Star Trek: The Original Series is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry running from September 8, 1966, through June 3, 1969. It has acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (Star Trek: TOS or TOS). The show became a cult classic in broadcast ...

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What is the maximum range of a type 2 phaser?

I was checking memory alpha and was not able to determine the maximum range of a handheld 'type 2' phaser. What is the canon based answer regarding how far a class 2 hand phaser can be effectively ...
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What is this Star Trek TOS device with the ribbon of small colored squares on top?

I'm fairly sure I've seen this object at least twice in the rec room during series 1, where I assumed it was some kind of futuristic game like the 3D chess or space checkers which also happened to ...
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Why and when was Spock made to restrain his emotions?

In the original pilot (The Cage), we see that Spock smiles: As pointed out in the accepted answer to this question, the reason provided was that Spock was 'grinning with relief'. It got me to ...
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Why was there a death penalty for going to Talos IV?

Starfleet General Order 7 prohibits any contact with the planet Talos IV on penalty of execution, and this is apparently the only death penalty in Starfleet (at the time of The Menagerie). But why ...
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In TOS: The Enemy Within, why didn't the Enterprise use shuttles after the transporter broke down?

I've heard the out-of-universe explanation is they simply didn't have the props and sets for shuttle scenes that early in the series. Indeed, we don't see any Federation shuttles until The Menagerie, ...
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What instance of Spock betraying Kirk is Marty referring to?

In the movie Daddy Day Care I recall the character Marty saying at one point: This is worse than the time Spock betrayed Kirk Now, I know Daddy Day Care isn't sci-fi, but it got me to thinking, ...
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Is TOS: The Cage considered canon?

When I first read about the unaired TOS pilot episode The Cage and how most of its footage was reused in The Menagerie, I assumed that The Menagerie had simply "replaced" The Cage in terms of canon, ...
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Why was the name 'Enterprise' chosen (out of universe)?

In TOS, TNG, TAS and, of course, ENT, we witness the voyages of the many different USS Enterprises. Going back to TOS, though, my question is: why did the producers settle on the name Enterprise as ...
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Where did the nickname of 'Bones' for McCoy come from?

I've noticed that Jim Kirk often refers to Dr McCoy affectionately as 'Bones'. Now, Memory Alpha gives the following explanation: Bones is short for "Saw Bones" ... The use of "Bones" ...
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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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What, if any, locking mechanism do the doors have on the Enterprise?

In TOS: Space Seed, Khan manages to force open a door that's been "locked from the outside" with only his bare hands. Although he is "five times" stronger than a regular human, the door doesn't ...
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In the Star Trek episode “Space Seed” Khan Noonien Singh is wearing an upper body garment, what is it called, is it something one could procure today?

Star Trek TOS "Space Seed": What is the above garment Khan is wearing called? Is it a jacket? Is it a shirt? Does it have a more specific name? I thought maybe it might be European, but I've ...
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Was Trelane really seeing Earth 900 years ago, or perhaps 600 years ago, or could he see any time period he chose?

Star Trek TOS "The Squire of Gothos": TRELANE: I can't tell you how delighted I am to have visitors from the very planet that I've made my hobby. Yes, but according to my observations, I ...
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In Star Trek what is space normal speed?

Star Trek TOS "The Galileo Seven": UHURA: The Columbus is aboard, sir. The flight hatch is closed. Transporter room reports last of the landing parties have beamed safely up. All systems ...
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Source of Scotty's advice on appearing a genius

I vaguely recall a quote from Scotty of Star Trek:TOS where he indicated that it's important to always leave a little extra behind so that you can pull it out at the right moment so that you appear to ...
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Is there any info on the plot for the upcoming 2016 film “Star Trek Beyond” besides what's in the wikia article? [closed]

There is info on the new Star Trek Film, "Star Trek Beyond" at the following Wikia link: http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond Is there any info on any plot info other than what is ...
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What is the canonicity of the appearance of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B?

This question arises from the answer to In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology? which shows this image I believe all the USS Enterprises appeared on-screen ...
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In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology?

I've heard the explanation that the Enterprise from 2009's Star Trek looked so much more advanced was because data gathered from the Kelvin initially scanning Nero's ship when it first appeared ...
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What's the most actors earned for Star Trek in each era? [closed]

Five-part question. This means: most per episode in the TOS era? most per episode in the TNG era (incl. DS9, Voyager and Enterprise)? most for a TOS film? most for a TNG film? most for an ...
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Have Star Trek actors commented on why they didn't work more after Star Trek?

Among the few dozen main characters in the Star Trek series, very few take any successful main roles in subsequent series. Exceptions: Patrick Stewart in the X-men movies William Shatner in Boston ...
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Does Jim Kirk know about Jonathan Archer?

I recall that Jim Kirk and Spock and the original Star Trek crew were sent on a three year mission to explore new worlds using the new warp technology, as if they were the first ones. But the ...
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At what point and why does it become (almost) impossible to transport through shields in the Star Trek Universe?

In all of the other series besides "Enterprise" the transporter only works with the shields down. I'm not going to quote the multitudes of episodes but it's a given to any Star Trek fan that shields ...
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What was the process by which the Augments or Genetically Enhanced Humans were made?

ENT: "Cold Station 12": SMIKE: That's not what my father said. ARCHER: Soong is not your father. SMIKE: What do you mean? ARCHER: (fetching a PADD) Your biological father was Miklos ...
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Were the Augments from the show “Enterprise” the same genetically enhanced people that were in “The original Star Trek series?”

In ENT: "Augments" there are a group of 19 genetically enhanced human embryos that Dr. Arik Soong stole out of a secret medical facility and raised as his children. Later in the episode Dr. Arik Soong ...
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How were Doctor Arik Soong and Noonian Soong related?

I see Noonien listed as a descendant of Arik, but I'm not exactly sure how they are related. Is there a Soong family tree of some sort that shows who married who, the name of the offspring, etc. that ...
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Did Khan disapprove of Spock in an early draft of “Space Seed”?

A few years ago, an acquaintance had informed me that, in an early draft of "Space Seed", there was a scene in which Khan had expressed disapproval toward Spock's existence. He explained that Khan ...
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Why did Khan try to destroy the ship?

This is a question about Khan's motivations in TOS  "Space Seed". As the anesthesia gas flooded the briefing room, Khan escaped and ran to the engineering controls. He began fiddling with the ...
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How did Non-Federation powers view environmentalism?

Given that the Federation is generally described as a paradise, it's safe to say it's pollution free. We also got a general view of Ferengi views of environmentalism in the Deep Space Nine finale. How ...
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Did any of the 79 TOS episodes contain plot points that conflicted with preexisting TOS canon?

I was recently watching a long running TV series (not SFF) where one of the character's father was dead, but later in the series, he was alive and came to visit. With so many different writers, did ...
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Are Chameloids related to the founders?

The character Martia in Star Trek VI is very similar to that of the founders, is there any indication that she and her species (The Chameloids) are related to the founders? Could she have been one of ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the ship seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ball-like ...
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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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Can Starfleet personnel be fired?

In "The Apple", Kirk threatens to "fire" Scotty. Does that mean that within the early days of Starfleet that being 'court-martialled' was only a term for being brought before the "big boss" or Human ...
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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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Shouldn't the Deep Space Nine crew now be in TOS episode “Trouble with Tribbles?”

I just got done watching the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations". In the episode some of the crew from DS9 go back in time to the the time of TOS "Trouble with Tribbles." Now Sisko, Dax, Odo, ...
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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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Why would the Federation allow a trial and request for extradition of Worf without formal relations in place with the Klingons?

DS9 "Rules of Engagement": T'LARA: This hearing will come to order. We are here to consider the request of the Klingon Empire that Lieutenant Commander Worf be EXTRADITED for trial on charges ...
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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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Why didn't Dr M'Benga operate on Sarek in “Journey to Babel”?

In Journey to Babel, one of the dramatic points of the episode is that Sarek needs an operation to be conducted and Dr McCoy performs this, despite not having any actual surgical experience with a ...
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How many security guards were onboard D7-class starships?

I understand that the answer will depend on the starship class, so since more specificity is required, I would say D7-class. The reason is simple: in TOS era, at some point, the Klingons fought wars ...
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Wouldn't a Star Trek mirror universe become unrecognisable within a few generations?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Crossover" two members of the DS9 crew cross over to an alternate universe. It is the same universe that Kirk went to many years earlier in the TOS episode ...
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Where are and what is the status of other species in the mirror universe at the time of DS9? [closed]

In the DS9 episode: "Crossover" the federation has fallen and humans (Terrans) are slave laborers. The federation is made up of a bunch of species (Andorians, Vulcans, etc.), not just humans. What ...
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Why would freedom and peace leave the Federation in the Mirror Universe unable to defend itself?

In TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror" KIRK: The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I ...
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Why didn't the mirror universe Major Kira and Doctor Bashir crossover at the same time?

In the Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, episode "Crossover" two members of the DS9 crew crossover to an alternate universe. It is the same universe that Kirk went to many years earlier in the TOS Episode: ...
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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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Are Gorn and Tamarian related?

Are the Gorn species and the Tamarian species related in the Star Trek Universe or other non-canon Star Trek references? I see some visual similarities between the two species.