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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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 ...
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How did Worf pay for Yridian's information?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part I" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x16) an Yridian tells Worf, that he has a certain information, Yridian is an information broker and agrees to reveal ...
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How could the Yridian learn about camp on Carraya IV?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part I" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x16) an Yridian tells Worf about a prison camp on Carraya IV But later, in the end of this episode and in the begining ...
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Why did the guards at the prison camp on Carraya IV carry weapons?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part II" episode (Star Trek Next Generation 6x17) we see a camp on Carraya IV, where If that's so, why guards are carrying weapons? Against who they need to defend ...
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What particular war is Worf referencing in TNG : Birthright. Part II?

In the begining of "Birthright. Part II" Worf is captured in a camp on Carraya IV and talks with Klingons about the Khitomer Massacre. When being questioned, he replies: "that war is over" ...
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How does Riker's brain retain his full personality and memories after being un-shrunken?

In the TNG episode "Genesis", Riker's devolution leaves him with a brain that is "much smaller" than its original mass and/or volume. Yet, when the crew re-evolves into their previous genetic selves, ...
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How many times did Picard violate the prime directive on-screen?

The prime directive is Starfleet's general order number one regarding contact with new forms of life - as a rule, captains are not supposed to violate it, yet often they're forced into situations ...
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When did young Picard actually meet the Nausicaans in the bar?

In the "Tapestry" episode of Star Trek The Next Generation (6x15) Picard But, then, either I'm missing something or What am I missing? Where is the missing day?
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Are Klingon threats towards the Federation serious?

A few days ago I watched "Aquiel" (episode 6x13 of Star Trek The Next Generation). I noticed a line spoken by governor Torak where he claims that he found Aquiel Uhnari's escape pod wandering around ...
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What is the meaning of “Tapestry” title for ST:TNG 6x15 episode?

I have just watched "Tapestry" episode of Star Trek The Next Generation (6x15) and I have no clue, why such title was chosen for this episode? Can someone shed some light on this?
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What were commander Toreth true intentions?

Either I'm missing something or Romulan commander Toreth intentions, presented in "Face of the enemy" episode are changing from one point of view to another and back through episode. In first ...
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Why are Romulans using warp scale?

Following this question, why are Romulans using warp scale for speed when it’s clearly a Federation unit? They do so in many episodes (for example in "Face of the enemy"), while at the same time using ...
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In Star Trek, what is the Captain's Gig?

This site says that a Galaxy-class Starship has a "Captain's Gig". What is it and do we have any examples (from any episodes) of how it looks or works?
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Warning regarding forward saucer section in Nemesis?

In Star Trek: Nemesis, just before the Enterprise rams into the Scimitar, Picard sends a text message from his captain's chair arm pad to Troi — who is manning the helm in lieu of the crewman ...
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Is Worf still an ambassador?

In the final episodes of DS9, Martok became Chancellor of the Klingon High Council and Worf was named Federation Ambassador to the Klingon homeworld. However, in Nemesis, Worf is back in uniform and ...
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Why wasn't Lore given to Maddox?

In 2x09 The Measure of a Man, Bruce Maddox wanted to disassemble Data in order to understand and copy-construct him. Since that request got denied, I was wondering why, after 7x01 Descent II (where ...
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Star Trek: Why teleportation isn't the primary intra-ship transport mechanism?

As it seems to be possible to teleport people between two parts of the ship (e.g. TNG: Gambit, Part II), why the Transporter, instead of the Turbolift, isn't the primary mechanism to transport people ...
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How could Troi promote to rank Commander so easily and why didn't La Forge, Data and others do that?

In the episode Thine Own Self Deanna Troi decides to participate the Bridge Officer's Test and gets promoted to the rank of a Commander after passing. Dr. Crusher did this before as we learn in that ...
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How much does the Enterprise increase/vary in size between models?

In the show Enterprise, it's mentioned the ship has a complement of about 80 and you also see some of the MACOs sharing quarters in season 3 (although they are not part of the normal crew so it's not ...
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How did Starfleet replace 39 ships in a year?

39 starships were destroyed at the Battle of Wolf 359 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2"). Close to the end of the episode, Commander Shelby moved on from the ...