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Why is her name Michael in Star Trek Discovery?

Star Trek: Discovery's lead female role was announced under the pseudonym "Commander Rainsford" but somehow that was changed. Why is her name Michael? I see several explanations online, what was the ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Why didn't Captain Pike receive any cybernetic implants?

LCDR Airiam received cybernetic implants to repair severe damage from her shuttle crash. Captain Pike somehow did not. He has enough nerve control to command a self-propelled wheelchair and has to ...
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Replicating ship - not possible. Replicating every component - piece of cake?

From the Wikipedia Star Trek Replicator Article: Replicator technology, even if produced on a larger scale, cannot be used to create complex objects such as shuttlecraft or starships (the ...
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Who brought Captain Archer to the 31st century?

In a short sentence in the end of "Shockwave. Part I" episode, Agent Daniels says two things: These two pieces of information seem to contradict each other. Who gave order and who actually performed ...
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Was actually happened to Daniels in “Cold Front”?

At the end of "Cold Front" episode He then Upon questioning by Captain Archer he can offer only an explanation as vague as Is it explained anywhere in more details what actually happened in a ...
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How could agent Daniels survive in 31st century?

The "Shockwave. Part II" episode depicts Is it explained somewhere in this episode
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Why was the future destroyed? [on hold]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline But where is the connection between this and the fact that or, actually, how was it possible at ...
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Why was the library full of books? [on hold]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out his original timeline But how could this fact cause that 31st century library to be full of paper books instead of their ...
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Why was Captain Archer so important?

Somehow I cannot understand the key plot of the "Shockwave. Part II" episode. Why did taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline What was so unique about him? Why couldn't someone else ...
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Cleaning staff aboard star ships [duplicate]

Did the Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 have a cleaning crew and janitorial staff? Or is it like the Japanese where everyone would devote time to clean? Or do you think they use the transporters to beam ...
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Have aliens contributed any technology to humanity?

The United Federation of Planets supposedly works on a principle of mutually shared advancements. In TOS: Arena they say UFP works on “the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and to ...
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How do the emergency doors on the Enterprise refit work?

In Wrath of Khan, during the first strike, we see various emergency doors closing on in engineering. One of these appears to bisect part of the warp core. Is this merely an oversight of the production ...
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Can the transporter reposition you?

In Tomorrow is Yesterday USAF Captain John Christopher was sitting in his pilot seat when he dematerialized, but materialized standing with his back to Captain Kirk. This happened when the Enterprise ...
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Why did James Kirk and the Enterprise return to Planet Genesis so soon?

The Enterprise was nearly destroyed by the Genesis device on the Reliant. It barely escaped by going to warp speed at the last second. When the device detonates, the ...
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How accurately can Vulcans predict when pon farr will happen?

Pon farr is the Vulcans’ drive to mate every seven years, traditionally resolved by returning to Vulcan and their mate. How accurately can they predict when it will happen? Do they just know “sometime ...
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What did Captain Picard mean when he said, “But that's not the issue at all” in the 'Measure of a Man'?

When challenging the ruling that Data was the property of the Federation, Captain Picard had a conversation with Guinan where she talked about 'disposable generations of people' and in response ...
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Which Star Trek species are not uniform?

Which recurring Star Trek species (having appeared in 5 or more separate episodes) are physically not uniform? E.g. Humans Have different skin colour Have different eye shapes They are therefore not ...
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Is Spock still married to T'Pring in the Kelvin timeline?

In the Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock reveals that he is married (in an arranged marriage when they were children) to T'Pring. When he undergoes the pon farr, he returns to her, but he ...
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Why are Star Trek Federation ships white?

Starfleet vessels are research vessels "seeking out new life" but doing so discreetly with the intent to avoid first contact with new and pre-warp civilizations. At least one problem would never have ...
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Who inspired the Star Trek character Q?

What inspired the god-like being Q introduced in Star Trek:The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint? Where did the show's creators get the name and inspiration for Q's character?
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Who inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her biological father. Where did the Star Trek creators ...
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How does Data know about his off switch?

In ST:TNG season 1 episode 12 "Datalore," Data reveals to Beverly Crusher the location & operation of his "off switch" (which is on his back). How did he come to know about its function? Although ...
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Could Starfleet make first contact with pre-warp exploratory species?

First contact restrictions revolve around an ability to construct ships. But is Starfleet prevented from contacting a civilization which could reach other worlds without ships? Simply, can starfleet ...
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Why are Starfleet vessels designed with nacelles so far away from the hull?

Based on the film and television events, it seems early shows had Klingon, Romulan, Vulcan, Breen, and Starfleet ships having nacelles placed far away from the hull on struts or wings. On the other ...
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Star Trek TOS episode with obvious stunt double for William Shatner

I'm trying to find an episode of Star Trek TOS where Kirk was in a one-on-one fight, and the stunt double for Shatner was so glaringly obvious that it was laugh out loud cringeworthy. I believe the ...
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Was Voyager a Christmas ornament on Earth?

In Star Trek:Voyager - Death Wish Quinn tries to hide himself and Voyager from Q. One hiding place he tried was to turn Voyager into a Christmas ornament hanging on a tree. Were they on Earth at that ...
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How many shuttles does the Discovery normally carry?

I know that all combined the Enterprise and Discovery had "over 200 vessels" at the Battle at Boreth, and some apparently were drones. The picture below shows a steady stream of shuttles leaving the ...
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Why didn't Kes send Voyager home?

When Kes left Voyager in the episode "The Gift", she used her psychic abilities to propel Voyager through Borg space almost instantly, cutting ten years off their journey. But why (in-universe) didn't ...
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What does it mean to press latinum into gold?

Curious whether the actual process for gold pressed latinum is ever mentioned. It's possible to encase a liquid into gold, but then you would call it gold encased latinum, rather than gold pressed ...
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How many witnesses saw the Discovery go into the wormhole?

The Battle at Boreth involved Kelpien, Ba'ul, Klingon, Section 31, and Starfleet forces, and was recorded from countless different angles by ship, shuttle, and drone sensors. It may very well be the ...
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Why didn't Starfleet destroy Talos IV?

General Order 24 orders them to destroy all life on planets which are a threat to the Federation. In 2251 Captain Garth issued General Order 24 to destroy the planet Antos IV as a "general threat to ...
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Who is this green woman?

This appears to be a bounty hunter and is one of many who have captured Harry Mudd (or allegedly captured him). What is her name and race? She looks just like Gamora the Zen-whoberis. Is she Orion? ...
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Has Harcourt Fenton Mudd ever served a sentence?

The "Escape Artist" has been captured many times for smuggling, burglary and other mischief. He also has more bounties than we can count. But has he ever actually been tried, sentenced, and ...
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How was the Section 31 photon torpedo able to hit the Enterprise?

Can anyone explain how Admiral Cornwell died from a torpedo that hit a fully armed and shielded ship? This was in the Star Trek:Discovery Season 2 finale, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2. A Section 31 ship ...
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Is there a family friendly release of Star Trek: Discovery?

This series was released as TV-MA, however I think the story should be available to a younger audience. One scene when Lorca gets a needle in the eye would probably traumatize a child for life against ...
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Is cloning illegal in the Star Trek: TNG continuity?

The few instances of clones being used in the Star Trek series have been seen to have usually negative implications. And the artificial heart used to replace Picard's original organ (which was ...
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What was the production cost of Discovery: Such Sweet Sorrow?

I was absolutely floored at the effects and battle scenes. This was an amazing production, what was the final cost? (Part I & II) Wiki states that "using the digital set is more expensive than ...
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Is the mirror Captain Philippa Georgiou a member of Starfleet?

The crew addresses her as Captain Georgiou several times in Such Sweet Sorrow but she has no uniform. Why is she still wearing s&m gear and being addressed as "captain" on the bridge of the ...
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When did phasers replace cannons in Star Trek ships?

Enterprise NX-01 uses phase and plasma cannons as well as torpedoes. NCC-1031 also used cannons throughout the series, until Such Sweet Sorrow part II. In fact at the Battle of the Binary Stars, both ...
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Did the Dominion add suicide implants between 2374 and 2375?

As demonstrated by Weyoun 6 in "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River", Vorta have a suicide implant which they can activate spontaneously. Keevan seems to be exceptional as he'd go any distance to ...
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Why didn't the Universal Translator speak whale?

Klingon bird-of-prey HMS Bounty had to literally travel back to the 20th century to find humpback whales so they could speak to the alien probe threatening to destroy earth, which happened to speak ...
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What is the average life span of a tribble?

Both Spock and Dax have been able to make detailed calculations about the reproduction rate of tribbles. This calculation must also account for tribbles dying. How long do we have to wait for them to ...
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Are the Dolphins used to navigate Enterprise D sentient beings or Starfleet property?

Starfleet employs dolphins in their starship navigation systems, which sounds very much like property. This seems contradictory if they are considered sentient ContradictionIn The Perfect Mate Geordi ...
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Why didn't the transporter cure The Phage?

In Voyager Lifesigns Vidian Danara Pel beamed aboard Voyager with advanced phage. Transporters normally "clean up" organisms before rematerializing then, so bacteria, viri, and even toxins are removed ...
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Which houses of Klingon have four nostrils in 2255? [duplicate]

We saw all 24 Klingon houses in Affliction and Divergence during the Enterprise series, None of them have these features. (Klingons from Enterprise Affliction and Divergence) Are there certain ...
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Have we ever seen Odo impersonate another humanoid?

Odo, the security chief on Deep Space Nine, is a shapeshifter and seemingly adept at impersonating furniture, rats and other small animals. He does make a comment about finding it difficult to ...
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What Governs Tribble Weapons?

Rumors hold that Starfleet has deployed tactical tribbles against the Klingons at least one time. Do any basic animal / non-sentient being rights rules or regulations in the Star Trek universe exist ...
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Where exactly in Golden Gate Park did Sulu land the Bird-of-Prey in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?

Is there a suitably large grassy area in Golden Gate Park where a cloaked Klingon Bird-of-Prey could land? I don't think there are any hints in the film.
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What is Starfleet's policy on using Telekinesis / Psychokinesis?

Starfleet has many regulations about using technology (such as cloaking) and even abilities (telepathic information is not admissible at trial). Many episodes display Starfleet personnel using ...