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Why doesn't Quark wear a headdress?

Through The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the majority of the Ferengi we see a wearing a headdress on the back of the head. Quark though, on Deep Space Nine, does not ever seem to wear one, ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story… What's the story?

I just watched the episode of Star Trek DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations where the Defiant is taken back in time to the events of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode from Star Trek TOS. Those who ...
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After Star Trek: The Next Generation, can I skip to Voyager without watching Deep Space Nine and not get spoiled?

I'm almost done watching the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I'm starting to look at what to watch next. After reading a little bit about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: ...
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What do they do with all the plates and cups in Star Trek?

Whenever someone in Star Trek creates food or drink in the replicator it is generated in the bowl, plate, or cup. It seems like after a few months they would have piles of used dishes from replicator ...
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In the Deep Space Nine Episode “Defiant”, what was the dispute between Riker & O'Brien?

In DS9 S3E9 "Defiant", Tom Riker (Will Riker's transporter-accident-created twin from TNG S6E24 "Second Chances") comes to DS9 disguised as Will. When he (still in disguise) bumps into Miles O'Brien, ...
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How does Quark attract customers to his bar given that the drinks and food can be gotten free from a replicator?

If I can get a good drink free of charge, why should I pay for any drinks? Quark's customers can always get the food and drinks free of charge from the replicator. It is after all a post-scarcity ...
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Why is Chief O'Brien's rank so low when he is the senior engineer of Deep Space 9?

In all other Star Trek series the chief engineer is a Lieutenant or higher Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge Lieutenant junior grade B'Elanna Torres Commander ...
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Why was Kai Opaka written out of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine so early?

Kai Opaka (played by Camile Saviola) appeared in the first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in what looked like a fairly important role, but was then written out in her next appearance (‘Battle ...
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Why does Captain Kirk wear green in the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations?

We know that in TOS era Star Trek command officers wore gold and operations officers wore red. In the DS9/TOS cross-over episode Trials and Tribble-ations O'Brien explains why Sisko (pretending to be ...
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How to reconcile the cashless human/Federation society with human traders and merchants

From a variety of sources, including this great question, we know that the Federation (or at least the humans) don't use money. This raises the problem that humans frequently visit worlds where there ...
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Why are all the doors on Ferenginar (the Ferengi home world) far shorter than the average Ferengi?

I was watching DS9: Family Business when I noticed all the doors on Ferenginar are much shorter than the average Ferengi, causing them to crouch down every time they enter a room. That's gotta be ...
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Did The Founders evolve from the race that seeded the Alpha Quadrant?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 20 ("The Chase"), we find out some genetic components were seeded throughout the Alpha Quadrant by an ancient race of beings, known in canon as "...
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How come Ferengi starships work?

Ferengi culture reveres those who swindle people for maximum profit. So why aren't Ferengi spaceships constantly breaking down because they were fitted with shoddy or non-functioning parts?
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?
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Did Odo create his communicator or hide it?

Odo has a working communicator: Is that a part of himself (like his clothes)? Or is it real but he conceals it? I imagine it is the latter (would be hard for him to create) but I don't know if it is ...
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What Star Trek episodes (any series) have been censored?

I just came across this: At one point, Data makes a reference to the Irish Reunification of 2024, and because of that, the BBC refused to air the episode. It didn’t air on the U.K. government’s ...
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In the Battle of Wolf 359, one ship survives. Which one was it and why did it survive?

In "TNG: The Best of Both Worlds," 40 Starfleet starships under the command of Admiral J.P. Hanson gather near Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube ship traveling to Earth. (The Star Trek Encyclopedia (...
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Why does Deep Space Nine spin?

In DS9: Afterimage Ezri Dax is suffering from a bout of 'space sickness' and asks Sisko if Chief O'Brien can slow down the spinning of the station. EZRI: Do you think the chief could adjust the ...
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Have Star Trek actors commented on why they didn't work more after Star Trek?

Among the few dozen main characters in the Star Trek series, very few take any successful main roles in subsequent series. Exceptions: Patrick Stewart in the X-Men movies William Shatner in Boston ...
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Why was Terok Nor renamed Deep Space Nine?

Terok Nor, the Cardassian space station in orbit of Bajor, was abandoned when the Cardassian occupation ended. This left the Bajorans in control of the station and they assumed ownership of it. ...
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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What plans were there for Star Trek: DS9 or Voyager movies?

Obviously there were never any such movies made, and never will be. But I'm interested in how far any planning ever went. What were the firmest any plans to produce a movie featuring DS9 or Voyager ...
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Why was Jadzia Dax written out of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine so late?

At the end of season 6 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: At the start of season 7: This results in quite a few episodes in the first half of season 7 featuring Ezri heavily (including three full “Ezri ...
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What are all the jokes on the DS9 Promenade Directory?

This image shows all of the shops along the promenade on DS9. LCARS DS9 COMPUTER DISPLAY What are all the in-jokes and references?
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Why was the Federation able to operate Deep Space Nine with very few major hiccups?

If you ask U.S military personnel to take over a Russian aircraft carrier and the aircrafts, it is quite likely that the Americans will encounter major hiccups along the way. The technology is ...
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Why is it called a tricorder?

The device is square, the readout is square, maybe it should be called square-corder. Did the original tricorder only have 3 functions? I checked the Memory Alpha entry but it doesn't state the ...
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Why was the Defiant so small?

The USS Defiant (NX-74205) and other ships of its class were developed as experimental warships by the Federation to fight the Borg. These ships had massive and powerful armaments including phaser ...
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Does same-species racism exist in Star Trek?

Like it or not, racism has been a major part of Earth's history. It still plagues the planet today. However, in the future that Star Trek presents, same-species racism has been practically eliminated, ...
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How long would it take the Defiant to travel from DS9 to Earth (or vice versa)?

I'm having some problems understanding the distances involved in Star Trek, but primarily around the size/shape of Federation space. One key question I have is the position of DS9 -- the "deep space" ...
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Does Worf ever admit to being afraid?

In the episode where Wes is preparing for his Starfleet Academy entrance exam, Worf tells him that "only fools have no fear." (Presumably, he doesn't consider pre-emotion-chip Data to be a fool.) ...
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Was Roddenberry involved in the creation of Deep Space Nine or Voyager before he died?

I know that Roddenberry took a less and less active role in TNG as his health deteriorated. He died before the release of Deep Space Nine or Voyager. Did he having anything to do with the creation ...
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Why is there no Borg threat in the DS9 series?

The Borg are a major threat in Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: Voyager (I haven't watched the latter, but looking at this it seems they are). Those two series happen at roughly the same time as DS9, ...
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Prior to the start of Deep Space 9, why was Garak exiled and left on DS9?

At the start of the show, Garak's been exiled from Cardassian space, and was left on Deep Space 9. I don't think the reason for this exile was ever explained. It seemed to be a genuine exile, and ...
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Do we ever see assimilated Founders?

Are there any works, canon or otherwise, that deal with the concept of the Founders, or other shapeshifters, being assimilated or otherwise encountering the Borg? The idea of an assimilated Founder ...
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If a Ferengi woman is forbidden to speak with a stranger, how is she going to fall in love and meet her future husband?

In one of the episodes in DS9, Quark's mother was reprimanded for speaking with a stranger. If a Ferengi woman is forbidden to speak with a stranger, how is she going to fall in love and marry given ...
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Why weren't civilians evacuated before the fleet at Wolf 359 engaged the borg?

In the Star Trek: TNG two-parter Best of Both Worlds, Starfleet assembles a fleet of 40 ships to engage the Borg at Wolf 359. In Deep Space Nine's first episode, Emissary, we learn that civilians ...
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How do people exit an airlock from the Defiant to DS9?

Okay, so this has been something that has bothered me for a long time. Whenever anyone enters or leaves the Defiant, they do so through an airlock. Yet, when you look at how the Defiant docks, it ...
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How did Trills get the idea of putting symbionts inside themselves?

The title says it all. How did the people of Trill decide that it was a good thing to put symbionts inside themselves? The symbionts seem to be quite wise, but unjoined symbionts lack any obvious ...
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Did Chief O'Brien go to Starfleet Academy?

I had been under the impression that enlistees like Chief O'Brien did not attend Starfleet Academy, but I was just watching DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," and Dr. Bashir made the following ...
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If the Dominion rule using their Jem'Hadar troops, why is their life expectancy so low?

In the series Deep Space 9, it has been stated that the Dominion has absolute control over their part of the Gamma quadrant. Literally this would mean that they rule every planet and race inside their ...
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What do the Breen look like?

I was wondering if anyone had ever read any books or found any other sources that said what the Breen really look like under their suits.
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How do the Star Trek com badges stay attached?

Several times, in several episodes throughout all of the series, there's a time when someone just rips off their comm badge, or they put one on. There's no pin on it, and it's a seemingly flawless ...
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What's the story behind the mugs in Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5?

As much as I personally love Deep Space Nine, a case can be made that major features of the show were ripped off of Babylon 5. Although the first episode of DS9 hit the airwaves six weeks before the ...
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Can Klingons swim?

The question ‘Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?’ got me thinking about whether a Klingon could swim. It looks like they hate water, but if thrown into a life-threatening situation, are ...
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Who can trigger ship-wide alerts in Star Trek?

While re-watching DS9 "The Adversary" (S3E26), in the scene where Miles O'Brien almost catches a hostile changeling infiltrating the Defiant, it occurred to me that I didn't know if Miles even had the ...
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What is the Klingon Bloodwine made of?

Do we know what the Klingon Bloodwine is actually made of? Is it actually as the name suggests? or is it just referring to the colour of it?
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Why didn't Star Trek: The Next Generation change their uniforms when Deep Space 9 came out?

DS9 came out during the 6th season of TNG. From the onset of the show, DS9 used uniforms that looked like this: However, TNG continued the use of this uniform(taken from episode 10 of season 7): ...
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Did Starfleet personnel have to learn Cardassian to use the computers on Deep Space Nine?

Recently a friend pointed out the Cardassian styling of the consoles in the Ops Center (and other consoles) on Deep Space 9. I've seen no evidence that the consoles have been switched out with LCARS-...
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Why exactly were the Pah-wraiths kicked out of the wormhole?

The series Deep Space Nine ultimately revolves around the Bajoran wormhole and the battle between the Pah-wraiths and the Prophets. The Wraith-Prophet war centers around the Pah-wraiths' attempt to ...
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Why does the computer have a human female voice?

In Star Trek all Federation computers have a human female voice, provided by Gene Roddenbery's wife Majel Barrett. This, of course, is the out of universe reason; however is there ever an in universe ...