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Has Star Trek ever have 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 front engine?

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?

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?

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 ...
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Why are Captain Picard's Nausicaan recollections different?

Concerning Jean-Luc Picard's run-in with the surly Nausicaans, why are the recollections different? In "Samaritan Snare," while in the shuttlecraft with Wes, he says, "I stood toe-to-toe with the ...
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Exactly when did Captain Picard perform his trick on Moriarty in “Ship in a Bottle”?

In the episode "Ship in a Bottle", Lt. Barclay reanimates the Professor Moriarty program, who becomes incensed that Capt. Picard had forgotten his promise to bring Moriarty out of the holodeck. ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

This has bothered me ever since I noticed it; the viewscreen in The Next Generation shows perceivable depth even when viewed from an angle when, I would imagine, such an angle should start to warp the ...
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How does Sisko legally return Tosk to the Hunters?

In the episode Captive Pursuit, Tosk is arrested for attempting to tamper with a weapons locker. When the Hunters arrive, they demand Tosk be released to them to conclude the hunt. After agreeing to, ...
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In the alternate timeline of “Yesterday's Enterprise”, had Data and Tasha Yar “done it”?

In the first season episode "The Naked Now", Tahsa Yar and Data have an (ahem) intimate moment. Although Tahsa expresses her desire to forget it at the end of that episode, other episodes refer to ...
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Where did the Prime Directive come from?

The Prime Directive is the main principle that Starfleet/the Federation follows, barring them from interfering with the development of another less developed civilization. The question I am asking is ...
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Why Do Starships Bank When They Turn? [duplicate]

Why do starships in ST bank when they turn? In zero G dragless space, couldn’t a ship simply turn right/left on a horizontal axis?
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Geordi's authority in Arsenal of Freedom [closed]

Just watching The Arsenal of Freedom, and I thought La Forge was a bit arrogant. I usually like the character, but he was acting like Logan's superior rank meant nothing! Can a junior grade ...
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“Your culture will adapt to service us” - has it ever?

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile. ...
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Did Hugh ever accomplish his mission?

At the end of "I Borg", Hugh is tasked with reuniting with the Collective in hopes of introducing the choice of individuality and giving them the opportunity to freely choose a path that didn't ...
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What really happened to the USS Voyager in “Living Witness”?

In Star Trek: Voyager, episode 23 of season 4 (remember), the episode begins with a civilization unknown until now. They claim to hold the ruins of the USS Voyager, which has otherwise contributed to ...
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Why didn't Admiral Quinn order Picard to Starfleet Academy?

In TNG: "Coming of Age", Admiral Quinn gives Captain Picard the choice of becoming Commandant of Starfleet Academy. QUINN: That's not enough. I want to promote you to Admiral, and I want you to ...
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Did Picard know who Guinan was when he took command of the Enterprise? [duplicate]

The events of "Time's Arrow" clearly indicate that Guinan knows who Picard is when he takes command of the Enterprise. But is the converse true: does Picard know who Guinan is at that time? What is ...
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Was the corridor between the Enterprise-D's bridge and the conference room ever shown?

In the Enterprise-D simulation Stage Nine, the corridor from the Enterprise's bridge to its observation room (the one oft used as a situation room or briefing room) loops around, with the door to the ...
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How were humans and klingons able to fight (in later episodes) after the Organian Treaty?

The Organian Treaty made it so that if the humans and klingons tried fighting then objects and ship controls became too hot to handle anywhere in the universe and for all time (as I understand it). ...
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What warp factor was the USS Equinox traveling at?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Equinox: Part 1, Captain Ransom states that the Equinox traveled over 10,000 light years in 2 weeks using the alien substance to boost their propulsion system. ...
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How Were the LCARS Panel Set Props Made in Star Trek?

Were the LCARS panels set props typically pre-designed transparency panels with dark glass and florescent lighting behind them? Or were the "buttons and layouts" added later with computers? I'm ...
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Do the Nausicaans have a government?

For regular (or somewhat regular) species, the Nausicaans are about the least civilized in the canon. They seem aggressive and always wanting to fight, much like the Jem'Hadar. The two would probably ...
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Do any empaths or telepaths in Star Trek follow a code of conduct?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation there are multiple species who can, to various degrees, read the mind and/or emotions of other beings. This brings up a host of privacy concerns, and this question ...
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Why does Troi not tell people about Lutan's desire for Tasha?

Having just watched the episode "Code of Honor" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, how come upon meeting Lutan, Troi sensed his avarice, ambition and a strong desire for Tasha, but said nothing? She ...
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Which Star Trek movie has a scene where there is a “bomb” that creates life?

Can anyone tell me which Star Trek movie had the scene where a "bomb" of sorts is dropped on a planet - and instead of destroying - it creates life in atomic-bomb like fashion?
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Why are there so many Chief Engineers in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

I'm currently watching season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I count four Chief Engineers! Sarah MacDougal, Michael Argyle, Charles Logan and Leland T. Lynch. Was one the chief and the ...
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Why are there no Jews in the Star Trek universe?

Star Trek is famous for its multiculturalism: Chekov is Russian, Sulu is Japanese, Uhura is Swahili, being Afro-American is an important factor in Sisko's identity, Chakotay is Native American, Scotty ...