris floating in space, such as comets and asteroids? Especially during warp travel it seems likely the chances the ship would run into something are ...
5
votes
2answers
274 views

How does a Romulan quantum singularity work?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Romulan warbirds use artificial controlled singularities as their primary power source. Is there an in-universe explanation how this actually works and/or how the ...
6
votes
1answer
365 views

How big is Data's OS?

So, as we all know, Data's storage capacity is 800 quadrillion bits, or ~88 pebibytes. I'm curious how much space the OS for Data uses. Is there anything anywhere that states this?
3
votes
1answer
610 views

Within-universe, is Klingon a constructed language?

From the perspective of viewers of the Star Trek franchise, Klingon is a constructed language, constructed by the creators of the franchise. It is probably one of the most famous constructed ...
8
votes
1answer
288 views

Does the Enterprise D advance into different galaxies more than once?

In the TNG episode "Where No-One Has Gone Before" the Enterprise-D enters another galaxy. Does she ever go to another galaxy a second time? Why am I aksing such a absurd question? The spoken ...
8
votes
3answers
488 views

How is Voyager so well known within the Delta Quadrant?

The premise of Star Trek Voyager is that they are hurling through space as quickly as possible, trying to make their way back to Alpha Quadrant. They obviously get off course on occasion, but I'm ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?

I recently started watching the original Star Trek series, and was surprised at the amount at which phase rifles are used. I saw one used in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", but have yet ...
-5
votes
1answer
143 views

Is there a database of all the technical terms used in Star Trek? [closed]

Watching Star Trek I've encountered several terms I'm not familiar with. For example, they use the term "new tree nose" a lot and "die lithium."? Some of these sound obviously fake but then there are ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

What was the name of the fail-safe device that 7 of 9 had in her brain?

What was the name of the fail safe device that limited the range of emotions in 7 of 9? Was it the cortical node or cortical inhibitor? I found this page but it doesn't say.
6
votes
2answers
735 views

Have the Borg ever destroyed a species rather than assimilate them?

With their signature greeting; We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

What species is the Borg Queen? [duplicate]

We've seen several examples of their Queen and she always appears to be of the same species. What species is that?
22
votes
5answers
2k views

Why do the Borg announce themselves?

As we all know, the Borg announce themselves with some variation of the classic: We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. The question is - why exactly they are doing ...
6
votes
1answer
198 views

How long did it take to get to Earth in First Contact?

In First Contact the Enterprise is sent to patrol the Neutral Zone "in case the Romulans attempt to take advantage of the situation..." However upon hearing the start of the battle with the Borg they ...
5
votes
2answers
557 views

Can warp drive allow for light speed?

Considering the workings of warp drive, the 'light barrier' isn't actually broken, because its not passed through, it's sort of jumped over with warp drive. I understand the physics basically, but ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

Why don't the Borg pursue Voyager after 'Scorpion II'?

In the Voyager episode Scorpion the crew encounters Species 8472. They learn that the Borg started a war with them, but now the Borg are losing. Seven explains why they are so keen to assimilate 8472: ...
4
votes
1answer
147 views

Are there any species a Vulcan can't mind-meld with?

We see in Spock that Vulcans seem to have the ability to mind-meld with a lot of species - humans, other Vulcans, lava silicon-based monsters. Is there actually any species a Vulcan cannot perform a ...
4
votes
1answer
224 views

Why don't Borg drones run? [duplicate]

It seems that they have the physical ability to run and yet we never see them doing this, even when quicker movements would more benefit the completion of their goals. To quickly stop an opponent from ...
6
votes
3answers
315 views

Can a phaser beam be deflected by a mirror?

A phaser releases a beam of subatomic particles called "rapid nadions", which are then refracted ("rectified") through superconducting crystals. Think advanced particle beam laser. This being the ...
2
votes
1answer
290 views

Why was Janeway able to do this <spoilersome> deed?

Since this text is visible on the main page, first some thoughts on assimilation tubules: Their purpose is to inject nanoprobes in the bloodstream of a victim. As far as I know, they are "one-way": ...
7
votes
1answer
341 views

Why didn't the Enterprise crew use photon grenades against the Borg during hand to hand fighting?

In 'First Contact', the Borg were able to quickly adapt to phaser fire, even those with the adapter modification chip added, and take over the ship. Why not then transition to photon grenades while ...
5
votes
2answers
325 views

Does a ship appear disabled just by shutting its power off and if yes why isn't this used more often?

In Journey to Babel there was a fight between the Enterprise and an attacking ship. I'm a bit confused about the ending. When the Enterprise shut off its power system the enemy ship was tricked into ...
4
votes
1answer
261 views

How did the Voth get into the Delta quadrant?

Memory Alpha doesn't explain this at all - just acknowledges that the Voth did indeed originate from Earth. I would assume a spacecraft of some sort was essential, but this leaves open multiple ...
6
votes
1answer
480 views

What did Cochrane invent?

Yes, I know: Warp drive. I know, he came up with warp-theory, but you don't "invent" a theory you "develop" it or "propose" it. So what did he invent? What was the technology that he could build upon ...
-4
votes
1answer
219 views

Are there any episodes of Star Trek : TNG where they actually go to a star?

From an episode of Community: Why don't they call it Planet Trek? [They] never go to a star. Not one episode. -- I'm fairly sure that in at least one episode they're deliberately visiting a ...
4
votes
1answer
106 views

Is transportation through a force shield possible? [duplicate]

In TNG episode called Relics, Enterprise is caught inside a Dyson sphere. Scotty and Geordi wedge their small ship, Jenolan, between the doors, with the force shield activated (so that the ship is not ...
5
votes
3answers
415 views

Why didn't Star Trek TOS have better medical equipment for Vulcans?

In Journey to Babel when Ambassador Sarek became critically ill, why didn't they send him home or send for a Vulcan medical expert? Since they were hosting many prominent political figures from many ...
2
votes
2answers
212 views

What happens to dirty clothes in Star Trek?

We know about replicators and transporters in Star Trek, so something could be hypothesized (see below) with regards to this, but do we actually see any reference to what happens to dirty clothes on a ...
4
votes
1answer
384 views

Why are Voyagers warp nacelles foldable? [duplicate]

I'm absolutely fine with the idea, that a certain angle/position of the nacelles is better than others. And hence it's good (for whatever reason - be it energy efficiency or more speed...) to have ...
4
votes
1answer
337 views

Did Zefram Cochrane invent the warp drive that is used by all races?

In Star Trek First Contact, the Vulcan's visit Earth after picking up the signature of the newly invented warp drive. Did Vulcan's already have warp capabilities? If no, how did they get to Earth so ...
3
votes
4answers
344 views

How intelligent is the average humanoid in the Star Trek universe by today's measure?

Every character we see whether Starfleet or civilian seems to have the ability to perform amazing feats of intelligence and knowledge. They seem have a near perfect recall and understanding of ...
2
votes
3answers
641 views

Have there been any exceptions to starfleet's prime directive in Star Trek lore?

I know that Captain Picard of Star Trek - The Next Generation TV series went as far as to bring the intervened civilization's entire tribe into the holodeck to preserve the illusion of ...
4
votes
2answers
424 views

What was the cause of change of design of the Sovereign-Class deflector?

As you can see in the two images below, there was quite a difference in the deflector dish design of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E. The Sovereign Class Enterprise-E seems to be more of a physical ...
5
votes
2answers
314 views

Does Data have free will?

Assuming that free will exists (for more on this fascinating metaphysical issue, look up determinism), can it be said that Data actually has free will? His actions are controlled by programming, ...
5
votes
3answers
397 views

Why was USS Enterprise, 1701-A in service for so short a period?

Reading the Memory Alpha entry for NCC-1701-A, it is indicated that the ship was only in service from 2286 to 2293 - all of 7 or 8 years depending on exact dates - at which point it was ...
0
votes
0answers
65 views

How is the timing of the watch rotation established on starships? [duplicate]

A duty shift was the portion of the day that various scheduled personnel aboard a starship or space station were on duty. Was this 'day' apportioned based on some Star Trek version of earth GMT? Day ...