Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is a science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry and set in the 24th Century. It aired from 1987-1994. Use this tag for questions concerning the series or its four feature films.

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How could Janeway use Holodecks as a child when they were new to Picard?

How could Janeway use Holodecks as a child when Picard and the rest of the Enterprise-D crew make it clear that holo-technology is very new? For many of them it's the first time they have interacted ...
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Worf's Klingon sash [duplicate]

In Star Trek Tng, I just wondered is there any significance in Worf's sash changing from gold to silver when he switches from command to security to replace Tasha? Also, when he goes back to command ...
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Is it ethical to let an entire civilization die rather than violate the prime directive? [closed]

In season two episode 15 data finds out a planet would be destroyed unless the enterprise intervenes. But doing so will violate the prime directive.
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Do Klingons refer to their battleships as “she”?

By long tradition in the English-speaking world, ships are called "she". This tradition (which may predate English) continues in referring to the U.S.S. Enterprise, according to the star trek ...
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Why was it so easy for Councillor Troi to become a commander? [duplicate]

Why was it so easy for her to become a commander after deciding to take the commanders test? Would it have been just as simple for Data or Geordie to have decided to take the test, so that they could ...
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Who would command the Enterprise D if the ranking officers were off the ship?

Who would command the Enterprise D, if Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and Commander Data were off the ship?
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Was there any mention of Starfleet grooming standards?

My wife recently accused me of trying to grow a "Riker" beard. I found myself arguing that my beard is longer than anything Riker OR Worf ever had on the show, and that got me thinking as to what ...
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How long do El Aurians live for [duplicate]

I remember an episode of TNG where Guinan implied that her father is older than 700, and Guinan was born at sometime before the 19th century ad least so how long do they live for
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Did Worf resume his role as tactical officer in Star Trek: Nemesis?

Worf was seen still wearing the red colours on Star Trek Nemesis. Was he still a strategic operations officer, or did he become tactical officer again despite wearing red colours?
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Which TNG actors were TOS fans?

Were any of the The Next Generation actors self-professed fans of The Original Series before being cast as characters in TNG? (Or did they all think it was just fairy tale rubbish?) I'm only ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation as to why the Borg look and behave differently in The Next Generation than in First Contact/Voyager? [duplicate]

Is there an in-universe explanation, not just about the way they look, but for the fact the Borg behave differently in The Next Generation, compared to First Contact and Voyager? Guinan's comments ...
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How fast did the Enterprise travel in Where No-One Has Gone Before?

In the episode of TNG Where No One Has Gone Before, what speed did the Traveller make the Enterprise go, to pass two galaxies and then afterwards be 1 billion light years away from Federation space?
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What are the relative sizes of the various political factions in Star Trek

In the Next Generation/DS9/Voyager timeline (ignoring the reboot films) what was the comparative size of the various factions, i.e Federation had x worlds and covered x size of space. Any recurring ...
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Guinan's fate in “Conundrum”

Guinan doesn't actually appear in the episode "Conundrum," but she was on the ship at that time, and that raised a question for me. Is it safe to assume that the Satarran mind-eraser weapon worked on ...
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Why are Starfleet computers so noisy?

Starfleet computer consoles are rather noisy. I can understand — especially with 24th Century touchscreen LCARS consoles — why they might be designed to emit sounds when pressed. (This ...
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Does Skoran survive?

At the end of "Thine Own Self," Skoran impales Data with a metal rod. This causes Data to shut down, and Skoran to be electrocuted. The latter screams in pain. Does anything speak to Skoran's fate? ...
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Is there a link between the Vogon's “Resistance is Useless” and the Borg's “Resistance is Futile”?

In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we read: FORD: Alright, just stop panicking! ARTHUR: Who said anything about panicking?!? This is still just a culture shock. FORD: Arthur! ...
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Does Picard have his arm removed?

In Best of Both World's Picard is shown to have a prosthetic arm. Was his real arm removed, or was the prosthetic simply ontop of his real arm/hand? If his hand/arm was removed, does he then ...
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Why wasn't it possible to completely de-borgify Seven of Nine while it was possible with Captain Picard?

Captain Picard was assimilated by the Borg collective and turned into a drone. When he was freed from it, all traces of Borg hardware were removed from his body and he returned to being a ...
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Why was Picard so comfortable with his nephew?

In the first (double) episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Encounter at Farpoint, Picard explains to Riker that he's not comfortable around children and that part of Riker's job will be to stop ...
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Who or what created the Galactic Barrier in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, there exists a field of negative energy, known as the Galactic Barrier. Later when the Enterprise-D was thrown into a different galaxy, however, they did not experience the barrier. Such ...
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Can a ship tow during warp?

If an item can't be stored in a hold, can a ship use a tractor beam to tow another item or ship during warp? I'm thinking of the case where, perhaps by design or through battle damage, the saucer ...
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Why Voyager required assistance to travel back in time in the end of “Future's End” episode?

This answer to my previous question made me thinking -- why Voyager wasn't able to travel back in time, in the end of "Future's End" episode, without assistance of Capt. Braxton's ship / 29th century ...
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TNG Episode Best of Both Worlds Part One, Joret 4: are they standing in the right place?

Let me set a scene. Riker and co. beam down to jouret 4. Behind them is rock/plant wilderness (no sign of blast damage), and in front of them is a giant mat painting of a miles wide crater. Riker asks ...
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Is this Star Trek's most used background prop?

Whenever the story brings us to a lab, science outpost or somesuch, I immediately start looking for these: I'm wondering: In which episodes are these bad boys used? I've noticed them in ...
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Why is Miles O’Brien a Non Commissioned Officer (non-com)

In Deep Space Nine it is explained that Chief O’Brien is what they call a “non-com” (Non Commissioned Officer). It is never explained exactly what this means, or how one goes about becoming one, but ...
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Were there ever plans for a TNG movie with Q as the main antagonist?

Q is arguably the greatest antagonist in TNG; we see him in the first and last episodes of the series and he frequently pops in. If we think about TOS, arguably the greatest antagonist there was ...
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Star Trek TNG episode where the Enterprise accelerates to the end of space in a short time

A long time ago, I watched some Star Trek episode (Mr. Data was in it) when the Enterprise suddenly accelerates to the huge speed, faster than warp 9, and came to the end of space in short time (maybe ...
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What is Nagilum’s true form?

Nagilum expresses some surprise that the Enterprise-D members are shocked to see him in a “humanoid” form (“Where Silence Has Lease”). After all, it’s gone to such trouble to look like them! Is there ...
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In Star Trek, what are the General Orders?

From the famous General Order 1 (The Prime Directive) to General Order 24 about destroying all life on a planet, Star Fleet regulations guide the men and women exploring the distant reaches of space ...
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How do miniature holograms work?

"Miniature" holograms are seen a few times in Star Trek, including the hologram of Tasha Yar, which Data had, and the mini-EMH hologram ("Virtuoso"). This technology presumably had some sort of ...
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What happened to Ambassador Kell?

It's shown in the episode "The Mind's Eye" that Klingon Ambassador Kell was a traitor in cahoots with the Romulan Empire. Is there anything in the EU which speaks to what happened to the ambassador? ...
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How much stronger is a Klingon than a human?

While watching an episode of TNG I heard Data state that he was several times stronger than a human, which got me to thinking how much stronger than an average human is an average Klingon?
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Was The Inner Light piece based on The Beatles?

In the beloved TNG episode The Inner Light Captain Picard plays a flute belonging to a long dead alien scientist Kamin... While minutes pass for the rest of the crew, Picard experiences 40 ...
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What happened to the Enterprise after ST:TNG?

In the beginning of the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("The Way of the Warrior") we have at least two references to the destruction of the Enterprise after events presented in Star Trek: ...
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Were ST:TNG “Force of Nature”-related issues ever addressed in ST:DS9? [duplicate]

If I'm not mistaken, last two seasons of Star Trek The Next Generation were aired in parallel with first two seasons of Star Trek Deep Space Nice, and most of the episodes in both series had their ...
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How does Transwarp speed relate to Warpspeed?

In this question we learn a great deal about the in-universe warp speed mechanics. How does the warp scale relate to trans-warp speeds? Geordi La Forge describes transwarp as twenty times maximum ...
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Why do The Borg refer to themselves simply as 'Borg'?

Here we see the assimilated Captain Picard as Locutus I am Locutus of Borgemphasis mine Why do The Borg refer to themselves simply as Borg? Linguistically challenged or just ultra cool? ...
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How did the crew of the Enterprise-D put on their uniforms?

I was watching Cause and Effect (the one where the Enterprise gets caught in a time loop), and I noticed something odd. In one of the sickbay scenes, we see Geordi from behind, and it appears that ...
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Do these two articles appear in Trek Magazine and Best of Trek?

Two articles by Mark A Golding, "Shortcuts Though Space in Star Trek" and "Subspace Radio and Space Warps" advocate the theory that much interstellar travel in Star Trek is done through wormholes or ...
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In Star Trek (TNG), does “original art” even mean anything?

In our economy, much art is held for its investment value as much as for its aesthetic value. @Richard has pointed out (in another question) that Roddenberry defined money out of the Star Trek economy ...
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Q Who - Was it a warning or did it cause the Borg threat?

I had always assumed that the encounter with the Borg in "Q Who" had alerted the Borg to the Federation presence and that it was because of this encounter that they sent the cube that attacked Earth ...
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Picard's dislike for children: out-of-universe origins?

Have the writers or anyone associated with TNG ever commented on why they chose to make Picard uncomfortable with children?
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Can Data pronounce Spock's true name?

Apparently, Spock's true name cannot be pronounced by humans (humanoids?). The same has been said of the Traveler's name. Since Data is artificial, I wonder if he wouldn't be so limited. Though he ...
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How did Picard know that the Douwd's wife had died fighting the Husnock?

At the end of "The Survivors," Captain Picard tells the Douwd's wife that she did, in fact, die, while attempting to defend the colony against the Husnock. How could Picard know this? I know of ...
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Why did Picard leave the iron filing inside of Data's head?

When writing this answer, I was reminded of something in a scene of Time's Arrow Part 2 that I find to be odd. Picard encodes a binary message for the Enterprise crew inside of Data's head, which ...
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Why does it take Worf so long to “power up the photons”?

Towards the end of ST:TNG's Time's Arrow, Pt. 2, Captain Picard is stuck in 19th-century San Francisco, and the rest of the crew is on the Enterprise. Riker wants to go back in time with an away team ...
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What is the short story in ST:TNG about the Enterprise itself saving her crew?

I'm near positive it's in the Strange New Worlds series It was published between 2000 and 2010 IIRC The story is from the perspective of the ship's computer Somehow the crew is incapacitated (IIRC ...
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What is the offensive distribution between the stardrive and saucer section on a Galaxy class star ship?

I am wondering about the combat effectiveness of the saucer section of a Galaxy class starship is compared to the stardrive section. I know that the saucer section can sustain a warp field but not ...
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Could Riker have become a carrier?

In S3E09 of ST:TNG The Vengeance Factor, Riker is doing his thing and finds himself romantically involved with Yuta, who we later find out is from the supposedly extinct clan Trelesta. She is ...