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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How did the transdimensional Edo god (Edo lord) come to be the overseer of the Edo?

I guess it's sort of like the way that Q had a vested interest in humanity in general---and Picard's Enterprise in particular. Q wasn't really an overseer, though. He visited the Enterprise mainly to ...
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Why Zalkonian ship was chasing alien in TNG: “Transfigurations”?

In the final scenes of TNG: "Transfigurations" (after meeting with Zalkonian ship), The Zalkonian Commander Sunad explains, that they have hunted down small ship, on which the alien ("John Doe") and ...
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Maximum distance and speed for communication in StarTrek franchise [duplicate]

In the middle of TNG: "Transfigurations" an alien ship is detected on long-range sensors. Worf says, that it travels with Warp 9.72 on interception course and it will take 10.53 hours to meet it. We ...
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Galaxy-class ship's speed, when on space-charting mission

In TNG: "Transfigurations" crew has determined, that their guest's home is around 2.3 parsecs from their current position. In the next scene, captain Jean-Luc Picard told the guest, that it will take ...
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Would replicated material eventually break down? [duplicate]

The nutrients from replicated food would probably be used up by the body fairly quickly, but what about materials that aren't directly consumed? Is it possible that after a period of time they would ...
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In Star Trek: TNG, what is the most common away team combo (e.g. Riker, Data, Troi?) and why?

In the video games Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Star Trek: Judgement Rites, and Star Trek: A Final Unity, the away teams are explained very rationally - e.g. Kirk commanded the team, Spock provided ...
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Has any race ever “established a relationship” with the Borg, as Guinan implies is possible?

At the end of "Q Who?", Guinan tells Picard that Q's actions led to a premature contact between the Federation and the Borg. The scene is largely in line with everything we know about the Borg and ...
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Are the shields and hull of the USS Enterprise-D capable of withstanding a direct nuclear strike?

I'm watching the season two episode of TOS "Patterns of Force" where a nuclear missile is on an intercept course with the Enterprise, but is destroyed by the ship's weapons. This got me thinking as to ...
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Star Trek Next Gen/DS9 crossovers?

How many times does the Next Gen storyline cross over with that of DS9? And how significant are those crossovers to either storyline, if any?
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Why did the Yridian destroyer explode?

In TNG : The Chase (S06E20) Picard ordered Worf to disable the Ydirian destroyer attacking Galen's shuttle but the whole ship exploded. Worf wouldn't disobey the captain like that, so what went ...
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Where was Amanda Rogers during the Dominion War?

At the end of "True Q," Amanda Rogers uses her powers to reverse a catastrophe that would destroy all of Tagra IV. She says that she "couldn't let all those people die." If Amanda was so concerned ...
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Did Lursa live long enough to give birth?

In the season 7, episode 21 "Firstborn", Lursa revealed she was pregnant. An heirloom brought from the future suggests the child would be a boy. We know that the future was changed. Was she still ...
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Why didn’t Riker do something else in The Vengeance Factor?

In the final scene of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Vengeance Factor" (episode 9 of season 3), why did Riker It is clearly said in previous scenes (by Dr. Beverly Crusher) that a microvirus, ...
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Why not erect a forcefield around Picard when the Borg attacked?

At the end of "Allegiance," the bridge crew of the Enterprise erects a forcefield around two unknown aliens. Though the strength of the forcefield is uncertain, it is surely powerful. Since ...
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Does Q “play games” with other species?

Does Q play games with other species, or is it just humans (and possibly the Calamarain)? Why didn't Q torture the humans (as far as we know) as he did the Calamarain?
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What languages is Data fluent in?

Data can speak French, apparently fluently, and surely can speak other ancient languagues equally well. I would imagine that he can also speak Klingon well. I recall that in Nemesis, Data struggles ...
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Does Geordi consider Data to be his best friend?

On various occasions, Data remarks that Geordi is his best friend onboard the Enterprise. Does Geordi think the same of Data? Somehow I think that Geordi would consider a fellow human to be his best ...
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Does Worf stink?

Apparently Klingons, or at least Worf, hate to bathe. Does this mean that Worf stinks to high heaven? Or do Klingons consider using the sonic shower/washing at the sink to be acceptable, whereas ...
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Was Data safe from the Crystalline Entity?

In "Silicon Avatar," after discovering the Crystalline Entity hovering in the planet's orbit, several colonists, Dr. Crusher, Riker, and Data start to run for their lives. Certain episodes seem to ...
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Why didn't Data stay onboard the Enterprise during the Baryon Sweep?

I believe that the Baryon Sweep only affects organic matter, so I'm not sure why Data wasn't asked to stay onboard during this time ("Starship Mine"). True, there was a reception being held by ...
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How much does Mr. Homn's case weigh? [closed]

Both Commander Riker and Captain Picard struggled to lift and carry Mr. Homn's case. Based on the strength of these Enterprise officers, what is a reasonable weight for it?
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Can Geordi see in the dark?

Does the VISOR afford Geordi this capability?
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Is Nagilum immortal/eternal?

In "Where Silence Has Lease," Nagilum traps the Enterprise with plans to experiment on at least 1/3 of the crew, so that it can study death. Does this imply that Nagilum is immortal (incapable of ...
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Are Pakleds really stupid, or is it just an act?

In "Samaritan Snare," Pakleds "play dumb" in order that the Enterprise send over its Chief Engineer to help with repairs. Quite possibly the Pakleds were truly dimwitted, but it seems equally likely ...
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Can the Crystalline Entity “eat” energy?

According to memory alpha and "Silicon Avatar," the Crystalline Entity converts organic matter into energy, and then absorbs it. If the Entity came across a relatively weak energy creature, could it ...
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Can Calamarain Clouds go into warp?

Certain beings that dwell in open space, such as the Crystalline Entity and Nomad, can enter warp speeds freely. For other creatures, it's not so clear. Is there any evidence whatsoever that ...
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Why is Data allowed on the Enterprise?

In Brothers an unknown recall element in Data causes him to successfully highjack the ship in a way no one else could without any preparation or use of props. Therefore, was the Enterprise modified ...
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What genuine references are there in Voltaire’s “U.S.S. Make Shit Up” song?

Since Voltaire claims the quotes were mostly based on fan input and his own recollection of the series, I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the episodes together that contain the scenes ...
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Star Trek - Borg's Eyepieces

As seen through most of the TV series - including Next Generation - the Borg are mostly seen with one or two eyepieces. But the eyepieces are not always on the same side of the face for each different ...
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the maximum warp speed [duplicate]

In voyager s2e15 "Threshold" we get the information that maximum speed is warp 9.999 and if a vessel gets to warp 10 would be beyond time and space and probably exists in multiple places and points at ...
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How many times is Captain Picard shown to die or implied to die on TNG?

In the episode "Tapestry," Picard gets stabbed in the heart. I think that scene is showed a few times on that episode. And in the episode "Cause and Effect" the Enterprise explodes over and over. This ...
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How did the Tamarians of ST:TNG manage technical language?

The Tamarians are that ST:TNG race that speak only in historical reference (Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra). So imagine a conversation like this happening in a Tamarian vessel: Dude: No matter how I ...
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How was the Borg Drone able to transport through the Enterprise's shields?

In "Q Who," right after Guinan informs Captain Picard of the strength of the Borg, the captain orders the shields up. Several moments later, a Borg Drone appears in Engineering, having transported ...
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Why don't the Borg use shields or a cloaking device?

Though Borg Cubes are extremely powerful and durable, it seems that having shields would add even more to this. And yes, the Borg have their EM field, but why could they not use this in tandem with ...
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Why does Data have to ask the computer for directions?

In "Brothers," Data's father activates a sort of homing signal in the android's positronic net, in order that the two are reunited. While on the bridge, and before creating a security code, Data ...
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Do energy creatures come in various sexes?

Other than the Q (who can change their appearance at will, so it's hardly convincing), it seems that "male" and "female" only appear to be functions of physical beings in the Star Trek universe. Are ...
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Why didn't the Douwd make scarier illusions?

In "The Survivors," the Douwd tries to scare away the Enterprise using a re-creation of the imposing Husnock ship. Why not use something more intimidating, such as a Borg Cube or the Crystalline ...
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Is (was) the Crystalline Entity unique?

Before its destruction, was the Crystalline Entity one of a kind? Or is there information leading one to believe that various Entities were in existence at some point?
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Is “Nagilum” the name of the species, or the creature in the void (or both)?

In "Where Silence Has Lease", the Enterprise is trapped in a "void" by an entity which addresses itself as Nagilum. Is "Nagilum" the creature's name, or is it the species' name? Or perhaps both (as is ...
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How does Geordi read and work with numbers? [duplicate]

Geordi's VISOR images, as seen in "The Mind's Eye" and a couple other episodes, are not the clearest pictures in the world. Individuals are fuzzy, for example, which leads me to ask: How does Geordi ...
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Does Data truly care about anything whatsoever?

In "Redemption part II" the former captain of the USS Sutherland (Lt. Cdr. Hobson) accuses Data of not caring about any of the individuals onboard, after the latter proposes a maneuver which would ...
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In Star Trek: Generations, how is that Guinan was on the refugee ship?

In "Star Trek: Generations", Guinan is on the refugee ship, but in the "Time's Arrow" two-part episode, she is on Earth in the 19th century. The question is, how is it possible that Guinan was on that ...
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What range do Star Trek scanners have?

In "Unification I" (TNG, Episode 5x07), Fleet Admiral Brackett shows Captain Picard a picture of Ambassador Spock taken on the planet Romulus by a Federation "long range scanner". How can they take ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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If Shinzon were to replace Picard how is the age difference explained?

I was doing some figuring about Shinzon's age in Star Trek: Nemesis. The more figuring I did the more confused I became. Am I right in the understanding that Shinzon was designed to replace Picard in ...
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Why is there no rock-n-roll on Star Trek?

Every time we see a recital given aboard any ship or star base, it's almost always a 'classical music' recital or performance, never a rock concert. The only exceptions to this musical bias are ...
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Are the various Star Trek species composed of different races?

On earth, the real earth, the human species is made up of many different races. In Star Trek, are Ferengis, Romulans, Andorians, Gorn, etc., composed of different races? This seems likely, though I ...
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Why does Data not notice the intruder?

In "Timescape," Troi, Data, and LaForge beam over to the frozen Romulan ship to try and figure out what has gone wrong. While in the engine room, Geordi asks Data (with the Romulan imposter standing ...
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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

In the earlier episodes of The Next Generation is where I noticed it, and I realise he could be inputting commands into the command terminal, but why isn't his positronic brain interfaced with the ...
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Is there any explanation in Star Trek for why voice commands and speech aren't confused by the computer?

I've seen explanations for the failings of the universal translator to pick up single words in Klingon, but is there any explanation for why the computer doesn't respond when people say 'open', ...