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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Why is Worf permitted to wear his sash but Ro can't wear her earpiece?

In ST:TNG Season 5, episode 3 (Ensign Ro), the following scene occurs: [Transporter room] (a young woman in red uniform beams in, wearing a sullen expression and a fancy earring) RO: ...
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During the TNG era, how were the visual effects for planets produced?

In TNG, most of the ships look really good due to excellent model work. A lot of the on-screen effects look sort of hokey (think various iffy aliens, 2D morphing, motion capture of insect parasites, ...
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Who made the Dyson's sphere in Star Trek TNG?

According to this wikia, the Dyson's sphere discovered by the Enterprise in the episode, "Relics" was large enough to support the life of 4 million earth sized planets, if you do some rough math, ...
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How did Picard actually cause the destruction of human kind?

Through the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that This part is really unclear for me. How could the anomaly stop the combination of amino acids into the first proteins? Is ...
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Why did Picard describe the past as “the past” when he was actually there?

During final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Picard is moving back and forth in time and we can see three timelines: current, past and future. Two times during his "visit" to the past ...
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Why did Klingons attack the medical ship in “All Good Things…”?

In the middle of the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that If that's so, then why did they attack a medical ship? A ship that has no firepower to match any of the attackers ...
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Which ST:TNG episode contains image of surprised Picard face?

From which Star Trek The Next Generation comes this image: And exactly in what scene it appears? What Picard is saying at the very moment, that is pictured?
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When did Data speed time up really fast? [duplicate]

There was a Star Trek episode where the ship was being attacked with a laser directed at the warp core. The ship had no defense against the laser and was going to get destroyed. Data somehow did ...
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How could “cryonics” be “just a fad”?

In "The Neutral Zone", the Enterprise happens upon a number of 20th century individuals who have been frozen as sent drifting in space to be hopefully found later and healed. They are easily ... ...
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How does a sonic shower work?

What is the mechanism behind a sonic shower in the STU? A shower with water does various things, namely; get rid of odors, raise body temperature, acts as a disinfectant, has a soothing massage ...
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Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?

In TNG episode "Conspiracy": TROI: Data, it's just not the same. Have you ever been for a real moonlight swim? DATA: One can swim in moonlight? TROI: How about you, Mister Worf? ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

It appears that a phaser vaporizes organic matter on maximum setting. Remember that in this episode several lower settings barely phase Yuta but the maximum setting completely vaporizes her with no ...
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Why does Riker put the phaser up to full power, why didn't her try a few more lower settings before vaporizing Yuta? [duplicate]

In TNG episode: "Vengeance Factor" RIKER: Stop. (The first shot is a mild stun. Yuta staggers, then reaches for Chorgan again. The next shot is higher. Then Riker puts the phaser up to full ...
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How is Data unable to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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How was Geordi able to fire his weapon on board the Enterprise-D?

In ST:TNG "Aquiel", Geordi reaches into the drawer in his quarters pulls out a phaser, and fires it at the organism. Aren't hand weapons on the Enterprise disabled? Are all officers allowed to have ...
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Are there any differences between Romulan and Vulcan DNA? [duplicate]

I know it is stated in multiple episodes that the Romulans and the Vulcans are cousins or are related. Do they have the same genetic coding or are there differences in their DNA? If there are ...
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Does the Federation ever establish full relations with the Tamarians?

After the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok", does the Federation ever establish open relations with the Tamarians? Non-canon sources are welcome. If so, how do they establish a form of ...
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Are Gorn and Tamarian related?

Are the Gorn species and the Tamarian species related in the Star Trek Universe or other non-canon Star Trek references? I see some visual similarities between the two species.
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Was Spock ever successful at reunifying the Vulcan and Romulan peoples?

After the two part TNG episode "Reunification" was Spock able to unify the two peoples?
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Do we know all of the guarantees in the Constitution of the United Federation of Planets?

In Star Trek we know of the 7th and 12th guarantees: The Seventh Guarantee against self-incrimination during legal proceedings was considered by Captain Picard in 2367 to be "one of the most ...
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How does Data know what Bingo is but not what perfume is?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" how is it that Data doesn't know what an aphrodisiac or perfume is, but in the same episode knows of 'Bingo', an obscure ancient human game? ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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Was Geordi really next in line or the appropriate person to take control of the ship?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" when Picard gets sick is Laforge really the next highest in command to take control of the ship? He wasn't even chief engineer yet? Why was ...
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How did the snowball fly out of the holodeck? [duplicate]

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" How did Wesley's snowball fly outside of the holodeck and hit Picard? It should have dematerialized.
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What happened on the away mission with Jack Crusher? [duplicate]

I know somebody asked what happened between Jack Crusher and Picard. I also read the answer which I already knew. There was an accident on the Stargazer, Picard had to choose between life or death, ...
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How did the Borg come into being? [duplicate]

Pretty straight forward question. How did the Borg start? Is there anything in the STU, or in novels, or anywhere that deals with the creation of the Borg, Borg Queen, first Drone, etc.? Was there an ...
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Why are the Borg able to adapt so quickly to phaser fire but not to a punch?

In multiple episodes drones adapt quickly to phaser fire. Within a few shots they develop a shield that can block phaser blasts. How is it possible that they are susceptible to a physical punch? ...
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How long does it take for a Borg ship to assimilate a planet?

Let's take Earth for example. There might be thousands of drones on a Borg ship. But wouldn't a planet like Earth that has maybe 10 billion or more people on it pose a logistical problem. I realize ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise disappear in the Star Trek movie First Contact when the Borg traveled back in time?

The Enterprise is near Earth and a Borg sphere travels back in time to a period before the Enterprise and the federation itself existed. Almost immediately the entire earth changes to a Borg ...
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What does it cost to make an episode of Star Trek?

I am curious about the cost to make an episode of Star Trek and the comparative cost between the various series. What did it cost on average to do a single episode of Star Trek TOS, TNG, VOY, DS9, ...
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How can Data know nothing about the Orient Express?

In the beginning of "Emergence" (Star Trek The Next Generation's season 7) Data is relaying some information about the Orient Express train to captain Picard. Data is clearing reading that information ...
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Why champagne glasses didn't disappear? [duplicate]

At the end of last act of "Emergence" episode (Star Trek The Next Generation's season 7) we see Worf, Troi and Data drinking champagne with the other characters. Then the program ends and the ...
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What is the on the Enterprise main viewer before they say “on screen”

This clip indicates that it is just a wall. And admittedly, what you want to look at may not be right in front of you. But why would you ever just have a wall showing?
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Why didn't Shinzon activate the RNA sequencing?

In Star Trek: Nemesis, we learn that the antagonist Shinzon is actually From the blood sample Shinzon provides, Dr. Crusher figures out why: BEVERLY: The more I studied his DNA the more ...
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Why are Star Trek ships (mostly) built by hand?

In the middle of the episode "Eye of the Beholder" (from the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation) one of the crew members says to Troi and Worf that [no direct cite] the entire ship was ...
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How do people carry things in Star Trek TNG?

In cast interviews, I remember a montage of everyone saying "pockets". The uniforms don't have them. On away missions, I think Crusher put her tricorder "away" on occasion, and other than someone who ...
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Why Was Wesley Wet? [duplicate]

At the beginning of ST:TNG S1E01 Encounter at Farpoint, we get to know the crew of the Enterprise and bits and pieces of the ship itself. In one such part of the episode, towards the beginning, Riker ...
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Star Trek: TNG novel identification assistance - plot uses Darmok-like communication

I have a memory of a Star Trek TNG novel that I read years ago, but having searched both my own personal shelves and the Memory Alpha website, I can't find any evidence of its existence. It's ...
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Where is the Nexus when it's not in our universe?

In Star Trek: Generations, what did it mean that the Nexus "enters our universe every 75 years", or something to that effect? I mean, where would it be when it's not in our universe? And how does it ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

This is the final dialogue of the episode as well as being Shelby's last time on TNG show: RIKER: And Earth Station McKinley has advised they're ready to begin refitting the Enterprise. ...
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In the Battle of Wolf 359, one ship survives. Which one was it and why did it survive?

In "TNG: The Best of Both Worlds," 40 Starfleet starships under the command of Admiral J.P. Hanson gather near Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube ship traveling to Earth. (The Star Trek Encyclopedia ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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If the Q are all powerful, how does the continuum affect punishment on an individual Q? [duplicate]

Since one Q is all powerful, then two q's aren't really double all powerful are they? ALL powerful would mean they could do pretty much anything. Couldn't one Q kill all the other Q if he wanted to?
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Why would Professor Moriarty “cease to exist” if he tried to exit the holodeck via the arch?

In the episode Ship in a Bottle, Professor James Moriarty wishes to leave the holodeck. The whole episode is centered around his complicated gambit to do just that, by giving the illusion to Picard ...
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Do any of the known species besides the Srivani in Star Trek use a phase shift as a cloaking device?

Please keep in mind "TNG: The Pegasus." It would appear that this would be a superior cloaking device as a ship could pass through objects.
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In anything Star Trek, what does it mean to be in or out of phase?

In many Star Trek episodes term/concept in phase, out of phase, phase variance, etc. are used many times. What does phase mean exactly? Please give as detailed and technical an answer as you can ...
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How does Data transport Picard back to the ship by combining his “energy” and his “pattern?”

At the end of in TNG : Lonely Among Us, Data states that Picard's... "...physical pattern is here....his energy has moved into the transporter relays by now." I've been reading a lot about how ...
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Did the Selay & Antican delegations ever get to the peace process?

In "TNG : Lonely Among Us" the purpose of the Enterprise's mission was to deliver the Selay and Antican delegations to a peace process. They get side tracked by an energy species from an energy cloud. ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “Justice” of Star Trek TNG didn't they violate the prime directive by introducing themselves to a non-warp society? [duplicate]

The entire episode is about Wesley accidently walking on the Edo's grass, violating their laws in the process, and incurring the death penalty. Picard is concerned about violating the prime directive ...