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

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Is there any specific total count/detail/list of Wesley Crusher's womanizing?

TVTROPES ALERT From http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AManIsNotAVirgin: Ironically enough, the record holder for most tail in TNG might actually be Wesley Crusher. I haven't watched the ...
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Captain Riker, of the Enterprise?

During the events of the Star Trek: The Next Generation 2-parter, The Best of Both Worlds, Riker received a field promotion to Captain while Picard was assimilated. Does this mean that Riker should ...
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How to reconcile the cashless human/Federation society with human traders and merchants

From a variety of sources, including this great question, we know that the Federation (or at least the humans) don't use money. This raises the problem that humans frequently visit worlds where there ...
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Do Klingon Cranial Ridges Offer Sufficient Individualization like Fingerprints in Humans?

I was listening to the commentary on an episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9, and one of the writers mentioned that Bajorans' facial ridges are more-or-less the same on all Bajora, "unlike the Klingons." ...
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Why did Q choose Picard and the Enterprise?

In Encounter at Farpoint, Q is clearly unknown to the crew of the Enterprise. Three years later, he's well known enough by Starfleet to deserve his own briefings to command personnel. (Sisko mentioned ...
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Is there a canon explanation for why Star Trek away teams don't wear environmental suits?

Last night I was watching the TNG episode "Relics", where Riker, La Forge and Worf beam aboard a disabled 75-year-old ship with minimal life support. Upon arrival, Riker takes a tricorder reading and ...
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If Worf was raised by humans after the age of 5, why does he “act” so Klingon?

Worf was rescued from the wreckage of the Khitomer colony by a Starfleet petty officer and raised amongst humans in a time when Klingon\Federation relations were somewhat shaky. How did Worf end up ...
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What are illegal/forbidden uses of the Holodeck?

I remember the episode where Laforge's engineer, Reginald Barclay, uses the holodeck to strengthen his self confidence by creating holodeck clones (Musketeers) of the Enterprise crew, to fight against ...
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How did Star Trek characters detect being unconsciously tricked into a simulated Holodeck reality?

In several episode and movies the Holodeck plays a huge role. I remember Prof. Moriarity, Riker kidnapped by Romulans, Insurrection Movie. In what ways did the Star Trek characteres realize in ...
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Why is Data positron-based?

It's well-known throughout Star Trek TNG that Data has a positronic neural network. Were there ever any specific advantages presented as to the usage of positrons vs electrons or photons for this ...
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Star Trek: TNG novels that continue episodes? [closed]

In the original series episode, "All Our Yesterdays", Spock goes back in time 4000 years into a particular planet's history. Two sequels to this episode were written as novels. "Yesterday's Son" and "...
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Why did Dr Crusher have a seat on the bridge?

What purpose would there be to have the chief medical officer on the bridge? It seems like she would not have any use while there. All of her tools and medical equipment were in Sick Bay and the ...
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How can warp drives damage space when the galaxy is moving through space?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Force of Nature, we find that warp drive damages space and that one area of space is more unstable than others. But not only are all galaxies rushing out ...
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Why does Picard need to give verbal orders to bring the ship out of warp?

Often when they arrive in a star system from warp, someone will say something like, "Captain, we've arrived in the such-and-such system." And he will give the order to take the ship out of warp. Now, ...
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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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Has Data ever made a joke intentionally (not involuntarily) in the TNG series?

I know Data tried to make Laforge laugh with his Mr. Tricorder parody in Star Trek: Generations Movie when he had this "emotion chip" Aside from this I only know the episode in TNG where Q loses his ...
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Geordi La Forge: Human Lie Detector

In Star Trek:TNG season 2 episode, Up the Long Ladder (the one where they have to evacuate the colony of clones and the colony of Irish farmers), Geordi reveals that, using his visor, he can tell when ...
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Why didn't they make a new TNG movie after Nemesis?

The Next Generation crew filmed Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. Then nothing. Why was there no follow up film? I was expecting some kind of resolution to the Data / B4 story.
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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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What are the special abilities of Wesley Crusher?

In one episode of Star Trek: TNG "The Traveler" appears and the Enterprise achieves speeds over Warp 10 (as I recall). The Traveler has kind of superpowers to master space and time (all pretty weird ...
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How did Tasha Yar know that she needed to make a hologram?

In the 23rd episode of Season 1 ("Skin of Evil"), Tasha Yar is At the end of the episode, the main crew of the Enterprise attends a ceremony where a hologram of her addresses each attendee. It ...
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Why is it called a tricorder?

The device is square, the readout is square, maybe it should be called square-corder. Did the original tricorder only have 3 functions? I checked the Memory Alpha entry but it doesn't state the ...
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Why didn't Geordi and Ro fall through the floor in “The Next Phase” episode of TNG?

In the TNG episode "The Next Phase," Geordi and Ro are "phase shifted" such that they are invisible to the entire crew, and they can walk through walls. But why didn't they fall through the floor? ...
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Is it known to whom Data was referring when he told the Borg Queen of his most recent intimate experience?

In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen comes on to Data and asks him when the last time he was intimate and he states how long it has been for him - is it known to whom he was referring? Based on ...
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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 ...
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Why did the Borg name Locutus?

The other Borg get names like 4th of 12, adjunct matrix blah blah. So why did Captain Picard get a name when he was assimilated, instead of a numerical code / designation like all the other drones?
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What was the physical effect on Captain Picard of Borg assimilation?

After his Borg assimilation, Captain Picard appeared to be 100% restored to his original human self. But was that the case? (This question is purely about his physical restoration, I'm not interested ...
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Why did Scotty think Capt Kirk was alive?

In season 6 episode 4 of of Star Trek: TNG; Captain Scott is recovered from a transport buffer after 75 years on the Jenolen. He asks if Jim Kirk was still alive and if he'd come to rescue him. But ...
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In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered?

In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered? If I recall correctly, the device had 3 parts: life, death and balance in between. It worked only against aggression (to the ...
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What are the emergency protocols to contain a warp core breach?

Are there established protocols in Star Trek to contain a warp core breach?
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When did the red shirt careers change to yellow shirts in Star Trek and why?

In the original Star Trek engineers and security officers wore red shirts but in ST:TNG engineers and security officers wore yellow shirts and command officers wore red shirts. Was it ever explained ...
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What is the difference between photon torpedoes and quantum torpedoes?

It seems that quantum torpedeos are the next generation of photon torpedoes but I was wondering what made them better and what makes them 'quantum'.
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Why was Star Trek: The Next Generation cancelled?

The standard reason for a TV show to get cancelled is when the ratings drop. Was that the case for "The Next Generation" too? What exactly is meant by "low ratings": is it absolute numbers, or ...
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Did Worf's sash color change throughout TNG? When and why?

Tango's answer to "TNG crew in weird shopped rainbow hats" question mentioned that there was some sort of identifiable change to the color AND texture of Worf's sash. The random images below seem to ...
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Which episode of Star Trek: TNG is the image on the chat servers' error pages taken from?

On the three Stack Overflow chat servers, the chat room not available page displays the following image: Is it from an actual episode, or is it a 'shop?
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Why could Data not use contractions?

I was wondering if there was an explanation for why Data from ST:TNG couldn't use contractions?
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How many promotions did Riker turn down?

A second season episode of The Next Generation I watched the other day had Cdr. Riker turning down an offer to command his own ship. I seem to remember other offers being rebuffed by Riker, though he ...
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How could the saucer section of the Enterprise sustain warp velocity without a warp engine?

In the first TNG episode the saucer section is separated at warp speed. But how is that possible? Memory Alpha says that the saucer section quickly loses speed, but wouldn't it just drop out of warp ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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What happened to the Exocomps?

In Star Trek, whatever happened to the exocomps? I recall that they were in an episode that showed them as sentient, but never saw them again.
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly greater ...
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Is the “Space, The Final Frontier” quote “in universe”?

Probably everyone reading this recognises the most famous split-infinitive in (science) fiction: From Star Trek TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ...
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What happened to warp drives destroying the universe?

I remember a TNG episode where some scientists said that warp drives were causing a lot of damage to subspace. At the end of the episode Star Fleet decided that warp speeds would be restricted to warp ...
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Why do the Borg have such a hard time understanding individuality?

The Borg assimilate individuals and their entire mind becomes a part of their collective. Every time they to do this, they must gain the exact experiences and legitimate reasonings as to why other ...
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Where does the video of Picard with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise come from?

In the awesome Picard Video, there are clips from another video where Picard is dancing with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise. I've never been able to figure out where this video ...
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Which episode is the “double facepalm” image macro from?

There's a Demotivational-style image macro that features Picard and Riker facepalming at the same time: I believe the person in the left of the picture may not be Picard in the original scene: the ...
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Was/is anything else major planned for Commander Sela from Star Trek: TNG?

Towards the end of TNG Tasha Yar's daughter Commander Sela has a brief stint as enemy in a few episodes. It always seemed as though they cut her arc off suddenly and without resolution. There are a ...
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Why did Deanna Troi keep wearing a Starfleet uniform after Chain of Command?

For most of the series, she did not wear her uniform on duty like other members of the crew. However, after Captain Edward Jellico ordered her to wear her uniform in Chain of Command, Part I, she kept ...
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How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?

In "First Contact" Picard kills a couple of Borg drones in the Holodeck with a holographic Tommy gun. It would appear that while the Borg are able to adapt to become impervious to energy weapons, ...
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Was Roddenberry involved in the creation of Deep Space Nine or Voyager before he died?

I know that Roddenberry took a less and less active role in TNG as his health deteriorated. He died before the release of Deep Space Nine or Voyager. Did he having anything to do with the creation ...