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 are the technical differences between NCC-1701 vs NCC-1701?

What are the major technical differences between the Enterprise NCC-1701 (TOS) and NCC-1701 (Abrams)? I don't recall TOS engineering looking like a sterile brewery or having a large transparent water ...
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Which TOS characters do we see in TNG-era canon?

I recall seeing Spock and McCoy on TNG, but which other TOS regular bridge crew do we see in TNG-era canon i.e. TNG, DS9, VOY and the TNG movies.
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Did bridge consoles explode in TOS?

I haven't seen much Star Trek TOS in quite a long time, but I am pretty sure I remember consoles on the bridge exploding - or at least throwing sparks, making noise and injuring crew. See this ...
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Was the first pilot episode of the original Star Trek inspired by Bradbury's Martian Chronicles?

Was the first pilot episode of Star Trek inspired by Ray Bradbury's short story Mars Is Heaven! (later rewritten and renamed to "The Third Expedition") from Martian Chronicles? There are many ...
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What defines a starbase?

What exactly makes a starbase a starbase as opposed to a space station such as K-7 or DS9. Could a planet bound station such as Farpoint be a starbase?
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How did the crew of the Enterprise decide where to go next?

In the original series, the Enterprise has a five-year mission into "uncharted space". Once they're out beyond the charts, how exactly do Kirk and the other officers on the Enterprise decide where to ...
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Double Red Alert

In Star Trek (Star Trek TOS, "The Conscience of the King") an overloading phaser hidden in the Captain's quarters caused him to put the ship on Double Red Alert. Was this the only time the Enterprise ...
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Female uniforms and colored panties in Star Trek TOS

In Star Trek TOS you very frequently get glimpses of the female crew's panties under their short skirt uniforms. In every case I've noticed they are always a matching color. This makes me wonder -- ...
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Identification of a Star Trek TOS Episode where protagonists have to stay awake

I am seeking to identify a Star Trek TOS (IIRC) episode. In my unreliable recollection, two Star Fleet protagonists, out of {Spock, Bones, Kirk} are stranded on a planet and have to stay awake until ...
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In the episode “That Which Survives” where is the location of the pod that enabled Scotty to access the matter - antimatter flow?

Scotty crawled into a pod were he was going to manually shut off the flow of fuel with a magnetic probe. Scotty installs explosives at the end of the service crawlway that will permit Spock to ...
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What ships have gone missing or their status is unknown in Star Trek? [closed]

What ships in Star Trek have gone missing by Starfleet/NASA/etc (USS Voyager doesn't count) and considered lost to the cosmos? These can include ships that were later discovered, such as NASA's 21st ...
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Are any regular bridge crew on TNG actually members of the next generation?

So, the sequel (if we ignore TAS) to the original Star Trek is Star Trek: The Next Generation. My question simply is: are any of the regular bridge crew actually from the generation following that of ...
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Does “The Naked Now” refer to any particular TOS episode?

In the TNG episode The Naked Now, the crew of the Enterprise come across a strange contagion which they discover is almost identical to one found by the Enterprise under Captain Kirk: RIKER: ...
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Did Kirk really show how to make gunpowder in the episode “Arena”?

I remember seeing this episode when it was first aired. I was 13 and always wanted to get the charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter.
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Mortal threat in Star Trek TOS: “Wink of an Eye”?

In the episode "Wink of an Eye" Kirk once again finds himself face to face with a hideous space alien. Much like the matriarch of the society featured in the prior episode who wanted to make Dr. ...
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Why did a dwarf ride Kirk like a pony?

In the Stark Trek TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" the telepaths forced a dwarf to ride Kirk like a pony. I understand that they wanted McCoy to stay on the planet as their doctor, however given ...
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What practical jokes were played by the TOS cast?

Having recently completed William Shatner's Star Trek Memories - and stopped laughing at the way he treated Leonard Nimoy's bike - I started to wonder what other practical jokes were played - such as ...
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Why does the Star Trek theme appear in the Zelda Symphony?

In "Ballad of the Wind Fish - Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses" at 3:47 we randomly hear the main theme from Star Trek for just a short moment. Why? Why is there a Star Trek reference in the ...
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Why do the genetically enhanced augments from the Eugenics wars often lose fights?

They are described as being: 5x as strong as humans 2x as intelligent as humans 2x as long lived as humans Quicker (better reflexes) than humans This sounds great. I'd feel honored to have them ...
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Why is McCoy so Racist Within an Otherwise Accommodating Universe?

Based on a thought I had reading through some answers to this question, and many sentiments I've heard over the years about Gene Roddenberry's vision for a universe of total racial acceptance, ...
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Why is the space outside the Enterprise blue, not black?

I've noticed that space on the view screen of the original series Enterprise is blue, not black. In some cases, everything is slightly off-centered to the right. Why is this? e.g. 5:29 of ...
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What do the badges on Kirk's dress uniform represent?

In the image below are Kirk and Dr. McCoy in their dress uniforms. What do the badges on their uniforms represent, both in general and individually? Thank you! [
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Star Trek TOS episodes that show Dilithium Crystals

What episodes of Star Trek TOS were Dilithium Crystals shown on screen. (Not just mentioned.) Thanks, Stan
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Which TNG actors were TOS fans?

Were any of the The Next Generation actors self-professed fans of The Original Series before being cast as characters in TNG? (Or did they all think it was just fairy tale rubbish?) I'm only ...
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Which Clark Gable movie did Edith Keeler want to see with Captain Kirk?

In "City on the Edge of Forever", Edith Keeler says to McCoy, "I have to go. My young man is taking me to a Clark Gable movie." A few minutes later, she tells Kirk, "If we hurry, maybe we ...
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From where and how did the Excalbians create the humanoid fighters?

In "The Savage Curtain," an Excalbian (or several) forces Kirk and Spock to participate in a "good vs. evil" war. In addition to the two Starfleet officers, the "good" side consists of Abraham Lincoln ...
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Star Trek Original series # of encounters with entities having Q like characteristics

In the Star Trek Original series, what episodes did they encounter entities with Q like characteristics?
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Was Red Shirt Security a rotating detail, like K.P, or was it a dedicated branch of Star Fleet like the M.P's are to the US Army?

As I channel surfed the other day, I accidentally found an episode of Star Trek TOS, and I settled in to watch it. As always, it was a bad day to be a landing party Red Shirt Security person. Their ...
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Did Edith Keeler really have to *die*?

In the Star Trek TOS episode 28, "The City on the Edge of Forever", we find that McCoy's drug-fueled tear through the past caused serious and far-reaching effects on the space-time continuum; to wit, ...
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Do we ever see a 23rd Century Starfleet Officer with facial hair?

I recall that in the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, McCoy beams aboard the ship with a fabulous beard. The next time we see him though, he's shaved it off. That got me to thinking that ...
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Why does Captain Kirk wear green in the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations?

We know that in TOS era Star Trek command officers wore gold and operations officers wore red. In the DS9/TOS cross-over episode Trials and Tribble-ations O'Brien explains why Sisko (pretending to be ...
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Did Uhura ever show evidence of older memories after The Changeling?

In the episode The Changeling, NOMAD kills Scotty and wipes Uhura's memories. It (NOMAD) claims that it has totally wiped Uhura's memories so she is a tabula rasa. She's physically okay, but has no ...
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What does Kirk mean by “I'm a soldier, not a diplomat”?

In Errand of Mercy, Captain Kirk says to the Organian council members, "I'm a soldier, not a diplomat," at about 9:20 (also, transcript here). This seems very much at odds with depictions of ...
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What Star Trek TOS episode featured lifeforms on the Enterprise living much slower/faster than the crew?

There was an episode with a different lifeform living at a slower/faster speed aboard the Enterprise? Would have been in a late 60s episode.
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When did Star Trek: TOS become Star Trek: TOS?

When Star Trek first came out in the 1960s, it was originally called "Star Trek". As it achieved fame and became a franchise with future series and merchandise, it was...only logical...that the very ...
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Was Roddenberry really so far ahead of his time on race?

Gene Roddenberry is often credited with being revolutionary in his treatment of race equality in the characters of Chekov, Sulu, and especially Uhura. The on-screen kiss between Shatner and Nichols ...
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When does a Tribble become pregnant?

We know that Tribbles are born pregnant. From The Trouble with Tribbles: McCOY: "Well, the nearest thing I can figure out is that they're born pregnant. Which seems to be quite a time saver." ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

I remember the autodestruct being initiated many times, but always being aborted at almost the last possible second. Obviously, Captains Kirk, Picard, Janeway never went all the way to destruct, but ...
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What's special about the Mirror Universe?

The Mirror Universe is depicted in no fewer than eight Star Trek episodes. It's established that these take place in the same universe. In "Crossover", Mirror Kira recaps the TOS episode "Mirror, ...
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How many ways are there to travel to or from the Mirror Universe?

The Mirror Universe is depicted in no fewer than eight Star Trek episodes. Yet I believe it was reached many different ways, intentional and not. How many ways are there to travel between the ...
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Did Kirk ever send multiple landing parties?

I'm watching Spock's Brain right now, and a friend pointed out that it was strange that with a crew of hundreds, the Enterprise crew would send only one landing party to one planet when they have ...
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Did Christopher Lloyd invent the Klingon warrior?

One of the lasting contributions of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the now standard appearance of the Klingons, which changed dramatically from The Original Series: However, those Klingons only ...
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Which were the major wars in the Star Trek universe

We have seen many wars in Star Trek, but which were the major ones? Consider "major" to be something similar to WWI or WWII — conlict between superpowers that takes a lot of time and is not ...
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Where do they get the costumes from in TOS?

In TOS they need costumes to dress up themselves several times. In most cases they can somehow quickly produce the clothes they need. For instance in “Patterns of Force” Kirk orders Dr. McCoy to beam ...
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Why (out-of-universe) was this central Star Trek character killed?

This central character died in Star Trek: Generations in 1994: (spoilers below are not hidden) When and why was it decided that the character would die? As of 1994, the characters of McCoy, ...
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Has the phrase 'Beam me up Scotty' been used in TAS or any movies?

As most Trekkies know, the popular phrase 'Beam me up Scotty' was never actually spoken in any of The Original Series. As any good Trekkie knows though, TOS wasn't the only material where we had ...
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Out of Universe, was Romulan bridge design influenced by The TARDIS?

As a fan of both franchises, something has long nagged at me. Looking at the bridges of several Romulan vessels, I can't help but notice a common design element: a central column which some or all of ...
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How extensive is the artificial sunlight technology on starships?

How do they prevent everyone on starships from being "pasty white"? How do people get Vitamin D? What about getting a tan? Different people have different sunlight tolerances. How do they ensure that ...
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Kirk and Spock friendship in Original Series

The 2nd through 6th original Star Trek movies make a lot of reference to Kirk and Spock's friendship. In particular Spock says, 'I am and always shall be your friend.' I can't recall their ...
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In Star Trek, do the Greek gods lack nipples?

OK, I hope this question doesn't seem prurient, but I happened upon the image and literally couldn't decide what I'm looking at. In the TOS episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" we learn that the Greek ...