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For questions concerning the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and its four feature films. Use this tag in conjunction with the [star-trek] tag and any other relevant character tags.

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How did Sela know that Data was captain of the Sutherland?

In Star Trek TNG: S5:E1 "Redemption, Pt 2" - Commander Sela states: SELA: Yes I know and so does Picard. He's giving us exactly what we need and he expects us to take it. No. We won't step into ...
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Why was Guinan on the Enterprise in “Yesterday's Enterprise?”

Given that it was a military ship (no families) in that timeline, should Guinan have even been there?
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Out of universe, why was Wesley Crusher included in Star Trek: Nemesis? [closed]

Wesley Crusher is one of the most reviled Star Trek characters of all time (or at least when he was first introduced). Disregarding this, an important part of the character's arc is when he leaves ...
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Did Dr. Pulaski leave Star Trek Next Generation due to her pushing Troi away from Riker in her last episode?

In Season 2, Episode 22, "Shades of Gray", Dr. Pulaski pushed Deanna Troi's hand away from Riker when she was trying to give him a final treatment to rid his body of the infection from a vine that had ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation why Picard uses shuttlecrafts instead of the Captain's Yacht?

There are numerous episodes of Star Trek: TNG where Captain Picard uses a shuttlecraft: Time Squared Samaritan Snare Liasons Final Mission Timescape Genesis The Enterprise-D also has a Captain's ...
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What are the criteria for advancing from Ensign to Lieutenant junior grade in Starfleet?

The Memory Alpha Wiki says: At this rank [LTjg], [officers] had begun to prove their ability to perform acceptably in Starfleet, and typically began to take on more senior roles in command ...
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Why are Captain Picard's Nausicaan recollections different?

Concerning Jean-Luc Picard's run-in with the surly Nausicaans, why are the recollections different? In "Samaritan Snare," while in the shuttlecraft with Wes, he says, "I stood toe-to-toe with the ...
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Exactly when did Captain Picard perform his trick on Moriarty in “Ship in a Bottle”?

In the episode "Ship in a Bottle", Lt. Barclay reanimates the Professor Moriarty program, who becomes incensed that Capt. Picard had forgotten his promise to bring Moriarty out of the holodeck. ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

This has bothered me ever since I noticed it; the viewscreen in The Next Generation shows perceivable depth even when viewed from an angle when, I would imagine, such an angle should start to warp the ...
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In the alternate timeline of “Yesterday's Enterprise”, had Data and Tasha Yar “done it”?

In the first season episode "The Naked Now", Tahsa Yar and Data have an (ahem) intimate moment. Although Tahsa expresses her desire to forget it at the end of that episode, other episodes refer to ...
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Geordi's authority in Arsenal of Freedom [closed]

Just watching The Arsenal of Freedom, and I thought La Forge was a bit arrogant. I usually like the character, but he was acting like Logan's superior rank meant nothing! Can a junior grade ...
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Did Hugh ever accomplish his mission?

At the end of "I Borg", Hugh is tasked with reuniting with the Collective in hopes of introducing the choice of individuality and giving them the opportunity to freely choose a path that didn't ...
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Why didn't Admiral Quinn order Picard to Starfleet Academy?

In TNG: "Coming of Age", Admiral Quinn gives Captain Picard the choice of becoming Commandant of Starfleet Academy. QUINN: That's not enough. I want to promote you to Admiral, and I want you to ...
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Did Picard know who Guinan was when he took command of the Enterprise? [duplicate]

The events of "Time's Arrow" clearly indicate that Guinan knows who Picard is when he takes command of the Enterprise. But is the converse true: does Picard know who Guinan is at that time? What is ...
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Was the corridor between the Enterprise-D's bridge and the conference room ever shown?

In the Enterprise-D simulation Stage Nine, the corridor from the Enterprise's bridge to its observation room (the one oft used as a situation room or briefing room) loops around, with the door to the ...
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Do the Nausicaans have a government?

For regular (or somewhat regular) species, the Nausicaans are about the least civilized in the canon. They seem aggressive and always wanting to fight, much like the Jem'Hadar. The two would probably ...
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Do any empaths or telepaths in Star Trek follow a code of conduct?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation there are multiple species who can, to various degrees, read the mind and/or emotions of other beings. This brings up a host of privacy concerns, and this question ...
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Why does Troi not tell people about Lutan's desire for Tasha?

Having just watched the episode "Code of Honor" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, how come upon meeting Lutan, Troi sensed his avarice, ambition and a strong desire for Tasha, but said nothing? She ...
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Why are there so many Chief Engineers in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

I'm currently watching season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I count four Chief Engineers! Sarah MacDougal, Michael Argyle, Charles Logan and Leland T. Lynch. Was one the chief and the ...
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What's the source for this claim that Data ages?

This Screenrant article (sorry) claims that Data's physical appearance is programmed to age at the same rate as a human being. This element of his body was likely written in to allow Brent Spiner ...
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In Klingon culture, is there a specific meaning behind crossing your arms and/or turning away (besides discommendation)?

Is this gesture only reserved for the discommendation ceremony (TNG: “Sins of the Father”), and subsequent reminders of the status (TNG: “Reunion”)? Have we seen Klingons use that gesture under any ...
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Why are there different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek?

I wonder why there are different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek: if the goal is to be as efficient and safe as possible, why not activate the analysis and / or security systems directly ...
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How could Data possibly think that he's alone in the universe?

In "Quality of Life," Data seems "unhappy" about the Exocomp failing the test. The test was supposed to determine whether the Exocomps were alive. If the Exocomps were alive, Data tells Dr. Crusher, ...
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How were “Star Trek: The Next Generation” computer beeps/bloops sound effects created?

The ship's computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation produces complex beeps/bloops, particularly when a user is interacting with it. How were these sound effects created?
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What Star Trek effects shot was reused the most?

It's well-known that (especially in the TNG era), shots of ships and planets were frequently reused since they were expensive to create. Many matte paintings were reused with minor (or no) retooling,...
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Why are the Borg not entirely synthetic?

It is regularly stated that the Borg's ultimate goal is achieving perfection. The Borg attempt to accomplish this by assimilating various species "biological and technological distinctiveness" and ...
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“They roam the galaxy looking for something, they know not what. ”

In the third season TNG episode "Deja Q", Q has his powers stripped by the Q Continuum and is exiled to the Enterprise in human form. Q has a discussion with Data about humans and comes out with ...
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Are Federation citizens and/or Starfleet officers allowed to replace healthy organs with bionics if they choose to?

Throughout Star Trek's run we see common use of medical bionics to replace unhealthy organs: Picard has a artificial heart where his was stabbed by a Nausicaan, Geordie has artificial eyes to ...
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Is Captain Picard's and Patrick Stewart's common birthday a coincidence?

A few days ago I have noticed that Patrick Stewart was celebrating his birthday. By accident I have noticed today that Captain Jean-Luc Picard's birthday is also on 13th July. Most likely this has ...
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How come there are no middle-aged senior officers on the Enterprise D other than Picard?

In a military organization, the number of members of a given rank is generally lower the higher the rank is: fewer Lt. Commanders than Lieutenants, fewer Captains than Commander and so on. Also, ...
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Could Geordi detect Changeling infiltrators?

With his handy VISOR, would Geordi be able to detect Changelings masquerading as humans, Klingons, or even fog? Or could the Changelings still fool him?
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Why is Worf in Nemesis? [duplicate]

Worf is one of my favorite Star Trek characters. A defining moment in his character arc is at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when the Federation appoints him ambassador to the Klingon Empire. ...
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Guinan suggests Geordi drink milk despite Human lactose intolerance - how come?

In Star Trek TNG, Season 3 Episode 21 ("Hollow Pursuits"), Guinan suggests that Lt. Commander LaForge try drinking warm milk because it "helps you sleep". However, from what I've read, most adult ...
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Is there any relation between the two Captain Scotts?

Of course, I referring to Cheif Engineer/Captain Montgomery Scott and Captain Tyla Scott, "one of Starfleet's finest" from "Conspiracy": Has any canon or (more likely) Expanded Universe source ...
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How does Geordi not recognize a beard?

In "The Schizoid Man," Data invites Geordi and Deanna to his quarters to ask their opinions of his beard. Geordi asks Data if he has damaged his face. How can Geordi not recognize what a beard looks ...
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What are the rules for talking over the table during poker games?

In "Best of Both Worlds," Data, Commander Shelby, Riker, Wes, Deanna, and Geordi are playing poker. Wesley asks Data if he has "another king in the hole." Data then chastises Wesley for asking an ...
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Star Trek - Weapon of Peace [duplicate]

This piece of Star Trek has been eating me for a while. Many years ago, I saw an episode of Star Trek - it was either the original or TNG. The Enterprise crew comes across a strange device which ...
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Were the writers of Voyager: Cathexis influenced by the TNG: Lonely Among Us episode?

Does anyone else see the parallels and similar aspects between the following two episodes: Star trek Voyager: Cathexis (1X13) Star Trek TNG: Lonely Among Us (1X07) Have any of the writers or ...
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Does Troi have a typically Betazoid accent?

Apparently, Star Trek: The Next Generation's counselor Deanna Troi has a space-Israeli accent. However, her mother, Lwaxana Troi, has a space-American accent. Why, then does Troi have a space-Israeli ...
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Why wasn't this TNG space creature hailed before they fired on it?

In "Galaxy's Child," the Enterprise comes across a space-dwelling organism that is with child. The organism fires a stream of radiation at the ship, and, to defend himself, Picard orders the firing of ...
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Enterprise bridge crew shifts

I am re-watching TNG for the first time since original airing and something is bothering me that didn't as a kid. How long is a shift for senior staff? Is the bridge rotation every 8 or 12 hours? Is ...
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What does the title “Up The Long Ladder” mean?

In TNG Season 2, Episode 18 ("Up The Long Ladder"), the Enterprise plays host to a bunch of hillbillies. What is the meaning of the title?
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How did Laura the drone end up in the Delta Quadrant?

In the Voyager episode "Unimatrix Zero" we meet one of Seven's Unimatrix friends called Laura who claims she was a Starfleet officer that was assimilated at the battle of Wolf 359. However, from the ...
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Why does Data repeat his words?

In "Conundrum," Satarran Kieran MacDuff, while aboard another vessel, is able to wipe the short-term memories of all Enterprise personnel. After making Counselor Troi a Samarian sunset (in the ...
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Where do replicator patterns come from? [duplicate]

We take for granted you can get almost anything you want. But, Where do replicator patterns come from? I don't recall any discussion of this. (Possibly the only evidence I can recall is that ...
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Who played iguana Spot in Genesis?

Memory Alpha is quite helpful when learning about all the background actors on Star Trek, even including all of the cats that played Spot on The Next Generation. However, I can't seem to find the ...
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Why wasn't Gates McFadden removed from the opening credits of season 2 of TNG?

This is not a question about why Gates McFadden left TNG; that's been discussed elsewhere. My question is, why didn't they remove her name from the opening credits? Did they not have the budget to ...
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How were Captain Picard's fish kept safe from the baryon sweep?

In "Starship Mine," the baryon sweep is employed to purge the Enterprise of baryon particles. The sweep is deadly to common forms of organic life (and perhaps uncommon ones), so the ship is evacuated. ...
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Has human child-bearing age been extended in Star Trek?

We know that life expectancy has been radically increased due to significant medical advancement. For example, Dr. McCoy lives to be at least 137 per his depiction in "Encounter at Farpoint". We ...
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What indications arether there that there are other Terran languages in common use in Star Trek?

One of the central issues in this question: Is Picard actually fluent in French? is the extent to which French is in daily use anywhere. Various commenters questioned what evidence I would ...