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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 ...
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Why is Worf's son Alexander known by the last name of Rozhenko?

Worf's son is known as Alexander Rozhenko. There are some aspects about that name that I can't fully understand, and I'm hoping for an in-universe explanation. Where did this name come from? K'Ehleyr ...
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Was Captain Picard justified in holding Rasmussen?

At the end of "A Matter of Time," purported historian Berlinghoff Rasmussen is held on the Enterprise after it's been determined that he lied to the crew and attempted to steal technology from the ...
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Why does Admiral Dougherty contradict his own argument with Captain Picard?

(it's entirely possible I'm just mis-interpreting the Admiral's comments, but I've never been able to figure it out, so I'm hoping someone can explain) DOUGHERTY: We have the planet, they have the ...
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How do the Son'a torpedoes hit the Enterprise so quickly?

In Star Trek: Insurrection, there's an encounter between the USS Enterprise E (under Riker's command) and two Son'a ships.The dialogue goes like this: OPS OFFICER: Commander, I'm showing two Son'a ...
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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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What are the various computer consoles on the NCC-1701-D's bridge?

Inspired by What are the various duty stations on the Enterprise NCC-1701's bridge?, do the five stations behind Tactical on TNG's Enterprise have specific purpose, or are they all multi-use? My hunch ...
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How did Lore summon the Crystalline Entity when he was dismantled at the time?

It is postulated in this answer that the Crystalline Entity must have visited the colony twice for Lore to have known about and been able to contact it. However, we know that Lore was disassembled ...
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How common is Geordi's VISOR technology?

As far as I recall, various people were not familiar with the VISOR when they first encounter Geordi. Yet he was apparently fitted with it when he was five. Is the VISOR extremely rare or unique? ...
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Why Build Data?

On TNG episode Brothers I'm kinda siding with Lore. Why did Noonien Soong create a whole other Android instead of just fixing the one he had? I don't know how that's the logical choice and I can see ...
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Did Admiral Nechayev Order Picard to Commit Genocide?

In Descent Part I, Admiral Nechayev arrives on the Enterprise and says the following to Picard (emphasis added): NECHAYEV: As I understand, it you found a single Borg at a crash site ...and ...
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Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok: Brass Solar System Artwork

In Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok there is a brass Solar System artwork piece on the wall of the room that Troi and Data are in while trying to translate what the Tamarians are saying. ...
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Why there has been no mobile visual transmission device (remote camera to the bridge) with the away team in Star Trek series?

In Star Trek, ships can communicate visually between them, video communication between captains is quite common, even from a great distance. On the other hand, a mobile visual transmission device (...
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When did they ever go where nobody had gone before?

To boldly go where no-one has gone before - TNG To boldly go where none have gone before - Voyager When did they ever go where nobody had gone before? Seems that it never really happened: ...
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How was it possible for Wesley to give an order to Data in Star Trek The Next Generation?

In the Star Trek The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 10: The Dauphin, Wesley wants to talk with Data and Data comes to Wesley’s quarters. Why? How? Isn’t Data superior of Wesley? Should’ Wesley ...
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Does same-species racism exist in Star Trek?

Like it or not, racism has been a major part of Earth's history. It still plagues the planet today. However, in the future that Star Trek presents, same-species racism has been practically eliminated, ...
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Do the Borg exist in the Mirror Universe? [duplicate]

Do the Borg exist in the Mirror Universe? If so, have they encountered the Empire or Alliance? Or, have the Prime Borg Ever crossed into the Mirror Universe? Otherwise, how is it that the Borg could ...
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Star trek Borg origins [duplicate]

could the origin of the borg be tied in somehow (creatively) with the original series episode "The Lights of Zetar"? Were they 100% certain they destroyed them in the compression chamber or just drove ...
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Does Lore have a penis?

I just finished watching TNG: Datalore. When they found Lore's body parts I saw no genitals. If Data was built after why would Soong put them on him but not B-4 and Lore? Lore is basically the same ...
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Is Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek TNG actually a living being? [closed]

Is Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation alive? This has really been confusing me since Data is an android who sure as heck acts alive!
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Why is the battle bridge so rarely used in Star Trek?

My understanding of the battle bridge is that it is a more protected and armored bridge meant to be used when there was a risk of damage to the main bridge, such as during a battle, or to control the ...
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Data's strength in “Star Trek: Insurrection”

When Artim fell and Data picked him up he looked like he was struggling carrying him. Afterwards, Data picked up a large boulder with no problem (like it wasn't heavy). Why was Artim heavier to carry ...
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Why would Worf be First Officer of the Enterprise?

I'm specifically referring to the episode(s) Gambit. In the absence of Riker and Picard, Data takes command of the Enterprise and Worf is second in command. This seems wrong however, because he is ...
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Why did some Klingon faces change while others did not?

In the Star Trek: The Original Series, we see Klingons for the first time. They have faces similar to that of humans. In later appearances on other Star Trek shows, their faces have ridges. Now, I'm ...
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Do any countries in Star Trek no longer exist? [duplicate]

In the future that Star Trek depicts, many nations have changed, such as Africa becoming the United States of Africa. Have any countries fallen victim to this? Options include assimilation into other ...
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How can the Klingons & The Federation exist in a close Alliance?

This has always bothered me; I want to stress first that the Klingons as a fleshed out race are a brilliant addition to the Star Trek Universe, I love their honour bound warrior code and the various ...
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In which episode did Worf's say his famous phrase about humanity?

In which episode (and in which moment) of Star Trek: The Next Generation did Worf say his famous line? People have a lot to talk, yet little to say. I can only recall that it was probably halfway ...
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From which Star Trek TNG episode/movie has this famous facepalm image been taken?

This Picard Facepalm image is very famous. You can find it in countless memes. Everyone keeps using it on social media. Even Fortune.com has used it. It is so famous outside its dimension that when I ...
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Why didn't Star Trek TNG explore the mirror universe?

Star Trek has an ongoing motif of the Mirror Universe: The "mirror universe" is an informal name for a parallel universe first recorded as visited by James T. Kirk and several officers from the USS ...
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Can Galaxy-class starships eject their warp nacelles?

Watching the TNG theme, I've noticed an odd pattern in the aft-ventral hull of the Enterprise-D: It can be clearly seen 48 seconds into the opening sequence at high resolution . It always looked to ...
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Was there ever a situation where a proposal from Worf was accepted?

I recently stumbled upon this video which is a 15 minute compilation of Star Trek: The Next Generation scenes where Worf makes proposals which immediately get dismissed: ...
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Which first contact species reappeared? [closed]

Throughout all of the Star Trek shows, one of the constants is the appearance of new life and new civilizations. However, it is pretty rare for that new life to appear after their first appearance. ...
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How does the on-board computer answer multiple nearby people without overlap?

Onboard Starfleet computers, personnel can ask the computer questions vocally and get an audio response. Presumably on a ship of that size, the computer is doing this in parallel all the time — e.g. ...
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Why didn't the orbital probes in “The Arsenal of Freedom” shut down with the ground probes?

Captain Picard manages to end the weapons' demonstration near the end of Season 1, episode 21 (The Arsenal of Freedom) by telling the hologram he'd buy the weapon system. The ground based probe ...
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Did Brent Spiner ad-lib this line from “Shades of Gray”?

I found this blooper reel, transcribed below: PICARD (gesturing to DATA): The admiral and I were worried about you. (beat, either TROI stifles a laugh or SIRTIS briefly corpses, unclear which*) ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

So the Borg are introduced to the Federation by Q, but the fact remains the Federation lives on the other side of the Galaxy, and aside from more possible encounters with Q / Caretaker like beings, ...