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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did star trek invent the holodeck?

I first saw the holodeck in star trek the next generation. Had any other science fiction used computer programmable virtual recreation before star trek? Where was it first used in sci-fi?
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Who wrote “Ode to Spot” and Data's other poem?

Who wrote the rather clever poems for the script of "Schisms"? (Title and start unknown) ... Then we sat on the sand for some time and observed How the oceans that cover the world were ...
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Why would the Iconians want to visit Toronto City Hall?

In the TNG episode "Contagion", the sister ship of the Enterprise-D, the USS Yamato, is destroyed. An investigation into the cause leads the Enterprise to a planet in the Neutral Zone whose existence ...
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In Star Trek, are there any (named) low-ranking older officers?

Of course, I mean besides Lt. JG Picard in "Tapestry": Is it just Hollywood bias are are we to believe that officers either get promoted, get killed, or retire if their career is not advancing?
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What's the relationship between Ensign Janeway and Capt. Janeway?

In the Star Trek: TNG Episode "Man of the People", we have these lines: TROI: Computer today's appointment calendar. COMPUTER: Oh nine hundred hours, counselling session with Ensign Janeway. ...
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What is Riker's history with La Forge?

In The Next Phase, after there is this line: It's clear La Forge was already on-board the Enterprise in "Encounter at Farpoint" when Riker beams on, so the history must be prior to the show. ...
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Why did Gates McFadden leave after season 1 of TNG? [duplicate]

In Season 2 of TNG, Dr Crusher (played by McFadden) leaves, I understand, to take a position at Starfleet Medical. I'm interested, however, in the out of universe reason as to why did McFadden leave ...
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What species is Hugh?

What species is the Borg Hugh? (Slightly related: What species is the Borg Queen?)
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How does Geordi LaForge's visor work?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Geordi is blind. But yet he has a visor that enables him to see. How does Geordi's visor work?
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Are the crew of the Enterprise-D famous?

We all know that the Enterprise-D had a wide variety of exciting adventures, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations and just generally going boldly where no one has ...
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How many times did Troi have a headache?

In multiple Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, Counselor Troi has a headache or "feels tired," goes to her quarters to lie down, and it later transpires that something plot relevant has happened ...
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Is there recognition of Frakes' acting?

I predict downvote, but please bear with me -- this is an objective question. Preamble: People often criticize the acting on Star Trek, including TNG. Rewatching TNG from the beginning, there are ...
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Was Captain Gantu based on Worf?

I recently re-watched Lilo and Stitch (the 2002) film and noticed a great resemblance between the character of Captain Gantu and Worf from Star Trek. Gantu seems a bit of an exaggeration of Worf, ...
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Why don't the Borg “adapt” to recognize Picard and his crew?

In the movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg can "adapt" to withstand shots from the weapons that Picard and his crew carry. The Borg also ignore Picard and his crew until they are deemed a ...
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Are the Q affected by widespread changes in the timeline? [duplicate]

I suspect the answer is "No", but felt I should ask anyway. Given that the everything we know about the Star Trek "universe" has changed with the Abrams reboot, I was wondering how this would affect ...
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Did we ever see Enterprise-D's arboretum?

It seems they mention the arboretum many times. Apparently Miles O'Brien proposed to Keiko there. Barclay and Troi go for a walk there. A tree is beamed to the Crystalline Entity from there. ...
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Why do we see so few Andorians or Tellarites serving in Starfleet or aboard starships?

Obviously, out of universe having these alien species would be a huge headache for make-up and financial drain in terms of production costs, but is there an in-universe explanation? Tellarites and ...
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When Tanya Hernandez actually became Tasha Yar?

An answer to this question cites this discussion, though it incorrectly dates it to 1990, when cited discussion is actually dated 3/17/87. A document mentioned (cited) in both sources says about Lt. ...
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Any Jeffrey Nordling appearance in Star Trek The Next Generation?

I have just stated watching (along with my wife) DS9 after about two weeks break since ending watching entire TNG. When we started watching "Past Prologue", my wife recalls that she saw the same actor ...
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Do we have a copy of Captain Jonathan Archer's final speech in the final episode of the series Enterprise “These are the voyages?”

First I have to say after completely loving the series, I mean really loving it, the final episode was a huge letdown. I was going to post a question here about why they would do it on a "Next ...
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Which Captain ordered the most Crew to their deaths?

Currently rewatching all of Voyager, and remembering how callous Janeway was in ordering Tuvix's death. And how many times she threatens to, and actually activates the Self-Destruct Sequence. I ...
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At what point and why does it become (almost) impossible to transport through shields in the Star Trek Universe?

In all of the other series besides "Enterprise" the transporter only works with the shields down. I'm not going to quote the multitudes of episodes but it's a given to any Star Trek fan that shields ...
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How did Worf's adoptive father know O'Brien's rank?

In "Family", Worf's adoptive father, Sergey Rozhenko beams aboard and is instantly buddies with Chief O'Brien (from his point of view). WORF: They still have not signalled? O'BRIEN: No sir. ...
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Were the Xindi in Enterprise and the Xendi in The Next Generation the same species?

TNG "The Battle": Captain's log, stardate 41723.9. In response to a Starfleet order we are in the Xendi Sabu star system, having rendezvoused with a Ferengi vessel which has requested a ...
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How were Doctor Arik Soong and Noonian Soong related?

I see Noonien listed as a descendant of Arik, but I'm not exactly sure how they are related. Is there a Soong family tree of some sort that shows who married who, the name of the offspring, etc. that ...
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What else is in the little room in Picard's Ready Room?

On the Enterprise-D in The Next Generation, the Captain's Ready Room has a little side room that contains a replicator. Picard is often seen going into it to order his "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot". As far ...
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Is there any in-universe explanation or reference to why pointy sideburns persisted for so long?

(Related question: Who invented Star Trek sideburns and why?) The pointy sideburns didn't apparently exist in ENT: But did exist thereafter: Hairstyles don't normally persist for ten years, let ...
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Since they no longer kill animals for food, what does the replicator use as a template?

Riker stated that they no longer killed animals and Picard stated they didnt exploit them anymore. If animals weren't raised and killed for food, what did the replicators use as a template?
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How many admirals are in Starfleet?

Let's say in the TNG era. They seem to be pretty rare given that they have to be promoted mostly from the ranks of the most accomplished captains. I would guess maybe twenty are encountered or ...
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In TNG novels, how did this key character leapfrog another for promotion?

Entire question is spoilers for TNG novels. I'm not into reading Star Trek novels, but I somehow stumbled upon the publisher's description for Takedown: Question:
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How did Non-Federation powers view environmentalism?

Given that the Federation is generally described as a paradise, it's safe to say it's pollution free. We also got a general view of Ferengi views of environmentalism in the Deep Space Nine finale. How ...
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Do Federation prisons still use bars on the cells?

Watching DS9, S2E21, The Maquis, Pt II. Sisko is trying to talk Cal out of further activities with the Maquis. He tells Cal that the Federation won't stop until Cal was "behind bars". Since we know ...
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Why can Picard still hear the Borg?

Towards the end of the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)", we have the following dialogue concerning Picard's condition: CRUSHER: Life signs are stable. The DNA around the microcircuit ...
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How Can Fictional Fusion Reactors Possibly Be Dangerous? [closed]

In various science fiction movies and tv shows fusion reactors can sometimes have runaway reactions and explode, the threat of that happening is used in various *Star trek: The Next Generation ...
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Healthcare professions in Star Trek canon

Per TNG: Ethics, Galaxy-class starships had a physical therapy station in their sickbay, which implied that a physical therapist could be stationed onboard if necessary. However, beyond the occasional ...
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Why did warp cores become vertical?

In The Original Series (and Enterprise), Starfleet warp cores are horizontal: Beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continuing through the films and later television series (e.g. The ...
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What Stargate/Star Trek episode had people escaping capture using an invented card game?

Recently I started watching Star Trek TNG and there is the episode "The Big Goodbye" where in the first minute Picard is shown having to learn an alien languge. The language is quite complex having ...
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Why did the producers decide to name the Enterprise the Enterprise-D?

Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and is set in 2364. Now, the Enterprise-A was first unveiled in 1986 at the end of The Voyage Home 2286. My question is this: why did the producers ...
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Does The Ktarian Game exist, out-of-universe?

As established in this question, the discs-and-chutes game from the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "The Game" is known as The Ktarian Game, after the race that proliferated it as a ...
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Does the game from “The Game” have a name?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game", Riker's choice in shore leave company leads directly to the crew becoming addicted to a weird game in which the player needs to put discs into ...
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Is the USS Defiant (Defiant class) or the NCC 1701-E Enterprise (Sovereign class) a stronger ship for battle?

I'm rewatching DS9 and have been watching a lot of the Dominion war battles. I see a lot of the Galaxy class ships in the battles. I don't recall seeing any of the sovereign class ships in any of the ...
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Do we know any of the details about Worf's fights with the Kelvans?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": WORF: No. I am a Klingon warrior and a Starfleet officer. I have piloted starships through Dominion minefields. I have stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size. I ...
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Borg Nanoprobes and shapeshifters/changelings [duplicate]

This question is mainly about if there was any canon occasion when the Borg tried to infect a founder/shapeshifter with nanoprobes and if there was, what was the result. If it did not occur, I'm also ...
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Could a holodeck create smells?

Memory Alpha explains how a holodeck works as follows: A typical holodeck consisted of a room equipped with a hologrid containing omnidirectional holographic diodes, enabling holographic ...
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What happened to Captain Kirk's body?

At the end of Star Trek: Generations, Captain Picard constructs a makeshift grave out of stones for Captain Kirk, who died helping Picard to stop Dr. Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”? [duplicate]

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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Which Star Trek:TNG episode does Data asks Picard whether a human has a moral obligation to use augmented prosthetic?

I remember a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, where Data and Picard are discussing Data and humanity. In particular, whether Picard would have a moral obligation to upgrade ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a dystopian science fiction television series that aired in North America for only one season (1987-1988), and which had J. Michael Straczynski as its ...
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Why do ships appear to stretch when they jump to warp?

In the TNG opening credits the Enterprise-D stretches for a second when jumping to warp then returns to normal. I've got a short video with a scene where it is shown: ...
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What technological concepts did Star Trek invent?

There are a lot of technologies which we would consider to be 'iconic' to the Star Trek franchise, such as the Warp Drive and transporters. When I consider these though, they are merely mechanisms ...