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 did warp cores become vertical?

In The Original Series (and Enterprise), Starfleet warp cores are horizontal: Beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continuing through the films and later television series (e.g. The ...
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What Stargate/Star Trek episode had people escaping capture using an invented card game?

Recently I started watching Star Trek TNG and there is the episode "The Big Goodbye" where in the first minute Picard is shown having to learn an alien languge. The language is quite complex having ...
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Why did the producers decide to name the Enterprise the Enterprise-D?

Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and is set in 2364. Now, the Enterprise-A was first unveiled in 1986 at the end of The Voyage Home 2286. My question is this: why did the producers ...
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Does The Ktarian Game exist, out-of-universe?

As established in this question, the discs-and-chutes game from the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "The Game" is known as The Ktarian Game, after the race that proliferated it as a ...
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Does the game from “The Game” have a name?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game", Riker's choice in shore leave company leads directly to the crew becoming addicted to a weird game in which the player needs to put discs into ...
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Is the USS Defiant (Defiant class) or the NCC 1701-E Enterprise (Sovereign class) a stronger ship for battle?

I'm rewatching DS9 and have been watching a lot of the Dominion war battles. I see a lot of the Galaxy class ships in the battles. I don't recall seeing any of the sovereign class ships in any of the ...
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Do we know any of the details about Worf's fights with the Kelvans?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": WORF: No. I am a Klingon warrior and a Starfleet officer. I have piloted starships through Dominion minefields. I have stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size. I ...
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Could a holodeck create smells?

Memory Alpha explains how a holodeck works as follows: A typical holodeck consisted of a room equipped with a hologrid containing omnidirectional holographic diodes, enabling holographic ...
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What happened to Captain Kirk's body?

At the end of Star Trek: Generations, Captain Picard constructs a makeshift grave out of stones for Captain Kirk, who died helping Picard to stop Dr. Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”?

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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Which Star Trek:TNG episode does Data asks Picard whether a human has a moral obligation to use augmented prosthetic?

I remember a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, where Data and Picard are discussing Data and humanity. In particular, whether Picard would have a moral obligation to upgrade ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a dystopian science fiction television series that aired in North America for only one season (1987-1988), and which had J. Michael Straczynski as its ...
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Why was Picard tortured for the defense plans, even after being drugged?

In Chain of Command, why did Gul Madred torture Picard even after drugging him? It was in fact true he didn't know the defense plans he was questioned about, so were they just doing it because they ...
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Is there any information on how they mine enough material for starbases in Star Trek? [duplicate]

I know there are mentions of mining at various times in TNG, DS9 and Voyager. But if you look at this spacedock, for example, you can see this structure is absolutely immense. (The Enterprise is ...
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Blue Water Bowls ST:TNG

Why are there bowls of blue water on the night stands in Star Trek Next Generation? In multiple episodes, there is a small bowl with blue liquid next to the bed on a table. For example, from TNG ...
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Is Sisko referring to the events of First Contact here and if so how does it affect things?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow (Part 1)": SISKO: A Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant will affect Cardassia every bit as much as it's going to affect us. Besides, we need all the help we can ...
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Has Starfleet ever sent ships on extra-galactic missions?

There have been incidents in both TOS and TNG where their respective Enterprises have been flung outside the galaxy against their will, due to alien intervention. For example, "By Any Other Name", ...
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When did the Starfleet insignia change from the TMP version to the TNG version?

In The Motion Pictures, we see the insignia used by Starfleet is based on the TOS version with the star-shape in the middle, but as at TNG, we change to a more simplified insignia which loses the star ...
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Which, in order are the physically strongest & quickest; Vulcan, Klingon, Romulan, Jem'Hadar, Borg drone, Cardassian, Bajoran, & Trill? [closed]

I used the major protagonists and antagonists in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. If you'd like to add some Delta Quadrant like the Vidiians or the Kazon, you're more than welcome. If you have other ...
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When did our universe and the Star Trek universe diverge?

Note that my question assumes as a given that Star Trek is in an alternate universe which diverged from ours at some point in history. That seems really, really obvious and undeniable to me. So the ...
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How many Federation starships are at any one point involved in exploration missions like the Enterprise?

The Enterprise (original) and Enterprise-D both have their exploratory missions which form the basis of the shows. Presumably not all Federation starships are involved in explanatory missions at all ...
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Is there any out-of-universe meaning to starship registry numbers?

In the Star Trek universe, Starfleet vessels have registry numbers that typically begin with the prefix NX or NCC. The most famous of these is NCC-1701, the registry number of the USS Enterprise and ...
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Why didn't the Federation get Picard involved when Gowron pulled out of the Khitomer Accords since he is “Arbiter of Succession?”

DS9: "The Way of The Warrior": SISKO: They've decided to condemn the Klingon invasion. In response, Gowron has expelled all Federation citizens from the Klingon Empire and recalled his ...
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Why didn't Data's head give off a detectable positronic signature in Time's Arrow?

As established in Positronic signature in Nemesis, positronic signatures are detectable at a considerable distance by Starfleet equipment, and Starfleet vessels seem to regularly scan for such ...
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What's behind the Enterprise's flux capacitor?

Whoa. In "Hollow Pursuits" we have this dialog (emphasis mine): [Troi's office] BARCLAY: I just didn't know what to say. TROI: What do you wish you had said? BARCLAY: I should ...
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What happens to Thomas Riker?

A duplicate of Will Riker that was created in a transporter incident is discovered in the TNG Episode "Second Chances." The next time we see Riker's duplicate is in the DS9 episode "Defiant." We also ...
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Nacelles: if two are better than one, then why are three not better than two?

In Star Trek, the vast majority of Starfleet vessels (and prior warp-capable Earth vessels) are equipped with two warp nacelles. Those very familiar with the Star Trek universe need no convincing ...
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How was Zefram Cochrane going to make money off of his warp drive?

In Star Trek: First Contact, warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane explains to Riker, You wanna know what my vision is? Dollar signs — money! I didn't build this ship to usher in a new era for ...
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Betazoids: The Last Starfighter versus Star Trek: The Next Generation

Released in 1984, The Last Starfighter is sometimes accused of borrowing too many themes and plot points from contemporaneous sci-fi fare, including the Star Wars trilogy. But conversely, one element ...
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Why can't surgery be done by transporter?

In the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation (or even earlier), why isn't invasive surgery performed using the transporter? In theory, one could: dematerialize an individual and store the pattern ...
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“Tea, Earl Grey, Hot” and archeology

If I'm not mistaken two important parts of Picard's character were introduced in the same episode, "Contagion", in the space of three lines: PICARD: Archaeology has been a hobby since Academy ...
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What exactly was Worf's job in TNG Season 1?

I'm pretty sure Token Klingon was not a Starfleet position. But he doesn't really seem to have a specific job to do. What were the writers thinking at the time? Obviously in season two, when Worf ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

In "Samaritan Snare", there's an interesting exchange between Wesley Crusher and Captain Picard: PICARD: Several friends and I were on leave at Farspace Starbase Earhart. It was little more than a ...
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If a Dyson Sphere from the Star Trek universe could move, would the star inside also move or would it collide with the sphere's inner surface? [closed]

Like the ones in TNG "Relics" or STO's Solanae/Jenolan Spheres. Going by the principle that something suspended inside a speeding bus doesn't automatically collide with the back end, would the same ...
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What is docelerite?

I've just finished reading the novel Star Trek: The Next Generation 'Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory' (great book by the way). On page 358 of my edition (the start of Chapter 31), Picard ...
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Why is Worf permitted to wear his sash but Ro can't wear her earpiece?

In ST:TNG Season 5, episode 3 (Ensign Ro), the following scene occurs: [Transporter room] (a young woman in red uniform beams in, wearing a sullen expression and a fancy earring) RO: ...
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During the TNG era, how were the visual effects for planets produced?

In TNG, most of the ships look really good due to excellent model work. A lot of the on-screen effects look sort of hokey (think various iffy aliens, 2D morphing, motion capture of insect parasites, ...
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Who made the Dyson's sphere in Star Trek TNG?

According to this wikia, the Dyson's sphere discovered by the Enterprise in the episode, "Relics" was large enough to support the life of 4 million earth sized planets, if you do some rough math, ...
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How did Picard actually cause the destruction of human kind?

Through the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that This part is really unclear for me. How could the anomaly stop the combination of amino acids into the first proteins? Is ...
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Why did Picard describe the past as “the past” when he was actually there?

During final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Picard is moving back and forth in time and we can see three timelines: current, past and future. Two times during his "visit" to the past ...
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Why did Klingons attack the medical ship in “All Good Things…”?

In the middle of the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that If that's so, then why did they attack a medical ship? A ship that has no firepower to match any of the attackers ...
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Which ST:TNG episode contains image of surprised Picard face?

From which Star Trek The Next Generation comes this image: And exactly in what scene it appears? What Picard is saying at the very moment, that is pictured?
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When did Data speed time up really fast? [duplicate]

There was a Star Trek episode where the ship was being attacked with a laser directed at the warp core. The ship had no defense against the laser and was going to get destroyed. Data somehow did ...
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How could “cryonics” be “just a fad”?

In "The Neutral Zone", the Enterprise happens upon a number of 20th century individuals who have been frozen as sent drifting in space to be hopefully found later and healed. They are easily ... ...
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How does a sonic shower work?

What is the mechanism behind a sonic shower in the STU? A shower with water does various things, namely; get rid of odors, raise body temperature, acts as a disinfectant, has a soothing massage ...
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Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?

In TNG episode "Conspiracy": TROI: Data, it's just not the same. Have you ever been for a real moonlight swim? DATA: One can swim in moonlight? TROI: How about you, Mister Worf? ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

It appears that a phaser vaporizes organic matter on maximum setting. Remember that in this episode several lower settings barely phase Yuta but the maximum setting completely vaporizes her with no ...
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How is Data able to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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How was Geordi able to fire his weapon on board the Enterprise-D?

In ST:TNG "Aquiel", Geordi reaches into the drawer in his quarters pulls out a phaser, and fires it at the organism. Aren't hand weapons on the Enterprise disabled? Are all officers allowed to have ...