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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

I’m curious as to how many, if any, episodes of the original five broadcast Trek series did not include a single appearance by that show’s lead actor, the Captain for that particular show. I.E., TOS ...
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Why are subsequent Enterprises designated NCC?

I seem to recall that in TOS the 'NCC' designation referred to "Constitution Class" yet all Federation starships seem to have that designation, regardless. Shouldn't the Enterprise-D be NGC-...
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Identify a Trope: The Broken Caretaker Machine [closed]

Imagine some civilization living scarcity free, under the care of some automated system. Now, imagine the machine requires some maintenance for the first time in several generations, but the ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

In the beginning of Star Trek TNG Season 5 Episode 2 "Darmok", Data says: Federation vessels have encountered Tamarian ships seven times over the past one hundred years. Each meeting went ...
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At what point was it decided that Data was built by a human?

In the final draft of the series bible for Star Trek: TNG from September 8, 1987, Lt. Cmdr. Data is described as An android so perfectly fabricated (by unknown aliens) We know that at latest by ...
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Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?

Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?
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Why is Reginald Barclay the only one to see the weird shapes in the transporter?

In "Realm of Fear," Barclay sees weird shapes as he transports. In actuality, the odd shapes are crewmembers of the Yosemite, which the crew of the Enterprise eventually come to rescue. Why ...
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Why is the 2nd season episode "Peak Performance" the only episode of TNG not available on Paramount Plus?

Why is the 2nd season episode "Peak Performance" the only episode of TNG not available on Paramount Plus? It can't be for reasons of episode quality...they left "Shades of Gray" ...
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Other than being born in Somalia, is Geordi LaForge in any way Somali or connected to Somalia?

According to Memory Alpha, Geordi LaForge was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. However, his parents (Silva and Edward LaForge) don't have Somali names (and Geordi isn't very Somali), Geordi culturally ...
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On which occasions in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has Data lied?

There were two instances in The Next Generation where Data can be said to have lied or at least severely distorted the truth that I can remember: "The Most Toys" (Season 3 Episode 22) - ...
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Was there a plan for development for Worf and Tasha Yar?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, there were two slightly similar "warrior" characters - Tasha Yar and Worf. Eventually, Worf moved into be the head of security and took on the kind of &...
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What caused Geordi La Forge's blindness?

Geordi La Forge was blind from birth. Do we have any material in the novels or other sources which indicates what specific medical condition caused this congenital blindness? Is it a medical ...
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What would Worf have to bet with in Skin of Evil?

In the teaser for the season 1 episode "Skin of Evil", Yar and Worf are discussing a martial arts competition. Worf mentions that Yar is well favoured in the "ship's pool". Yar ...
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How can a transporter clone have the same mass?

From what I know, transporter beams simply transfer the pattern as an analog signal from point A to point B. However, we see in at least 2 instances (Star Trek: Lower Decks S02 E02 Kayshon: His eyes ...
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Why does this person not recognize Picard?

In Star Trek: Picard - Season 2, Episode 4 - Watcher Admiral Picard visits The person does neither recognize his face nor later his name when he gives it, at least not in a sense that they ...
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What is this pair of rectangular patterns on the Enterprise-D's exterior?

On the Enterprise-D's exterior hull, a little underneath the main shuttle bay, there are a pair of rectangles made up of smaller rectangles with gaps in the middle. In many shots, they are glowing ...
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Background science officer possibly played by Brent Spiner?

I remember an episode where there is a science division officer in the background in Ten Forward who seems to be played by Brent Spiner out of makeup - I thought it was The Game, but I can't find that ...
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Why not send out probes to speed up the search for the Fleming?

In "Force of Nature" (Season 7 Episode 9), the Enterprise-D needs to search for a missing ship in a region in which "Tetrion radiation" impairs sensors and communications. Worf ...
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Why are the O'Brien family quarters on the Enterprise-D so small?

According to this video, Lt. Cdr. La-Forge's quarters are 28 m2, while the O'Briens' family quarters are 32 m2. Why does a family of 3 get such small quarters? Is it because O'Brien is a petty officer ...
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Does the name Ten Forward have any precedent in the real world or in fiction?

Ten Forward is, of course the inconic lounge/bar/gathering area on the Enterprise-D. It is named after the fact that it is located at the forward extreme of the tenth deck, making it the most ...
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What was the Cytherian describing in their introduction?

Near the end of the episode The Nth Degree, the Cytherian describes what they are seeing. To quote a transcript: ALIEN: Emotive. Electro-chemical stimulus response. Cranial plate, bipedal locomotion, ...
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What are the typical duties of Rear Admirals in Starfleet?

In Starfleet, a Captain-rank officer typically serves as the Captain of a Starship. Of course there are also lots of Captains in other positions, especially on planets and in Starbases, and perhaps ...
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What kind of drills do the schools have on Galaxy Class Starships and other facilities with civilian children? [closed]

It's well established in canon that the Enterprise-D has schools for civilian children on board as they are shown in episodes such as "The Offspring," and a recurring character is even a ...
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Do Picard & co. have magic rope?

In "Chain of Command", Picard, Worf and Crusher need to rappel down a 500m-long chasm. Now, surely, they can't have 500m of rope in each of their backpacks, right? They must have some kind ...
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Were all of Earth's lawyers really killed?

In Encounter at Farpoint, Picard has a conversation with Q: Picard: We humans know our past, even when we're ashamed of it. I recognize this court system as the one that agreed with that line from ...
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Can TNG-era warp drive be used to travel at sublight speeds?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation and its contemporaneously set sequels (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager), impulse engines are used for moving spacecraft at sublight speeds, whereas ...
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Was Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren intentionally Crusher-like?

In "Lessons", Picard falls in love with a new head of Stellar Sciences, Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren. I'm going to suggest that she really looks a lot like Dr. Crusher (long red hair, similar age, ...
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What is this room in the Star Trek Adventures TNG tileset?

I'm currently mapping a Starfleet ship on Roll20 using the official Modiphius TNG-era tileset. These tiles are, to my knowledge, not labelled in any meaningful way; the following image is listed as &...
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Does Data have any direct reports?

I realized upon a recent watching of TNG that I cannot recall any suggestion that anyone works for Data. This is quite odd for the following reasons: It is very clear that Picard, Riker, LaForge, ...
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Why does the Enterprise-D use such a silly plan in The Outcast? [closed]

In Star Trek TNG Season 5 Episode 17 ("The Outcast"), the Enterprise-D send a shuttle into a "pocket of null space", to rescue another small ship in there. There's an energy drain ...
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Does Q judge every race? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Encounter At Farpoint", and then again in "All Good Things...", Q puts the human race (using Picard as a representative) on trial for ...
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Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 years?

In the modern military, senior officers would move between staff and command appointments. 22 years seems a long time to leave somebody in one position. Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 ...
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Why did the Enterprise-D not send a probe to look for Picard?

In TNG Season 4 Episode 9 ("Final Mission"), the Enterprise D is in the middle of handling a radiation hazard near Gamelan V, when it learns that a transport vessel carrying Captain Picard ...
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What's the fastest sensor-bearing object the Enterprise-D carries?

I know the Enterprise-D carries all sorts of shuttlecraft. But - what's the fastest a vessel carried by the Enterprise - work-pod, shuttle, Captain's yacht, probes, whatever - which has a meaningful ...
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In TNG "In Theory", why didn't they just switch shuttles?

In TNG Season 4 Episode 25, "In Theory", the Enterprise uses one of its shuttlecraft to guide it out of a region with, uh, magic pieces of space which do bad things. Let's ignore the fact ...
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Are there really script notes calling Chief O'Brien a Warrant Officer?

I've been fleshing out the unseen or unacknowledged ranks and rank insignia of Starfleet. Most supplemental material refers to O'Brien's single black pip as being the designated rank for a Chief Petty ...
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Does Starfleet have rules banning racial prejudice? [duplicate]

Gene Roddenberry famously defined the Star Trek universe as one in which humans have moved past division and prejudice. Nonetheless key characters are seen to exhibit prejudicial behaviour towards ...
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Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

A repeated plot device of TNG is sabotage and similar aboard the USS Enterprise. Malicious agents infiltrate the Enterprises crew again and again by subterfuge, e.g. by posing as crew members, as ...
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Who uses combadges other than Starfleet and Bajoran Militia?

In TNG and DS9, Starfleet members and soldiers/officers in the Bajoran militia use long distance communicators shaped like the symbols of the organizations they serve attached to their uniforms- do ...
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Why did Romulans attack Khitomer and why did Ja'rod (father of Duras) help?

This whole scenario is confusing to me. Has it ever been explained in Star Trek lore anywhere? Why did the Romulans attack the Klingons when they were allies? And why did Ja'rod help them do this... ...
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Do Vulcan, Andor and Tellar still have their own military ships by the time of TNG?

I've often wondered when ST:ENT showed the founding of the Federation. We also saw the new Vulcan High Command begin to decommission many of its military vessels. Do we know anything about what the ...
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Has Q ever really shown power outside of some knowledge and illusion?

I would really like this answer to be within Star Trek: The Next Generation, maybe something else from an old TV show but not going into weird lore. Also would like to avoid Voyager if possible. Do we ...
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Has Star Trek crossed-over with any pre-existing SF continuities besides Niven's Known Space?

Larry Niven's Kzinti from his Known Space setting appeared as such within Star Trek: The Animated Series, recently within Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Niven did writing in preparation for live action ...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

In TNG "chain of command" part 1, when Picard transfers command of the Enterprise to Jellico, he reads the order and states that he is requested and required to give up command. Why the &...
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Is Koval the operative mentioned in TNG: The Pegasus?

From TNG The Pegasus: PRESSMAN: However, all that changed three days ago. Starfleet Intelligence has an operative in Romulan High Command. He sent us a message that a Romulan warbird had located a ...
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Where in Ireland is Miles O'Brien from?

Obviously O'Brien is Irish, but is it ever clear which city/county/region in Ireland he comes from?
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Transporter inconsistency in the episode Justice

In the TNG episode Justice, there seems to be a problem with the way the transporter is being used, and I was wondering if it's an error in the episode or my misunderstanding. Picard, one of the Edo ...
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​Do the Borg have the ability to sense changes/alterations in time?

​Do the Borg have the ability to sense changes/alterations in time? With the new Season of Picard coming, it begs the question of will the Borg Queen also be aware of the changes.
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Why didn't Picard exit the nexus and prevent the entire movie from taking place?

In Star Trek: Generations, Picard Why doesn't he exit the Nexus further back and prevent the events from ever taking place at all?
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Did the ruling in "Measure of a Man" have any effect beyond Data?

In light of later episodes and Picard, I am confused as to whether the effect of the ruling of the hearing in the TNG episode "Measure of a Man" was strictly confined inter partes or if it ...
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