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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Why wasn't Dr. Timicin's final work accepted?

In "Half a Life," Dr. Timicin (played by the fantastic actor David Ogden Stiers) tries to help save Kaelon II, his homeworld. On the Enterprise, he works with Data and Geordi. The Kaelons have a law ...
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Why didn't Riker have a subcutaneous communicator in the TNG episode 'First Contact'?

In "Who Watches the Watchers," Deanna and Riker have subcutaneous communicators implanted in their skin. In the episode "First Contact," Riker loses his combadge. Is there a reason why they didn't ...
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Did Starfleet intend for Jellico to permanently replace Picard?

In the episode, "Chain of Command", when Starfleet assigned Captain Edward Jellico to replace Captain Picard, was it intended as a permanent or temporary assignment? Did they assign him on a ...
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Why does the combadge bounce off the holodeck wall in Ship In A Bottle?

Data throws his combadge at the wall in Ship In A Bottle to show they are in a simulation; however, shouldn't the combadge have continued on in the simulation? If this isn't so, how does Data know ...
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Voice simulation in Star Trek?

Multiple times in Star Trek, the computer is locked out using voice commands. For example in 'Brothers', Data locked out the computer and set authorization to his voice only. Couldn't they hook up a ...
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Was Tasha Yar really executed on Romulus?

I do not think Sela was being honest with Picard. If she told Picard Tasha Yar was still alive, he may have made more of an effort to find her. Do we know that Tasha Yar was really executed on ...
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Has Riker ever made a comment about being called “Number One”?

Loosly based on this post, Is there a tendency for captains to call their first officers 'Number 1'?, where Captain Picard calls his first officer "Number One" instead of "Mr. Riker" as he would ...
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How do these refer to Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart?

I just got an ad/email from ThinkGeek which says, Today marks the birth of two of our favorite actors: one a scruffy-lookin' archaeologist with a 4-year life span and the other a cowboy crooner. ...
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Why is there a Borg Queen?

From what I can tell, the Borg are a singular collective consciousness spread across multiple bodies: they're defined by their lack of individuality and central consciousness. So then why is there a ...
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Was Riker's holodeck jazz trio actually playing the music we hear?

This is about the production of Star Trek TNG episode "11001001". Riker fires up a holodeck program to recreate a jazz club. On stage there are 3 musicians. At one point in the episode, he briefly ...
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What was Lwaxana Troi an ambassador of? and to?

Lwaxana Troi is desribed on TV Tropes as a "Betazoid Ambassador to the Federation". On the Memory Alpha page, she is named "a Betazoid Federation ambassador", and elsewhere that she "represented the ...
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Which celestial bodies in the Sol system have been colonised by TNG era?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Riker comments how strange the moon looks and that in his time you can see the city of New Berlin. In TNG 'The Naked Now', Data begins reciting a limerick about a girl ...
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Was Data's speed affected by the polywater intoxication?

At the end of the episode, "The Naked Now," Data moves quickly in order to replace the removed isolinear chips. The Enterprise is in the path of a stellar core fragment and needs to move to avoid ...
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Was Captain Picard named after the Piccard twins?

Wikipedia claims that Jean-Luc Picard was named after the Piccard twins: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry named Picard for one or both of the twin brothers Auguste Piccard and Jean Felix Piccard,...
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Has Starfleet Command or the Federation ever formally acknowledged the Q Continuum?

I'm pretty sure that we've all seen how disruptive Q was to the travels of the Enterprise-D and Voyager. (It's likely documented within their captain and personal logs.) Given how Starfleet Command ...
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Why did Q select an android and a half-betazoid in the trial against humanity at Farpoint?

In episode 1, Encounter at Farpoint, part 1, there are 5 members of the crew present on the battle bridge after saucer separation: Jean-Luc Picard, a human Tasha Yar, a human Miles O'Brien, a human ...
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3 1/2 Pips in Star Trek TNG

According to the wiki page, the pips used in Star Trek: The Next Generation denote rank starting with 1/2 a pip (or hollow pip) and working up to Captain (4 pips) and even beyond into Admiral ranks. ...
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Why did Data not let Commander Riker make him human when he had Q powers?

In TNG: Hide and Q Commander Riker is given the powers of the Q and is about to make Data human, but Data says, Yes, sir, that is true. But I never wanted to compound one illusion with another. ...
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What is the Enterprise-E's crew complement?

How many people are on board the Enterprise-E? There were over 1000 people aboard the Enterprise-D. I know the Enterprise-D was slightly bigger; would the crew complement of the Enterprise-E be a lot ...
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Why does Picard order 'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.'? [duplicate]

The Enterprise-D's computer shows us on multiple occasions that it can deal with natural language input. One notable example of extended conversation is in TNG '11001010': PICARD: Computer, ...
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What happens to trash on the Enterprise? [duplicate]

Virtually every time someone uses a replicator in TNG, the food they requested comes with accompanying plates, cups, and silverware. What is done with these after they have been used? Or any trash for ...
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Helm vs. Engineering (changing of speed)

The vast majority of the time, the helm officer plots the new course and speed (Warp 7 at heading 141 mark 11). Sometimes, though, Engineering is asked to change speed/put the ship into warp. Such a ...
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Does Worf ever admit to being afraid?

In the episode where Wes is preparing for his Starfleet Academy entrance exam, Worf tells him that "only fools have no fear." (Presumably, he doesn't consider pre-emotion chip Data to be a fool.) ...
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Why battle the “Darmok” beast with knives?

In "Darmok," the Tamarian captain and Picard battle the electromagnetic lifeform on El-Adrel IV. All that Dathan uses is a knife, and offers one also to Picard. Why not use phasers? I'm pretty sure ...
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What species or individuals can restore life?

The two I can think of at the moment are Q and Nomad. Q's power is pretty much unlimited, and Nomad restored Scotty's life. I guess maybe you could argue that Seven of Nine, or any Borg Drone, can ...
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Where were the advanced species and civilizations of ST:TOS during the war against the Borg?

Recently, I've decided to make it a personal task to watch through ALL of Star Trek. I grew up on TNG and watched it whenever I could. I mention this because I have a distant recollection of many of ...
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How fast can Data run?

Data is an android, of course, so it stands to reason that he can run faster than the typical humanoids. Is there anything in canon (or otherwise) that speaks to this? The only time I can recall ...
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What did Ensign Davies mean when he said “I like to break up married teams” in “Pen Pals”?

In the TNG episode Pen Pals, the following exchange takes place: Wesley: "Ensign Davies?" Davies: "You got him." Wesley: "Wesley Crusher. I've been put in charge of the planetary geological ...
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Did Q ever break the 4th wall?

I just figured, as it never happens in Star Trek, it would just add a bunch to Q if he did; it would have demonstrated that he is an omnipotent being. I don't expect him sitting on a balcony, smoking ...
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What was this character thinking in “Brothers”?

In "Brothers", Data takes over the ship, at the direction of Soong's signal. What always confused me about this was what the signal did to Data. On the one hand, it seems unlikely that Soong was ...
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When and why did policies concerning captains and away teams change?

In TOS Kirk joined away teams fairly regularly but by Picard's time it was frowned on captains doing so (mentioned in TNG episode Time's Arrow pt 1, as well as in the film Nemesis)- was there ever ...
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Why not build a space ship of holomatter

According to this question and its accepted answer: Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck? it is possible to remove matter from holodeck and it will remain stable, ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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How come Star Trek starships don't have better computer security? [duplicate]

I'm curious if there's a good in-universe explanation for this. In Star Trek II, we see Admiral Kirk have to give a retinal(biometric) scan to access Project Genesis data. Memory Alpha also lists ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

After Kivas hits Data with the acid in "The Most Toys," he presents the android with a choice: run around naked, or change into the purple clothes which were refused earlier. Data chooses the latter ...
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Why does shields have to be adjusted manually? [duplicate]

In Star Trek, why do they need to transfer all energy in front shields? Why isn't there an automatic system which scans for phaser and adjust the shield? It would be much faster and precise then a ...
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Which Star Trek episodes deal with the Omega Particle?

I'm interested in learning more about the Omega Particle as revealed in the Star Trek TV shows (TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT). What shows deal with the Omega Particle, and what is the recommended viewing order?...
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How many times did Picard tell Wesley to shut up?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard was often seen telling young upstart Wesley Crusher to shut up. How often did this happen, and furthermore, when did it happen first?
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Would the stun setting really incapacitate Data?

In "Brothers," after Data has commandeered the bridge, Captain Picard wonders if the computer would supply them with the exact stun setting required to incapacitate Data. It seems unlikely to me ...
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Metaphasic shields is a software (only) update? [duplicate]

In S7E1 Descent, they hide from a Borg ship by going into the sun where the Borg could not follow. This was a quick idea that Dr.Crusher (currently in charge on the bridge) thought of, as Geordi has ...
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Why does Q (nearly always) appear in uniform?

For the most part, when appearing on Starfleet vessels, Q shows up wearing the uniform of whatever crew he visits. I guess he doesn't have the creativity to create his own duds? Presumably the Q don'...
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Which ship has made the most first contacts?

From what we see in Star Trek, first contacts are very important dealings. So, my question is which ship 1 has made the most number of first contacts? Allow me to define 'first contacts'. For the ...
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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?