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Which TNG character features in the most episodes? [on hold]

While most of the main The Next Generation characters appear in the majority of the episodes, oft times episodes will be focused on just one or two characters. Which character features as the central ...
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Why is Species 8472 called Species 8472?

This is my current understanding of the situation. The Borg were the first to encounter Species 8472. Presumably, they called them Species 8472 because they have encountered 8471 species before them. ...
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Why don't starships use holodecks as living quarters?

It seems as if you could get a lot more out of them instead of just simple rooms. You could live in a cabin, on the beach, etc.. Plus, it seems like you could get A LOT more people in a smaller ...
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Why weren't the shields up already?

It's an occurrence common enough to be routine: "Captain, they have locked on phasers." "Shields up! Go to red alert." It makes sense that the captain would be the one who decides to go to red alert ...
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What's the story behind the mugs in Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5?

As much as I personally love Deep Space Nine, a case can be made that major features of the show were ripped off of Babylon 5. Although the first episode of DS9 hit the airwaves six weeks before the ...
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What was the original description and backstory for the character of Data?

I've seen a video about the original wardrobe and makeup for Brent Spiner in the character of Data. One of the pictures I have found is this: You will note how, well, human Data looks in this ...
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Were there ever any plans to have Picard be Wesley's real father?

Were there ever plans on The Next Generation to have a "reveal" where we find out that Picard is Wesley's actual father, rather than Jack Crusher? In my research, I came across old murmurings on ...
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Why did the producers of Star Trek: TNG choose to characterise the new Captain as French?

This is an out of universe question. Why did the creators of Star Trek TNG decide to use a French character as Captain of the Enterprise? It is an American series, Patrick Stewart is a British actor, ...
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Does anyone perform routine maintenance on Data?

On the Enterprise-D, the Engineering department try to make sure that most (if not all) machinery are working efficiently by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Data is also technically a ...
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Which main TNG character has spent the most episodes 'absent'?

So, I was thinking that most episodes, we see all of the TNG cast every episode, but surely there are some episodes where some characters aren't seen. So, my question is which of the main characters ...
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Which character from Star Trek (TNG era) “died” the most times?

This question revolves around the most times a character from the TNG era (including DS9, Voyager and movies) died. This question involves spoilers. Do not read on if you haven't watched all the ...
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Is it 'Noonien' or 'Noonian' Soong?

There seems to be some conflict in sources that I've noticed as to Dr Soong's name (notably Memory Alpha and Memory Beta). Now, this is important to me (for obvious reasons - in fact it's why the ...
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What do the numbers at the top of LCARS indicate?

In the picture below, I've circled (or rather 'rectangled') the numbers above a screen of LCARS. Now, this picture isn't from Star Trek: The Next Genreation itself, but it is an accurate ...
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Why was the name 'Enterprise' chosen (out of universe)?

In TOS, TNG, TAS and, of course, ENT, we witness the voyages of the many different USS Enterprises. Going back to TOS, though, my question is: why did the producers settle on the name Enterprise as ...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name “Praxis” in sci-fi?

Besides being the name of the Klingon moon destroyed in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, there are at least five other uses of the name in sci-fi or gaming citation How are these uses related?
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Where did the nickname of 'Bones' for McCoy come from?

I've noticed that Jim Kirk often refers to Dr McCoy affectionately as 'Bones'. Now, Memory Alpha gives the following explanation: Bones is short for "Saw Bones" ... The use of "Bones" ...
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What did the probe and the whales say to each other?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the survival of Earth depends on a mysterious probe having a conversation with humpback whales. McCOY: Well, dammit? You think this is its way of saying 'Hi ...
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How did the Genetically engineered children come into contact with the virus in TNG: Unnatural Selection?

How did the antibodies come into contact with the first officer? It's stated the children were in isolation and hadn't come into contact with anyone. So, how did the antibodies escape isolation and ...
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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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Has any Star Trek character appeared in all three division uniform colors?

Many characters have appeared in two colors. Examples: Red and Gold Worf -- entire seasons in each La Forge -- entire seasons in each Data -- red in several episodes, e.g. "Future Imperfect" ...
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Why did Riker and Worf not react to learning about Lore in Descent Part 2

At the end of Season 6 of TNG, "Descent Part 1" concludes with the discovery by Picard, Troi and LaForge that Lore is alive and in control of the Borg Collective (or at least part of it). They are ...
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What's the point of near-warp transport?

With warp drive, you jump out of warp and back into full speed very quickly, it doesn't take any measurable time to accelerate (300millseconds (last outpost). So, executing this dangerous procedure ...
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What, if any, locking mechanism do the doors have on the Enterprise?

In TOS: Space Seed, Khan manages to force open a door that's been "locked from the outside" with only his bare hands. Although he is "five times" stronger than a regular human, the door doesn't ...
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Which Star Trek character appeared on screen with the most different ranks?

I don't mean due to inconsistency and prop goof (like O'Brien). But field commissions, flashbacks, alternate timelines, Q-manipulations, etc would be in-bounds. It's about how they were intended to ...
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Are the Q not as intelligent as they try to lead other species to believe?

In many episodes with the Q, they seem to place themselves as omnipotent and ultra-intelligent, superior beings - but at the same time, they do such a poor job at portraying themselves as omnipotent, ...
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Why did Riva the negotiator use sign language with Troi

Reva communicated with his chorus using Telepathy. How come he could not use the same powers when communicating with counsellor Troi?
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Is there an explanation for the use of tapes in Star Trek?

In the original series of Star Trek tapes are used for data storage. Tapes are somewhat archaic in 2015, let alone the 23rd century. They are only really of much use for archival, due to access times ...
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What should I look forward to? [duplicate]

Okay, so I'm a Star Wars and Dr. Who fan trying to go back (chronologically, that is, since most of this was made before I was born) and get into Star Trek. Which series (or serieses -is that a ...
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In the Star Trek episode “Space Seed” Khan Noonien Singh is wearing an upper body garment, what is it called, is it something one could procure today?

Star Trek TOS "Space Seed": What is the above garment Khan is wearing called? Is it a jacket? Is it a shirt? Does it have a more specific name? I thought maybe it might be European, but I've ...
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Was Trelane really seeing Earth 900 years ago, or perhaps 600 years ago, or could he see any time period he chose?

Star Trek TOS "The Squire of Gothos": TRELANE: I can't tell you how delighted I am to have visitors from the very planet that I've made my hobby. Yes, but according to my observations, I ...
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In Star Trek what is space normal speed?

Star Trek TOS "The Galileo Seven": UHURA: The Columbus is aboard, sir. The flight hatch is closed. Transporter room reports last of the landing parties have beamed safely up. All systems ...
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In the Star Trek Universe, what is the value of Gold in the 24th Century?

ST TNG "The Last Outpost": KAYRON: You see? They are demented. Their values are insane. You cannot believe the business opportunities they have destroyed. LETEK: Proof of their barbarism. ...
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What's the story behind SeaQuest DSV being inspired by or derivative of Star Trek?

I may have watched a few episodes when it first aired, but I otherwise don't know much. But it seems possible that SeaQuest DSV borrowed heavily from Star Trek. Ensemble cast On a ship SF ...
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Angel One Communication with federation [duplicate]

How is it that the inhabitants of angel one know of the federation when they have a policy on not making first contact until warp drive os established (TNG: first contact). Data says their level of ...
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Why did the creators of Voyager decide to develop the role of the Conn Officer?

Out of universe, what made the Star Trek: Voyager creators/producers develop the role of the Conn Officer? In TOS, the role was different (a helmsman and navigator) and on the the Enterprise-D, ...
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What exactly is cellular peptide cake?

In the episode "Phantasms" during Data's dream Worf is eating "a cellular peptide cake...with mint frosting." I've always wondered what exactly "cellular peptide" is. Below is a video of Worf ...
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Source of Scotty's advice on appearing a genius

I vaguely recall a quote from Scotty of Star Trek:TOS where he indicated that it's important to always leave a little extra behind so that you can pull it out at the right moment so that you appear to ...
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Why is there a guy wearing a Starfleet Kilt, in Star Trek, The Next Generation, Episode 1 “Encounter At Farpoint?” [duplicate]

First I saw him at the 11:05 mark of the show then again clearly at the 14:50 mark of the show. There is a man wearing what appears to be a one piece dress, short skirt, kilt thing. For shoes I ...
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After the DS9 finale what happens to the Jem'hadar and what assurances do the Federation have that the Dominion won't attack again?

ST Deep Space Nine "What you leave behind": ODO: All I ask is that you Link with me. GARAK: I'm warning you, Odo. ODO: Nerys. KIRA: Garak, put down your weapon. GARAK: I ...
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Is there any info on the plot for the upcoming 2016 film “Star Trek Beyond” besides what's in the wikia article? [closed]

There is info on the new Star Trek Film, "Star Trek Beyond" at the following Wikia link: http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond Is there any info on any plot info other than what is ...
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Does Q consider Picard a friend?

Just watched the "Tapestry" episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation and always loved the chemistry between Q and Picard. But is there an in-universe answer to the said question: Does Q consider ...
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Did the creators of Into Darkness research Khan?

Okay, so I just watched Star Trek into Darkness and as a long-time fan of Wrath of Khan I'm a little confused by the portrayal of Khan. Okay, the actor is different and they clearly decided to take ...
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How long does it take to power up/shut down a warp core?

The warp core seems to be an immensely powerful and vital part of a starship. I'm pretty certain that when there have been issues with them, captains have been advised that it takes a significant ...
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When did Tom Paris and B'elanna Torres get married?

ST Voyager "Nightingale": TORRES: Don't worry about it. Bumping elbows comes with the job. And you can call me B'Elanna. Put this with the others. These relays should have been replaced a ...
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How could Janeway not punish the EMH for disobeying a direct order, transporting off voyager, & giving shield frequencies to an enemy vessel?

ST Voyager "Flesh and Blood": EMH: You've given me extraordinary freedom over the years. I've obviously abused it. JANEWAY: Maybe. Or maybe you've simply become as fallible as those of ...
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Why wasn't Harry Kim promoted beyond ensign, when others like Tom Paris were multiple times?

I read this question, but it's not the same as mine: Why is Harry Kim senior staff? ST Voyager "Nightingale": JANEWAY: You've been in command on Voyager before. KIM: On the night shift, for ...
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Did anything ever become of the particular Borg resistance movement that was created in the Voyager episode “Unimatrix Zero?”

ST Voyager "Unimatrix Zero": JANEWAY: Well, Unimatrix Zero may be gone but it looks like the resistance is alive and kicking. With any luck, the Collective may never be the same. SEVEN: ...
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Did 7 of 9 ever hear from or meet up with Axum again after the Episode “Unimatrix Zero?”

JANEWAY: Well, Unimatrix Zero may be gone but it looks like the resistance is alive and kicking. With any luck, the Collective may never be the same. SEVEN: Korok said he would try to ...
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How can Troi outrank Data?

In the 7th TNG season episode 16 Thine Own Self, Deanna Troi gets promoted to the rank of Commander after passing the "bridge test". When Data hears of this, Troi tells him he can now call her "sir", ...
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Did Tuvok, B'Elanna, and Janeway live the rest of their lives with Borg implants/technology inside of them?

ST Voyager "Unimatrix Zero": Chief medical officer's log, stardate 54014.4. It's been forty eight hours since the away team returned to Voyager. Thanks to the neural suppressant, I've been ...