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What was the largest object that the Enterprise-D could transport onboard?

According to Memory Alpha, the Enterprise-D was equipped with a cargo transporter. What was the largest object or amount of mass that the Enterprise-D could transport on board in a single beam up?
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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 ...
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What exactly happened to the 18 crew members who were reported as “missing” in “Q Who”?

I always thought they were dead in battle. The Borg didn't believe in assimilating lifeforms until "Best of Both Worlds." Yet others argue they were assimilated, and hence they were into assimilation ...
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How fast are we moving through the star field in the closing credits of Star Trek: TNG? [duplicate]

I saw that warp 9 is like 1500 times the speed of light, but it would still take a day to reach the nearest star. But in the closing credits, we are passing stars at a rate that seems much faster than ...
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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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Transition of Klingons from racist, xenophobic, stuck up, arrogant white Russians in “TOS” to arguably black people with an honorable culture in “TNG” [on hold]

How did that happen? In the original, they seemed to be every portrayal of Allied white arrogant racists who thought they were superior to others. And specifically Communists being they represented ...
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Were the Romulans intended as comic relief on “TNG”?

I always felt given the incompetance of the Romulans that they were more a comical disturbance rather than a genuine threat that they were often trying to portray themselves as. This was rather ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?
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What exactly was the Borg's intention when finally capturing the ship at the end of “Q Who”?

If it had not been for Q saving them at the last minute, what would the Borg have done?
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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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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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Has Data attempted a romantic relationship AFTER getting his emotion chip?

I know of two instances of Data attempting a relationship before he got his emotion chip, first having sex with Tasha Yar early on in the series ("I'm programmed in multiple techniques"), and secondly ...
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Borg nanites prior to First Contact and “Scorpion”

Are there any references, either in the official canon or in the Extended Universe, to Borg nanites and/or nanoprobes prior to First Contact and the Voyager two-parter "Scorpion"? During TNG, the ...
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Why did Picard leave the iron filing inside of Data's head?

When writing this answer, I was reminded of something in a scene of Time's Arrow Part 2 that I find to be odd. Picard encodes a binary message for the Enterprise crew inside of Data's head, which was,...
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The Borg became individuals following the reintegration of 'Hugh', how are they a collective again during First Contact?

Unless I missed something key during Descent 1/2, how is it that the Borg are once again a collective?
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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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Could the Klingon Second Officer of the Pagh have killed Riker with no Federation reprisals?

As part of an officer exchange program, Riker is assigned to the Klingon ship IKS Pagh, captained by Kargan. Riker embraces his role as the Klingon First Officer, and when challenged by Second Officer ...
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Is killing your clone against Federation law?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Up The Long Ladder", even though the away team's DNA was taken without permission, wouldn't killing their defenceless clones be an act of murder and ...
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Who created the Borg concept? [duplicate]

Who created the Borg concept? Looking at Wikipedia it is clear TNG had already started without the Borg as such, but with the idea that a new powerful adversary was needed. This article suggests a ...
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TNG episode where aliens are testing on the crew

I'm looking for an episode from Star Trek TNG where the crew is being tested by aliens. The only part I remember is near the end where Picard traps one on the bridge in a force field and says "we know ...
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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 is the typical yield of a Starfleet photon torpedo?

We know that (in the TNG era) Starfleet's photon torpedoes are warp capable warheads, which upon detonation create a very strong matter-antimatter explosion, but what is the strength of this explosion ...
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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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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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Why does Picard say that Shinzon's heart is the same as his?

Trying to encourage a holographic Shinzon to be a bit less attack-ey: Look at me, Shinzon. ...Your heart, your hands, your eyes are the same as mine. The blood pumping within you, the raw material ...
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Was Dr. Noonian Soong's name inspired by Khan Noonien Singh?

I just recently realized that "Dr. Noonian Soong" and "Khan Noonien Singh" sound familiar. Is there documented confirmation that the TNG writers were inspired by Star Trek II? Or is this purely a ...
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What is Worf referring to in “The Outrageous Okona”?

In "The Outrageous Okona," Captain Picard sends Worf to retrieve Okona. Okona is with a female crew member, in her quarters. Worf shouts at Okona to come, now, and that "he'd like that, but he has his ...
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Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign?

With the release of the trailers for Star Trek: Picard we have observed what either a flashback, or an in-universe reproduction or preserved artifact of the Captain Picard Day sign. This also affords ...
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How is this ageless Data realized?

Bent Spiner is known to have commented that he couldn't play Data anymore due to his age. Yet in the recently released trailer for Star Trek: Picard, there he is! ...
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How Can a Biological Virus Infect Data?

In The Naked Now, there's a virus spreading among the crew of the Enterprise. (Essentially the same virus as in The Naked Time: It forces characters to reveal their motivations and allows extreme ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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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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Why did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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Is there a link between the Vogon's “Resistance is Useless” and the Borg's “Resistance is Futile”?

In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we read: FORD: Alright, just stop panicking! ARTHUR: Who said anything about panicking?!? This is still just a culture shock. FORD: Arthur! You’re ...
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What political system does Star Trek's Federation operate under?

I've watched all of the Original Series and The Next Generation, and bits of Deep Space 9 and Voyager, all of the movies, but none of the more recent series, or the books. In all of the material I've ...
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Does Romulan culture recognize the Katra?

As an off-shoot of the Vulcan race, I'm assuming that they also have a Katra(?). I'm wondering if the Romulans ever try to hold onto a deceased person's Katra. I know life is cheap to them, but I had ...
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Can Romulans initiate a mind meld?

Given the common ancestry of the Romulans and the Vulcans, and that the Romulans emigrated only about 2,000 years ago (in the TNG era: a drop in the bucket in terms of evolutionary biology), should ...
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Did Picard violate the Temporal Prime Directive in “All Good Things…” [closed]

In "All Good Things…", the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard time travels to a number of eras, including his relative future. When the crisis is resolved, he chooses to share ...
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Was Geordi and Data's “invasive program” to annihilate the Borg ever attempted again?

In the Season 5 episode “I, Borg”, Picard directs his crew to come up with an "invasive program" to implant in their captured Borg drone "Hugh" in the hopes of annihilating the Collective. PICARD: ...
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Did Section 31 appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

Can anyone confirm whether Section 31 ever appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode?
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Is Section 31 unofficially sanctioned to any extent?

From all the episodes on TNG and DS9 I always get the impression of Section 31 and its operatives as being part of a secret underground organization that is not part of or sanctioned by the official ...
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Why does Worf receive only a reprimand for killing Duras in the episode, “Reunion?”

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Reunion (#81), Worf kills Duras in retribution for killing his mate. Far from a clandestine operation, his behavior is discussed with Picard who informs ...
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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 Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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Is there a canon reason why Klingon and Romulan vessels are so similar in shape?

Not counting shuttles, transport vessels or bases, Klingon and Romulan ships have a very similar basis in their shapes. They also share the same colors. Is there any canon reason as to why so many ...
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What is the Klingon Bloodwine made of?

Do we know what the Klingon Bloodwine is actually made of? Is it actually as the name suggests? or is it just referring to the colour of it?
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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, created (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is ...
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What was time traveller's source of knowledge in ST:TNG “A Matter of Time” episode?

In the beginning "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a person appears on board of Enterprise and claims that he is a time traveller coming from XXVI century. By the end of ...
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How much does Mr. Homn's case weigh? [closed]

Both Commander Riker and Captain Picard struggled to lift and carry Mr. Homn's case. Based on the strength of these Enterprise officers, what is a reasonable weight for it?
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Data being intimate with Tasha Yar - why was Data built with this capability?

Pardon the inherent ickiness of asking how an android and a human...become intimate, but this has genuinely puzzled me since I watched the Next Generation episode "The Naked Now." The summary for the ...