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Why did Worf’s backstory change after season one?

Why did the writers change Worf’s backstory after season one? In the episode “Heart of Glory”, Worf tells the other two Klingons that after he was rescued from Khitomer, he was adopted by a human ...
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Could Data be replicated?

I am quoting some answers from this question: What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator? From this answer: The Transporter cannot produce working duplicate copies of ...
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Are these three Star Trek characters all a result of the same “glitch”?

In the various Star Trek shows, we have seen at least three examples of a Holodeck character achieving sentience: Professor Moriarty (TNG) Vic Fontaine (DS9) The Doctor (VOY) In all three cases, the ...
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Is it a honor or disgrace to be the first host to a Trill symbiont?

The great benefit of having a symbiont is having access to its memories and therefore access to a vast repertoire of knowledge and experience. So, basically, being the first host to a symbiont is, as ...
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In Star Trek, are food replicators also used by everyday people as a household item?

In Star Trek, are food replicators also used by everyday people as a household items? Or is the technology only available to Starfleet?
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Star Trek novel with Vulcan / Romulan shower that removes skin?

Back in the 1980s I read a Star Trek novel I'm trying to identify. Here's what I can remember: Involved the TOS crew & characters, Kirk specifically At some point Kirk visits either Romulans or ...
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What book was Kirk referring to, with the theme of “let me help”?

In TOS: The City on the Edge of Forever, Kirk, having traveled back to the 1930s, says: Let me help. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that ...
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Starship areas described but never shown

I was thinking about something slightly related to this (possible another question later but it might be regarded as a duplicate) I do not have any specifics tech-wise in this but the question is ...
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Was Damar's comment to Leeta in DS9 S06E06 ad-libbed by the actor?

In episode S06E06 of DS9 (Sacrifice of Angels), several members of the resistance cell (Kira, Jake, Quark, & Leeta) are sitting around a table discussing the situation when Damar walks in and "...
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Are Tribbles sentient / have a civilization?

Forgive the lack of better words in the title, because, yes, they seem to be aware of their surroundings to the degree that they react negatively to certain species, so they are sentient in the way a ...
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Why did Star Trek Discovery's phasers fire in short bursts, but switch back to beams?

When Star Trek Discovery started I was quite surprised that they did use Kelvin Timeline Phasor effects for their phasor and Disruptor fires...thus short pulses instead of beams. Then, in the Season ...
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Why does the shuttlecraft have what appears to be soundproofing on its walls?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 2 episode 17 there are some extended scenes set inside one of the Enterprise's shuttlecraft. In a few shots you can see what appears to be acoustic ...
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Star Trek episode codes. Do all episodes have one?

The reference work Star Trek Concordance gave every original and animated episode a unique code. For instance: The Doomsday Machine → DMa The Trouble With Tribbles → TT The Ambergris Element → Am/a (...
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References to holographic medics in Star Trek TNG

I seem to recall one episode of TNG where a hologram was summoned to sickbay to "distract" the Borg while the personnel escaped via a hatch or similar. I cannot recall that specific episode in more ...
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How does a Trill symbiont get his name?

In the different Star Trek series some Trill with a symbiont appear. The symbiont has a name the Trill takes like a family name. Well known examples are Jadzia Dax and Ezri Dax, both having the Dax ...
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Star Trek: Have objectionable jobs been automated away? [duplicate]

other questions about cashless society of humans but this seems to have been due to a philosophical change. but is it implied that technology makes it possible for all to have food and shelter even ...
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How do Star Trek sensors work? [duplicate]

There are a lot of lore descriptions for phasers, replicators, transporters and warp drives. However as a real-life astronomer, I want to know how they detect M-class worlds from lightyears distant. ...
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What's the music in the end of Star Trek: Enterprise S03E18?

There is a song (or tune) at the end of Enterprise season 3 episode 18 (about 4 minutes from the end and playing almost non stop until the end). It's the song that's playing when the reptilians attack ...
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How many EMH's can be on at any moment?

In the Star Trek universe how many Emergency Medical Hologram's can be online at any one time? For example, in Season 4 Episode 14 "Message in a Bottle" the Doctor engages the Prometheus EMH with no ...
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How was Earth able to launch Friendship One so soon after World War Three?

Friendship One was launched in 2067, but how could it have been done four years after WW3 even with Vulcan help?
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Sulu's targeting scanner - the Star Trek original series prop

At some point in the second season of TOS, Sulu's console got an upgrade to include a scanner that rises out of the panel to his left. I have always been fascinated by the motions this scanner goes ...
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Starfleet admirals on the Federation Council?

Why are Starfleet officers present in the Federation Council if it's a civilian body?
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What bodily function would be an appropriate analogy to the “Manheim Effect” according to Data?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “We’ll Always Have Paris,” what bodily function was Data about to say as an analogy to the Manheim Effect?
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Is there any indication if the ships of the terran empire are stronger?

With the Mirror universe I always wondered one thing. The terran empire is way more war and combat focused than the federation (and way more aggressive). The ships on screen seem VERY similar to their ...
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Are Betazoid cats empaths?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 episode 15, Deanna Troi mentioned that when she was a girl she had a Betazoid kitten, and that her mother and this cat did not get along well. This led me ...
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Has Star Trek ever addressed the issue of superluminal communication and time travel?

With our current understanding of space-time and SR (presumably, the understanding shared in the Star Trek universe), superluminal travel can lead to incidental time travel into the past. See this and ...
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Do non-human groups gender their ships?

From various quotes in Star Trek we can tell that Federation officers (or at least the human ones) have preserved the English language tradition of referring to ships with feminine pronouns (e.g. "I'm ...
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Are the scripts not synopsis for the Star Trek Phase II episodes planned available?

I was wondering if the scripts not synopsis for the Star Trek Phase II episodes planned available? see https://forgottentrek.com/phase-ii/
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Kobayashi Maru - Any known connection to a real person or incident?

While looking up something about the Truk Lagoon, I found that the Japanese naval base there during World War II was commanded by Vice Admiral Masami Kobayashi. He did indeed face a kind of "no-win ...
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Is Star Trek: Picard mixing with the Kelvin Timeline

I recently saw a blurb about the new ST:P series starting next year... One thing they mention is that Romulus (Romulan Home World) was destroyed in a super nova. Wait I thought that event was in the ...
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What US states were added by year 2037? [duplicate]

In ST:TNG season 2 episode 12, "The Royale", the Enterprise crew discovers a lost US space mission apparently launched in the 2030's. They initially determine that time period based on finding several ...
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Doesn't Data know the Kobayashi Maru?

In ST:TNG 2:21 "Peak Performance," Data declares himself unfit for duty after losing a game of Strategema. He tells Dr. Pulaski regarding his loss: This has indicated that I am--damaged, in some ...
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Why was T'Pol exempted from Starfleet uniform protocol?

Beginning in Season 4 of "Star Trek: Enterprise", science officer T'Pol received a Starfleet commission granting her the rank of Commander. However, afterwards she continued to wear civilian Vulcan ...
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Why did the Ferengi DaiMon distort his image on the view screen?

In the episode "The Last Outpost", Data remarks that the Ferengi distorted his image. Was it ever revealed the reason why he did so?
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Why do space ships that have technology to travel faster than light have primitive controls using toggle switches and atari graphic displays? [closed]

I'm so sick of looking at every space ship in Star Wars that looks like it's about to fall apart but it has the technology to travel at warp speeds yet it has controls from the 50's using toggle ...
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Vulcan Anatomy (Heart)

In the Star Trek episode "Court Martial", when McCoy used the white sound device on Spock, why did he use it on his chest? Isn't the Vulcan’s heart located in the area of where the human liver would ...
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Is Kirk’s comment about “LDS” intended to be a religious joke?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the crew find themselves in 1980’s San Francisco, and promptly realize that they are perceived as socially awkward. Kirk, in an apparent effort to explain the ...
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Worf as a member of the house of Martok

In ST:DS9 5:21, Martok offers Worf to join the House of Martok: MARTOK: The House of Martok would be honored to welcome the Son of Mogh into our family.... as a warrior--and as a brother. Worf ...
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Which TOS episode is that gif of Spock turning around and raising eyebrow from?

I'm looking for a Star Trek (the original series) clip where Spock slowly turns around and raises an eyebrow like in the below gif: Or this one. Could anyone help me find the episode of this or a ...
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In the Star Trek universe, why is cloaking technology so rare?

The ST universe predominantly only depicts two main races with cloaking technology: the Romulans and Klingons. In universe, the Klingons originally got the technology from the Romulans as part of a ...
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Which species is proud of being conquered many times?

I remember that in Star Trek (maybe Voyager?) a species was proud of having been conquered many times in their history. What is the name of the species?
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Why do you need a deflector shield at warp in Star Trek? [duplicate]

I understand that you need a deflector shield to clear a path in front of your starship when travelling at relativistic speeds, such as under impulse drive. However, since the idea of warp drive is ...
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What is latinum and where does it occur?

We're first introduced to latinum by the Ferengi in DS9. Latinum is now considered the go-to currency in the Star Trek universe because it's so rare and can't be replicated. Gold (Au) and diamonds (a ...
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What species in the Star Trek universe actually independently developed their own warp (FTL) drives? [closed]

There are a few Q&As here that lightly touch on aspects of this subject but are woefully incomplete. Some answers and comments mention the timing (in relation to some other species) of the ...
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Why is Starfleet physical security terrible?

I read these questions (1,2), but they don't quite answer what I'm after. In several episodes, members of the crew are able to circumvent security protocols simply by removing a panel, crossing some ...
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Who was the leak in Starfleet?

In the TNG episode, Preemptive Strike, we learn that a someone in Starfleet has been leaking information to the Maquis. From the script: SANTOS: Macias. I've checked with my sources at Starfleet. ...
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Who is the tallest member species in the United Federation of Planets?

I've been looking for the tallest average height but so far the search is proving difficult. It appears that most every member species seem to be roughly the same height. From Human to Vulcan to ...
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Why haven't more people crossed over from the mirror universe?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Georgiou crosses over from the mirror universe, and from what it seems, she will likely stay in our universe. The mirror universe is probably not a place you'd want to stay ...
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Does Star Trek provide an answer for the size and shape of the universe?

Has any episode, game or novel provided an in-universe answer? This answer seems give an approximate size, but as the question states: how much of Space is included in the Federation-explored ...
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Is there any canon information about what happened to K'mtar?

In "Firstborn", the 21st episode of the 7th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that K'mtar is actually someone else. The ending of the episode leaves it ambiguous as to what happens ...