I was perusing the site, and it suddenly occourred to me that I don't remember any scenes from TNG with people floating around in microgravity, spacewalks or otherwise.

Are there any? Or was convincing zero-g effects too difficult for the time?

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    Related, not dupe: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/100500/22917 – Often Right Sep 14 '15 at 3:18
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    Does it have to be the television series, or do TNG-era films count? – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 3:20
  • There's Spock's space walk in The Motion Picture, but that's not TNG! – Often Right Sep 14 '15 at 3:21
  • @N_Soong : They float in space by the deflector dish in First Contact... – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 3:22
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    @ThePopMachine : Definitely! (Just not a TNG film.) – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 4:45

Yes, this guy. A Romulan is shown free-floating in space after La Forge pushes him through the hull in the TNG episode "The Next Phase".

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  • Oh man, so many good answers. I don't know which one to choose! – 0xDBFB7 Sep 14 '15 at 4:08
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    @DC177E : The Trek fans here are quite active, so you can often expect a selection of good answers. Given that ThePopMachine found what is likely the first example in TNG, you made the best choice! :-) – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 4:11
  • Added screencap – ThePopMachine Sep 14 '15 at 4:42
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    @ThePopMachine : This guy. Love it. – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 5:10
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    @muistooshort: Well, "Night Terrors" is floating in a dream. It's not incontrovertible that that's zero-g. People float in dreams all the time. People do it in non-scifi shows too, so I'm not convinced it counts. – ThePopMachine Sep 14 '15 at 14:21

In the TNG-era film First Contact, Picard floats in space from one side of deflector dish to the other, when he turns off the magnetism on his boots.

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(In a later film, Nemesis, the Enterprise bridge itself is torn open during battle and an officer is sucked out into space. It would be difficult to call this floating or walking, however, given the forces involved.)

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    Wow, nice. I'll accept this answer in a minute. – 0xDBFB7 Sep 14 '15 at 3:27
  • There were a few floaters when the hull was breached. Not sure which episode/movie, but yeah. There were casualties that went space walkabout... – Major Stackings Sep 14 '15 at 3:40
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    @MajorStackings : That's another film, Nemesis, after First Contact. The bridge itself is torn open and a person is sucked out into space...I'll add that. Thanks for reminding me. – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 3:42
  • If that scene in Nemesis counts, there's a similar shot of a Romulan in the TNG episode "The Next Phase" – ThePopMachine Sep 14 '15 at 3:49
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    @O.R.Mapper: I just thing it's useless pedantry ignoring that what really matters the real usage of language and whether you can communicate the intended meaning. This is like arguing or the usage of 'literally' or 'I could care less'. Either 'suck' or 'blow' is fine. – ThePopMachine Sep 16 '15 at 14:39

Data in Star Trek: Nemesis

After looking at each other and La Forge proudly nodding to him, La Forge activates another force field between him and Data, and then as Data runs toward the hole in the ship, La Forge deactivates that force field which, as he leaps, blows Data out of the Enterprise and Data flies toward the Scimitar. When he reaches it, he grabs hold and activates a hatch, allowing him access.


  • That's a good one, too! :-) – Praxis Sep 14 '15 at 3:47
  • Can't find a video of the section at the moment sorry! – Often Right Sep 14 '15 at 3:49

Does Deanna Troi floating in Night Terrors count?

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That's more of a dream sequence than reality but I think the intent is zero gravity. AFAIK, no one was really happy with these "convincing zero-g effects".

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    That is painful to watch – ThePopMachine Sep 14 '15 at 5:52
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    @ThePopMachine: Yeah, pretty terrible. But not terrible enough to wrap around negative infinity and become genius. – mu is too short Sep 14 '15 at 6:20
  • This seems to fit the description. – Valorum Sep 14 '15 at 7:39
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    @muistooshort: Well, "Night Terrors" is floating in a dream. It's not incontrovertible that that's zero-g. People float in dreams all the time. People do it in non-scifi shows too, so I'm not convinced it counts. – ThePopMachine Sep 14 '15 at 14:22
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    @ThePopMachine: Still better flying than Pumaman – SpaceIsBig42 Sep 14 '15 at 16:53

The DS9 Episode "Melora" revolved around an engineer from a low-gravity planet whose quarters had the gravity plating turned off. She and Dr. Bashir "danced" there.

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    The question is TNG specific. – JohnP Sep 14 '15 at 16:23
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    Yeah, I was going to mention a scene in a season 1 Enterprise episode where the gravity gets turned off during one of their gratuitous shower scenes. But not TNG, so doesn't count. – Darrel Hoffman Sep 14 '15 at 17:18

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