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What kind of creature was the “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier?

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the Enterprise goes to a planet where they find a creature that claims to be God. What kind of creature was that? Does that ...
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How could they beam up Burnham and Pike in the end?

In the season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, But, how were they able to beam down Pike outside the pads and then beam up Burnham and Pike from outside the pads?
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Why did Tilly hypothesize that she was dealing with Dark Matter?

In the season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, Initially, Tilly theorized to Burnham that they might not be dealing with Baryonic Matter. That was a good assessment. But, just before turning on ...
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Why did they need Commander Saru's enhanced vision?

In Season 2, Episode 1 ("Brother") of Star Trek Discovery, the crew takes images of an asteroid's surface using Discovery's "telescopic cameras". Since one of the images shows the image is put on ...
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The Captain's Log is shown like a narrative; how is it recorded?

Memory Alpha has this to say about the Captain's Log Presumably, these log entries were created after the events had transpired, when the captain had time to update his log, and it was either ...
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Which Star Trek character was depicted in the most different time frames? [on hold]

To be clear up front: I am not asking who time-traveled the most times, which is this question. I'm interested in which character was depicted on-screen in the most different periods. For the ...
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In what way did Worf “come here in a child's uniform”?

In The Next Generation episode "Sins of the Father", Duras says to Worf, "Yet you come here in a child's uniform and you bring outsiders to our great halls." What was Worf wearing that Duras ...
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Has there been an instance where the Tricorder was used to heal?

I have been reading about the Tricorder on Memory Alpha: A tricorder was a multifunction hand-held device useful for data sensing, analysis, and recording, with many specialized abilities which ...
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Why does Commander Riker assume that the simulation isn't real?

In "True Q," Commander Riker is whisked away to a planet of some kind (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is real." ...
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Out-of-universe, where did the concept of the Borg come from? [duplicate]

Where did the concept, or idea, for the Borg come from? Was it the tennis player, Björn Borg?
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Why was the away team surprised that the colony wasn't there?

At the beginning of Best of Both Worlds, an away team beams down to the New Providence colony and is surprised to find that it is not there. The colony has been removed from the surface in a manner ...
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How can Miles O'Brien serve as a bridge officer if he is enlisted?

In the TNG episode "The Wounded" Benjamin Maxwell says that Miles O'Brien served as his tactical officer on the Rutledge. However, I had thought that O'Brien was enlisted, not an officer. How could ...
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What's the command that Kirk gives when he turns over command?

Which is correct, A or B? As he turns over the command, Kirk says A) 'You have the COM' [as in Command] or B) You have the CONN.' [as in ???] I've always assumed the former, A, is correct, ...
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What does Worf say in Klingon in the TNG episode “All Good Things”?

I was rewatching "All Good Things" from ST:TNG. In the scene when the Klingons attack the USS Pasteur, Captain (Beverly) Picard tells Worf to signal their surrender. Worf replies with Tos Vah'cha ...
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What is the in-universe origin of the Vulcan salute (within Vulcan culture)?

In Star Trek lore, the Vulcans are a logical, passive race with telepathic abilities. Because of this, they generally refrain from physical contact with strangers. The famous "Vulcan Salute" is a ...
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Why are characters in Star Trek so specific when speaking? [closed]

Is there an in-universe explanation as to why characters in Star Trek are often excessively specific when speaking? For example, why refer to a "sonic shower", when they are the standard type of ...
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Where is this scene from the Star Trek original series remastered edition?

I'm reading this article: https://trekmovie.com/2016/09/06/retrospective-the-original-series-remastered-project/ The widescreen image of the small building on an island in a canyon with a ringed ...
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M5 and Beta 5 computers in Star Trek TOS; who designed the props and what inspired the circular computer screens?

Star Trek TOS has (at least) two computers with round screens, the M5 and the Beta 5 described below. This is an out-of-universe question on the design of the props. Both remind me of the early PDP ...
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Why do the Q have genders?

It seems, at least from "Qpid," that the Qs' humanoid appearance is just for show. The "main" Q is not really a male, for example. After all, Q tells Picard in the aforementioned episode that given ...
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Why couldn't Scotty beam Spock out of the radiation chamber in Wrath of Khan?

Spock sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by entering a radiation chamber to re-align the dilithium crystals. ...
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How did Khan's Noonien Singh's follower know starships are affected by nebulae?

Joachim told Khan right before the final battle the Wrath of Khan how starships are affected by nebulae. This was about when Admiral Kirk taunted Khan into following him into the Mutara Nebula where ...
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Are the transporters linked to the main computer or separate?

I have not been able to find any data on this. Are the transporters on a starship linked to the main computer, or are they separate and have their own processors to carry out the transport functions?
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Star Trek: SCE - How many books?

I just have to know: how many books are in the series Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers (ST:SCE). On-line is a option if you want to include those.
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Why do the captains rely so much on log information when it can be unreliable?

We know that the ship has and creates logs, even the captains and various crew members will write personal logs. Why then, do they rely on logs when it can be manipulated? I'm sure a determined ...
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Can the Borg suffer from STDs or other diseases present in the blood?

We've seen that when the Borg assimilate a species they use tubes injected into the target to transfer nano probes. If someone is infected with HIV/AIDs, can the Borg become infected through ...
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Has there ever been any suggestion of any interaction or connection between the Q & the Traveler in Star Trek?

In some ways the Traveler appears to possess almost Q like (or at least proto-Q like) powers, so has there ever been any interaction or suggested connection or relationship between the two in the ...
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Can the Borg use alien DNA instead of assimilating?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Drone, the doctor’s mobile emitter and Seven of Nine's nano probes come together to make an advanced Borg drone. Seven of Nine's dialog: SEVEN: This technology ...
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Did the real Dr. Bashir check on the brain surgery his changeling impostor did to Captain Sisko?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode, "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1", Worf and Garak are captured and sent to a Dominion prison only to discover that Bashir is already there. Bashir is wearing an ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the survivors of the Kelvin get home?

At the start of Star Trek we see the Kelvin destroyed with its survivors in escape pods and shuttles. The next scene we see a young Kirk on Earth. Has it ever been detailed how long the survivors ...
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Did Spock behave illogically in A Taste Of Armageddon?

In the TOS episode A Taste of Armageddon, Spock orders a Yeoman to stop Mea 3 from killing herself. Yeoman Tamula, you stay here and prevent this young lady from immolating herself. Knock her down ...
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Did Soran succeed?

According to the canon movie Star Trek Generations, the Nexus is an extra-dimensional realm in which time and space have no meaning. The main antagonist of the film, Tolian Soran, wants to enter the ...
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U.S.S. Defiant's phasers change color

Throughout the course of DS9, I've noticed that the Defiant either fires yellow phasers or orange-yellow phasers. This is the yellow phasers and this is an example of the yellow-orange phasers I ...
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In Star Trek, is there an upper size/mass limit to what the Main Deflector can deflect?

My understanding is that every Federation ship has a navigational deflector which is primarily used to deflect any objects that may collide with the ship while at warp or otherwise. From what I've ...
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Did Spock help create the gene pool for Sarpedion?

I was thinking about the Star Trek the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", where the enterprise crew are thrust back in time to separate time-periods of the planet Sarpeidon. Spock went ...
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Can Voyager trace the origin of messages sent from Starfleet?

Sort of a followup to this question, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Hunters, the crew uses an Hirogen network to receive messages sent from star fleet and loved ones. With the appropriate tools I ...
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Any material that states Betazoids came from Earth?

Betazoids, on the surface look human, but further research into the species suggests otherwise. Were they humans born on Earth, and at some point left for another planet to evolve into what the ...
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Does transportation really make a sound in-universe? [duplicate]

The various technologies featured in Star Trek make a variety of sounds, not all of which are diegetic. For example, exterior shots in space battle scenes commonly show phasers and photon torpedoes ...
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Why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time?

I re-watched First Contact today, and as sort of a followup to my previous question, why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time? When they finally did go back in time, they ...
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Defiant firing phasers from deflector dish?

In this video, the Defiant is shown using a phaser seemingly emitting from its deflector dish. However, we know from Starship Down that it could only be used as a last-ditch attempt and could only be ...
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Could the Borg have origins from an awry experiment in the Delta Quadrant? [duplicate]

Could the Borg have been a result of a civilization in the Delta Quadrant trying to develop advanced medical nanites and the experiment went awry?
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Why didn't Picard use a tractor beam to stop the borg sphere from going back in time?

After the Enterprise engages with the Borg cube, it witnesses a Borg sphere heading towards Earth and then go back in time. Picard knows all too well the Borg are not allies and any Borg entering ...
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Why has no new Star Trek show been set after Voyager?

Has there been any official (from the studio or owners) reason why we haven't seen a new Star Trek show set after Voyager? So far every new Star Trek show or movie is around The Original Series or ...
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How often is William Riker bluffing?

Ensign Babyface Commander William Riker is a known poker player. We often see him playing with officers under his command. Most of them are aware of his bluffing skills. Isn't it pretty obvious for ...
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How does one change the polarity of shielding on the NX-01? [closed]

I've been watching the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise, and on more than one occasion, the crew protects themselves by "polarizing the shields" or changing their polarity. The question that ...
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Why is gold used in latinum based currency? [duplicate]

Gold pressed latinum is a popular form of currency because the latinum can't be replicated. But why is it pressed into gold? Gold is not an ideal metal for currency. It's soft and tarnishes, and it ...
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Are there any other episodes of Star Trek that deal with mental health?

Back when the series was produced, mental health was not as widely discussed as it is today. I recently re watched S5E03 of Star Trek: Voyager ("Extreme Risk") which shows B'Elanna Torres self-harming ...
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Why couldn't Checkov beam Khan to the ship at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, but after Khan and Spock fight he could? [duplicate]

Towards the end of the movie Checkov claims there's no way to beam Khan aboard ship after Spock asks him to because "there is too much damage" and he "can't get a signal"... But after Spock and Khan ...
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Differences between Enterprise and Defiant in DSC

During the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, we had a chance to see a schematical view of a Constitution-class vessel USS Defiant, and later "space view" of the USS Enterprise, a starship of the ...
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Who is captain of the Enterprise in the TNG episode “Tapestry”?

In the episode "Tapestry" of TNG, Picard’s life is changed by Q. In Picard’s alternate life, who is captain of the Enterprise? Was is Jellico? Or someone else?
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Why is it safer to isolate the crew on every other deck?

I know nothing about the military, so I apologize if this is obvious. Why is this practical? CRUSHER: I recommend we evacuate and seal off all non-operational areas, and group the families and crew ...