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 did Data lie? Why didn't he swear Captain Picard to secrecy?

In "Clues," the Enterprise apparently goes through a wormhole, which knocks out the entire ship, with the exception of Commander Data. In actuality, though, the wormhole is a ruse, a trick designed by ...
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Why didn't The Mariposans clone the dead colonists

When the colony ship SS Mariposa crashed & the five survivors began to clone themselve, couldn't they also create clones of the deceased crew of the Mariposa ?
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Do Zefram Cochrane and Lily Sloane remember what happened in Star Trek: First Contact?

I would think that after the Enterprise E traveled "back to the future" and repaired the timeline, neither Cochrane or Sloane would remember the Enterprise's involvement in achieving first contact. Is ...
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How strong is Data?

In "Time's Arrow," Data carries an anvil with one hand quite leisurely; he lifts a larger anvil in "Thine Own Self." In addition, he lifts a large metal beam in "Hero Worship" and is considerably ...
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What did Data throw in the fire?

In "Qpid," Riker and the rest of the senior staff go in search of the captain and Vash, when they find that Picard's execution by beheading is imminent. Riker, noting the number of armed men ...
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Could Data have taken out Admiral Quinn?

In "Conspiracy," an enhanced Admiral Quinn mops the floor with both Riker and Worf, and chucks Geordi through the quarters' automatic doors. Could Data have incapacitated Quinn as easily as Worf ...
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Is the teacher reading from an actual mythology story?

In the Next Generation episode Hero Worship there is a scene where a school teacher is reading mythology to the students. There is only one line of the story read in the episode: TEACHER: Dara ...
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What is transformational relativity (Star Trek)?

In the Star Trek (TNG) Technical Manual, in the warp drive sections it mentions transformational relativity that goes along with general and special relativity. Is their any other information or ...
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Views from windows on the Enterprise D

In various scenes in Star Trek TNG will can see out of the windows. The Observation Lounge has a whole wall-full of windows. Then - why can you NEVER see other parts of the ship through the windows? ...
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Why did O'Brien start out as a transporter chief in TNG?

In the season 4 episode "The Wounded", it is revealed that Chief O'Brien was once the tactical officer under Captain Maxwell, one of the finest captains in Starfleet. Maxwell spoke of O'Briens skill ...
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How does a Romulan quantum singularity work?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Romulan warbirds use artificial controlled singularities as their primary power source. Is there an in-universe explanation how this actually works and/or how the ...
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How big is Data's OS?

So, as we all know, Data's storage capacity is 800 quadrillion bits, or ~88 pebibytes. I'm curious how much space the OS for Data uses. Is there anything anywhere that states this?
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In Star Trek TNG, why don't they always go at warp 9? [duplicate]

I have noticed that the Enterprise very often travels at speeds like warp 2, 3, 5, and so on. This is especially true in the early seasons. It almost seems that the warp speed they choose to travel ...
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Does the Enterprise D advance into different galaxies more than once?

In the TNG episode "Where No-One Has Gone Before" the Enterprise-D enters another galaxy. Does she ever go to another galaxy a second time? Why am I aksing such a absurd question? The spoken ...
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Story of Captain Picard assuming command of the Stargazer

In the TNG episode "Tapestry," Q is talking about the Picard that would never be if Picard had made a different choice in picking a fight with the Nausicaans. One of the events he mentions is the ...
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Is there a database of all the technical terms used in Star Trek? [closed]

Watching Star Trek I've encountered several terms I'm not familiar with. For example, they use the term "new tree nose" a lot and "die lithium."? Some of these sound obviously fake but then there are ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise crew use photon grenades against the Borg during hand to hand fighting?

In 'First Contact', the Borg were able to quickly adapt to phaser fire, even those with the adapter modification chip added, and take over the ship. Why not then transition to photon grenades while ...
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Androids in the 24th century?

There seems to be a considerable lack of androids in the 24th century aside from Soong-type androids. We do, however see that the area of robotics still is progressing, especially at the Daystrom ...
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Are there any episodes of Star Trek : TNG where they actually go to a star?

From an episode of Community: Why don't they call it Planet Trek? [They] never go to a star. Not one episode. -- I'm fairly sure that in at least one episode they're deliberately visiting a ...
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Is transportation through a force shield possible? [duplicate]

In TNG episode called Relics, Enterprise is caught inside a Dyson sphere. Scotty and Geordi wedge their small ship, Jenolan, between the doors, with the force shield activated (so that the ship is not ...
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How strong does a person get when infected by Borg nano bots?

In one of the TNG episodes, I saw Data lifting something that 3 people could not. In the movie and episode with Borg, Data could just destroy the Borg with his hands. How strong do these people get ...
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Have there been any exceptions to starfleet's prime directive in Star Trek lore?

I know that Captain Picard of Star Trek - The Next Generation TV series went as far as to bring the intervened civilization's entire tribe into the holodeck to preserve the illusion of ...
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What's the deal with Guinan's hat?

Guinan dons two hats, if I recall correctly (pictured below). My question is: are these hats something special to El Aurians, something special to 24th century bartenders, or something else? I don't ...
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Does Data have free will?

Assuming that free will exists (for more on this fascinating metaphysical issue, look up determinism), can it be said that Data actually has free will? His actions are controlled by programming, ...
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How is the timing of the watch rotation established on starships? [duplicate]

A duty shift was the portion of the day that various scheduled personnel aboard a starship or space station were on duty. Was this 'day' apportioned based on some Star Trek version of earth GMT? Day ...
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In Star Trek : Nemesis, why was B4 disassembled and why was Picard attacked while on the planet?

In Start Trek : Nemesis when Picard, Data and Worf go to Kolarus III to find the source of a signal, they found a disassembled android. Since Shinzon actually intended Picard to find the android, why ...
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TNG Episode: “Cause and Effect”

How is that the Enterprise-D got trapped in the temporal causality loop for only 17.4 days when the USS Bozeman was in that loop for 90 years? What was keeping the Bozeman inside the loop before the ...
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Who has been denied membership in United Federation of Planets?

During the TNG series, several planets are shown in various stages of the application process for membership with the UFP but we don't see the final outcome of those applications, but it doesn't look ...
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Why do they drink synthehol in the Star Trek Universe?

Synthehol is a chemical variant of alcohol. It appears to have the same taste and smell as "real" alcohol to most individuals, but none of the intoxicating effects associated with alcohol. This being ...
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What is Guinan and Picard’s history?

In the show they often allude to the history between Guinan and Picard but, to my knowledge, there has never been anything more than allusions. What exactly happened that created this bond between ...
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How many Star Trek species possess 'mega-strength'?

When Commander Riker requests that Data bend a 2.5" diameter bar of “parsteel” during a hearing to determine if Data was the property of Starfleet, Data easily bends the bar in half and places in on ...
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Why did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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How old is Q from Star Trek? [duplicate]

Based on when the last child was born in the Continuum, we know that he's at least a millennia old. How old is he? Following the death of Quinn, a massive Q Civil War broke out, as the forces of the ...
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Is Data's brain more akin to organic neural networks, or software running on hardware?

I know Data's brain is 'positronic', but what does that mean? It was invented by Asimov, right? Sometimes they talk about creating new connections, such as in an organic network, but other times they ...
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Did Tasha Yar bring Spot?

I've just stumbled upon this screen capture of Tasha Yar escaping a rape gang with a cat: This cat strongly resembles Data's cat, Spot: What happened to Tasha Yar's cat, did she bring him to the ...
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Are the Borg considered 'living' within the Star Trek universe?

Simple question: are the Borg actually considered to be 'alive' within the Star Trek universe (i.e. by characters in the show)? Considering the following definition: the condition that ...
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What kind of CPU does Data have?

As stated in the title, what kind/type of CPU and how much processing power does he have?
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Why did Lal look the way zhe did before completion?

As you can see in the picture below, Lal looks quite peculiar. This was, of course, before zhe1 became a she. My question is: why did Lal look like that when incomplete? Is this a sort of layer ...
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How long did it take Data to build Lal?

In the TNG episode The Offspring, we see that Data has built a Soong-type android in the form of Lal, his daughter. It also reveals to us that this was made possible by content discussed at a recent ...
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What happened to Wesley's nanites?

In ST:TNG episode Evolution, we see that Wesley's nanites are dropped off on Kavis Alpha IV. Do we ever hear of these particular species of nanites ever again (perhaps in sources other than the TV ...
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Was Riker based on Kirk?

James T Kirk vs William T Riker. Both have a middle name starting with the same initial, both have reasonably common names (James/Jim and William/Will). In terms of character, both are quite similar ...
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What was the in-universe explanation for the differing uniforms in season 3 of TNG?

In TNG in season 3, we see the 'upgrade' of the Starfleet uniforms for the main cast (because of the tightness of the other uniforms). However, the rest of the crew (i.e. the non-main characters) ...
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What are the orange plates on Picard's desk?

As you can see in the below image and, as I'm sure most TNG watchers would have noticed, there are a series of orange 'plates' on Picard's desk. Does anyone know what these are (as in, does Picard ...
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What is the punishment for violating the Treaty of Algeron?

Both the Romulans and the Federation have regularly violated the Treaty when it suits them. Starfleet has obviously developed and manufactured cloaking/stealth technology and the Romulans make regular ...
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How accessible are replicators?

By the 24th century, replicators seem to be included all around a ship (based on the Enterprise-D), but what about non-starfleet places. Are replicators a standard part of the average human's home in ...
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Star Trek TNG episode 'The Defector'

In this episode (probably one of my favourites) the Enterprise flies into the Neutral Zone to investigate a secret base being built by the Romulans on the planet Nelvana III, going on information ...
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Why did Data have to help Picard identify a city block?

In "The Big Goodbye", when Picard is describing his experience to the crew: Picard: And from the window, I could see an entire...(makes large rectangle shapes with his arms) Data: City Block. ...
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How is local transportation managed on Earth

I was wandering how local transportation is managed on earth in the 24th century. In one shot (I don't recall where, when or even if) I remember seeing a train-like glass ball moving near Starfleet ...
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Why is it considered taboo for a Federation citizen to live on a primitive world?

I understand the the Prime Directive strictly prohibits many things in regards to interference with other less technologically advanced cultures through artificial means. However, why does it seem to ...
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If the Klingons joined the United Federation of Planets would they have to give up their cloaking technology?

The 'Tomed Incident' between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire in 2311 that cost thousands of lives and led to the signing of the 'Treaty of Algeron' which banned Federation ...