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Are the junior officer quarters in Lower Decks literally in a hallway?

This question makes the assertion "Lower Deckers" in Star Trek: Lower Decks literally sleep in the walls of the corridors but I've always figured that the "corridors" shown ...
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How do couples "do it" on starships?

This question is awkward to ask, but it's still legitimate and has gone unanswered, as far as I can tell. In shows like TNG, where ships carry officers and families, we know that there are Starfleet ...
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Why was Star Trek: Prodigy removed from Paramount? [closed]

Prodigy was removed from Paramount+. The reason given was that Paramount and a film company (I don't remember the name of) were combining with each other.
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Was Star Trek the first TV series or even movie that dealt with the great distances between galaxies?

In multiple episodes the incredible distance between The Milky Way and Andromeda is dealt with fairly accurately or at least consistently: even at highest warp the 2 million light years that separate ...
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Do Starfleet officers retain the privileges of their rank if they time travel to other Starfleet vessels?

In Strange New Worlds s2e7 Boimler travels back to the Enterprise. He is addressed as Ensign and he himself is deferential to Pike. When a Starfleet Officer travels in time, do they retain the ...
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Star Trek 2009 K/S fanfic where they play a game of questions to pass the time

This fanfic was either on fanfiction.net or ao3, as those are the sires I frequent most for fanfics. I'm fairly sure it was the Star Trek 2009 universe and had only Kirk and Spock in it. Both have ...
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How does the Ferengi economy work? [duplicate]

In Star Trek - the Federation is a post-scarcity socialist (for want of a better world) utopia, that has abandonded the concept of money. This makes sense in light of the existence of replicators and ...
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Why doesn't Captain Pike get security guys skilled in hand to hand combat?

In Star Trek (2009), why does Captain Pike ask for officers skilled in hand-to-hand combat from the bridge instead of getting personnel from security to do the job? Why take Sulu away from his ...
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Where are the 32nd century Klingons?

Perhaps I missed something, but I don't recall any appearance or mention of Klingons from Star Trek: Discovery season 3 forward. Is there any mention or appearance of the Klingons in the 32nd century? ...
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What is a "Red Directive"?

In universe, what's involved with a "Red Directive"? I get the impression that like the Omega Directive, certain rules and regs get rescinded. I don't remember there being any mention of Red ...
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In "Silent Enemy", why didn't they just drop Echo Three?

In the beginning of the episode "Silent Enemy" in Star Trek: Enterprise, they are dropping communication relays. They seem to have another one, Echo Three, on board at the end of the episode....
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Actors from any part of Star Trek who also acted in the Orville. I can list a few. Have I missed any?

I have noticed a number of actors from various parts of the Star Trek franchise also playing parts in The Orville. Seth MacFarlane is obviously a huge Star Trek fan. Marina Sirtis played a teacher in ...
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Why did no one call Starfleet to report the Dyson sphere?

In the TNG episode "Relics," the Enterprise follows a distress beacon from the Jenolan, a Federation ship that disappeared around 80 years ago, and finds it crashed on the surface of a Dyson ...
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Did the Romulans make any major concessions in the Treaty of Algeron?

In TNG's the Pegasus, it was revealed the Federation agreed not to equip spacecraft with cloaking devices in the Treaty of Algeron, an in-universe reason the writers came up with to explain why ...
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Origin of the word "Tholian" in Star Trek

I recently learned that the word "tholian" is an Old English word meaning "to suffer, endure." Is it known whether Judy Burns and Chet Richards knew this fact, and deliberately ...
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Was the TOS saucer section ever intended to land regularly?

For some reason, I have it in my head that in the early concept phases of Star Trek (what's now known as the original series), the idea was that the saucer section would detach and land on planets. ...
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Star Trek Episode – Possible Time Travel or Alternative Timeline with No Federation

In a Star Trek movie or TV episode, there is some sort of time travel or travel to an alternative timeline to Earth where they detect no Federation. But their sensors detect some Romulan ship activity ...
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In Star Trek TOS, when was the first mention of a shuttlecraft, and when did the producers decide the Enterprise had shuttles?

The first episode of Star Trek/TOS that used a shuttlecraft was The Galileo Seven, which included the full interior and exterior of the shuttle. That was more than halfway through the season (Episode ...
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In DS9: Paradise Lost, why is a vice admiral in charge of Starfleet?

In the Deep Space 9 episode, Paradise Lost (S04E12): Why is Leyton considered the "head of Starfleet"? He is wearing a 3-pip admiral insignia, which is vice admiral, a solid two ranks ...
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How long is a Federation/Starfleet life sentence?

In Star Trek: Discovery, is sentenced to life for mutiny. How long is a life sentence in that? In Europe, a life sentence can be as little as 15 years, and some countries have a maximum of 25 years. ...
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Is there any crossover between Star Trek TV shows after the broadcast of Enterprise?

To clear up confusion: There seems to be some confusion in this question as shown in some of the answers. Other than TOS, I've been watching all the series TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT in that order. This ...
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How do Kirk and Chekov find the time to change uniforms in Star Trek Beyond

In Star Trek Beyond, when everyone abandons ship in the escape pods, Kirk and Chekov are in different uniforms when they land on the planet. Where did they find time to change uniforms and why did ...
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Why do the Borg want to assimilate every planet in the universe?

This is a question that I was wondering about since I was introduced to the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why do the Borg want to assimilate every planet in the universe?
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Are there any examples of Starfleet officers who were captains or admirals without ever having been in command of a starship or base?

The question says it all - from my experience watching the shows, but not reading any books or other media, all "captains" are captains of ships. Is it possible for a starfleet officer to be ...
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In “Star Trek: The Next Generation” The Pegasus, which responsibilities/authority did Picard give up to Pressman when he took command of the mission?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” (S07E12), Pressman clarifies that he is in charge of the overall mission while Picard remains in command of the Enterprise. What were the ...
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Why do the Vulcans seem to despise humans so much in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

I've just finished season 1 of Star Trek: Enterprise (I'm half-way through the cliffhanger season finale/premiere). Unless I missed something in the early episodes, I've yet to figure out why it is ...
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How were the still characters in "Timescape" filmed

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Timescape, the crew find the Enterprise frozen in time (actually moving imperceptibly slowly but that's beside the point). They then board the ship and ...
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Why couldn't Tuvok be cured by the holodeck?

Near the end of Voyager, Tuvok required fal-tor-voh to heal his mind. This requires which the crew considered unavailable. Why was this considered impossible? Why can the holodeck not solve this?
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Is replicated meat in “Star Trek” considered to be vegetarian/vegan?

I was watching a clip from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Sins of The Father” (S03E17) where Kurn (Worf’s younger brother) says: “I shall try some of your burned replicated bird meat.” ...
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Which Shakespearean play is Data rehearsing for the opening scene of S03E010, "The Defector"?

If you can identify the act and scene as well, bonus! Also, it looks like Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart might be playing the parts of the other two characters in the scene. Can anyone verify ...
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What was the in-universe explanation for Tom Paris looking exactly like Nick Locarno in “Star Trek: Voyager?”

Okay, let’s forget about the backstory of Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager being supposedly more “redeemable” than that of Nick Locarno in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The First Duty” (...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

While wandering through a Star Trek rabbit hole, I came across this tidbit on the Wikipedia page for T'Pol; bold emphasis is mine: “Series producer Rick Berman said they originally intended that a ...
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Who coined "Star Trek: Phase II"?

"Star Trek: Phase II" was the working title for a revival of the original "Star Trek" series in the early 1970s. But that title is so unique in television and movies that it sticks ...
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Spock and links to Sherlock Holmes?

In the 1992 book Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country by J M Dillard, Spock comments "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains – however improbable –...
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Why is Worf a yellow shirt in seasons 2-7 of Star Trek: The Next Generation? [duplicate]

In seasons 2-7, Worf wears a yellow shirt as an operations officer while most other series have operations officers wearing red shirts.
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Are Picard’s badge pops genuine behind-the-scenes bloopers?

I just encountered a funny video on X: https://x.com/tercio_miranda/status/1740941520684175522 The video shows Picard’s badge popping, and is so realistic with sound effects that it doesn’t look fan-...
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What was the explanation for the existence of the Klingon sleeper ship in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Emissary?”

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Emissary” (S02E20), the plot revolves around the following: “In this episode, the Enterprise is sent a half-Klingon, half-human emissary to help ...
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How much energy can an adapted Borg shield absorb?

We see in several episodes of several series that the Borg can adapt their shield frequencies and apparently become completely impervious to attack. However, I'm wondering if there is a limit to this ...
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What did the Borg cut out of the Enterprise-D?

In "Q Who?," the Borg are seen using a laser to cut out a section of several decks of the saucer section which they try to retrieve with a tractor beam. WORF: A type of laser beam is ...
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Why is Captain Kirk's brother called "Sam" in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds?

Why does everyone on SNW call Captain Kirk's brother Sam when it is explicitly stated in TOS that Captain Kirk is the only one who calls him Sam?
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Why did Sulu know the crew complement of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey?

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk asks Sulu the crew complement of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, and Sulu answers immediately from memory. KIRK: Mister Sulu, what is the crew complement of a ...
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Why do (Federation) starships need Bussard collectors in front of their warp nacelles?

Ever since Zephram Cochrane's first human-built warp-capable vessel, the Phoenix, Human ships with warp drives have had Bussard collectors placed in front of their warp nacelles. Why are the Bussard ...
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What kind of Romulan warbirds was the Enterprise-C fighting?

In the Star Trek: TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise," Captain Garrett tells Captain Picard that the Enterprise-C was attacked by four Romulan warbirds. However, she never specified what ...
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Why did the Organians pretend to be human at all?

In TOS: Errand of Mercy the Klingons occupy a planet apparently at around the stage Europe was at in the 1000s or so. (While their appearance was an illusion or at least a disguise, perhaps the ...
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Where did the "Noonien Wang"/"Kim Noonien Singh" story originally come from?

It's often said that Roddenberry chose the name "Khan Noonien Singh", and later "Noonien Soong", as an attempt at reuniting with a pilot he became friends with in WW2, with ...
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Which Star Trek TNG episode involves a planet fighting over territory and thus being unable to join the Federation?

I think the premise was that the planet was technologically advanced enough to join the Federation, but with people fighting over territory, they weren't allowed to join until that was resolved. I ...
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How old was Icheb in Star Trek Voyager?

I haven't found any information online, but maybe I just didn't look close enough. How old was he when he joined the crew?
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Would Nova Squadron have been punished if their stunt succeeded?

In the TNG episode "The First Duty," an inquiry is made into a shuttle crash that resulted in the death of a member of Nova Squadron, a group of elite Starfleet cadets. Eventually it is ...
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Is there a technical name for the discrete particles seen in a Star Trek transporter/replicator beam?

Looking at this picture, you can see the particles I'm asking about:
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In DS9, is the 25th hour ever explicitly mentioned?

In Star Trek: Deep Space 9, characters never fail to mention that the station (or even the Federation/Bajor/Cardassia, I'm not sure at this point) lives on a 26-hour day. There are multiple mentions ...
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