Questions tagged [star-trek-tng]

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Is there a canon reason why Klingon and Romulan vessels are so similar in shape?

Not counting shuttles, transport vessels or bases, Klingon and Romulan ships have a very similar basis in their shapes. They also share the same colors. Is there any canon reason as to why so many ...
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Was the Tamarian language in “Darmok” inspired by Jack Vance's “The Asutra”?

In TNG: Darmok, Picard learns how to communicate with the Tamarians, who speak a unique language composed of snippets from their great epics. For example, "Shaka, when the walls fell" denotes failure. ...
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What was Picard doing between 2455 (the loss of the Stargazer) and 2464 (taking command of the Enterprise)?

It is well established in canon that Jean-Luc Picard assumed command of the USS Stargazer in 2433, being one of the youngest captains in history, only six years out of the Academy. He commanded her ...
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Why is Guinan allowed to have a non-Starfleet issued rifle?

In the Star Trek TNG episode: Night Terrors, we see Guinan using a rifle in order to break up a brawl at Ten Forward: In a hilarious piece of dialog she immediately admits that this rifle is not ...
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Star Trek episode with a scene where Data has to choose between three different time anomalies with him in each

What is the episode with a scene where Data has to choose between three different time anomalies with him in each? Data asks which one is the correct time frame in the scene and having chosen the ...
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Why doesn't Star fleet utilize basic protective gear in hazardous environments? [duplicate]

So, I've finally gotten into binging Star Trek and I can't explain this: Why do they almost never utilize protective wear? Multiple times I've seen an epidemic break out onboard a starship and even ...
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Why can the Enterprise scan the Paulson Nebula but the Borg vessel can't?

When hiding from the Borg cube in "The Best of Both Worlds", the Enterprise is able to scan from within the nebula what's outside of it, whereas the Borg vessel is unable to scan what's inside. Has ...
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Star Trek (TNG?) episode about finding a planet where the inhabitants want the stories from the ship's library?

I'm looking for the Star Trek episode where they encounter a planet where the people want to get the Enterprise's collection of stories from its library. I think it's about wanting too much stories? ...
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In Star Trek TNG, what is the division of authority between the first officer and operations officer?

In TNG, Riker is the first officer and Data is the ops officer. Both are fairly high ranking, which is in contrast to the other series in which ops is given to a low ranking officer (TOS: Ensign ...
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Is Armus aka 'Skin of Evil' related to the Ba'ul species?

In season 2, episode 6 'The Sound of Thunder' of Star Trek: Discovery we learn a few things about the Ba'ul. So the obvious question is if they are related in some way?
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Is killing your clone against Federation law?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Up The Long Ladder", even though the away team's DNA was taken without permission, wouldn't killing their defenceless clones be an act of murder and ...
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What are crew members doing in the Jefferies Tube in “Timescape”?

In the Star Trek: TNG episode "Timescape", the Enterprise is trapped in a temporal anomaly that massively slows time. Picard, Data, and Troi beam over from a runabout in "normal" time, to examine ...
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ST TNG “Manhunt” blooper

While watching "Manhunt", I notice a scene where Madeline makes an error (in Rex's Bar): Jees, Dix. Cuzzo's the guy who iced Marty O'Farron. They never would have nailed him if it hadn't been for ...
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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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How many times does Chief O'Brien die?

"Die with honor, O'Brien." — Tosk, Captive Pursuit Similar to this question, how many times in Star Trek is Chief O'Brien showed or implied to die?
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What other Star Trek series did the main TNG cast show up in?

I'm referring to Picard, Riker, Data, Worf, Geordi, Dr. Crusher, Wesley Crusher, Chief O'Brien and family, Deanna Troi, Guinan. I know Picard and Worf show up on DS9, though I haven't seen it myself. ...
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Star Trek - X-shaped Item on Regula/Orbital Office Starbases

On Regula/Orbital Office design starbases (we see them in the various Star Trek films and even in some of the series), what is that X-shaped thing we see on the side of the upper structure? See my ...
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Did Section 31 appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

Can anyone confirm whether Section 31 ever appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode?
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Did K'Ehleyr know about B'Elanna Torres, or vice versa?

K'Ehleyr was a Klingon/Human hybrid and the mate of Worf. She held a high position within the Federation, yet often lamented her dual nature. B'Elanna Torres was also a hybrid of the two races, albeit ...
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Why was a Klingon targ aboard the Enterprise during “The Schizoid Man”?

At the end of the episode "The Schizoid Man", it is implied that Data wrestled a Klingon targ: RIKER: Does wrestling with a Klingon targ ring a bell? PICARD: Mr. Crusher, take us out of orbit. ...
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Where did they get the children's artwork used for Captain Picard Day?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” opens with Picard, Riker, and Troi in the conference room viewing and discussing a variety of artwork that in the episode were supposed to be ...
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What term describes the form of government seen in Star Trek in the TNG era? [closed]

I haven't watched TOS (it's not to my taste), but after watching the whole series of TNG, I liked their system of government (or least what is shown). So what exactly is their system of government, or ...
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How does answering a call from the bridge in Star Trek work?

When an officer is summoned to the bridge, or the captain is called to the bridge, is the communication through the Console? Or is it through the ship's computer? How does the person receive the ...
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What is the population of Romulus in the TNG era?

I'd love to know what's the Romulan population in general or on Romulus itself in the TNG era.
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How was Picard's birthplace of La Barre, France selected?

At the time of writing of TNG, La Barre, Haute-Saône, France was a tiny hamlet of scarcely 50 people. Who selected this hamlet as Picard's birthplace? Did someone on the production staff originate ...
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Do the officers serving in the Federation's flagship have any extra perks/priviliges?

The flagship of the Federation during TNG was the Enterprise-D and apparently only the best of the best served there. For example, Riker is repeatedly commended about his abilities: From the TNG ...
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Can Deanna Troi's abilities be blocked

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, counselor Deanna Troi can sense emotions from people on other ships or planets which are in contact with the ship. It always seemed to me that visual contact (and ...
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Does the Federation design its Galaxy-class starships to destruct in a way that the crew could survive in case of an explosion near the engines?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation's episode named Contagion, the USS Yamato is destroyed because of an antimatter containment failure. At the moment of the explosion the saucer section is separated ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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, created (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Did Soran succeed?

According to the canon movie Star Trek Generations, the Nexus is an extra-dimensional realm in which time and space have no meaning. The main antagonist of the film, Tolian Soran, wants to enter the ...
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Does transportation really make a sound in-universe? [duplicate]

The various technologies featured in Star Trek make a variety of sounds, not all of which are diegetic. For example, exterior shots in space battle scenes commonly show phasers and photon torpedoes ...
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Why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time?

I re-watched First Contact today, and as sort of a followup to my previous question, why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time? When they finally did go back in time, they ...
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How often is William Riker bluffing?

Ensign Babyface Commander William Riker is a known poker player. We often see him playing with officers under his command. Most of them are aware of his bluffing skills. Isn't it pretty obvious for ...
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Who is captain of the Enterprise in the TNG episode “Tapestry”?

In the episode "Tapestry" of TNG, Picard’s life is changed by Q. In Picard’s alternate life, who is captain of the Enterprise? Was is Jellico? Or someone else?
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Why is it safer to isolate the crew on every other deck?

I know nothing about the military, so I apologize if this is obvious. Why is this practical? CRUSHER: I recommend we evacuate and seal off all non-operational areas, and group the families and crew ...
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Why didn't Picard let Gowron and Duras's son fight for leadership of the Klingon empire in TNG Redemption?

It is established in TNG Reunion that the arbiter of succession must choose the two strongest claimants to the chancellor's seat; after that, according to that episode, the two must fight for power. ...
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Are promotions in Star Trek arbitrary?

I noticed that the rise in rank of some officers seemed very arbitrary. Thus, Chief O'Brien is still only a cadet (according to his heel on his uniform), but he has nevertheless achieved and ...
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What other actors played different characters in TOS and TNG/DS9/Voy?

I was recently reminded that the same actor, Diana Muldaur, played blind human telepath Miranda Jones in TOS and Doctor Pulaski in TNG. Majel Barrett Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel in TOS and ...