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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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 ...
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Was Castrodinium named after Fidel Castro?

In Star Trek TOS episode Balance of Terror, Mr. Spock says that Castrodinium is "the hardest substance known to our science." Could it be that it was named after Fidel Castro?
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What is the origin of Hikaru Sulu's last name?

Although Hikaru is a Japanese first name, Sulu is not a Japanese last name, and no Japanese last name I know sounds remotely like Sulu. As a matter of fact, the Japanese translation of Star Trek ...
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According to canon, what is the primary style of hand to hand combat utilized by Kirk in Star Trek TOS?

The hand to hand combat prowess of STNG Starfleet's security personnel is lauded by Tasha Yar in the accepted answer to this question. Tasha: I think you should know that there is no physical ...
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Why didn't Star Trek TOS have better medical equipment for Vulcans?

In Journey to Babel when Ambassador Sarek became critically ill, why didn't they send him home or send for a Vulcan medical expert? Since they were hosting many prominent political figures from many ...
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Was Riker based on Kirk?

James T Kirk vs William T Riker. Both have a middle name starting with the same initial, both have reasonably common names (James/Jim and William/Will). In terms of character, both are quite similar ...
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When did Kirk and Spock check the records in Assignment Earth?

In the episode, there's this great big problem about letting the agent interfere and whether that will impact Earth's history or not, and Kirk and Spock are in the dilemma of not knowing whether to ...
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Was time travel commonplace in the 23rd century?

In the TOS episode Assignment: Earth, the Enterprise is sent back to 1968 to conduct some historical research. There's not much said about whether this is unusual, and judging by the lack of talking ...
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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Was the relationship between Pulaski and Data supposed to parallel that of Spock and McCoy?

During Season 2 of TNG, Dr Pulaski takes over as chief medical officer for the year. I notice that she seems to be a rather down-to-earth sort of person, rather reminiscent of Dr McCoy. I also note ...
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What is the average human lifespan in the 23rd Century?

I was wondering what the average lifespan of a human (not in a red shirt!) is in the 23rd Century (TOS)?
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What happened to the Enterprise crew after TOS?

I just rewatched the TNG episode "Relics", where Scotty is revealed to have kept himself alive in the transport buffers of a ship. This got me thinking - do we know what happened to other members of ...
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How many sentient bio-ships have been shown in the Star Trek universe?

We're introduced to an amazing creature, a living bio-ship named Gomtuu (called 'Tin Man' by Starfleet) who was observed while orbiting Beta Stromgren in TNG 3x20, 'Tin Man'. Through first contact ...
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What happened to the modifications to the Enterprise made by the Kelvans?

In the TOS Episode By Any Other Name, the Kelvans make enhancements to the Enterprise, allowing it to travel at far greater speeds than it normally could (it passed warp 11 from memory). I was ...
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TOS episode - The Changeling, warp 15?

In the episode The Changling Spock says that an incoming energy burst from an unidentified source is approaching at "Warp 15". Does this mean that the TOS warp scale was different to the ...
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What do the three controls on the Transporter operate?

I recently noticed that in TNG, there are the three 'buttons' which need to be pulled all the way up/down to transport something/someone, just like in TOS. My question is, what do these three things ...
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What prompted such a dramatic change in computing technology in the ST reboot universe?

I know the obvious out of universe reason for the discrepancy in the computing systems in the reboot universe and TOS universe in ST, but is there an in-universe account for the substantial difference ...
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Would an EMP compromise magnetic seals on a photon torpedo from TOS

I ask this as I have just been looking at the designs fro the original series torpedo systems and was wondering if the magnetic seals on a torpedo would fail in the even of an EMP event. The ship ...
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Why was Spock logical in the mirror universe?

In the famous TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror", we see Uhura, Kirk, Scotty & McCoy transported to the mirror universe. If this was a true mirror universe, then why would Spock be logical and not ...
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What type of computer systems do Starships use? [closed]

Star Trek starships are massive, incredibly advanced pieces of technology, with a lot of that technology being handwaved most of the time, but references to it cropping up in dialogue frequently ...
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Why would the combination of matter and anti-matter destroy both universes in ST?

In an episode of the first season of ST:TOS, there is trouble between Lazarus from both matter and anti-matter fighting one another. We learn that if matter and anti-matter meet, it would cause the ...
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Capacity of transporter (Galaxy/Constitution class)

As far as I've seen (TOS and first seasons of TNG), only six people can beam elsewhere from the ship (as there are six pads). It seems that this limit doesn't apply vice versa: (TOS: Day of Dove, TNG ...
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Why did they not call it “Wagon Train to the Stars”?

According to this answer Star Trek was originally going to be titled "Wagon Train to the Stars", because Gene Roddenberry had a lot of experience with writing old westerns, and his idea was to create ...
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Is there any coarse language in season 1 of ST:TOS?

My copy of ST:TOS first season (Australian rating system) is rated M (ie 13 years or older) for 'Incidental coarse language'. I have watched all of it and the worst I could pick was 'Dammit Jim!'. ...
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Are there any further developments of the M5?

In the TOS episode 'The Ultimate Computer', we see the problems with the M5 unit by Dr Daystrom. I know in TNG, and even VOY, there is still need for a crew aboard the ship, but is there any further ...
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Do we ever see the TOS Engineering room with a warp core

I've just about finished season 2 of ST:TOS and I funnily enough don't remember ever seeing the warp core of the original Enterprise. Do we actually ever see the warp core like in TNG onwards?
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Unified Warp Scale [duplicate]

There is a major difference in the warp scales used in Star Trek TOS and TNG onwards (or am I wrong in this?). I was wondering if there was a conversion system out there to see what the equivalent ...
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Who was more of a Casanova , Kirk or Riker (based on count of bedmates)? [closed]

"Common knowledge" is that on Star Trek, James T. Kirk and William T. Riker are both the Casanovas of their corresponding series. We know that in Kirk's case, the reputation is somewhat undeserved ...