Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. The show was created 21 years after the original Star Trek show, and set in the 24th century from the year 2364 through 2370 (about 100 years after ...

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When Did United Earth Switch to the Metric System?

When the crew of the Enterprise are talking to the food replicators on board about a beverage, they state the temperature in Celcius. Is there any record of when United Earth as a whole adopted the ...
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Is there religion on 24th century Earth? [duplicate]

In Star Trek, is there any evidence that any sort of religion is still practiced on Earth or on any Human world? There are other species of the Federation that do still praise a god of sorts, eg. The ...
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What was time traveller's source of knowledge in ST:TNG “A Matter of Time” episode? [spoiler]

In the beginning "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a person appears on board of Enterprise and claims that he is a time traveller comming from XXVI century. Spoiler: He ...
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Why did Picard believe the time-traveler?

Somewhere in the middle of "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, curious as always Riker says, that Berlinghoff Rasmussen (the time traveler) could be some kind of impostor ...
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How much of the Borg collective did Lore control?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Descent" (part 1 and 2), Lore exploits a weakened state of the Borg collective to become their leader (temporarily). How much of the collective followed him? I infer ...
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Sound effect in “Cause and Effect”

This video shows a couple of the sequences in ST:TNG "Cause and Effect" where the Bozeman approaches the Enterprise. At 1:03 in the video, Geordi initiates an emergency core shutdown. At 1:15, you ...
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Why is the stardate explicitly mentioned when creating a new Captain's log?

Why is the ship's computer not advanced enough to insert the stardate automatically when a new log entry is added by the captain? Or is there a special reason for it not to do so?
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Why does Data use a tricorder? [duplicate]

Is there a reason why Data hasn't simply had a tricorder integrated into his body? He uses one often enough, you'd figure he would have simply wired one into his system and plugged it into his brain ...
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How does Data's computation ability compare to the Enterprise's?

Can the ship perform more calculations per second since it is much larger and is not confined to the size of an average human? Or is the ship actually a distributed network of many computers ...
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Who was La Forge's impostor in The Mind's Eye?

In the TNG episode 'The Mind's Eye' Geordi was replaced by an impostor that was sent to Risa in his place. This individual looks very similar to Geordi (human, male, black, similar height, build, etc) ...
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Beverly Crusher's rank aboard The Enterprise

In TNG, Riker is the first officer and has the rank of Commander. Lt. Commander Data is the 2nd officer, yet Crusher outranks Data. Why is it that he's the 2nd officer and she isn't? Where does she ...
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What are the measurements of rank pips as worn in Star Trek The Next Generation?

I've been unable to find exact measurements for the pip rank insignia worn in The Next Generation. I'm in need of the diameter and height. Is there also an exact colour for them too?
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Where is Sickbay on the Enterpise(s)

If you know or have links to diagrams, I'd be interested knowing the answer to where on various Enterprises Sickbay is located. I've found some maps on the internet, but they focus on Engineering and ...
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In “Cause and Effect”, how did Worf know to go with Data's suggestion?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Cause and Effect", there is the following dialogue right before the Enterprise collides with the Bozeman: PICARD: Suggestions? RIKER: Decompress Main Shuttle ...
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Do the borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

Do the borg believe that Data is inferior to them somehow? his technology is demonstrated to be somewhat compatible (and perhaps superior) with the borg in the Locutus episode, and in Descent Part ...
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How could Troi “sense” emotions in Data?

When Lore is feeding Data negative emotions in Descent, Troi notes with surprise that she could "sense" emotions in him. Now, "sense" is a word that Troi only seems to use when referring to her ...
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The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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What is the bloodiest war in the Star Trek universe?

I was watching TNG : The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2. The Battle of Wolf 359 resulted in over 11,000 Federation deaths and the loss of a Borg Cube with its crew of thousands of drones. This led me to ...
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How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...
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Why was there apparently no knowledge of the missing ship in the Typhon Expanse?

In the TNG episode "Cause and Effect", we are treated to the following line of dialogue...three times. "Captain's Log, Stardate 45652.1. The Enterprise has entered an area of space known as the ...
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How did the rightful heir know about Worf's vision?

About fifteen minutes into 6x23 Rightful Heir, Kahless reminds Worf of a vision Worf had when he was young. But later on it is revealed that So how does he know? Or, since Worf doesn't seem to ...
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Who was responsible for destruction of Federation outposts in The Neutral Zone?

Who was responsible for destruction of the Federation outposts in TNG : The Neutral Zone? Was this question ever resolved in the series?
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Why didn't Data subdue Worf?

Toward the end of Genesis, de-evolved Worf is pounding on a door, trying to get to Deanna Troi. Data and Picard are also behind the door. Picard then decides to take Deanna's pheromones with him in a ...
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Who tends the plants on Star Trek TNG?

The recent question In Star Trek TNG, why does everyone have plants at the head of their beds? ask why they have the plants. I want to know who tends them? Real plants don't just magically thrive. ...
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Why does Locutus refer to Riker as “Number One?”

When Captain Picard was assimilated by the Borg, he lost his prior identity. He obviously was no longer on the side of the Federation, as he was actively working against it. And yet he still referred ...
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Why did Picard decide to blow up the ship?

In Where Silence Has Lease, Nagilum threatens to kill one third of the crew. As a response Picard decided to start the self-destruct. The loss of a third of the crew falls near the acceptable ...
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Why did Dr. Noonian Soong program his androids with a dominant hand?

Noonian, like his grandfather, Arik, was left-handed, but why would he also establish the characteristic in his android creations?
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In Star Trek TNG, why does everyone have plants at the head of their beds?

I've been noticing that everyone in Star Trek The Next Generation seems to sleep in a shrubbery: Notice in this image that the sill is void of nick-nacks except for the plant directly behind ...
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In Star Trek, How Can Holodeck Users Eat and Drink Holo-Food Without Harm? [duplicate]

There's been use of the Holodeck wherein users will dine and drink on what should be fake, holographic food. Even though the holo-matter still has physical substance, as soon as they leave the ...
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Has the Federation ever forced the Prime Directive on other species?

We all know that Starfleet officers follow the Prime Directive but are they duty bound to stop other races from interfering in other civilizations? If not, then what stops someone like the ...
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Why didn't Lore kill Worf?

In "Datalore," Lore confronts Worf in the turbolift, essentially challenging him to a fight. After Worf's blow barely registers, Lore easily knocks him out. My question is why Lore didn't rather ...
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What happened to Jeremy Aster?

So in the TNG Season 3 episode "The Bonding", Worf and Jeremy Aster perform the R'uustai, a ritual that binds them together as brothers, effectively joining Jeremy Aster to the House of Mogh. What ...
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What episodes in TNG contain the Ferengi?

I'm re-watching Star Trek TNG episodes to get a better understanding of how the Ferengi have evolved over the years, into what they are now known as in DS9. Irrespective of how accurate the ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Star Trek-era designs paralleling 20th century fashions?

I am generally the type of guy who thinks "because it's a TV show" is a reasonable and complete explanation for unexplainable elements in fictional works. However, given the tendency for Star Trek ...
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Why is Data so surprised that he's mortal?

In "Time's Arrow," the discovery of Data's head in a cave is evidence that Data is to die at some point. During a conversation with Geordi in Ten Forward, Data tells him that such a revelation doesn't ...
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Which TNG episodes should be viewed to catch these major elements?

There have been many, many good questions regarding viewing order in Star Trek, largely involving the whole series, but sometimes involving a single series. In this case I'm looking at TNG ...
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Why do the Borg refer to themselves as “We” and not “I”

In ST:TNG there was much made of the Borg being a singular entity, such that one Borg couldn't detach itself from another easily, analogous to a person being unable to easily cut off their foot. But ...
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Can Q perform “contortionist” moves while masquerading in a humanoid body?

In the novel Q-in-Law, by Peter David, there's a scene in which Lwaxana Troi approaches Q in the passageway. When Q boasts of his power, Lwaxana asks if Q is capable of bending backwards so that his ...
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How did the transdimensional Edo god (Edo lord) come to be the overseer of the Edo?

I guess it's sort of like the way that Q had a vested interest in humanity in general---and Picard's Enterprise in particular. Q wasn't really an overseer, though. He visited the Enterprise mainly to ...
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Why Zalkonian ship was chasing alien in TNG: “Transfigurations”?

In the final scenes of TNG: "Transfigurations" (after meeting with Zalkonian ship), The Zalkonian Commander Sunad explains, that they have hunted down small ship, on which the alien ("John Doe") and ...
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Maximum distance and speed for communication in StarTrek franchise [duplicate]

In the middle of TNG: "Transfigurations" an alien ship is detected on long-range sensors. Worf says, that it travels with Warp 9.72 on interception course and it will take 10.53 hours to meet it. We ...
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Galaxy-class ship's speed, when on space-charting mission

In TNG: "Transfigurations" crew has determined, that their guest's home is around 2.3 parsecs from their current position. In the next scene, captain Jean-Luc Picard told the guest, that it will take ...
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Would replicated material eventually break down? [duplicate]

The nutrients from replicated food would probably be used up by the body fairly quickly, but what about materials that aren't directly consumed? Is it possible that after a period of time they would ...
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In Star Trek: TNG, what is the most common away team combo (e.g. Riker, Data, Troi?) and why?

In the video games Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Star Trek: Judgement Rites, and Star Trek: A Final Unity, the away teams are explained very rationally - e.g. Kirk commanded the team, Spock provided ...
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Has any race ever “established a relationship” with the Borg, as Guinan implies is possible?

At the end of "Q Who?", Guinan tells Picard that Q's actions led to a premature contact between the Federation and the Borg. The scene is largely in line with everything we know about the Borg and ...
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Are the shields and hull of the USS Enterprise-D capable of withstanding a direct nuclear strike?

I'm watching the season two episode of TOS "Patterns of Force" where a nuclear missile is on an intercept course with the Enterprise, but is destroyed by the ship's weapons. This got me thinking as to ...
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Star Trek Next Gen/DS9 crossovers?

How many times does the Next Gen storyline cross over with that of DS9? And how significant are those crossovers to either storyline, if any?
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Why did the Yridian destroyer explode?

In TNG : The Chase (S06E20) Picard ordered Worf to disable the Ydirian destroyer attacking Galen's shuttle but the whole ship exploded. Worf wouldn't disobey the captain like that, so what went ...
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Where was Amanda Rogers during the Dominion War?

At the end of "True Q," Amanda Rogers uses her powers to reverse a catastrophe that would destroy all of Tagra IV. She says that she "couldn't let all those people die." If Amanda was so concerned ...