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 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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How many separate Klingon realms were there in the era of TNG?

That may seem a silly question. But how many states of Virginia were there in 1864? Obviously there was only one, Virginia, before 1861, and after Virginia was readmitted there were two, Virginia, ...
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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 ...
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Star Trek TNG uniforms, where to buy? [closed]

I thought that 2 months would be plenty of time to get a costume for ComicCon Dallas 2015, but looking around I see Anovos is in PRE-ORDER (whatever that means— no indication of ship date), and ...
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Is Spock married?

In TNG S3, Ep. 23, "Sarek," Picard mentions having met Sarek "years ago, at his son's wedding." The only thing close to a wedding I remember is "Amok Time," but clearly Picard was not there. Does ...
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In TNG S1 EP 17, “when the bough breaks” why didn't the federation gain the repulsion weapon technology when helping the Aldeans?

In the tng episode "When the Bough Breaks", S1 Ep17, after the enterprise fixed the ozone layer, cured the people, and agreed to teach them about their technology and how it functioned, why didn't the ...
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Why is Worf in The Undiscovered Country?

After watching The Undiscovered Country I noticed that the advocate for Kirk and Bones during their trial is none other than Michael Dorn, a.k.a. Worf. During the trial I believe they even call the ...
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Why does Kieran MacDuff become first officer rather than captain?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Conundrum", the entire Enterprise crew experiences amnesia, and a new crew member appears: Commander Kieran MacDuff, the first officer. Given that I ...
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Star Trek Shield Shape, inconsistencies?

According to the answer on Why do shields in Star Trek "wear out"? the TNG technical manual says the Defense Shields are basically form fitting. And this aligns with what I remember of TOS, ...
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Why So Many Extra People on the Bridge in ST?

On Star Trek: TNG, whenever someone has to leave their post on the bridge for whatever reason, there's always a handy ensign or two standing around who can immediately and capably take over. So why ...
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Why are the Borg different in Voyager and TNG?

When I look at the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "I, Borg". I notice that that Borg reacts differently to the Borg in Star Trek: Voyager. Is there a specific reason for this?
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What happened to Ira Graves?

In The Schizoid Man, Ira Graves, who had previously hijacked Data's body, transferred himself into Data's computer. I know this is never spoken of again in the canon, but is there any expanded ...
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What makes humans unique in Star Trek?

Of the alien species in Star Trek, they all seem to have something in common within the species. For example, the Vulcans are generally logical, and the Klingons are warriors. What is it that all ...
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Why does the USS Enterprise always have the same registry number?

Is there any in universe explanation as to why the Enterprise always gets to keep its 1701 registry number? Also I don't recall any other starships from the TNG, DS9, Voyager time period that had ...
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How does one get a plot of land on Earth?

If you want something rare or precious (such as land for a farm) presumably you can apply for it in a lottery or to a commission intended to apportion such things equitably. (Source: an assertion ...
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Is it possible to get any random big item replicated by request in UFP's Earth?

If you want something big, you queue up at an industrial replicator. (Source: an assertion in another SFF answer.) The implication is that if you want a large material good — yacht? ...
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Does Captain Picard call Miles O'Brian 'Colm' in Encounter at Farpoint?

I'm not sure if I'm hearing it right, but he appears twice in the episode and seems to be referred to by his real life name. Is this true?
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Why are the Enterprise's away teams very lightly protected? [duplicate]

This bothers me sometimes. In this period of The Next Generation, offensive weapons (such as phasers) are very fatal. Humans and most other Starfleet personnel are very vulnerable to them. Yet when ...
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What became of the probe in “Schisms”?

In the TNG episode "Schisms", Enterprise crew members are taken against their will (and without their knowledge, at least initially) to a subspace realm where they are experimented on by ...
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What kind of training is required to be a civilian employee / resident on a starship?

The Enterprise D in TNG has civilian employees on board, such as Mot the barber, Ms. Kyle the school teacher, and Guinan's wait staff in Ten Forward. There are also families on board. What training ...
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How did Picard send a binary message to Data in the future?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Times Arrow", parts one and two, recall the following: Data's head was found in an excavation on Earth that dates from the 19th century (it actually is Data's head). ...
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Are the Douwd related to the Q?

Kevin was encountered in 3x03 The Survivors and turned out to be quite powerful a being, a Douwd. Actually, his powers do remind me of a Q, so is he in some way related to them?
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Does Nagilum have unlimited powers?

Is Nagilum (from the episode Where Silence has Lease) omnipotent and omnipresent? He's not omniscient as he is doing an experiment to learn more about humans. He seems omnipotent as he can conjure up ...
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Positronic signature in Nemesis

In Nemesis, the Enterprise E is lured to Kolarin III by a positronic signature, which ends up being B-4, another Soongian android. Would starships of that time period (circa 2379) normally monitor ...
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Management of fruit bowls on the Enterprise D

I have noticed that guest quarters on the Enterprise D have fruit bowls on their tables. A prominent instance is the fruit bowl in Berlinghoff Rasmussen's quarters in "A Matter of Time". The first ...
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Was the Federation observation station using cloaking technology?

I was reading some old questions about cloaking and that the Federation had agreed not to develop cloaking at the Treaty of Algeron. However, in TNG : Who watches the Watchers the Federation is ...
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Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode “First Contact” ever revisited?

First off, this is not a question about the movie First Contact. It is a question about the eponymous episode from Season 4 of TNG. In that episode, Riker is wounded on Malcor III, where he is ...
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Inconsistencies explained by an alternate timeline, originating from First Contact? [duplicate]

There have been several questions — for good reason, I might add — dealing with a couple of inconsistencies in the Prime Trek timeline, surrounding the Federation's first contact with the ...
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Why was there a 20-year gap between Enterprises C and D?

As can be confirmed via Memory Alpha, the service years of the ships named "USS Enterprise" in the original timeline beginning at 2245 are: NCC-1701 (Captains April, Pike, Kirk, Decker, Kirk, ...
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Borg nanites prior to First Contact and “Scorpion”

Are there any references, either in the official canon or in the Extended Universe, to Borg nanites and/or nanoprobes prior to First Contact and the Voyager two-parter "Scorpion"? During TNG, the ...
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Did Ki Mendrossen from “Sarek” study the teachings of Surak?

In the TNG episode "Sarek", Ambassador Sarek arrives on the Enterprise-D with a small entourage that includes a Terran male named Ki Mendrossen, who introduces himself to Picard and Riker as Sarek's ...
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Why are TNG's initial airdates in UK 2-4 years after USA initial airdates?

What is the reason, that most (all?) Star Trek The Next Generation episodes have two to four years difference in initial airdate between USA and UK? I'm from Poland and when TNG started airing in ...
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What really happened to Yridian ship? [duplicate]

In the middle of "The Chase" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x20) Memory Alpha article has some kind of explanation for this: Do we have any, even non-cannon, out-of-universe explanation or ...
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What states did the 2 extra stars on the American flag represent in Star Trek TNG “The Royale”?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "The Royale", the away team find the remains of an astronaut, his uniform had an American flag with 52 stars On the sleeve is a version of the United States flag with ...
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What happens to the dishes created by the replicator when the crew is done with them? [duplicate]

Something occurred to me after watching an episode of TNG recently, what happens to the dishes the replicator creates when the crew is done with them? For example, Pickard famously orders his ...
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How do non-officers communicate on board Federation ships?

In the middle of "Starship Mine" I'm surprised to find out that non-officers don't have their own comm-badges. How do they communicate with each other in all these situations, where officers use ...
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Has the Enterprise-D really travelled twice as much as other Federation ships?

In the beginning (teaser) of "Starship Mine" episode Geordi LaForge says, that Enterprise-D was travelling in warp twice as much as all other Federation ships. They've flown in warp, during five ...
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How did Arkarian maintenance crew get to the Enterprise?

In the beginning of "Starship Mine" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x18) maintenance crew boards Enterprise-D to install field diverters in key ship's areas. They start with the bridge. How did ...
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Why did the Enterprise drop out of warp before reaching Bersallis III?

In the middle of TNG : Lessons, the crew of the Enterprise-D is flying on a rescue mission toward Bersallis III, to save a Federation outpost from an impending fire-storm. Upon reaching Bersallis ...