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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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', ...
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Isn't Data a better shuttlecraft pilot than Riker?

In "Chain of Command II," Captain Jellico tries to recruit pilots for a dangerous mission against the Cardassians. Geordi tells him that Commander Riker is the best shuttle pilot onboard. What about ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise attempt to fire on Nagilum?

In "Where Silence Has Lease," the powerful Nagilum declares its intention to do experiments on the crew, so that it can learn more about the concept of death. It claims that up to one-half of the ...
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Is the Enterprise crew terrified of Q? If not, should they be? [closed]

Though Q has shown great powers in basically all of his encounters with the Enterprise, the crew of the flagship doesn't seem to show much fear when dealing with him. I realize that they're ...
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Why are starships in Star Trek so slow to retaliate when fired upon in battle?

This question is with respect to starships battles in Star Trek TNG and DS9. In many episodes, the Enterprise (or other Federation starship) is fired upon, but they don't retaliate quickly enough. ...
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Why didn't the antimatter spread affect the Borg Cube?

In "Best of Both Worlds II," the Enterprise fires a burst of antimatter at the Borg Cube, apparently to no major effect. Why didn't the antimatter tear through the Cube?
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Why would Data believe in an afterlife?

In "Thine Own Self," Data converses with a little girl whose mother has died. The girl states that her father believes that "Mother" has gone to a place where there is no sickness, no death, etc. I ...
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Why doesn't the Enterprise ever hit an asteroid?

The USS Enterprise and other related starships travel around using fusion engines, and using warp to travel great distances in a short space of time. Thing is, they never actually hit anything ...
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Were the Hebitians ancient Cardassians or a different species?

The Memory Alpha page on Cardassian history talks about an ancient civilization on Cardassia called the Hebitians, who were supposedly peaceful and spiritual. Due to lack of resources as well as ...
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How did Captain Picard “know” that Armus was immortal?

At the end of "Skin of Evil," Captain Picard angers Armus, telling the entity that since it was immortal, it would be forever alone on the planet. How could Picard possibly know that Armus wouldn't ...
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Why do they always say, “Set phasers to stun” when arming up for an away mission?

Is there some reason for this constant admonishment to set phasers to the stun setting? Aren't all phasers calibrated to that default setting and have to be manually adjusted to a higher setting? I ...
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Would Klingons (especially Worf) consider “deceiving” an enemy in battle to be dishonorable?

Sometimes in battles, Captain Picard or another senior staff member orders deception: vent plasma, for example, in order to make it appear as though significant damage has occurred to the ship. I ...
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Match-up between Ten Forward windows (interior) and Enterprise D exterior

Is this a production goof or am I just not seeing the connection? Am I wrong or do the windows of Ten Forward not fit anywhere on the complete saucer section exterior of the Enterprise D? Shots ...
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Warp entry visual effect

This is a real-world question about the inspiration behind a visual effect. In the Star Trek: TNG series, several episodes depict a view out the windows of Enterprise D's Ten Forward as the ship ...
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Is a Borg Cube larger than the Crystalline Entity?

Both the Borg Cube (seen in Q-Who) and the Crystalline Entity (seen in Silicon Avatar) seem to dwarf the Enterprise-D. Is it possible to know which object is larger? I haven't been able to find the ...
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Do certain energy beings not have to “eat” (take in energy somehow)?

It has been shown in Star Trek that some energy beings need to take in some sort of energy in order to survive. For example, in "Day of the Dove," the Beta XII-A entity apparently was required to ...