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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Origin of 'Beam Me Up Scotty'

All good Trekkies know that, despite coming very close, nobody uttered the exact phrase 'Beam Me Up Scotty'. It's become something of an iconic phrase for Star Trek despite its notable absence from ...
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Who gave Scotty the nickname “Scotty”?

On screen, the first time we hear the nickname "Scotty" for Montgomery Scott is in the episode "The Naked Time": KIRK: I'll hold you to that half second, Scotty. The reboot films go out of their ...
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Helm vs. Engineering (changing of speed)

The vast majority of the time, the helm officer plots the new course and speed (Warp 7 at heading 141 mark 11). Sometimes, though, Engineering is asked to change speed/put the ship into warp. Such a ...
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What, exactly did Starfleet have “invested” in Mr. Spock?

While watching episode 5 of Season 2, "The Apple," Mr. Spock steps in front of Kirk and takes a hit from poisonous barbs from a dangerous flower on the planet they are investigating. After being ...
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The words “Ion Drive” spoken by Scotty in TOS?

I'm looking for a moment when I remember Scotty uttering the words - I think - "Ion Drive" while looking at a screen (or Kirk) in astonishment, or something in that vein. I found these clips of ...
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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

As seen in the answers to In Star Trek, does the original die in teleportation?, transporter technology in The Next Generation reconstructs a person at their destination using, at least in part, their ...
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What is the Guardian of Forever?

It was created, but yet it states that it's neither alive, nor machine. My guess is that it's not alive in the traditional sense, but "alive" in the way that Data or the EMH is alive. http://memory-...
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What species or individuals can restore life?

The two I can think of at the moment are Q and Nomad. Q's power is pretty much unlimited, and Nomad restored Scotty's life. I guess maybe you could argue that Seven of Nine, or any Borg Drone, can ...
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Aside from the Bridge set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set piece garnered the most onscreen time?

Aside from the Bridge(and it's possible there was a set piece in the Bridge ensemble that qualifies because it appeared outside of the Bridge) set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set ...
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Why didn't Kirk simply tell Nomad that its mission was being changed?

In "The Changeling," why didn't Captain Kirk, as the "creator," simply tell Nomad that it was being reassigned? Tell the probe that its new job was going to be counting space particles (outside of the ...
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When was Uhura Captain of the Enterprise?

Lt. Nyota Uhura was the communications officer on the original Enterprise in the first series of Star Trek, and went on to reprise her role in several subsequent films. However, an answer in this ...
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Which ship has made the most first contacts?

From what we see in Star Trek, first contacts are very important dealings. So, my question is which ship 1 has made the most number of first contacts? Allow me to define 'first contacts'. For the ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

I DO NOT want any in-universe explanations or answers for this. I'm interested, strictly, in the decisions made by the producers. In The Enterprise Incident we see Romulans using Klingon ships (or ...
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What are the technical differences between these two versions of the NCC-1701? [duplicate]

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." ...