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 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 ...
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Why do they never turn the gravity off?

In Star Trek it seems that they almost always have artificial gravity. The idea of not having it is shocking, even though my 21st century mind relates it directly with space. Here are a few examples: ...
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How many deaths were there on the Enterprise?

In your average TOS episode, at least 1 redshirt dies. Also, one of McCoy's famous sayings is "He's dead Jim." That then got me thinking about the following question: how many deaths of crew members ...
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Where was Spock when the Enterprise B was launched?

As far as I remember, only Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov were the only ones from the original crew on the Enterprise B when it was commissioned in Star Trek: Generations. Since Spock was higher up in the ...
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First contact with Vulcans

In Star Trek: First Contact, we find out that the first aliens that humans encountered were Vulcans. Was this fact invented for First Contact, or had it been part of the Star Trek mythos ...
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Was the font used in the Star Trek wordmark created for the show, or was it a re-purposed font?

Excluding the pilot episode 'The Cage', The Original Series opening credits used a decorative, emboldened and narrowed, high contrast font. Seen below are samples from the episodes Man Trap and Day ...
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Is there a reason Dr. McCoy has a decorative lizard thing on his sickbay wall?

As far as I can remember it's been there for all of the 1.5 series I've watched so far, and no one's ever commented on it. Does it have any particular significance or is it just a random object?
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called “Dr. Spock”?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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What is the etymology of Spock's name?

The title says it all really: What was the inspiration and/or origin for Spock's name? The only other Spock I know of is, of course, Dr Spock who wrote about children - was this at all an influence?
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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 ...