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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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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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.
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Do we know all of the guarantees in the Constitution of the United Federation of Planets?

In Star Trek we know of the 7th and 12th guarantees: The Seventh Guarantee against self-incrimination during legal proceedings was considered by Captain Picard in 2367 to be "one of the most ...
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What does it cost to make an episode of Star Trek?

I am curious about the cost to make an episode of Star Trek and the comparative cost between the various series. What did it cost on average to do a single episode of Star Trek TOS, TNG, VOY, DS9, ...
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What's going on with the end of Bread and Circuses pro-Christian sentiment?

At the end of Bread and Circuses... ...
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Do any of the known species besides the Srivani in Star Trek use a phase shift as a cloaking device?

Please keep in mind "TNG: The Pegasus." It would appear that this would be a superior cloaking device as a ship could pass through objects.
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In anything Star Trek, what does it mean to be in or out of phase?

In many Star Trek episodes term/concept in phase, out of phase, phase variance, etc. are used many times. What does phase mean exactly? Please give as detailed and technical an answer as you can ...
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In Bread and Circuses did they forget to rescue the remaining federation officers from the planet?

In Bread and Circuses Merik states that if the other members from his ship had adapted they are still alive. From here "MERIK: And as for my men, those that were able to adapt to this world ...
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Why is Worf in The Undiscovered Country?

After watching The Undiscovered Country I noticed that the advocate for Kirk and Bones during their trial is none other than Michael Dorn, a.k.a. Worf. During the trial I believe they even call the ...
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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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Is there a TOS episode where Captain Kirk wears a red shirt?

My question is as simple as the title gets. I haven't finished watching TOS yet, so if I'll notice such occurrence I'll make sure to update here.
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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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Was Kirk born prematurely in the alternate timeline?

There are two reasons the presence of Winona Kirk (James T. Kirk's mother) on the USS Kelvin in 2233 might not make sense: (1) Family members of officers and enlisted crew generally weren't housed on ...
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How long do the TOS Navigators maintain their duty stations before being relieved?

When TOS began, it had a rotation of various crew members perform the task of Navigator and Helmsman. After a while, the writers settled on two regular crew members, Chekov and Sulu, but we can ...
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How would Starfleet know what a Romulan looks like in Star Trek 2009?

In TOS, Kirk's Enterprise encounters a Romulan warbird for the first time, after it had destroyed several Starfleet outposts along the Neutral Zone. When they see the ship's captain, they are ...
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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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What are the various duty stations on the Enterprise NCC-1701's bridge?

I can identify the Captain's duty station, Navigation, Communications, and the Science Officers console, and there are often Security personal standing guard near the turbolift. What are the other ...
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Why did George Kirk's death and the destruction of the USS Kelvin cause so many differences in Abram's Star Trek Universe?

It is reasonable for the death of George Kirk in Star Trek (2009) to affect James Kirk's childhood, leading to James being a troubled teen and not joining Starfleet until he was a 20-something. But ...
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Did Spock ever say “impressive, Captain”?

I have a memory of seeing Spock say the line "Impressive, Captain", but now I can't locate where that was. Am I misremembering this?
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Why could only a few eyewitnesses identify Kodos the Executioner?

In the Original Series episode "The Conscience of the King", Kodos, known as Kodos the Executioner, has been the governor of the Tarsus IV colony. He ordered the execution of 4000 colonists, and only ...
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Is there anything more to the way others mistreat Spock?

I have only watched up to Season 1, Episode 23 "A Taste of Armageddon", so my knowledge on the show is limited. Let me begin by sourcing this article, entitled Star Trek: A Phenomenon and Social ...
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How many providers (dissembodied brains) exist in Triskelion?

In The Gamesters Of Triskelion, how many disembodied brains exist on the planet? I seem to recall after the landing party gets their colours, Galt said something like "red, you are on a good team". ...
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Are bridge activities always recorded, or only during certain missions?

In the episode "Court Martial," apparent video of bridge proceedings is shown, in order to try and determine Kirk's guilt or innocence. My question is whether this is actual video footage of bridge ...
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In Star Trek TOS, who is security chief, and how does the department function?

Is Lt Cmd. Giotto security chief throughout TOS? And like are there multiple officers under him with rank of Lt. or are most of them enlisted/ensigns? Also, what would their duties be?
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Are the Metrons physical or energy beings?

The Metrons possess great powers, and in "Arena," a Metron appears to Kirk at the close of the episode. It is unclear, though, whether the Metrons are supposed to be physical or energy creatures, ...
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What sort of alien is Trelane?

Few characters in Star Trek are known by their name only, with zero knowledge of the species to which they belong. Some examples are Trelane, Nagilum, and the Edo god. "The Squire of Gothos" gives us ...
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Could Spock mind meld with an animal or dumb humanoid? [closed]

An intelligent animal, say, a dog, chimp, or dolphin. Could Spock meld with such creatures? What about tribbles? Humanoid beings with seemingly small amounts of intelligence, such as the Taurean ...
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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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How exactly did Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru? [closed]

Captain Kirk is said to be the only known person to have beaten the Kobayashi Maru in the original series, hereby referred to as KM in my question. What irks me is, he apparently added a subroutine ...
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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 ...
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Did Gary Mitchell require food and water?

After Gary Mitchell was transformed into a superhuman matter manipulator ("Where No Man Has Gone Before"), is there any evidence that he still required physical food and water to survive? The idea of ...
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Is it ever explained why Flint is immortal?

Is it ever explained, in any book or episode, why Flint (from the Original Series episode "Requiem for Methuselah") was immortal? I know he had instant tissue regeneration or something like that, but ...