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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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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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Can two different programs be run on the same holodeck/holosuite?

For example, could Captain Picard command the computer to use half of Holodeck 2 for his Dixon Hill program, so that Worf can use the other half to fight monsters?
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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 ...
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Is Picard actually fluent in French?

Let me throw out a few examples and potential evidence either way: We have heard Picard utter isolated words and phrases in French ("merde", "maman") and, in "11001001": PICARD: "Incroyable! Vous ...
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Why did TNG's creators change “where no man” to “where no-one”?

In the intro text of TNG it isn't where no MAN has gone before anymore, but where no ONE has gone before Has there ever been an official explanation why the text was changed? My initial ...
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What does Klingon Captain Nu'Daq say when losing the B'aht Qul challenge to Data?

In TNG's "The Chase", Nu'Daq challenges Data to the B'aht Qul and loses. He utters something after this that I cannot find online, except in a transcript that suggests he says "Maw' tok!" A reference ...
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Why is Kahless spelt/pronounced like that?

Per the Wikipedia Entry, Kahless (pronounced: /keɪ̯.lɛs/ [kay-les] or /keɪ̯.lɪs/ [kay-lis]; Klingon pIqaD letters: "qeylIS") is a messianic figure in Klingon history, who unified the Klingon people ...
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Why does computer data get destroyed when it gets downloaded? [duplicate]

Whenever an enemy ship downloads something from the board computer or whenever a hologram gets transferred, the data gets removed from the board computer. It's almost as if the data was a physical ...
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Since when are away missions filmed?

In the TNG Season 4 episode "Identity Crisis", La Forge is in a race against time to figure out why he and some former crew mates from the USS Victory are changing into The suspicion is that they ...
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Since when are Geordi's parents both Starfleet officers?

In another episode of Potential Sudden Backstory™, in the season 7 (!) episode "Interface", Geordi's mother, Capt. Silva La Forge is Is this truly the first canon reference to Geordi's parents being ...
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Is the wordplay between Riker and Guinan original?

In Season 2 Episode 10, Riker and Guinan try to show Wesley how to interact with a girl and have the following exchange: Riker: "Now, the first words out of your mouth are the most important. You ...
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Since when is Riker “the best pilot there is”?

In "Chain of Command Part II", we have this exchange LAFORGE: You know, this trip into the nebula's going to need someone who can do Titan's Turn in their sleep. These mines need to be laid within ...
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Why does Troi hear the melody during the TNG episode “Survivors”?

In TNG Season 3, Episode 3 titled "The Survivors", Counselor Troi hears a repeated melody in her head that drives her almost to insanity. We (the audience) learn the source of the song relatively ...
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How does Data have hair?

Since Data is an inorganic Android, how does he grow organic hair?
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Can a Galaxy-class saucer section join onto a Nebula-class ship?

Can a Galaxy-class's saucer section join onto a Nebula-class vessel? I can’t find the answer anywhere but they both seem identical.
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What else do we know about the Sheliak?

In Star Trek TNG episode The Ensigns of Command, the Sheliak Corporate is said to have had a conflict with the Federation causing a treaty to be born. Is there anything in any other work (one of the ...
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What was the first 3D CGI used in Star Trek?

This means I'm seeking the first three-dimensionally computer-modeled and rendered imagery used in Star Trek. We know there was extensive 3D CGI used in DS9 (Odo) and Voyager (USS Voyager). But ...
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Have we ever encountered any Betazoid word besides “Imzadi”?

Like the question says. We know the word Imzadi meaning something like Beloved. But have we ever encountered any other word? (Is it possible it's literally the least-developed (>0) language from a ...
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Why is Picard wearing a jacket in the Star Trek TNG episode Darmok?

At the beginning of the episode "Darmok" Picard is wearing what looks like a Federation uniform better suited to outdoors since it looks quite hard-wearing; it's the sort of clothing that would be ...
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Do any other TNG-era Romulans lack brow ridges?

In the second half of the TNG episode "Unification", Ambassador Spock is hanging out on Romulus teaching the Romulans about Vulcan culture. While attempting to find him, Captain Picard & Data both ...
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What's with the bias towards Japanese among the (few) East Asian officers in Starfleet?

Sort of related, but here I'm asking about the virtual lack of anyone but people of Japanese descent among the recurring East Asian officers depicted in Star Trek. We have: Hikaru Sulu: Japanese-...
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Does Kevin Uxbridge use the turbolift?

Near the end of “The Survivors,” the Douwd (Kevin Uxbridge) vanishes out of sight after its non-human nature is revealed by Captain Picard. Geordi then remarks that it is in the turbolift. Does this ...
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What does Geordi see on the holodeck?

We've seen how he interprets people and things with his VISOR, but if the holodeck is all force-fields and holographic imaging, how does he interact in a similar way to other members? What does the ...