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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Was Picard guilty of murder in First Contact?

From Memory Alpha: Rushing to a Jefferies tube, Picard sees a crewman begging for help as Borg technology starts to take over his body and, believing he is saving him from a worse fate, shoots him ...
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How many pets do we know about on the Enterprise-D?

Obviously Data has his cat Spot and Picard has his fish. Bit of a random question, but what other pets do we know that reside on the Enterprise-D i.e. how many do we know about?
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Things star trek predicted wrong [on hold]

I think of Star Trek to be the forerunner of today's inventions/culture. Most of what is available/happens in the Enterprise becomes reality soon thereafter (Touch displays, holographic projections, ...
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Do we ever see a 0-G environment on a Holodeck?

I was reading the TNG Bible and found the following excerpt about Holodecks: In the holodecks, almost any kind of recreation, training or exercise can be simulated, especially since these same ...
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Which TNG character features in the most episodes? [on hold]

While most of the main The Next Generation characters appear in the majority of the episodes, oft times episodes will be focused on just one or two characters. Which character features as the central ...
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Why don't starships use holodecks as living quarters?

It seems as if you could get a lot more out of them instead of just simple rooms. You could live in a cabin, on the beach, etc.. Plus, it seems like you could get A LOT more people in a smaller ...
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What was the original description and backstory for the character of Data?

I've seen a video about the original wardrobe and makeup for Brent Spiner in the character of Data. One of the pictures I have found is this: You will note how, well, human Data looks in this ...
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Were there ever any plans to have Picard be Wesley's real father?

Were there ever plans on The Next Generation to have a "reveal" where we find out that Picard is Wesley's actual father, rather than Jack Crusher? In my research, I came across old murmurings on ...
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Why did they film a scene for Nemesis with Lt. Wesley Crusher?

In this delete scene, Wesley appears at the Riker/Troi wedding in a Lt JG uniform. Why would this occur? It's clear from "Journey's End" that It seems pretty unlikely that he would change his ...
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Why did the producers of Star Trek: TNG choose to characterise the new Captain as French?

This is an out of universe question. Why did the creators of Star Trek TNG decide to use a French character as Captain of the Enterprise? It is an American series, Patrick Stewart is a British actor, ...
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Does anyone perform routine maintenance on Data?

On the Enterprise-D, the Engineering department try to make sure that most (if not all) machinery are working efficiently by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Data is also technically a ...
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Which main TNG character has spent the most episodes 'absent'?

So, I was thinking that most episodes, we see all of the TNG cast every episode, but surely there are some episodes where some characters aren't seen. So, my question is which of the main characters ...
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Which character from Star Trek (TNG era) “died” the most times?

This question revolves around the most times a character from the TNG era (including DS9, Voyager and movies) died. This question involves spoilers. Do not read on if you haven't watched all the ...
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Is “Nightbird” from Star Trek TNG episode “Second Chances” a real 20th century song, or a fictional one?

I'm a big Jazz aficionado (and a Trombone player) and I was curious if the song Nightbird (more description below) is a real song or a fictional Jazz song. From Memory Alpha "Nightbird" was a ...
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Is it 'Noonien' or 'Noonian' Soong?

There seems to be some conflict in sources that I've noticed as to Dr Soong's name (notably Memory Alpha and Memory Beta). Now, this is important to me (for obvious reasons - in fact it's why the ...
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Why didn't Picard ask to see Crusher when Lemec had him?

Morbid question. In Chain of Command part 2, when Gul Lemec was torturing Picard, he pretended to give up and told Picard he can go. Just before he went through the door Lemec said he will try to get ...
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What do the numbers at the top of LCARS indicate?

In the picture below, I've circled (or rather 'rectangled') the numbers above a screen of LCARS. Now, this picture isn't from Star Trek: The Next Genreation itself, but it is an accurate ...
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Has Counselor Troi ever produced a concrete conclusion using her empathic abilities that would otherwise be unreachable

It seems like every time anyone asks Troi to use her empathic abilities, she says some vague notions about how "the creature is [insert emotion here], but beyond that I sense nothing", or "I sense ...
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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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Has any Star Trek character appeared in all three division uniform colors?

Many characters have appeared in two colors. Examples: Red and Gold Worf -- entire seasons in each La Forge -- entire seasons in each Data -- red in several episodes, e.g. "Future Imperfect" ...
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Why did Riker and Worf not react to learning about Lore in Descent Part 2

At the end of Season 6 of TNG, "Descent Part 1" concludes with the discovery by Picard, Troi and LaForge that Lore is alive and in control of the Borg Collective (or at least part of it). They are ...
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Why are Deanna Troi and her parents, Lwaxana and Ian Andrew, all named “Troi”?

As we know, Counselor Troi's mother is Lwaxana Troi and her father was Ian Andrew Troi who died suddenly in 2343. How are they all named Troi? The most likely to me seems to be that Ian took ...
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Why did they abandon the idea of telepathy between Troi and Riker?

In the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation "Encounter at Farpoint", we have this dialog (and diapath): TROI [OC]: Do you remember what I taught you, Imzadi? Can you still sense my ...
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In the Star Trek Universe, what is the value of Gold in the 24th Century?

ST TNG "The Last Outpost": KAYRON: You see? They are demented. Their values are insane. You cannot believe the business opportunities they have destroyed. LETEK: Proof of their barbarism. ...
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How much energy could the Enterprise-D produce?

Just watched The Next Generation 2x10 The Dauphin. In it the following exchange occurs when receiving a powerful transmission: Data Sir, sensors indicate the communication originated from a ...
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What exactly is cellular peptide cake?

In the episode "Phantasms" during Data's dream Worf is eating "a cellular peptide cake...with mint frosting." I've always wondered what exactly "cellular peptide" is. Below is a video of Worf ...
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Strange orders and plot-points in TNG: “Descent”

I just rewatched the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Descent" and I'm somewhat baffled. After Data goes missing, and Riker is already on the surface, this occurs: PICARD: I'm going to ...
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Why is there a guy wearing a Starfleet Kilt, in Star Trek, The Next Generation, Episode 1 “Encounter At Farpoint?” [duplicate]

First I saw him at the 11:05 mark of the show then again clearly at the 14:50 mark of the show. There is a man wearing what appears to be a one piece dress, short skirt, kilt thing. For shoes I ...
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Does Q consider Picard a friend?

Just watched the "Tapestry" episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation and always loved the chemistry between Q and Picard. But is there an in-universe answer to the said question: Does Q consider ...
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Did Data die at the end of Star Trek:Nemesis? [duplicate]

Data sacrificed himself at the end of Star Trek:Nemesis and the ship blew up but his memories were stored in B4 which some say caused Data to actually be living in B4 now. But there is an episode ...
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Do the Borg have a pre-programmed directive?

I always wonder why the Borg behave the way they do, and exactly how their collective thinks. Do they strive for dominance and perfection because they are programmed to do so, or is the collective ...
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How can Troi outrank Data?

In the 7th TNG season episode 16 Thine Own Self, Deanna Troi gets promoted to the rank of Commander after passing the "bridge test". When Data hears of this, Troi tells him he can now call her "sir", ...
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Why didn't Picard have his baldness cured? [duplicate]

Why wouldn't Picard have his male pattern baldness cured? Surely they can do this in the 24th Century. Maybe people are way less vain in the 24th Century, but I think I remember Picard showing ...
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What is the canonicity of the appearance of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B?

This question arises from the answer to In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology? which shows this image I believe all the USS Enterprises appeared on-screen ...
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How many Deep Space stations are there?

We know of the station Deep Space Nine of course, and we have heard of Deep Space Five, I believe. How many "Deep Space" stations are there? Which is the closest to Sector 001 and which is the ...
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Why weren't civilians evacuated before the fleet at Wolf 359 engaged the borg?

In the Star Trek: TNG two-parter Best of Both Worlds, Starfleet assembles a fleet of 40 ships to engage the Borg at Wolf 359. In Deep Space Nine's first episode, Emissary, we learn that civilians ...
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What's the most actors earned for Star Trek in each era? [closed]

Five-part question. This means: most per episode in the TOS era? most per episode in the TNG era (incl. DS9, Voyager and Enterprise)? most for a TOS film? most for a TNG film? most for an ...
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Have Star Trek actors commented on why they didn't work more after Star Trek?

Among the few dozen main characters in the Star Trek series, very few take any successful main roles in subsequent series. Exceptions: Patrick Stewart in the X-men movies William Shatner in Boston ...
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What was the general contemporary reaction to Wesley Crusher as a character?

I know that I hate Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is by far the most annoying character in my opinion. I've also heard from others that he wasn't very well liked. The Memory ...
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Why are there so many 47s?

I have rewatched a number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes in quick succession over the past week. One thing I observed that I hadn't before is that the number 47 seems to come up ...
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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 work used computer-programmable virtual recreation before Star Trek? If so, 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 ...