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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

I’m curious as to how many, if any, episodes of the original five broadcast Trek series did not include a single appearance by that show’s lead actor, the Captain for that particular show. I.E., TOS ...
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Why are subsequent Enterprises designated NCC?

I seem to recall that in TOS the 'NCC' designation referred to "Constitution Class" yet all Federation starships seem to have that designation, regardless. Shouldn't the Enterprise-D be NGC-...
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Did the characters retain memory of their holosuite roles at the end of this episode?

In ST:DS9 4x10 "Our Man Bashir", several crewmembers (Sisko, Kira, Worf, Dax, O'Brien) end up in the computer memory due to complications with the transporter, and are integrated as ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

In the beginning of Star Trek TNG Season 5 Episode 2 "Darmok", Data says: Federation vessels have encountered Tamarian ships seven times over the past one hundred years. Each meeting went ...
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At what point was it decided that Data was built by a human?

In the final draft of the series bible for Star Trek: TNG from September 8, 1987, Lt. Cmdr. Data is described as An android so perfectly fabricated (by unknown aliens) We know that at latest by ...
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How racially diverse is the Dominion?

To memory, in Star Trek: Deep Space 9, we only see three races from the Dominion: The Jem'Hadar The Founders The Vorta What other races exist within it?
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When and how did the United States of America cease to exist (as a sovereign country)?

It is mentioned many times in the original Star Trek series as well as The Next Generation that the United States of America has not existed as a sovereign country for some time. It is, at most an ...
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During the Battle over Genesis in ST3: Search for Spock, what were the screens displaying when Chekov tried to raise the shields?

During the battle scene in the middle of Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, after Scotty successfully fires two photon torpedoes into Kruge's bird of prey, Admiral Kirk orders Chekov to raise shields ...
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Similarities between TOS "The Apple" and "Who Mourns for Adonais" phaser sequences

Something I didn't pick up on when watching the original airings, but noticed while watching re-runs a very long time ago: At the climax of "Who Mourns for Adonais", Kirk orders the ship to ...
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How does the female Q teleport near the end of Star Trek: Eternal Tide?

Towards the end of the book Star Trek: Eternal Tide, the female Q has her powers taken from her, but still manages to teleport herself after screaming really loud. Icheb was accustomed to seeing the ...
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Is it easier for Spock to be logical?

By nature, Vulcans are more emotional than humans: Contrary to stereotype, Vulcans possess strong emotions. They use meditation as a way to suppress those emotions. For instance, emotions like ...
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Star Trek Into Darkness, Nibiran Sacred Scroll?

Considering the volcano rescue scene, and the reaction of the Nibiran to the repossession of their sacred scroll, and then their reaction upon seeing the USS Enterprise rise out of the sea, namely: ...
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In Voyager's "Before and After," what would the crew(s) have experienced?

In the episode, "Before and After," Kes experienced occasional jumps backward in time. What would the crew have experienced when Kes jumped back again in time? E.g. would their timelines' &...
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Are there any pre-Lower Decks ships that we now know to have been California-class?

According to the Star Trek: Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan, The ship is in great condition. It’s a California-class ship, which has always existed in Starfleet — [this is] what we’re saying — ...
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From which episode of TOS was this gif of Spock pulling clothes out of a dresser drawer taken?

Which episode of TOS was this gif of Spock pulling clothes out of a dresser drawer taken from? I saw it on a Facebook comment and it's driving me crazy that I don't remember ever seeing this scene.
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Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?

Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?
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Is sound of USS Enterprise’s automatic door opening indeed toilet flushing sound?

According to this Reddit post, In Star Trek (2009), the sound of the automatic doors opening on the U.S.S. Enterprise is a Russian train's toilet flushing. (No, really) How much truth is there in it?...
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Was Mirror, Mirror inspired by the original Ellison script for City at the Edge of Forever?

I note that the Ellison script had in the changed timeline the name of the ship being the SS Condor: https://memory-beta.fandom.com/wiki/Harlan_Ellison%27s_The_City_on_the_Edge_of_Forever,_Issue_2. ...
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Why did the Voyager crew not use the Warp 10 technology to get home?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Threshold", they discover a "new kind of dilithium" which allows them travel at infinite speed (Warp 10). There are hopes that this would allow ...
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Why is Reginald Barclay the only one to see the weird shapes in the transporter?

In "Realm of Fear," Barclay sees weird shapes as he transports. In actuality, the odd shapes are crewmembers of the Yosemite, which the crew of the Enterprise eventually come to rescue. Why ...
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Did the original Star Trek borrow from Dune?

In the past I claimed that Dune heavily influenced Star Trek but a friend pointed out that Dune and Star Trek were both made public in a similar time frame (less than one year apart). So maybe Star ...
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What are the times that Voyager potentially or actually achieved faster-than-warp travel and/or faster-than-subspace communication?

This answer enumerates all the actual jumps that Voyager achieved in their quest to get home from the Delta Quadrant. I am interested in addition in the number of rumoured or failed acquisitions of ...
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What is the status of cetaceans and other animals of high intelligence on Earth in the 2200s?

Given that Spock was able to communicate with whales, is it known by the time of TOS that whales are of human or near (or superhuman) intelligence? Do humans routinely communicate with Cetaceans? Are ...
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Is there an indication that technology is used to eliminate extreme inequality on Earth in Star Trek?

I think I have seen someone apparently vacuuming(?) aboard the Enterprise or some starship in some version of Star Trek. But it seems to me that even if advanced AI is avoided -- we only see rare ...
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How did Voyager catch up to the Equinox?

In the Equinox episodes of Star Trek: Voyager the rationale for sacrificing the eel-like aliens was in order to attain higher warp speed and thus arrive to the Alpha quadrant faster, but in the finale ...
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Have the writers of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds credited Ursula K. Le Guin?

It is difficult for me not to see Le Guin's 1973 "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" as deeply embedded in the ST:SNW episode "Lift Us Above Where Suffering Cannot Reach". Both ...
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What are these "Personal Isolation Rooms" intended for on the Enterprise?

The 1973 Star Trek Blueprints - General Plans include a considerable number of 'PR' rooms, listed in the key as: "Personal Isolation Room[s]" They appear extensively on Deck 6 ("Crew ...
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When was the first mention of a female chief engineer on a Starfleet vessel in Star Trek?

Note that I'm not asking about when a female chief engineer was a main character, just when it was first mentioned that a female was a chief engineer of any Starfleet vessel. Also note that I'm ...
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Is English the language used on the Enterprise and the Federation? [duplicate]

In Episode 4 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a character asked another character to rephrase something in English. I thought the standard language used in the Federation is called Galactic Basic or ...
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Is Raktajino Klingon like a bat'leth or Klingon like Shakespeare?

In DS9, Trials and Tribble-ations, Odo says that raktajino is a 'Klingon coffee'. My question is: is raktajino made from a Klingon native plant species or substance that is similar but not related to ...
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Which rating (if any) did Star Trek have before the MPAA era?

From what I know the original Star Trek series has a PG-13 MPAA rating. However, MPAA rating came into existence in 1968 while Star Trek was originally launched in 1966. To my knowledge, the movie and ...
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Does the position of a ship's nacelles affect impulse travel? [closed]

How does impulse work on a Federation ship? Are the impulse engines part of the nacelles?
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Why is the 2nd season episode "Peak Performance" the only episode of TNG not available on Paramount Plus?

Why is the 2nd season episode "Peak Performance" the only episode of TNG not available on Paramount Plus? It can't be for reasons of episode quality...they left "Shades of Gray" ...
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Why are there Asian subtitles in some renderings of these shots?

In the Star Trek original series episode "The Naked Time", there is a short sequence in which Spock makes his way from the bridge to engineering, encountering a delirious crewman along the ...
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Identify this Star Trek badge with gamma-like symbol

I have looked and looked on Google images, eBay, Amazon, Star Trek shop, Memory Alpha... There are no references whatsoever to this badge design yet I obtained this commercially available example 20+ ...
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Other than being born in Somalia, is Geordi LaForge in any way Somali or connected to Somalia?

According to Memory Alpha, Geordi LaForge was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. However, his parents (Silva and Edward LaForge) don't have Somali names (and Geordi isn't very Somali), Geordi culturally ...
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Why did Winn not purge Bareil?

I wanted to keep the title free of spoilers, but I am talking in particular of Deep Space Nine S2 E24, "The Collaborator." In the episode, the Vedeks Winn and Bareil are running for the ...
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Fanfic: Picard on a mission in the Star Wars galaxy

Some time between 1999 and 2004 I read a fan-written Star Trek - Star Wars crossover, unsurprisingly called Trek Wars, on the Web. I'm looking for a copy of it, or the author's name. Some points I ...
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In Star Trek (2009), was Chekov actually wrong for calling Spock "Commander" instead of "Captain"?

At some point after Spock becomes the captain but before Kirk does, he gives an order to Chekov who replies "Aye, Commander", then immediately corrects himself, saying "Ah! Captain, ...
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On which occasions in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has Data lied?

There were two instances in The Next Generation where Data can be said to have lied or at least severely distorted the truth that I can remember: "The Most Toys" (Season 3 Episode 22) - ...
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Is Kes' accent from the actor or the character?

I cannot place Kes' accent. What is it? Is it based on any non-fiction accent? Is it the accent of Jennifer Lien from her daily life? Or was it a choice to make this the accent of the character?
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What do we know of the technical advisors on ST:OS?

I think there is no doubt that the science in the science fiction of Star Trek in the 1960s was far superior to that found in any competing show. Some "science fiction" shows made no real ...
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How did Garak know that the Romulans won't question why a data rod was partially recoverable?

In the episode In the Pale Moonlight, Vreenak says the following: VREENAK: You are persistent, Captain, I'll grant you that, but dogged determination isn't enough to change the reality of your ...
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Webcomic about "small differences" ruining a date (specifically one of them likes YOHpt1 the other YOHpt2) [closed]

Trying to track down a webcomic. The panels are a back and forth between a couple on a first date. Something like "What do you do mostly?" "oh watch a lot of tv?" "whats your ...
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Has the Slingshot Effect ever failed?

It's mentioned that time travel using the gravitational slingshot effect is highly dangerous, but typically reckless Kirk uses it successfully at least four times (including twice with a captured non-...
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Did the Federation ever stop using warp travel?

Several episodes show attempts to improve on warp travel, e.g. the soliton wave. These attempts typically fail, maybe with a "we'll keep working on it and get back to you" ending. With what ...
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Did anybody in the Star Trek universe temporarily travel to the future?

A recurring theme in Star Trek is time travel. E.g. in Star Trek: Picard, Season 2, when traveling back to the 21st century, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: The Voyage Home, Janeway returning in ...
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What's the earliest point in human civilisation that anyone has time-travelled back to, in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, time-travel is very common. But I’m only interested in travel to Earth’s past when it also hosted humans (Q transporting Picard to Earth when life was originating won’t be counted). Some ...
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Was there a plan for development for Worf and Tasha Yar?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, there were two slightly similar "warrior" characters - Tasha Yar and Worf. Eventually, Worf moved into be the head of security and took on the kind of &...
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How many Borg collectives are there?

At the end of star trek picard season 2 we see
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