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Questions tagged [star-trek-tng]

For questions concerning the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (TNG) 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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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 (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is real." ...
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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 ...
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Has a human ever mastered the mind meld?

In any canon series of Star Trek has a human been able to master the mind meld?
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Did we ever see Droid Maintenance?

Apparently, according to the Galaxy class deck blueprints, as shown on Memory Alpha, Deck 36 houses a "Droid Maintenance" room. A series of convention notes from Rick Sternbach's panel at AnimeCon '91 ...
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Why wasn't Dr. Pulaski beamed off the holodeck?

In TNG: Elementary, Dear Data, Dr. Pulaski is held hostage on the holodeck by Moriarty. Why don't they just beam her off the holodeck?
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In Star Trek: TNG, why was Crusher’s labcoat blue?

Labcoats are traditionally white, the better to show spills and stains, minimize interactions with dyes, etc. more traditionally worn were dust jackets, which allowed chemists to wear a jacket which ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...