Questions tagged [star-trek-tos]

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What was the gaudily coloured equipment on the Enterprise's corridor walls in ST:TOS?

Was any in-universe explanation given for those gaudily coloured things on the Enterprise's corridor walls? Out-of-universe, they look very much like discarded match plate patterns from a metal ...
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Who buried Zarabeth?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode "All Our Yesterdays", guest actress Mariette Hartley plays Zarabeth, a woman who is exiled by being sent back in time alone to her planet's ice age. When Spock ...
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Starship Enterprise: Always flying left-to-right?

I am watching Star Trek together with my wife. We just finished the three seasons of The Original Series1, and are now mid-way into Star Trek Next Generation. I don't think I have seen the Enterprise ...
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What is the fate of the USS Franklin in the Prime timeline?

During the events of Star Trek Beyond (2016), an Abramsverse/Kelvin Timeline film, the crashed USS Franklin is found and salvaged. Looking at the actual timeline of events, the USS Franklin is ...
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Why is the bridge of the USS Enterprise rotated off the ship's centreline?

The turbolift on the Enterprise bridge is not directly behind the Captain's chair, but over his left shoulder. However external shots of the ship show the lift shaft to be on the centreline. The only ...
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Why does Captain Krasnovsky wear a Science Division uniform? [TOS]

Across the franchise we've seen several Starfleet officers wearing unexpected colors for their rank and position. However usually there's a good explanation for these seeming aberrations - Commodore ...
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Why did Spock wear a Science Division uniform [TOS] while Decker wore Command [TMP]?

In TOS, Spock was assigned as both Kirk's First Officer and his Science Officer. Throughout the duration of the series, except for in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Spock wears a Science ...
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What was Roddenberry's first idea for Spock?

From the Development of Spock article on Wikipedia (emphasis by me): However, he was still apprehensive as he wanted to have a serious acting career and did not want to be made to look foolish by ...
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What happened to the original opening scene to “Whom Gods Destroy”?

I remember seeing the uncut episode of "Whom Gods Destroy" (TOS, Episode 3x16) in the 1970's which included a scene with Kirk, Spock and Scotty discussing the security question involving ...
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Star Trek TOS aliens won’t fight

Trying to recall the episode where at the end, Kirk et al confronted the aliens they were trying to defend. The aliens refused to fight for themselves for some philosophical reason. Any ideas?
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The creature in The Man Trap — what was the reason salt could simply not have been provided?

The creature in question is this one from "The Man Trap". I almost got the sense that despite its ability to assume the shape (or mentally project the illusion) of humans it may not have ...
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In Shore Leave were replicants sentient?

These were very sophisticated devices but iirc, definitely not alive. But just as Data and some other characters that were meant to replicate humans to an extent were, they could have been sentient.
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What book did Kirk receive at the end of the TOS episode “Court Martial”?

In the TOS episode Court Martial, Kirk's defense lawyer Samuel T. Cogley has a preference for books over computers. In one of the last scenes Kirk is gifted a book by Cogley (but physically handed ...
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Amok Time, as in “Run Amok”?

Regarding the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”, I always assumed “Amok” was a fictional sci-fi word, but then I realized it’s spelled the same as “to run amok”. Is there an intentional connection there,...
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How many computers has James Kirk defeated?

James Kirk defeated the M5 and Vaal computers. He even defeated the zenith of all computers, V-GER. How many computers has he defeated?
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How did Kirk regularly beat Spock in 4-Dimensional chess?

As I'm re-watching TOS, I notice 2 cases within the first few episodes where Kirk defeats Spock in chess. At least 1 of the 2 times, if not both, Spock failed to see a checkmate that was only 1 move ...
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Did the original Star Trek series ever tackle slavery as a theme in one of its episodes?

One of the first science fiction stories I liked was Planet of the Apes. Obviously, it was referencing the transatlantic slavery trade as a subtext. I was too young then to know that when I watched it....
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Why does this review of Star Trek IV include an image of Link from Legend of Zelda?

I was watching a recent review of Star Trek IV and noticed a very brief flash of this image during the review: Link to video at the time where this occurs. Thanks to Google image search I found out ...
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What am I expected to already know about Captain Pike?

What I already know about Pike I've never seen TOS, so I know Captain Pike mostly from the Kelvin films. However, being a trek fan on the internet, I've gleaned some info hear and there about Pike I ...
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In Star Trek IV how does Sulu know how to fly a Huey?

Sulu states he used to fly them in his academy days, but should we take that statement at face value? If the statement is accurate, why would he learn on hundred plus year old technology? Today, a ...
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How did Scott and Spock identify this individual?

In TOS: The Cloud Minders, Spock and Scotty are ordered to teleport the "High Advisor" (a senior planetary government official) from a location in a city to the Enterprise. The High Advisor ...
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What are the obligations for a civilization to join the Federation?

Ref: the episode Star Trek TOS 3x21 The Cloud Minders. We have the planet Ardana with two theorically distinct peoples: the people of Stratos, the cloud city, and the Troglytes which work like slaves....
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What about the Prime Directive with Capellan?

In Star Trek TOS 2x11, Friday's Child. The Capellan are just ten tribes without knowledge of bows... They don't explain how McCoy was involved with them. Why does Starfleet agree to trade with the ...
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Why didn't they officialize the Enterprise to be a functional time travel machine as of season 1 episode 19 of TOS?

With the slingshot theory around the sun, any spaceship with warp speed 8 can travel backward or foward in time. So, ok, it's broken and it's what happens when writers have no clue to end an episode, ...
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Why did Chekov try to speak English?

In Star Trek (2009), we see Pavel Chekov humorously struggling with the computer at his console--as he tries to enter a code by voice in his heavily-Russian-accented English, the computer fails to ...
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Star Trek Episode

I'm trying to locate a specific episode of the Original Star Trek with William Shatner as Captain Kirk. It is about 3 or 4 members of the crew who beam down to a planet and find giant robots battling ...
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Who are these The Original Series characters in this image?

Who are the characters in this Star Trek: The Original Series image? Click image to enlarge
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How did Lt. Stiles know that Romulan ships are painted with a bird of prey?

After the Treaty of Algeron, the Romulans had stayed on their side of the Neutral Zone for a 100 years. Nor were there contacts by subspace radio since the Romulan War. SPOCK: As you recall from ...
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Star Trek TOS novel that explored the concept of “volition”

Does anyone know the name of the Star Trek: The Original Series novel based that explored the concept of "Volition?" It's a little hazy after many years, but it may have taken place on a planet ...
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Were iron skillets shown being sand blasting cleaned on the storm-plagued planet Rigel XII in Star Trek TOS?

When writing the Earth Science SE question Why don't iron meteorites on Mars rust or oxidize? Why are they shiny? I wrote Is it known why? Have they landed so recently that oxidation hasn't had the ...
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Did other federation starship classes appear in TOS?

In episodes of Star Trek, the original series, I see other ships that are Constitution class. Did any other classes of Federation star ships appear during this series?
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Do Borg have different collectives depending on which reality they exist in, or are all Borg across all realities part of the same collective?

Similar, but not what I'm after. In TNG Parallels, one of the alternate Enterprises consists of a Riker who claims that: The Borg are everywhere! So there's Borg in at least two universes, probably ...
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Why didn't Starfleet ever check on Khan? [duplicate]

Starfleet... never bothered to check on our progress -Khan, Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan I understand that the odds of the neighboring planet exploding and causing the other planet to shift into ...
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Do they still use days of the week or months in the era of Stardates?

I understand how the stardate system works in Star Trek and it doesn't really lend itself to casual conversation ("see you on star date 41645", as opposed to "see you on Monday") or recurring events ...
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How different biologically are Remans, Romulans, and Vulcans?

How different biologically are Remans, Romulans, and Vulcans? According to the question How are Vulcans and Romulans different from each other?, when Beverly Crusher tried to heal a Romulan with a ...
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Why are Remans telepathic when Romulans are not?

Are Romulans, Vulcans and Remans the same race? I know that around the 4th century Vulcans who rejected the teachings of Surak (whom they call The Dissembler) left Vulcan to go to Romulus, but who are ...
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In Star Trek, why are there so many ships named Defiant?

Defiant. That's the disambiguation page. There's 4 on that page. 4. Why does the name keep cropping up? It seems to me rather odd that there's so many of these ships, considering the wealth of names ...
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Are the Tholians humanoid species?

In the TOS episode: “The Tholian Web”, the Tholian Loskene has only its head visible, and it looks as they are unlike any humanoid we've ever seen before. However, in the Enterprise episode: “In A ...
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Did Lucille Ball have a creative influence on Star Trek?

There are many articles on the role that Lucille Ball had in saving Star Trek from an early death and how she advocated for the show in its early days. Was her role limited to funding, politics, and ...
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What happened to the Doomsday Machine after the Enterprise destroyed it?

The crew of the USS Enterprise destroyed the Doomsday Machine by using another damaged starship as a bomb. That destroyed the internal guts of the machine, but left the shell. ...
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Who authorises historical research via time travel?

In Star Trek: The Original Series Enterprise visited the past in two episodes, Tomorrow is Yesterday (when the crew were thrown back in time to Earth during the 1960's by the effects of a high-gravity ...
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What book was Kirk referring to, with the theme of “let me help”?

In TOS: The City on the Edge of Forever, Kirk, having traveled back to the 1930s, says: Let me help. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that ...
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Sulu's targeting scanner - the Star Trek original series prop

At some point in the second season of TOS, Sulu's console got an upgrade to include a scanner that rises out of the panel to his left. I have always been fascinated by the motions this scanner goes ...
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Vulcan Anatomy (Heart)

In the Star Trek episode "Court Martial", when McCoy used the white sound device on Spock, why did he use it on his chest? Isn't the Vulcan’s heart located in the area of where the human liver would ...
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Which TOS episode is that gif of Spock turning around and raising eyebrow from?

I'm looking for a Star Trek (the original series) clip where Spock slowly turns around and raises an eyebrow like in the below gif: Or this one. Could anyone help me find the episode of this or a ...
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What species in the Star Trek universe actually independently developed their own warp (FTL) drives? [closed]

There are a few Q&As here that lightly touch on aspects of this subject but are woefully incomplete. Some answers and comments mention the timing (in relation to some other species) of the ...
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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 Spock still married to T'Pring in the Kelvin timeline?

In the Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock reveals that he is married (in an arranged marriage when they were children) to T'Pring. When he undergoes the pon farr, he returns to her, but he ...
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Star Trek TOS episode with obvious stunt double for William Shatner

I'm trying to find an episode of Star Trek TOS where Kirk was in a one-on-one fight, and the stunt double for Shatner was so glaringly obvious that it was laugh out loud cringeworthy. I believe the ...
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Has Harcourt Fenton Mudd ever served a sentence?

The "Escape Artist" has been captured many times for smuggling, burglary and other mischief. He also has more bounties than we can count. But has he ever actually been tried, sentenced, and ...

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