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Can the transporter reposition you?

In Tomorrow is Yesterday USAF Captain John Christopher was sitting in his pilot seat when he dematerialized, but materialized standing with his back to Captain Kirk. This happened when the Enterprise ...
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Is Tuvok the only black Vulcan?

I spotted the following interview quoting from TV Zone magazine with Tim Russ talking about what it means to be "the black Vulcan". Tim Russ knows the reality of his place in Star Trek: Voyager. ...
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Cleaning staff aboard star ships [duplicate]

Did the Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 have a cleaning crew and janitorial staff? Or is it like the Japanese where everyone would devote time to clean? Or do you think they use the transporters to beam ...
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What did Captain Picard mean when he said, “But that's not the issue at all” in the 'Measure of a Man'?

When challenging the ruling that Data was the property of the Federation, Captain Picard had a conversation with Guinan where she talked about 'disposable generations of people' and in response ...
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How does Data know about his off switch?

In ST:TNG season 1 episode 12 "Datalore," Data reveals to Beverly Crusher the location & operation of his "off switch" (which is on his back). How did he come to know about its function? Although ...
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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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Who inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her biological father. Where did the Star Trek creators ...
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Who can see better: Geordi or Data?

I know that Geordi's blind, but with his VISOR, he has exceptional vision with a range for a wide subspace spectrum. How does this compare with Data's android vision: Does Data have a comparable ...
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Who inspired the Star Trek character Q?

What inspired the god-like being Q introduced in Star Trek:The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint? Where did the show's creators get the name and inspiration for Q's character?
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How many times is Captain Picard shown to die or implied to die on TNG?

In the episode "Tapestry," Picard gets stabbed in the heart. I think that scene is showed a few times on that episode. And in the episode "Cause and Effect" the Enterprise explodes over and over. This ...
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Is there any information about Data after Nemesis?

In the last movie of TNG's generation, "Nemesis", near the end in the Scimitar (Shinzon's ship)... spoilers ahead... Earlier in the movie the team discovers B-4, a prototype android constructed by ...
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What are the size limits of a Federation replicator?

Are there any size limits on the items that a replicator can produce? Has there been shown any different sizes of replicators capable of replicator large objects? What are the smallest and largest ...
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Why are androids considered life forms in Star Trek?

Just curious why androids are considered life forms, or is it just limited to Data? What makes Data different than the ship's computer, practically speaking? Data was counted as a member of the crew, ...
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What is Mr. Data's full name?

What is the full official name Doctor Noonien Soong gave to his android (known in ST: TNG as "Data")? Is the entire name simply Data, or is it an acronym?
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Has any command structure officer ever given an order to a superior (in terms of rank) officer?

After reading this question, I started to think who will be superior in terms of giving orders: Lt. Commander Data (as the second officer of USS Enterprise D) or Dr Beverly Crusher (Commander and CMO),...
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Which individual has the highest kill count of any Star Trek crew?

Re-watching Worf shoot another Klingon at point blank range (season 1 episode 20), I wondered if, despite his being Klingon and therefore the token warrior on the series, he actually had the most ...
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Did Guinan accidentally give Q the idea to send the Enterprise to meet the Borg?

In the episode “Q who?” Picard, Riker, Guinan and Q are in 10-forward having the discussion about Starfleet pushing out into space too fast and not being prepared for what awaits them. Q says the ...
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What are Guinan's powers from Star Trek: TNG?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who" (Season 2, Episode 16) Q seems disturbed by the presence of Guinan to the point of raising his hands as if to use his powers on her. Guinan responds ...
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Is “Night Bird” from the Star Trek TNG episode “Second Chances” a real 20th-century song?

I'm a big jazz aficionado (and a trombone player) and I was curious if the song "Night Bird" (more information below) is a real song or a fictional jazz song. From Memory Alpha: "Night Bird" was a ...
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Why didn't Picard borrow a Klingon vessel to go to Nelvana III?

In the episode "The Defector," the Enterprise flies into the Neutral Zone to investigate a secret base being built by the Romulans on the planet Nelvana III, based on information given by the defector ...
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Is cloning illegal in the Star Trek: TNG continuity?

The few instances of clones being used in the Star Trek series have been seen to have usually negative implications. And the artificial heart used to replace Picard's original organ (which was ...
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Do certain energy beings not have to “eat” (take in energy somehow)?

It has been shown in Star Trek that some energy beings need to take in some sort of energy in order to survive. For example, in "Day of the Dove," the Beta XII-A entity apparently was required to "...
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Are the Dolphins used to navigate Enterprise D sentient beings or Starfleet property?

Starfleet employs dolphins in their starship navigation systems, which sounds very much like property. This seems contradictory if they are considered sentient ContradictionIn The Perfect Mate Geordi ...
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How many shuttles did the Enterprise-D carry?

I ask this because I was myself asked, and did not know the answer (despite being a life-long Trekker). As this refers specifically to the Galaxy-class Enterprise, perhaps there is a specifications ...
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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 episode that given different ...
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How can holograms be transported?

Star Trek: The Next Generation, S6E12, "Ship in a Bottle", makes it quite clear that holograms cannot be beamed with available Federation tech at the moment. In Star Trek: Voyager, S5E13, the EMH is ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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How did Picard send a binary message to Data in the future?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Times Arrow", parts one and two, recall the following: Data's head was found in an excavation on Earth that dates from the 19th century (it actually is Data's head). ...
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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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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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How much stronger is a Klingon than a human?

While watching an episode of TNG I heard Data state that he was several times stronger than a human, which got me to thinking how much stronger than an average human is an average Klingon?
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What do the Borg eat?

We know Seven of Nine eats after she was severed from the collective. We know the Borg drones recharge/sleep in individual docking stations. Do the Borg drones eat? If so, what do they eat, and how is ...
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Why is Worf permitted to wear his sash but Ro can't wear her earpiece?

In ST:TNG Season 5, episode 3 (Ensign Ro), the following scene occurs: [Transporter room] (a young woman in red uniform beams in, wearing a sullen expression and a fancy earring) RO: ...
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Is there a reason why Sci Fi Australia wouldn't get the broadcast licenses for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

In Australia, the Foxtel (Pay TV) Channel SciFi (ch 123) has been airing repeats of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. while not strange by itself what gets me is that The Next ...
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Why didn't Data give Picard the stardate instead of the Gregorian date?

In the movie Star Trek: First Contact the Enterprise enters the past through a temporal vortex created by the Borg. Upon arriving there is the following exchange: PICARD: A missile complex? ...The ...
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What's the origin of referring to female superior officers as “sir”?

It is well established in Star Trek: The Next Generation that female superior officers are normally referred to as sir. This is applied to Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, Cmdr. Shelby, Maj. Kira, Lt. ...
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Did Ki Mendrossen from “Sarek” study the teachings of Surak?

In the TNG episode "Sarek", Ambassador Sarek arrives on the Enterprise-D with a small entourage that includes a Terran male named Ki Mendrossen, who introduces himself to Picard and Riker as Sarek's ...
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Does Worf stink?

Apparently Klingons, or at least Worf, hate to bathe. Does this mean that Worf stinks to high heaven? Or do Klingons consider using the sonic shower/washing at the sink to be acceptable, whereas ...
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When did our universe and the Star Trek universe diverge?

Note that my question assumes as a given that Star Trek is in an alternate universe which diverged from ours at some point in history. That seems really, really obvious and undeniable to me. So the ...
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Why were only Jean Luc and Guinan so outright hateful to the Borg (“I Borg”)?

I notice that the others were either against the plan to destroy the Borg (Beverly Crusher), or, even if for the plan, at the very least middle of the road and somewhat neutral in their feelings and ...
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If Shinzon were to replace Picard how is the age difference explained?

I was doing some figuring about Shinzon's age in Star Trek: Nemesis. The more figuring I did the more confused I became. Am I right in the understanding that Shinzon was designed to replace Picard in ...
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Who made the Dyson's sphere in Star Trek TNG?

According to this wikia, the Dyson's sphere discovered by the Enterprise in the episode, "Relics" was large enough to support the life of 4 million earth sized planets, if you do some rough math, that'...
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Does Q ever actually lie?

In the episode Deja-Q, Picard openly accuses Q of being dishonest: Q: I have no powers. Q the ordinary. PICARD: Q the liar. Q the misanthrope. And in the DS9 episode Q-Less, Vash claims ...
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Was “Tapestry” meant as somewhat of a comedy?

I ask because a lot of people laughed at Lt Picard.
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Is Borg adaptation only temporary?

It seems like Borg adaptation, at least in terms of battle, is temporary. In every episode and movie I can think of, the initial attack against the Borg is effective. Unless the countless species ...
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“Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode focusing on crew members below command level

There's an episode of The Next Generation that focuses on the Ensign-level crew members, rather than the Command-level crew. I cannot remember the name of this episode - and I do not remember enough ...
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What's the origin of Picard's signature phrase, “make it so”?

Was Jean-Luc Picard's famous "Make it so" phrase introduced by Patrick Stewart or by the series writers? Was use of the phrase inspired by any other fictional character? What I was wondering was, was ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

I'm referring to his "typical" weight, as in how much he weighs during his day-to-day activities aboard the Enterprise (minus the pipe).
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What exactly caused Data to get angry in “Descent” before the emotion chip?

Talking the opening scene where they fight the renegade Borg on the outpost. Something all of a sudden causes Data to be angry. I take the hint to be the guy who says every biological organism. As ...