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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Does Q perform “magic,” or does he actually know how to do everything?

Bear with me. When Q snaps his fingers and turns Crusher into a dog, does he just "think it," or is there some scientific "explanation" for how he could do such a thing, that he needs to "think" into ...
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Are any of Reginald Barclay's modifications permanent?

In the episode The Nth Degree, Barclay is modified by the Cytherians in order to make contact. Barclay goes super genius and starts to make radical changes to the Enterprise in order to destroy the ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Throughout Star Trek, Data reminds people that he is, in fact, an android. While he doesn't sweat, his artificial skin and hair should have their own scent -- yet it's never remarked on, as far as I ...
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Does Data smell?

It's pretty clear Data can see, hear, and feel stimuli; in fact his sight is better than the average humanoid's. But what about his olfactory abilities? Can he smell or taste anything?
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Does Data “unlearn” things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...
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Why aren't Earth humans considered Species 001?

In the book trilogy, Star Trek: Destiny, the Borg are first created when two injured, dying, and slightly deranged Caeliar unnaturally merged/assimilated two humans that were with them when their ship ...
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What happened to the Calamarain and the shuttle?

At the end of "Deja Q," Q (with his powers reinstated) "blows away" the Calamarain Cloud, which he had shrunk to fit neatly in the palm of his hand. Apparently the Cloud vanished, for it wasn't found ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?
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What is the instrument played on the holodeck in Paris?

In Star Trek: TNG, S1 E23 "We'll Always Have Paris", there is a man on the holodeck who appears to be slowly fondling some glass tubes in such a way as to produce music. What is this bizarre ...
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What is the spike on Klingon boots for?

Some Klingons wear boots with a spike near the toe, as seen in some episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Is there an in-universe reason for this design? Is this for battle as an additional ...
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Were the “All Good Things…” tachyon pulses identical or not?

In the ST:TNG series finale, All Good Things, current-timeline Data indicates that the temporal anomaly is caused by three identical tachyon pulses from the different Enterprises: past, present, & ...
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Enterprise D tactical

After the command to fire phasers was issued, Worf would hit the fire button. There was a sound effect of two short sounds..almost like a warning...then the camera would cut to the phaser array firing ...
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Why didn't the transporters cure the common cold?

After reading this thread about using the transporters for surgery; it reminded me of a time when Dr. Crusher says something to the effect, "Even with our advanced technology, we still don't have a ...
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What defines a starbase?

What exactly makes a starbase a starbase as opposed to a space station such as K-7 or DS9. Could a planet bound station such as Farpoint be a starbase?
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Have we ever seen a female Borg drone 'extra'?

Certainly there have been female Borg, such as: The Borg Queen Seven of Nine Riley Frazier of "Unity" Marika Wilkarah of "Survival Instinct" But have we even seen a run-of-the-mill Borg drone ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...
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What was Data reciting?

I believe this scene occurs at the end of "The Big Goodbye." After leaving the holodeck and taking part in a Dixon Hill mystery (gone wrong, of course), Data and company are still in their holodeck ...
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Star Trek TNG episode: silly game causes addiction in the Enterprise's crew

Does anyone remember which episode of STNG had someone at a starbase, as I recall, passing out a silly game in a head-mounted thing like a pair of glasses to the crew of the Enterprise, with said game ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the demise of the Type 1 phaser?

The minuscule Type 1 phaser (or "cricket") seemed to be the weapon of choice for Starfleet personnel in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was almost never seen in later seasons, ...
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Can Borg identify members of the Q?

In "Q Who" and "Q2," one or more Borg Drones find themselves in the same space as a member of the Q Continuum. On the Enterprise in "Q Who," Q is in Engineering, and on Voyager's bridge, Q's son is ...
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Are there any large private companies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

We know there are small companies on earth like Picard's vineyard and Sisko's (Ben's dad) restaurant, but are there any large private companies that operate within Federation space like say a Procter ...
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Is the Edo god a ship? [duplicate]

Is the Edo god (or Edo lord, from "Justice") a ship? Or is it a space organism of some kind, like Gomtuu? Is it more than one entity?
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Why don't warp cores have shields?

In "Heart of Glory," a Klingon passenger onboard the Enterprise aims his weapon at the warp core in a fit of desperation. In universe, why not shield it? Any rogue passenger (or a depressed, perhaps ...
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Are there intellectual advantages that favor viewing star trek [closed]

Is it culturally pertinent to the extent that it'd duly attract scholarly recognition. Do both TOS, TNG, DS9 fit the rule for this? Have the shows inspired modern scientists of the current time to ...
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What ships have gone missing or their status is unknown in Star Trek? [closed]

What ships in Star Trek have gone missing by Starfleet/NASA/etc (USS Voyager doesn't count) and considered lost to the cosmos? These can include ships that were later discovered, such as NASA's 21st ...
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Are any regular bridge crew on TNG actually members of the next generation?

So, the sequel (if we ignore TAS) to the original Star Trek is Star Trek: The Next Generation. My question simply is: are any of the regular bridge crew actually from the generation following that of ...
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Were the silicon-based life forms also seeded from an original race?

Humanoid beings, such as Klingons, Romulans, and Cardassians, all came from an original humanoid race ("The Chase"). Is there anything in EU works which speaks of this applying to the silicon-based ...
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Does “The Naked Now” refer to any particular TOS episode?

In the TNG episode The Naked Now, the crew of the Enterprise come across a strange contagion which they discover is almost identical to one found by the Enterprise under Captain Kirk: RIKER: ...
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Fastest form of travel in the Star Trek universe

In the TNG episode "The Nth Degree," Barcley uses a subspace inversion to travel the enterprise a phenomenal distance, but it doesn't seem to be an actual mode of transportation. Maybe this is a ...
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Why don't starships travel through transwarp conduits after stumbling on the discovery?

In Descent Part I, Jordi sets up a, "...tacheon matrix in the main deflector to simulate the pulse sent by the shuttle..." to create a transwarp conduit. This allows them to travel over 65 light years ...
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Is the Captain's yacht from Enterprise-D (Calypso) warp-capable?

I'm wondering if it is mentioned anywhere whether or not the Captain's yacht from the Enterprise-D (the "Calypso") is warp-capable? I understand that this is described as a large, fancy shuttlecraft, ...
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Is there any story connections between Devar in TNG and Tuvok on Voyager?

In the episode, "Starship Mine" there was a character Devor, a mercenary, who was played by Tim Russ. In Star Trek Voyager, there is a character Tuvok, also played by Tim Russ. Did they ever make any ...
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Has Data ever gotten any software upgrades?

Other than his emotion chip (which was more like adding a hardware peripheral), has Data ever had software upgrades? I realize his programming was designed to learn and different areas of his ...
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Who performed this Star Trek promotional song?

In the early 1990s, local television network affiliates across North America aired this promotional advertisement for The Next Generation, featuring a song sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't ...
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What do the Borg think perfection is?

The Borg Queen tells us in 'First Contact' that they seek perfection. What do they view as perfection? They assimilate every race they think would benefit them. "Your biological and technological ...
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Are Borg Drones humanoid?

In "Q Who," while seeing a Borg Drone for the first time in Engineering, Q tells Picard that the invading Borg is "an enhanced humanoid" ("humanoid" as defined in the "Memory Alpha") Now, Q is Q, and ...
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Is this Patricia Tallman in the TNG episode “Half a life”?

Sorry for troubling you guys, but I just have to know.. could this be Patricia Tallman in the elevator in ST TNG episode "Half a Life", time index 08:19? That's season 4. Was she already working there ...
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Could Data live (at least for a short time) on a Y class planet?

In "Demon," Tom and Kim go to the surface of a Y class planet, despite the huge risk to humanoid life. Even their suits wear away in the atmosphere shortly after landing. Could Data survive without ...
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How did Lore come into a relationship with the Crystalline Entity?

Does anything speak to how a lone android could have made an alliance with the Crystalline Entity? The Entity was apparently brought to Omicron Theta by Lore, but how did Lore even know of the Entity ...
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Did Patrick Stewart wear a toupee for his The Next Generation audition?

As Ray says on my other question: BOTH pictures present him with fake hair. Initially, the producers didn't want a bald captain, so they issued Patrick Stewart a toupee. I don't know when, why ...
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What are the jars of red and blue liquid in sickbay?

Throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation, jars of red and blue liquid are often seen in sickbay, like in this screenshot from Evolution: What are they?
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Who starts the Starship Enterprise, and how do they start it?

Who starts the Starship Enterprise, and how do they start it? Is it a key, a button, a fob, a lever, or what? Or is it something more esoteric, like a kick start, jump start, or even a rolling ...
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How did Beverly Crusher attain the rank of Commander?

Reading Dr. Crusher's biography on Memory Alpha, I don't understand how it is exactly that she got to be a Commander. When did she put in the time as an officer in a non-medical capacity, enough to ...
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What was the sound on the bridge when Q showed up after being stripped of his powers?

In "Deja Q," Q is made human and transported to the Enterprise. Just prior to his arrival, an unusual noise is heard on the bridge, which neither Data or Worf can identify. Does anything state what ...
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Did the Federation make peace with the Cardassians in anticipation of the Borg threat?

In The Wounded, Admiral Haden tells Picard that peace with the Cardassians must be maintained, because the Federation is in no position to enter a new sustained conflict (presumably due to the ...
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Which is the TNG episode where “time warp” is considered as a means of travel?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, which episode talks about "time warp" as a means of travel?
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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce “Futile” differently than Locutus?

Before Seven of Nine was freed from the Borg collective by the Voyager crew, she was designated to speak on behalf of the Collective. Of course, she said the famous Borg phrase "Resistance is Futile". ...
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Why did people hate Wesley Crusher?

We’ve established that Wesley Crusher was not a well-liked character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, at least by some viewers. However, did those reactions ever include an explanation about why ...
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Were the Next Generation's red command uniforms a nod to original series “redshirts”? [duplicate]

There is something of a meme, true or not, that in the original Star Trek television series, away team members wearing red uniforms tended to die. When The Next Generation premiered in 1987, red ...
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Is Geordi La Forge having an affair?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation books, how can Geordi La Forge be in a relationship with Tamala Harstad? I thought he was in a committed relationship with long-term girlfriend / Future wife Dr. ...