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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Why doesn't Starfleet have personal shields?

In the Next Generation episode A Fistful of Datas Worf is able to build a personal shield out of a telegraph machine and a standard issue communicator. Although Worf says it is highly unstable and ...
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When did the Borg contact the Cardassians?

In an answer to this recent question there is a screenshot of a Cardassian who has been assimilated by the Borg. My question is simple: when the hell did the Borg come into contact with the ...
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What starship in the Star Trek universe has beaten a Galaxy Class starship in single combat?

The Borg Cube ship is obviously one such ship that has beaten a Galaxy class in single combat. Another is the Tamarian cruiser, TNG 5x02 'Darmok'. ...
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In TNG S02 E16 “Q-Who”; Why did Picard not continue to fire phasers?

During this first encounter with the Borg, Enterprise's phasers seemed to be very effective against the Borg cube. I can understand why Picard might opt not to continue firing once offensive action ...
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Why does Worf have such short hair to begin with?

Worf begins TNG with very short hair, and progressively grows it (see images below). But for someone who thinks of himself to be very Klingon, having short hair doesn't seem to be a Klingon thing to ...
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Is there a galactic map showing the homeworlds of the various humanoid species?

I've always wanted to see a full galaxy map showing the locations of the various humaoid species such as the Klingon homeworld, Romulus, Cardasia, and Ferenginar. Other information like where the ...
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Has any Starfleet Captain ever been Court Martialed for violating the Prime Directive?

The Prime Directive seems to be a core principle of Starfleet and a bedrock philosophy for their interaction with less developed civilizations, yet seems to be violated with remarkable regularity. Has ...
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Is Starfleet military or civilian?

We keep hearing a touchy/feely description of Starfleet as a bunch of explorers out poking around the galaxy wanting to help people and be friends. As Guinan told Picard in TNG 3x15 'Yesterday's ...
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What is the range of the Enterprise-D's sensors?

A similar question on the functionality of sensors can be found here, but my question goes beyond that (pun intended). What is the range (distance) of the sensors of the Enterprise-D? My ...
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Married Couples in the Star Trek Universe?

It just occurred to me that hardly anyone in any of the series is married! What's up with that? O'Brien is married, Dr Crusher and Cpt Sisko are widowed, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres get married - ...
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Did Rozhenkos speak with an accent?

Was there a deliberate "foreignness" to Rozhenko's speech in ST:TNG? In-universe, it would make sense: they were NOT native speakers (Belorussians or Russians by ancestry; and lived in Russia/USSR ...
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Do we ever see a pregnant crewmember on TNG?

Other than Troi in The Child, do we ever see a pregnant crewmember of the Enterprise D? Of course we see Keiko pregnant, but she's a civilian. I'm trying to imagine a maternity uniform.
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Why does Worf not use contractions?

A similar question on why Worf 'acts' so Klingon here, but most TNG fans will note that Worf doesn't use contractions - it's quite noticeable actually - "Captain - I do not recommend that" for ...
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Was the relationship between Pulaski and Data supposed to parallel that of Spock and McCoy?

During Season 2 of TNG, Dr Pulaski takes over as chief medical officer for the year. I notice that she seems to be a rather down-to-earth sort of person, rather reminiscent of Dr McCoy. I also note ...
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What did Worf say during his ascension ceremony?

In the second season Star Trek TNG episode "The Icarus Factor" Worf went through an ordeal where he admitted his deepest (read blood-thirstiest) feelings while being tormented with pain sticks. He ...
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Who named the episodes in TNG?

Each TNG episode has a specific name, normally quite a clever one that summarizes the main point of the episode. I was just wondering actually who the person was that gave TNG episodes their names?
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How many sentient bio-ships have been shown in the Star Trek universe?

We're introduced to an amazing creature, a living bio-ship named Gomtuu (called 'Tin Man' by Starfleet) who was observed while orbiting Beta Stromgren in TNG 3x20, 'Tin Man'. Through first contact ...
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Who can see better: Geordi or Data?

I know that Geordi's blind, but with his VISOR, he has exceptional vision with a range for a wide subspace spectrum. How does this compare with Data's android vision: Does Data have a comparable ...
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What musical instruments has Data played?

The bridge crew of the Enterprise have been shown to be musically inclined during their 'off time'. We've seen Riker play the trombone 'Conundrum' TNG 5x14, and Picard plays the Ressikan flute 'The ...
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Who ran Ten-Forward before Guinan?

At the beginning of Season 2 (TNG), we are first introduced to Guinan as being in charge of Ten-Forward, but I don't recall who the original person who ran Ten-Forward was in the series. I seem to ...
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What is the longest period of time which Riker commanded the Enterprise-D?

Often we see Picard say to Riker: "You have the bridge Number 1", and I was wondering what the longest period of time that Riker was in command of the Enterprise-D for. I don't count just when he was ...
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Isn’t the Enterprise a no-smoking ship?

In "Lonely Among Us" TNG 1x07, we see Data taking on the persona of Sherlock Holmes while puffing an old English pipe complete with tobacco and stinky smoke. Wouldn't that violate safety and health ...
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How did Brent Spiner get cast as Data for TNG?

According to this answer for who was a potential player for the role of Data, Brent Spiner was not originally considered for the role. I've checked on Memory Alpha, and there seems to be no ...
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Who is Picard's favorite philosopher?

I know Picard is quite a humanities fan and speaks to Wesley about philosophy during their trip to a starbase when to get his heart operation conducted. That got me to thinking - does Picard ever say ...
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How does Data speak?

I know that Data has some functions that are very similar to the biological processes of humans (for example, his cooling system is similar to our own cooling system I believe), but how does Data ...
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Do Ferengi have surnames?

In DS9: Heart of Stone, Quark says "No nephew of mine is going to disgrace our family name by joining star fleet!". My question: do Ferengi even have family names?
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Were the Borg intended to represent a communist state?

I know that TNG was made during the end of the Cold War and the parallels between the United Federation of Planets and the 'good capitalist' society of America are striking. That got me thinking: ...
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What is considered 'ancient history' in the 24th Century?

In several TNG episodes, I recall references to Riker talking to Picard about remembering something from “Earth's Ancient History”. What are the Gregorian calendar dates for Ancient history according ...
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Have the Borg ever travelled beyond the Milky Way galaxy?

I have looked around and I have not yet found a reference to the Borg and whether or not they have traveled outside of the Milky Way Galaxy. I know the in TNG episode 5 in season 1, the Traveler ...
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Why is the Enterprise's computer capacity measured in quads, but Data's capacity is measured in bits?

The Enterprise-D has a computer core with a capacity measured in "quads" - this is for storage capacity, and processing speed. (This was done intentionally to remove any references to real-life tech ...
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What do the three controls on the Transporter operate?

I recently noticed that in TNG, there are the three 'buttons' which need to be pulled all the way up/down to transport something/someone, just like in TOS. My question is, what do these three things ...
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Why is there no consistent Chief Helms Officer in TNG?

After watching TNG and VOY, there is a rather major discrepancy: in TNG, there seems to be no consistent helms officer on the Enterprise-D, apart from when Wesley is in charge. It seems to be some ...
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Where does a Class 8 probe get is power from?

In the TNG Episode The Emissary, we learn that a Class 8 probe can travel at warp 9 (which puts quite a strain on a Galaxy-class starship, let a lone a probe!). The probe in question was stripped of ...
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What is the species that Worf fights on the holodeck?

In the below picture, this is an alien we see Worf fighting on a regular basis. Is there any reference to what it is, where it came from (somewhere near Q'onos I assume) or any contact made between ...
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Was Picard's de-borgification process used in de-borgifying 7 of 9?

(I know - a bit of creative license on my part with de-borgifying!) I was wondering whether the de-borgifying process that Picard underwent after he was assimilated was used as the basis for the ...
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Could a Betazoid read Data's mind?

In the TNG episode Manhunt, we see that Lwaxana Troi can't read the mind of a hologram (as there is no mind there to read!), but her telepathic abilities are well-renowned. Hence, could she possibly ...
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Why was Picard an assistant astrophysics officer?

In the TNG episode Tapestry, we learn through the alternate timeline provided by Q that Picard becomes an assistant astrophysics officer. Why would this be though? Wouldn't Picard become a historian ...
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Does Data ever learn to sneeze?

In the TNG episode Datalore, it begins with Data trying to emulate sneezing. That got me thinking - does Data ever learn to actually sneeze?
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Were Geordi's ocular implants in First Contact those he talked about with Dr Pulaski?

In one of the earlier episodes in TNG series 2, Dr Pulaski talks to Geordi about not having to wear a visor and using ocular implants instead. We notice he has ocular implants in First Contact ...
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Why could the Klingons see normally using Geordi's VISOR?

In the movie ST: Generations, there is the famous scene where the Enterprise-D is blown up because the Klingon sisters were able to see through Geordi's visor the shield frequency. You'll notice in ...
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Do Borg have a gender?

In the episode we first meet the Borg (Q-Who) a drone enters the engine room. Picard and Q are watching it analyzing the systems as Q states that this Borg is "Not a he, not a she". Now how literally ...
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How long can a galaxy class starship last before it needs servicing?

Assuming a Galaxy class starship were to work on a regular schedule (i.e. exploring, diplomatic missions etc. but NO battle), how long can it last before it has to return to a starbase for servicing? ...
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Has Data been programed with the ability to be a master strategest?

Called the ultimate AI achievement by Q and with an ultimate storage capacity of eight hundred quadrillion bits and a total linear computational speed rated at sixty trillion operations per second, ...
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Are Dominion War ships weaker than Pre-Dominion War ships

In TOS, TNG, Voyager, the movies and early seasons of DS9 we see great ship to ship battles that last multiple phaser / torpedo hits. In the starship series, we often here Worf / Tasha / Tuvok say ...
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What type of computer systems do Starships use? [closed]

Star Trek starships are massive, incredibly advanced pieces of technology, with a lot of that technology being handwaved most of the time, but references to it cropping up in dialogue frequently ...
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Are there any hidden / subtle references or “easter eggs” in the Star Trek TV series? [closed]

I've been wondering if any subtle or hidden references (or "easter eggs") has been written into the episodes of the various Star Trek tv-shows, and what they might be? As an example I've tried to get ...
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Capacity of transporter (Galaxy/Constitution class)

As far as I've seen (TOS and first seasons of TNG), only six people can beam elsewhere from the ship (as there are six pads). It seems that this limit doesn't apply vice versa: (TOS: Day of Dove, TNG ...
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In which episode of TNG does Data take command of a Starship as part of a Federation Blockade?

There's an episode in TNG (I think it may even be a multi-part episode) where Romulans and the Federation are having some kind of stand-off, and Picard is ordered to take command of a number of ...
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Why didn’t Picard just stun his future self?

In TNG "Time Squared", Picard meets himself from the not-so-distant future. Trying to prevent the future Picard from making the same mistake again (which led to the destruction of Enterprise in an ...
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Why are androids considered life forms in Star Trek?

Just curious why androids are considered life forms, or is it just limited to Data? What makes Data different than the ship's computer, practically speaking? Data was counted as a member of the crew, ...