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Moral debate on sentience and what being alive means [on hold]

In Star Trek TNG, TOS and Voyager they at some point debate what sentience is and what makes a person a person. Picard with Data/Moriarty, Janeway with The Doctor/holos, Kirk and Spock with the ...
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Why didn't Picard let Gowron and Duras's son fight for leadership of the Klingon empire in TNG Redemption?

It is established in TNG Reunion that the arbiter of succession must choose the two strongest claimants to the chancellor's seat; after that, according to that episode, the two must fight for power. ...
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Are promotions in Star Trek arbitrary?

I noticed that the rise in rank of some officers seemed very arbitrary. Thus, Chief O'Brien is still only a cadet (according to his heel on his uniform), but he has nevertheless achieved and ...
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Are Changelings’ molecules polar or nonpolar?

Would a Changeling be able to mix with other substances? In DS9, it said Odo couldn’t really eat, he described it as “messy”. Did that mean that the food or liquid fell out of him or that it mixed ...
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Have we ever seen a captured ship incorporated permanently in the enemy's fleet?

The threat of a starship being boarded and captured by enemy forces appears often in Star Trek franchise. On some occasions, such an operation is successful and the enemy gains the control over the ...
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What other actors played different characters in TOS and TNG/DS9/Voy?

I was recently reminded that the same actor, Diana Muldaur, played blind human telepath Miranda Jones in TOS and Doctor Pulaski in TNG. Majel Barrett Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel in TOS and ...
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Is there an equivalent to The Federation in the Delta quadrant?

The United Federation of Planets spanned thousands of light years and had over 150 member planets across the Alpha and Beta quadrants. For the purpose of this question, I'm considering the following ...
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Has a human ever mastered the mind meld?

In any canon series of Star Trek has a human been able to master the mind meld?
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In Star Trek Voyager: How often did 'distress calls' turn out to originate from antagonists?

The question came up in the comments of this question: Does Voyager ever answer a distress call from anyone good? The mentioned question was about the fact, that very often when Voyager responds to a ...
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Is Klingon version of Google consistent with Star Trek canon?

There's a Klingon version of Google in existence: https://www.google.com/?hl=xx-klingon It doesn't translate all words, but if I talk only about translated words, are they in accordance with Star ...
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Did we ever see Droid Maintenance?

Apparently, according to the Galaxy class deck blueprints, as shown on Memory Alpha, Deck 36 houses a "Droid Maintenance" room. A series of convention notes from Rick Sternbach's panel at AnimeCon '91 ...
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Does Voyager ever answer a distress call from anyone good?

I am almost through the whole of Voyager and there is this one trope that is very prevalent in this series: (Almost) every time there is a distress call and the crew moves in to help, it is either too ...
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What Star Trek novels were referenced in later TV episodes?

Memory Alpha's "Novels" article has the following statement. It should be noted that certain publications written by creators of Star Trek's various series are sometimes referenced in later ...
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Was V'ger (the Voyager 6 space probe) the beginning of the Borg collective in Star Trek? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, an entity named V'ger shows up wreaking havoc in the Sol System. Through some inquiry, investigation and risk taking, the Enterprise crew figures out that it is in ...
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Why wasn't Dr. Pulaski beamed off the holodeck?

In TNG: Elementary, Dear Data, Dr. Pulaski is held hostage on the holodeck by Moriarty. Why don't they just beam her off the holodeck?
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Which universe is Commander Landry from?

In three early episodes of Star Trek Discovery's first season (Context is for Kings, The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry, and What's Past is Prologue), viewers are briefly introduced to ...
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How do Vulcans handle pon farr in marriage? [duplicate]

We know that Vulcans are non emotional most of the time and consider any expression of passion unacceptable. Except from when they experience pon farr every seven years - which apparently the way for ...
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What do Spock and Kirk eat?

In "All Our Yesterdays" Spock says something like, "Arrrghhh, I've eaten animal flesh," with much regret. It indicated that traveling that far back in time messed up his Vulcan mindset. So I assume ...
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Why did the Vulcans feel only Nixon could go to China?

In Star Trek VI, we have this odd (but amusing) quote "There's an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China." Why did the Vulcans have this proverb?
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In Star Trek: TNG, why was Crusher’s labcoat blue?

Labcoats are traditionally white, the better to show spills and stains, minimize interactions with dyes, etc. more traditionally worn were dust jackets, which allowed chemists to wear a jacket which ...
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How do Star Trek command codes secure anything?

Inspired by the answer to this question: Are there instances of Starfleet officers using the same authorization codes in more than one episode? I wondered how these command codes secure anything. ...
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Are there instances of Starfleet officers using the same authorization codes in more than one episode?

Starfleet vessels have security codes (also known as command codes or authorization codes) that can enable or disable various systems on the ship. Do we ever see a character provide the same security ...
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Has Star Trek ever had any battle droid-like entities?

While Star Trek has had android characters for some time (most notably Data and his Soong-type brethren), and we do see that such androids take part in combat from time to time, I realized that I can'...
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What is the actual color of the TOS Enterprise's engine front?

In TOS of Star Trek, the front ends of the Enterprise's engines seem to change color. I think people also called them "bussard collectors." Sometimes they are pink, like in the remastered version, but ...
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What happened between Garak and Ziyal's grandfather?

Is there any further information than this singular quote about what Garak did to Ziyal's granddad? Or maybe more importantly how it was a significant enough and well-known act that even Major Kira ...
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Why Does Seven of Nine use her Borg designation?

A large part of Seven of Nine's story arc is her attempt to become human again. Why then, do they continue to refer to her as Seven of Nine? At some point they learn her real name, Annika Hansen. ...
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What happens to the runabouts when Starfleet abandons DS9 at the start of the Dominion War?

In "A Time to Stand" (S5E26) Starfleet mines the entrance to the wormhole, starting the Dominion War. No reinforcements are sent to defend Deep Space Nine so the fleet can destroy Dominion shipyards, ...
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How does Odo gain energy?

Odo doesn't eat and doesn't sleep - he just reverts to his liquid form and stays that way for a few hours. But that surely generates no energy. With that in mind, how does he get the energy that he ...
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How does this object get to Michael Burnham?

Partway during Discovery, Michael Burnham gets an object delivered, but The easy answer is 'continuity error ' - but is there another explanation?
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ? [closed]

In the picture below, the communicators buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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What was the point of the exercise at the start of Way of the Warrior?

At the beginning of Way of the Warrior the entire DS9 crew is busy flushing out a Changeling in what turns out to be a drill. But the whole thing ends when Odo grabs Dr Bashir by his shoulder, in a ...
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How did Sela know that Data was captain of the Sutherland?

In Star Trek TNG: S5:E1 "Redemption, Pt 2" - Commander Sela states: SELA: Yes I know and so does Picard. He's giving us exactly what we need and he expects us to take it. No. We won't step into ...
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Is there any information that Tilly is related to Janeway?

Is there any information or hints that Ensign Tilly is possibly an ancestor to Captain Kathryn Janeway? The whole aspect of Tilly training to become a captain someday, that it's a struggle for her ...
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Why was Guinan on the Enterprise in “Yesterday's Enterprise?”

Given that it was a military ship (no families) in that timeline, should Guinan have even been there?
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Why are Lwaxana Troi and Reginald Barclay not present at Deanna Troi and Will Riker's wedding in Nemesis?

Why are Deanna Troi's mother and Mr. Barclay not present at her wedding ceremony portrayed in Star Trek: Nemesis? By the end of Voyager, Troi and Barclay seem to get along pretty well, and Lwaxana is.....
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In Star Trek V, why was the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey hanging close to Earth?

The sequence at the beginning of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier shows the Pioneer 10 probe being destroyed by a Klingon Bird-Of-Prey. Given the speed of the probe, even in 2287, the year the movie ...
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Which Star Trek characters have met their own duplicate? [closed]

There have been numerous instances in Star Trek where characters have been duplicated: by cloning, transporter accidents, holograms, alternate universes, imposters, and so on. Which characters have ...
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Is there a Klingon word for “curiosity”?

I was looking for a Klingon word for "curiosity" but I was unable to find one. In the dictionary, there are words for scientist (tej), science (QeD), research (Qul), analysis (poj), smart ('ong/vai), ...
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Out of universe, why was Wesley Crusher included in Star Trek: Nemesis? [closed]

Wesley Crusher is one of the most reviled Star Trek characters of all time (or at least when he was first introduced). Disregarding this, an important part of the character's arc is when he leaves ...
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Did Dr. Pulaski leave Star Trek Next Generation due to her pushing Troi away from Riker in her last episode? [closed]

In Season 2, Episode 22, "Shades of Gray", Dr. Pulaski pushed Deanna Troi's hand away from Riker when she was trying to give him a final treatment to rid his body of the infection from a vine that had ...
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Why does the Regent want a cloaking device?

In "The Emperor's New Cloak" (S7E12 of DS9), Grand Nagus Zek (foolishly) travels to the mirror universe looking for new business opportunities, and is captured by Regent Worf. Mirror Worf demands a ...
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Why would mirror Jadzia be joined to Dax?

In "Through the Looking Glass" (S3E19 of DS9), mirror O'Brien kidnaps Benjamin Sisko from the primary universe to temporarily replace the dead mirror Sisko who is/was the leader of the Terran ...
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Is there a reliable way to differentiate between a Vulcan and a Romulan? [duplicate]

In the universe of Star Trek, Vulcans and Romulans were one species as late as the fourth century CE, about two thousand years prior to the TNG era. Is there a reliable or standard way to tell the ...
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Why doesn't the Bashir Changeling slay Deep Space Nine's senior staff?

During the Dominion War, after Dr. Bashir is replaced aboard the station with a Changeling, why doesn't the Changeling at least attempt to kill the senior staff? Killing the staff would likely be ...
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Why don't Starfleet captains force other Starfleet ships to lower their shields every time they fight?

Based on the episode The Wounded a Starfleet captain has access to prefix numbers that allow a captain to remotely lower the shields of another Starfleet vessel, even when the legitimate captain is ...
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Do starfleet ships still have prefix numbers?

In Star Trek the Wrath of Khan, it is revealed that all starships have a prefix number, allowing other ships to order a starfleet vessel to lower its shields. This was created in case a vessel is ...
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Why did Gene Roddenberry write a letter together with three Harvard-Smithsonian astronomers about the planet Vulcan?

News of the discovery of a potentially habitable planet around the star 40 Eridani A (about 16 light-years away) is interesting for reasons including a 1991 letter described below in Sky & ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation why Picard uses shuttlecrafts instead of the Captain's Yacht?

There are numerous episodes of Star Trek: TNG where Captain Picard uses a shuttlecraft: Time Squared Samaritan Snare Liasons Final Mission Timescape Genesis The Enterprise-D also has a Captain's ...
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What are the criteria for advancing from Ensign to Lieutenant junior grade in Starfleet?

The Memory Alpha Wiki says: At this rank [LTjg], [officers] had begun to prove their ability to perform acceptably in Starfleet, and typically began to take on more senior roles in command ...