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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 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 ...
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How does Lorca kill the Klingons on Corvan 2 in The Butcher's Knife Cares not for the Lamb's Cry?

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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Is there evidence to suggest that Arne Darvin is from the House of Mokai?

In the Star Trek:TOS Episode 44 The Trouble with Tribbles, we meet Arne Davin, a Klingon Spy, who has been surgically altered to look human. In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode S01E04 The Butchers ...
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What prevents the tardigrade from escaping?

In Season 1, Episode 5, "Choose your pain" we see the tardigrade enter survival mode by expelling almost all the water from its body. Later, we see the it ejected from the USS Discovery into space, ...
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Is Airiam supposed to be a robot or android?

In various episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, we can see a character on the bridge of the eponymous USS Discovery named Airiam: Is she supposed to be a robot or an android of some kind? Her facial ...
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Star Trek: Discovery S01E05: Why is Michael allowed to release this?

In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode S01E05 Choose Your Pain we see In the same episode, My question is:
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Why did Lorca attend the meeting in person?

In Episode 5 of Season 1 of Discovery ("Choose Your Pain"), Captain Lorca attends a meeting with a small number of Starfleet admirals to discuss Why did Lorca attend the meeting in person, especially ...
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When is site-to-site transport perfected in Star Trek?

In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode S01E05 Choose Your Pain we see Saru order that Captain Lorca be transported back from the Klingon vessel. In Star Trek: Enterprise transporter technology is still ...
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Why did some vessels in the 23rd Century use unique assignment patches?

There may be no in-universe answer to this question, but I'm curious about anything people can find. In Star Trek: The Original Series, a distinct assignment patch was used for each vessel or ...
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Why is the ship named USS Discovery?

As a follow up on: Were the NX-class starships named after the Shuttles? we have pretty good evidence that the names of the NX-01 Enterprise and NX-02 Columbia were intentionally related to the U.S. ...
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Is there something conspicuous about Stamets' eyes?

When I see the character Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, on Star Trek: Discovery, I find I'm continually struck by his eyes. It looks to me like his irises are completely black. Here's the best ...
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Which direction is the prisoner shuttle traveling in ‘Context is for Kings’?

In the first scene of ‘Context is for Kings’, which direction is the prisoner shuttle traveling, backwards or forwards? Given that when the tether breaks the pilot is shown flying back to front. ...
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In the first episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' what was the point of the Klingon 'torchbearer' vessel?

Just watched the first Episode of Star Trek: Discovery and one part confused me. First to give some background, I got this from Wikipedia... Investigating a damaged satellite near a binary star ...
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“Star Trek: Discovery” Uniforms: what is the meaning of their colors?

The new Starfleet Uniforms from Star Trek: Discovery are very distinctive and different from anything that we have seen before: Especially their color scheme is decisively a new thing when compared ...
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What is the strongest profanity used in a Star Trek show?

This article suggests that being on CBS All Access could afford the makers of Star Trek: Discovery more freedom in the language they use. Of course, we know that in previous series, they sometimes ...
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Why didn't Starfleet hunt down Klingon survivors in the aftermath of the Battle at Binary Stars?

In S01E04 of Star Trek: Discovery TV series, we learned that In the aftermath of the battle, why didn't Starfleet send more ships there to kill or capture Klingon survivors?
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Is there any evidence to suggest Q has a mechanism of travel similar to the Spore drive?

In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode Context is For Kings, we see the Spore Drive. Their research was based on the insight that at a quantum level, there was no difference between biology or ...
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What species is this alien on the bridge of USS Discovery?

Here is a screencap from Star Trek: Discovery, Episode 4 of the first Season: What species is the big-headed insectoid/arachnoid/reptilian/somethingoid alien to the left of the screen, standing on ...
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Why does USS Discovery's saucer section spin?

In Episode 4 of Star Trek: Discovery we see that when Captain Lorca orders Black Alert to activate the Spore Drive, the two parts that form the saucer section start to spin, the outermost in a ...
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Life imprisonment for Michael Burnham?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham was sentenced to life imprisonment. Given that she is serving on Discovery, does this mean that her crime is forgiven?
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What did Elon Musk do in the history of Star Trek universe?

In S01E04 of Star Trek: Discovery TV series: Well, Wright Brothers are inventor of airplane and Zefram Cochrane is inventor of warp drive. But, why is Elon Musk a big historic figure comparable to ...