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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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 ...
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What political system does Star Trek's Federation operate under?

I've watched all of the Original Series and The Next Generation, and bits of Deep Space 9 and Voyager, all of the movies, but none of the more recent series, or the books. In all of the material I've ...
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In Star Trek reboot, is Khan from the 20th century?

In TOS, Khan is from the 20th century, rules a significant area of Earth for a while, and then leaves Earth at the end of that century. Is that still the case in Star Trek Into Darkness? If so, is ...
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Star Trek - What is the relationship between the 'Bread and Circuses' Roman planet and the Romulans?

In Startrek TOS Episode "Bread and Circuses" we see a planet with Roman Governance and gladitorial games. In the Startrek Canon - we meet the Romulans, a race of people with a Roman governance ...
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Why do Klingons in ENT look different than in TOS? [duplicate]

Why do the Klingons in ENT look different than the Klingons in TOS? I understand the explanation for the difference after TOS, but since ENT is before TOS.
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Since Kirk found Khan much later in the series, how did he get revived early in the movie? [duplicate]

We all have seen Kirk reviving Khan in TOS But in the latest movie set years before this event we see Khan revived, how is that? Second part of the question is if he was again sent into space in the ...
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How can Professor Crater recognize the M-113 creature

I've just started Star Trek : The Original Series, and in "The Man Trap", when Professor Crater is being interrogated, he admits that he can recognize the shape-shifting creature from the M-113 ...
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Klingon evolution of Koloth

I just realized yesterday that the actor who played Koloth in DS9 is the same actor who played him in TOS. Kudos to them for that. Now, my question is: When did Koloth start looking like a modern ...
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Did the 5 year mission begin and end with Kirk in command?

I'm trying to figure out if Kirk had a 5 year mission all to himself. In the original series, was the entire 5 year mission of the Enterprise and her crew commanded by Kirk, or did he inherit the ...
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Does the TOS episode “Tomorrow is Yesterday” feature a primitive replicator?

The Enterprise gets sent back in time to the 1960's, and a couple of time-local people end up on the ship. At one point, a crewman offers one of the passengers food while they are both in the ...
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Why is the wide beam phaser setting not used very often?

In the episodes TOS: The Return of Archons, and in VOY: Cathexis officers use a wide beam setting on their phasers. In the TOS episode Kirk uses this feature, and in the VOY episode Tuvok uses it. I ...
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What/who are Yeomen?

I watched all the seasons of Enterprise and now started on The Original Series. In one of the 1st episodes, cpt. Kirk gives orders to a Yeoman, something I haven't encountered previously in the ...
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Was Star Trek's original Captain Kirk always fond of antiques?

In The Wrath of Kahn (TWOK), there are at least 2 references to Kirk's fondness for antiques. Spock states that he's aware of this fondness when he gives him an old edition of A Tale of Two Cities; ...
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Female Romulan Commander's Name

In "The Enterprise Incident," the female Romulan Commander whispers her name into Spock's ear. He comments that it is a beautiful name. Does the canon give her name or is it in non-canon only?
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Why is Chekov in engineering in Star Trek into Darkness?

I don't ever remember Chekov in the original series ever have anything to do with engineering. Is there an in-universe reason for him being there?
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Enterprise Chain of Command

What is the chain of command on Kirk's Enterprise? We all know that Spock is second in command, but who comes after that? I ask because last night I re-watched Shore Leave, which featured Kirk, ...
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Did Captain Kirk take advantage of Drusilla?

On the Roman planet in "Bread and Circuses", Captain Kirk is given a a slave woman for a night, who even goes so far as to say that Kirk "owns" her for the night. While he is initially hesitant ...
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How does the ability of the creature in “The Man Trap” work?

How does the ability of the creature in "The Man Trap" work? Is it a mind trick, as it's indicated during the very first encounter with the away team (since each crew member seems to see a different ...
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Would tampering with the visual playback of the bridge log really affect the behavior of a chess game?

In the TOS episode Court Martial, Wikipedia summary: Captain Kirk is placed on trial for negligence after a crewman is killed during a severe ion storm. Kirk maintains that his actions were ...
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Actor in one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series [closed]

The actor that I'm looking for was in one episode, played a very energetic fellow whose actual first name is Bruce and who subsequently joined the Swami Order in Los Angeles. Thanks so much!
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What are the symbols in the Enterprise's chapel?

The one on the left appears to be a sword, and the one on the right... I have no idea. (Picture from TOS 1x08, Balance of Terror) These do not look familiar to me - especially the triangular one. ...
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What is the original context of this Spock video clip?

This clip has surfaced on the internet, and was particularly brought to my attention alongside a caption that implied Spock was examining a rather attractive derriere. I find it generally unlikely ...
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Aside from the “Vulcan Salute”, have Nimoy & Shatner's Jewish heritage had any significant influence on Star Trek?

I have heard many times that the Vulcan "Live-long-and-prosper" hand gesture was created by Leonard Nimoy based upon the hebrew letter "shin", as used in Jewish ceremonies. William Shatner is also ...
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How far into our galaxy did the Doomsday Machine get?

The theory was that the planet killing Doomsday Machine was built by a long-gone civilization from another galaxy for use during an unknown war. It was on on course to the heart of our galaxy when the ...
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Significance of Captain Kirk's name?

Is there any significance documented regarding his last name in light of the fact that "Kirk" means "Church"?
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How did humans and vulcans communicate in The First Contact?

In 23rd century, it was displayed that Zeframe Cochrane didn't know about universal translator. That's why he was strange to it and asked about its working principle to Kirk (Star Trek: The Original ...