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Could a Borg member survive a ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’-type transporter malfunction?

Given how durable and adaptable the Borg are, could they survive the type of transporter malfunction seen in ‘Star Trek:The Motion Picture’(1979)? If so, could this Borg member reshape itself into ...
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What happened to Sulu's predecessor?

In the beginning of the Undiscovered Country, Hikaru Sulu has been promoted to captain and commands the starship Excelsior. Where was Styles, the previous captain during this time?
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What happens to a government's classified information when that world joins the Federation?

What happens to a world's intelligence agencies and their version of classified information when they join the Federation? Does it get passed on to Starfleet Intelligence? Are they allowed to keep it ...
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Does gagh provide complete nutrition?

Klingons sure love their gagh. It seems like they're eating the creepy-crawlies every time we see Klingon food. Even if there are other Klingon foods, it raises the question: Does gagh have all of ...
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How did the Caretaker not kill everyone on Voyager when pulling them into the Delta quadrant?

We know that ships in the Star Trek universe can travel very fast, but this is still generally limited by the technology of the time. Sometimes travel is accomplished by instantaneous travel using ...
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek stories? With replicator technology and FTL communication, there is no need for cargo ships. You can just transmit the computer files on how to replicate ...
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How can the dilithium chamber on a Sovereign class vessel be accessed?

On Galaxy class vessels such as the Enterprise-D, the dilithium chamber/center of the warp core is located conveniently on the deck that matches the ground floor of main engineering. We can see on a ...
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Have we seen any other alien in Starfleet whose native civilization isn't warp capable?

In the recently launched episode S02E04 of Star Trek: Discovery, we learned that Have we seen such Starfleet officers in Star Trek before?
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Is there a Star Trek episode that completely lacks futuristic technology or non-human traits?

I'm wondering if there's any Star Trek episode which could have been set in any pretty much any other (non-futuristic) setting without modification, even if the appearance of the technology is ...
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What examples of genetic engineering and/or eugenics are there in Star Trek other than the Eugenics Wars?

Excluding Julian Bashir and the products of the human Eugenic Wars... do we ever encounter any species in Star Trek that have engaged in significant genetic self-modification or eugenics? Basically ...
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When and why does an away-team member wear native clothing during negotiation?

In "Angel One," Commander Riker dons the clothing of Angel I before negotiating with Mistress Beata. He tells a snickering Deanna Troi and Tasha Yar, "On Kabatris, I had to wear furs to meet with the ...
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Have USS Enterprise and Captain Pike done anything remarkable by year 2257?

In Star Trek Discovery, in the last episode of the first season, we see Later, at the beginning of the S2:01, we see Question: were the USS Enterprise and its captain famous by the year 2257, did ...
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In Star Trek, is “Aye, Cap” based on real-world military use?

I've been watching Star Trek: Enterprise lately, and I noticed "Aye, Captain" and "Aye, Cap" are used quite often. It's quite a safe bet that Enterprise (and thus the future Federation) is drawing ...
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Does Archer go on any more missions after his speech?

Does Archer actually go on any more missions after he makes that speech? Reed and Mayweather said that they would stay with him because they believed it wasn't his last voyage into space. Or did he ...
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What is the song used in this Star Trek: TNG special feature?

On the sixth and last disc of the season one blu-ray remastered version of Star Trek: The Next Generation, there's a bunch of bonus material including a clip called "The Beginning" which uses one ...
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Why didn't Captain Pike say his background with religion after asking the others in New Eden?

In Star Trek Discovery episode "New Eden" we see Captain Pike ask Joann Owosekun and Michael Burnham what their background with religion is. Joann says she grew up in a Luddite community which had ...
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Who designed/created latex outfits in Star Trek Into Darkness

I was wondering who created the latex outfits in the Star Trek into Darkness. Does anyone know?
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Are “Star Trek: Section 31” books canon?

The recently released S02E03 of Star Trek: Discovery showed operations of Section 31, a secret defence organization of Starfleet. Section 31 was also mentioned in Star Trek Into Darkness movie. Some ...
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Was the Klingon chef on DS9 during the Dominion occupation?

It seems to me a Klingon cook would be at best unwelcome on the station once the Cardassians took it back (however briefly). Was it ever established if he left with the original evacuation or stuck ...
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Star Trek-themed parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody”

While queuing for the bus to work this morning, I randomly remembered one of the songs my dad subjected me to during my childhood. It was a Star Trek-themed parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, specifically, ...
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Was Lt. Tyler's story arc in The Orville a deliberate reference to Star Trek: Discovery?

In The Orville, Lt. Janel Tyler is introduced as a new member of the ship. In 2x04 "Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes", it is revealed that This seems to have a lot of similarity to Star Trek: ...
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Star Trek: The New Generation episode where Picard meets an alien (not Darmok), amphibian-like who speaks in metaphors [duplicate]

I'm looking for an episode where Picard meets an alien (not Darmok), amphibian-like. He also speaks in metaphors (allegories) but refers to humans as: "beings mostly made of water". Any ideas?
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The Next Generation episode where Picard encounters a life form (alien) who speaks in allegories (not Darmok)

I'm looking for a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Picard encounters a life form (alien) who speaks in allegories (not Darmok). Instead of saying humans, he says "Being mostly made of ...
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Does General Order 1 still apply to a pre-warp Human society? [duplicate]

I’ve been thinking about General Order 1 after watching Star Trek: Discovery, season 2 episode 2, “*ew Eden”. General Order #1 No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien ...
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Did Samuel Clemens ever get his watch back?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode(s) Time's Arrow we learn of time travel shenanigans happening on earth in the 1800s through various artifacts discovered in an abandoned mine. One of these ...
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Why is the Prime Directive applicable to human beings in this episode?

In the S02E02 of Star Trek: Discovery, Now, my question is: Why is Prime Directive (aka General Order 1) applicable to them? Yes, they were pre-warp society, but they were humans.. Less-informed ...
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Why did the Borg use a cutting beam in “Best of Both Worlds” part 1 act III?

In "Best of Both Worlds" part 1 act III, the Borg hail the Enterprise and demand the personal surrender of Picard: "Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the starship Enterprise, registry NCC-1701-D, you ...
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In the Star Trek: TNG episode Parallels, when does Worf really first shift dimensions, or did they make a mistake? [duplicate]

I'm curious because the episode plays out in the beginning and very end, and the differences confuse me a little-the events that happen on both beginning and end: That Worf wins first place of a ...
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Giving birth in a relaxed environment in the Federation

I was thinking that in the perfect Utopian hi-tech future of Star Trek , there should be a simple and painless way of giving birth (or else they'd discovered that the difficulty and pain was a part of ...
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Why didn't this Vorta recognize O'Brien?

In the episode One Little Ship, a Jem''Hadar attack ship confronts the Defiant while the latter is in the middle of an experiment. The Vorta on board is Gelnon. The ship departs after depositing a ...
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Failed warp core ejections

This answer to this question claims that there are 14 different failed warp core ejections depicted. For the record, although the ejection system is described in detail in the "TNG Technical ...
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Why doesn't the Saratoga eject its warp core at the Battle of Wolf 359?

In DS9: Emissary, Commander Sisko's ship is damaged and incurs a warp core breach. In response, the ship's personnel are evacuated. However, not all of the crew (e.g.: Jennifer Sisko) was able to ...
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Is “fleet captain” a production mistake or an actual Starfleet rank?

In the opening scene of "Whom Gods Destroy", Captain Garth (posing as Dr. Cory) says to Kirk: "Garth of Izar, a starship fleet captain." Was this intended to be a real Starfleet title, or a ...
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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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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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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 ...