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Questions tagged [star-trek-discovery]

For questions about "Star Trek: Discovery", the 2017 CBS television series. Use with the [star-trek] tag.

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Differences between Enterprise and Defiant in DSC

During the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, we had a chance to see a schematical view of a Constitution-class vessel USS Defiant, and later "space view" of the USS Enterprise, a starship of the ...
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How could the USS Discovery remain operational for 1000 years?

In the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso", how could the USS Discovery possibly stay operational for a 1000 years? Maintenance-wise, energy-wise.
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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 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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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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How did the Battle of the Binary Stars get its name?

Given that about half of all visible stars are binary (or more) stars, the Battle of the Binary Stars isn't actually a natural name for an important space battle. Of course, this might simply be a ...
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Why did Mudd go guns a-blazing during the first attempt to take over Discovery?

In Star Trek: Discovery 1x06 "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad", why did Harry Mudd's first attempt to take over Discovery involve him going guns-abalazing? We see on later attempts that his plan ...
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Why does the Federation insignia have two acronyms?

In one of the final scenes in DIS: Will You Take My Hand we see a new United Federation of Planets insignia on the wall behind the admirals. The insignia has two acronyms, the upper one is obvious ...
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Who is speaking in this Star Trek: Discovery second season teaser?

This teaser recently was published (Alternate link for some regions) As we can see, there are uniforms in the works that are much more faithful to the original ...
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Was Spock Starfleet's second mutineer?

I've recently started rewatching Star Trek TOS, and have got up to The Menagerie. In this two-parter, Spock attempts to take over the Enterprise to help his friend Captain Pike. It re-uses material ...
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Why did the Discovery Crew treat this character as an enemy?

Why did Discovery's Crew treat as an enemy after they found out that
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Did the Klingons damage the relay?

Vulcan Hello - bits of Transcript Michael Burnham: Shenzhou has been called to the edge of Federation space to investigate damage done to one of our interstellar relays. Blast burns around the ...
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What was the significance of the spore that landed on Tilly's shoulder in Discovery? [closed]

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S01:E13 What's Past is Prologue - we see a Spore Landing on Tilly's Shoulder. There is some speculation about this: An opening for Hugh to return? Mirror Lorca ...
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What do the floating droplets during the Black Alert in Discovery mean?

In Star Trek Discovery S01:E03 Context is For Kings we see Burnham's introduction to the Discovery. In particular we hear a Black Alert and see floating droplets. My question is: What do the ...
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Did Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise have a canon starting date in TOS?

Among the 79 episodes of the original series, is there ever mention of the specific date on which James T. Kirk was given command of the Enterprise? I'm quite sure a date has been retcon'd through ...
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How did L'Rell manage this feat?

Some major spoilers from the final episode of Season 1
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How does Starfleet measure night and day aboard ships

In Star Trek Discovery, episode 14, The War Without, The War Within Burnham disturbs Admiral Cornwell at her sleeping quarters, to which Cornwell responds: I suppose I don't have to tell you it's ...
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Did Michelle Yeoh do her own stunts in this scene?

In episode 13, What's Past Is Prologue, Emperor Georgiou and Michael engage in hand-to-hand combat with Mirror Universe Lorca. Full video of the scene linked here. (warning, even the YouTube title of ...
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How did Stamets know this?

In ST:DIS 1x10, "Despite Yourself", when Tyler sees Dr. Culber in sickbay, Stamets tells Dr. Culber Dr. Culber then examines Tyler and discovers How did Stamets know anything about that? His ...
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Can the Star Trek transporter separate two people who were in close proximity?

Spoilers ahead for the newest ST:Discovery episode! In DIS: What's Past is Prologue we see that gets teleported from together with Originally, the ship had begun transporting only the first ...
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Why does it say on Netflix that “Star Trek: Discovery” is a Netflix original series?

Everyone knows about relationship between Star Trek: Discovery and CBS network (All Access service inclusive). Here's first two sentences on the series' Wikipedia page: Star Trek: Discovery is an ...
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Star Trek: Discovery timeline in relation to Next Generation and Voyager [duplicate]

I have just finished watching Star Trek: Next Generation and Voyager they seemed to be in the same timeline and fit together. I have now started on ST:Discovery. The timeline doesn't make much ...
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How/Why did Voq's voice change?

When revealed himself as the Klingon Voq (STD:S01E11:The Wolf Inside) he began speaking with the voice of Voq (which we heard in earlier episodes).
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What is the U.S.S. Defiant backstory on Discovery?

There are frequent mentions in the second half of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery of the U.S.S. Defiant Am I supposed to know about this already? What is the supposed backstory and in ...
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Had this Mirror Universe Terrans' trait ever been referred to before Discovery?

Spoilers ahead from the latest DIS episode! You have been warned. In DIS: Vaulting Ambition, we find out that: Has there been any confirmation about this trait in any previous Mirror Universe ...
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Why is this character called “The Prophet”?

In Star Trek Discovery 1x11 "The Wolf Inside", we meet the Mirror Universe version of Sarek, who is called "The Prophet". Apparently he has this title because he can mind meld with people to discover ...
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Why does the Discovery-era Mirror Universe Emperor go by that title?

At the tail end of 1x11 "The Wolf Inside", we discover... However, in the finale of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode 4x19 "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II", Why does this Mirror Universe character go ...
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Is this character based on a real person?

THIS QUESTION SPOILS S01E11 AND IT'S ANSWER SPOILS S01E12. DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU'VE FINISHED WATCHING S01E12. Episode 11 confirms a fan theory (that I'm intentionally going to delay talking about ...
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Is the Klingon War in Discovery the same Klingon war as that in TOS?

In Star Trek TOS S1:E27 Errand of Mercy we see the Organians end the (a?) Klingon/Federation war. In Star Trek Discovery S1:E1 The Vulcan Hello - we see the start of the (a?) Klingon/Federation war. ...
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How does the ISS Shenzhou have Same Tech as Prime Ships? [duplicate]

In (TOS) "The Tholian Web" the USS Defiant (NCC-1764) got pulled into another dimension that we later find out (in Enterprise: “In a Mirror, Darkly”) is the Mirror Universe about 100 years in the past ...
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Where is Sybok during Michael and Spock's childhood?

While a number of longtime fans were miffed about Star Trek: Discovery introducing an adopted sister that Spock has never mentioned, this isn't the first time he's had a sibling he never told people ...
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Do Klingons do surgery without anaesthesia?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E11 The Wolf Inside - we see Tyler's flashbacks of what were thought to be torture - were in fact surgery. Vulture writer Mallory Ortberg comments: The procedure was ...
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In Star Trek Discovery, is Emperor (Empress?) Georgiou meant to be related to Empress Sato?

I wasn't certain if this was the implication, or that it was simply understood to be the case. Certainly the 'mirror universe' might not necessarily be following the same/parallel timeline as in other ...
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Star Trek: Medical scanners and DNA

The context of this question is a spoiler. How is it possible that this wasn't detected by medical staff on board the Discovery? I would have assumed that Starfleet medical scanners would be capable ...
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What is Kirk referring to when he says “Uhura, notify the Discovery on subspace radio”?

In Star Trek TOS S1E18 - The Squire of Gothos - Kirk says: Uhura, notify the Discovery on subspace radio. This seemed unusually prescient given the current Star Trek series. My question is: What ...
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What is the meaning of the “You're not what I expected” scene with L’Rell and Cornwell?

Star Trek: Discovery 1x08 "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" has a bizarre scene that I can't make sense of. L’Rell tells Admiral Cornwell that she wishes to defect, and they make their way through the ...
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Why is Burnham considered responsible for the war?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Burnham seems to be blamed solely for the Klingon-Federation War. In 1x03 "Context is for Kings", one of her prison-mates blames her for her cousin's death. Prisoner: My ...
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Is Dr. Culber the Chief Medical Officer on Discovery?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Dr. Culber is the face of the medical team to the audience, largely given his connection to Stamets. He's usually the one that is present when a medical emergency takes place. ...
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Is the Mirror Universe the same one across all Star Trek shows?

Is the Mirror Universe in Enterprise, Discovery, TOS and TNG (The Terran Empire) the same Mirror universe that is in Deep Space Nine? If it is the same Mirror Universe what happened to the Terran ...
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Why do Burnham and Tilly wear “Disco” shirts?

In the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Lethe", Burnham and Tilly wear workout clothes that have the word "Disco" on them. Why is this? This is the first time I can ever recall of anybody in Starfleet ...
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Did Spock ever mention or allude to his foster sister?

In Start Trek Discovery Michael Burnham is Spock's foster sister (having been fostered by Spock's parents). Discovery is set 10 years before TOS, and fits within the same universe. That being the ...
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Does using Ripper in Star Trek Discovery violate the prime directive?

The Prime Directive is ...a guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets prohibiting the protagonists from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. This is more ...
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Is it normal for the captain on a Starfleet vessel to personally enter coordinates prior to a jump?

In Star Trek: Discovery S1:E9 "Into the Forest I Go", we see Ensign Stammets and Doctor Culber have a discussion about another spore drive jump. We read: Culber: You saying you'll actually sit ...
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Why did they let Mudd go with so much secret information?

By the end of S01E07 of Star Trek: Discovery, Mudd knew a lot about the Spore Drive. Also, Starfleet had every right to imprison Mudd as he committed serious crimes against Federation. Why did ...
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Why doesn't Lorca want Michael Burnham to go to the Klingon ship?

In Star Trek: Discovery S1:E9 "Into the Forest I Go", we see Captain Lorca deny Tyler's request to take Michael Burnham for the ship. But the Captain's reasoning isn't clear. We hear: Tyler: I ...
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Why does Captain Lorca care about scattered pockets of negative mass?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E9 Into the Forest I Go - we see Captain Lorca refer to scattered pockets of negative mass. We read: Lorca: Let me show you something. Stammets: You've been ...
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In Star Trek Discovery why are they able to beam out Admiral Cornwell later - but not able to detect her earlier?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode E1:E6 Leethe, we see Admiral Cornwell go on a diplomatic mission to the Klingons. This results in her capture. In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E9 Into The ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Will Decker is on board the USS Discovery?

In Star Trek TOS S2:E6 The Doomsday Machine - we meet a character named Matt Decker. At this point in time he is a Captain. We also know that Matt Decker has a son, Will Decker. In the Star Trek ...
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In Star Trek Discovery why can't Saru triangulate their position from the stars? [closed]

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E9 Into The Forest I Go, Saru tells Captain Lorca: I have no idea where we are. Today we have GPS navigation systems and sonar, but naval navigators of ...
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In Star Trek Discovery “Into the Forest I Go” is the Klingon ship arriving at Pahvo cloaked?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E9 "Into The Forest I Go," Captain Lorca tells the Admiral they are three hours away by warp from Starbase 46. (They are leaving the Pahvo System). Then they ...