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Star Trek: Discovery (2017 - current) is a show set before the events of The Original Series in the Prime (non-Abrams) universe. It follows the crew of the USS Discovery and events such as the start of the Klingon War. Use with the [star-trek] tag.

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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 ...
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Was the Nimitz-class a predecessor of the Miranda-class?

I recently saw a clip of Discovery and they showed the USS Europa: While there are other shots of the ships from other angles, I noticed it looked very similar to another famous Star Trek ship: I ...
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In Star Trek Discovery, is it 3 hours warp from Pahvo to Starbase 46 or 12 hours?

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). Later, when ...
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In Star Trek Discovery S1:E7 how did the crew regain control of the ship?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E7 Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad - how did the crew regain control of the ship from Harry Mudd? I understand the logic behind re-wiring the Captain's Chair,...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Captain Lorca and Garth of Izar are the same person?

In the Star Trek Original Series episode S3:E16 Those Whom the Gods Destroy - we meet a character named Garth of Izar. We know the following about him: Garth of Izar was a decorated, highly ...
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Is Stamets calling Tilly 'Captain' an error due to the effects of the spore drive connection?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E8 Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, we see Lieutenant Stamets refer to Cadet Tilly as 'Captain'. In S1:E6 - Lethe Tilly has expressed an aspiration to be Captain one day. In ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the Klingon Ship of the Dead is a Hur'q vessel from the invasion?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E2 Battle At The Binary Stars we see The Ship Of The Dead. We know that the Hur'q invaded the Klingon Homeworld in roughly Earth's history 14th Century - and from this the ...
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Why does the Admiral tell L'Rell that the Federation has no death penalty?

In Star Trek Discovery S01:E08 - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum - we see Admiral Cornwell have a discussion with L'Rell about defecting. We know that the Federation has a death penalty. My question is: ...
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Why would the Federation leave a major strategic asset like Corvan II (40% of the Federation's dilithium) completely undefended?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E4 The Butchers Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry we see the Discovery receiving a distress call from Corvan 2, a mining planet that's under attack by Klingons. Corvan 2 is ...
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Can the Klingon Mind-sifter be used to alter a person's memories?

The Klingon Mind-scanner, sometimes called Mind-sifter, sometimes called mind-ripper - is an interrogation tool. We see this used on Spock in the TOS Episode S1:E27 Errand of Mercy. We know that the ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the Klingons employ the augment virus as a subterfuge technique in Star Trek Discovery?

In Star Trek Enterprise S4:E16 Divergence - we see the Klingon experiments with genetic engineering. They appear to borrow the human efforts from the Eugenics wars. We see this particularly with the ...
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Is there evidence for a common ancestor between the Discovery's Tardigrade and Voyager's Nacene?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E3 Context is For Kings - we see the Tardigrade - part of what enables the USS Discovery's Spore Drive (at the time). The reason the Discovery harnesses the ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Admiral Cornwell and Lethe are the same person?

In the Star Trek Original Series episode S1:E10 Dagger of the Mind - we meet a character named Lethe. We learn that she is a former therapist, and has been driven insane by her imprisonment. In ...
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After the Admiral is captured by the Klingons, why doesn't Lorca immediately organise a rescue mission?

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. Prior to this Cornwell had made the decision to ...
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How did the Ship of the Dead survive being torpedoed in the Battle of the Binary Stars?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E2 The Battle at the Binary Stars - we see a battle between the Klingons and the Federation. We see the Ship of the Dead (named for carrying dead warriors on ...
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Which Star Trek episodes mention a living being's 'spirit'?

In the recent Discovery episode S1:E8 “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”, we see Michael Burnham describe the Pahvans. She says: symbiosis between nature and the living spirit Now this stood out for ...
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Why is there a prominent cadet on Discovery?

Why is Cadet Tilly on the U.S.S. Discovery? This seems like an odd choice based on previous Star Trek precedent in general and also given that U.S.S. Discovery is the most advanced starship in the ...
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Star Trek Discovery (Episode 9) Klingon Cloaking Device Explanation [closed]

Not sure if this is a question for SciFi SX or Physics SX. In Star Trek Discovery (Season 1 Episode 9) the USS Discovery (aka good guys) are in war with the Klingons (bad guys). The bad guys have ...
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Why does Harry's time-watch disappear after using it on Discovery, but didn't disappear before when he used it to rob the bank?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E7 Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad - we see Harry Mudd again. This time he appears to have a 'time-watch' that enables a Groundhog-day like restarting of ...
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What are the Klingon Vessels in the Battle of the Binary Stars?

In the Star Trek Discover S1:E2 episode Battle of the Binary Stars, we see a number Klingon Vessels. These are referred to as Klingon D7s. In discovery, they look like this: My understanding was ...
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Why does Michael Burnham not regain her insignia badge when she joins The Discovery?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E1 - The Vulcan Hello - with Captain Georgiou, we see Michael Burnham wearing a Star Trek insignia badge. Later in Star Trek Discovery S01:E07 - Magic to Make the Sanest ...
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Why does Captain Lorca tell the Admiral that the Spore Drive is fully functional?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E6 Lethe - Captain Lorca tells the Admiral that the Spore Drive is fully functional. Now at this stage they've had a stressed out Tardigrade that they're in the process of ...
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How did Captain Lorca master the problems with Tribbles, only to have them befuddle Kirk 10 years later?

We know from Star Trek TOS S2:E13 - The Trouble with Tribbles that the problem is that they keep reproducing, and the way to fix it is to stop feeding them. We see Captain Kirk 'discover' this 10 ...
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Why does Lorca only have one Tribble?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 - Context is for Kings, we see Lorca's collection of extraordinary items, including a Tribble. Now the trouble with Tribbles is that they multiply. My question is: Why ...
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Why don't the scanners pick up Harry's ship inside the Space Whale?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E7 - Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad - we see the scanners pick up a Space Whale. We find out later in the episode that this Space Whale contained Harry Mudd and his ...
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If the Discovery contains an experimental spore drive, why doesn't it have a NX registry?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 Context is for Kings the protagonist Michael Burnham joins the USS Discovery. She finds that the ship has an experimental Spore Drive. We know that The Federation used ...
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Why can Discovery transport the tardigrade at the end of the show when at the start the shielding prevented them?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 Context is for Kings we see the USS Glenn, which contains the mycelial plane experiments and dead crew. We learn (from Saru) that it is not possible to transport the ...
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If Captain Lorca arranged the prison transport incident, is he responsible for the pilot’s death?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 - Context is for Kings, we see a prison transport accident. In this we see the death of the pilot of the prison transport. It has been claimed that Lorca probably ...
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Did Captain Lorca arrange the prison transport incident in Context is for Kings? [duplicate]

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E3 - Context is for Kings, we see a prison transport accident. Later there is a discussion between Burnham and Captain Lorca. In it Captain Lorca suggests he has read her ...
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Why was Vulcan shown with moons in Lethe?

In Star Trek: Discovery S01E06 Lethe we see a scene in Vulcan. (We're assuming this is the Prime not the Kelvin timeline). Vulcan is shown with moons - despite not having any. Indeed - the ...
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In-universe explanation for why is the TOS-era Enterprise is more austere than the Discovery?

Since Star Trek: Discovery doesn't take place on the Federation's flagship, like in TOS, roughly 100 years before TOS and in the beginning of a war, it should be logical to assume that the ship's ...
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Why didn’t the Shenzhou use its self-destruct after the crew abandoned it in Klingon space?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E2 - Battle At the Binary Star, we see the crew abandon a Star Fleet vessel, leaving it behind in Klingon Territory. One would assume the procedure in this situation was to ...
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Why does Captain Lorca still have his rank and commission after losing his ship, prior to being Captain of Discovery?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E4 - Choose Your Pain - we learn that Captain Lorca lost his whole ship - and destroyed them rather than leave them to the Klingons. Ordinarily, losing your ship would be ...