Questions tagged [star-trek-tos]

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Is there any evidence that QWERTY keyboards are available in the 23rd Century?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kirk and crew travel back in time to 1986 to bring some humpback whales to the 23rd Century. Scotty is tasked with building a tank for them, and uses a computer to ...
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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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Where did they get the transporter coordinates for the Defiant in “The Tholian Web”?

At the start of the Star Trek episode "The Tholian Web" the crew of the Enterprise can somehow "see" the wreck of the Defiant although it doesn't register on the ship's sensors. Then they beam over to ...
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In what episode of TOS did a character on the bridge make a comment about raising the number 1 to some power?

Long, long ago, I was watching an episode of TOS when a character usually or often on the bridge of the Enterprise made a comment about raising the number 1 [sic] to some power. I don't remember who ...
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What is the purpose of the black rectangular object behind Scott in “The Galileo Seven”?

When Scott electrifies the hull of the "Galileo," a piece of equipment is partially visible that looks like a circular chart recorder with pneumatic output. What would a 23rd century Class F shuttle ...
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Why didn't they teach Captain Pike Morse Code?

In Star Trek "The Menagerie", we see Captain Christopher Pike as a dang-near-everything-plegic. He has been placed in a powered wheelchair/life support system and his only physical abilities are that ...
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Are the musical plants in Star Trek TOS's the Cage a reference to A Journey To Other Worlds?

In Star Trek TOS Episode The Menagerie, we see on a visit to Talos IV, singing plants. This was produced in 1966. On reading John Astor's A Journey in Other Worlds, we also read of singing plants on ...
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How did Kirk identify Gorgan in “And the Children Shall Lead”?

In the Original Series episode "And the Children Shall Lead", before Gorgan appears a second time (at about time index 43:45 on Netflix), there is no mention of his name. How did Kirk know the name ...
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Were any of the stories used in “Star Trek: The Animated Series” rejected from the TV show?

I have just started watching Star Trek: The Animated Series and was wondering if any of the stories come from unused scripts from TOS? So far it is as fun and camp as the TV show and the few episodes ...
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Have all the diseases that plague Homo sapiens today been conquered by the time of the original Star Trek?

The Enterprise has an elaborate Sick Bay, well equipped with diagnostic and curative equipment. Dr. McCoy and his colleagues are busy repairing traumatic injuries and diagnosing weird diseases of ...
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Does Christopher Pike's first officer have a name?

Rather prominently, Pike's first officer called herself "Number One" when asked in an official capacity. While she gets way more screen time in ST:Discovery, we never see her named. It's now ...
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When did traveling to Talos IV get a death penalty added to it?

In "The Menagerie", we learn that traveling to Talos IV isn't just a bad idea, it can literally get you killed under General Order 7: Starfleet General Order 7 was a directive that forbade contact ...
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What was the green drink that Scotty could not identify?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode "By Any Other Name", Scotty gets alien captor Tomar drunk. Tomar asks him about one particular bottle: TOMAR: "What is it?" SCOTTY: "Well, it's… uh…" (Scotty ...
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What is the correct process for Landru to absorb an Archon?

In the original Star Trek episode "Return of the Archons", there are two very different portrayals showing how the minds of outsiders are "absorbed" by the computer Landru: In the scene prior to the ...
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What happened to Sulu's predecessor?

In the beginning of the Undiscovered Country, Hikaru Sulu has been promoted to captain and commands the starship Excelsior. Where was Styles, the previous captain during this time?
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Is “fleet captain” a production mistake or an actual Starfleet rank?

In the opening scene of "Whom Gods Destroy", Captain Garth (posing as Dr. Cory) says to Kirk: "Garth of Izar, a starship fleet captain." Was this intended to be a real Starfleet title, or a ...
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M5 and Beta 5 computers in Star Trek TOS; who designed the props and what inspired the circular computer screens?

Star Trek TOS has (at least) two computers with round screens, the M5 and the Beta 5 described below. This is an out-of-universe question on the design of the props. Both remind me of the early PDP ...
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Did Spock behave illogically in A Taste Of Armageddon?

In the TOS episode A Taste of Armageddon, Spock orders a Yeoman to stop Mea 3 from killing herself. Yeoman Tamula, you stay here and prevent this young lady from immolating herself. Knock her down ...
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Did Soran succeed?

According to the canon movie Star Trek Generations, the Nexus is an extra-dimensional realm in which time and space have no meaning. The main antagonist of the film, Tolian Soran, wants to enter the ...
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What do Spock and Kirk eat?

In "All Our Yesterdays" Spock says something like, "Arrrghhh, I've eaten animal flesh," with much regret. It indicated that traveling that far back in time messed up his Vulcan mindset. So I assume ...
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Why did the Vulcans feel only Nixon could go to China?

In Star Trek VI, we have this odd (but amusing) quote "There's an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China." Why did the Vulcans have this proverb?
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When did the Prime Directive come into law?

Tomorrow is Yesterday S01E19 breaks the rule of the Prime Directive by beaming the Air Force pilot on board and other aspects of him being on board. When did the Prime Directive first become a ...
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Was the viewscreen in TOS viewed as novel or incremental at the time?

Obviously the original Star Trek presented a number of amazing technologies (even if it wasn't necessarily the genesis of all of them). Today we have amazingly huge high-resolution screens becoming ...
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Original Series Trek episode where the crew go to a planet where whatever they think comes true

Does anyone know the name of the episode from the original Star Trek series where they are on a planet and whatever they think becomes true? I remember Bones McCoy was thinking about a beautiful "...
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Why didn't Kirk mention Khan Noonien Singh when admonishing Dr. Korby

In the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" Kirk finds out that Dr. Korby wants to perfect humanity by replacing humans with androids. The two have the following exchange: KORBY: What ...
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How can a tricorder determine the progress of a world over thousands of years?

In "Errand of Mercy," after being on Organia for a short time, Spock tells Captain Kirk that their information was incorrect. The civilization was not just primitive, but utterly stagnant. He states ...
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Does Captain Ronald Tracey resemble a particular figure from U.S. history? [closed]

In the Star Trek episode "TOS: Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Star Trek - Weapon of Peace [duplicate]

This piece of Star Trek has been eating me for a while. Many years ago, I saw an episode of Star Trek - it was either the original or TNG. The Enterprise crew comes across a strange device which ...
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How far does the power of the Talosians extend?

In the two-parter The Menagerie the Commodore Mendez on board the Enterprise is revealed to be an illusion. There is, however, also a real Commodore Mendez on Starbase 6. So when Kirk leaves with ...
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Was the footage received in Star Trek's The Menagerie also an illusion?

In the two-parter The Menagerie, it is said that the footage we first thought was a record was in fact a broadcast from Talos IV. What does that mean, exactly? We clearly see past events, so I assume ...
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What was the footage received in Star Trek's The Menagerie [closed]

In the two-parter The Menagerie some revelations seem to have consequences I can't wrap my head around: It is said that the footage we first thought was a record was in fact a broadcast from Talos IV....
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Escape Pods on the original Constitution-class

One question that has always bothered me in ST:TOS, was the apparent lack of escape pods, though there seems to have been some indication of them in the secondary hull in ST:TMP. Could that be the ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the difference between Orion males and females?

All the physical differences between the sexes of the (major) humanoid species of Star Trek are within a range that's known from humankind as well - except for the Orions. Whereas their females are ...
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Why did TNG's creators change “where no man” to “where no-one”?

In the intro text of TNG it isn't where no MAN has gone before anymore, but where no ONE has gone before Has there ever been an official explanation why the text was changed? My initial ...
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Is Khan Noonien Singh a follower of Sikhism?

In TOS Space Seed, Lt. Marla McGivers identifies Khan Noonien Singh as a Sikh. (Looking at Khan) From the northern India area, I'd guess. Probably a Sikh. They were the most fantastic warriors. ...
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Why does Kirk order Spock to initialise “Warp factor 1”?

Why does Kirk order Spock to initialise "Warp factor 1" in Dagger of the Mind? This order should be addressed to the helmsman, not the science officer/first officer, particularly so since Spock doesn'...
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Does T'Pau start the 'Vulcanism' presented in TOS?

Does T'Pau mark the beginning of that kind of Vulcan culture and self-concept that will later be embodied by Spock? Her rise to power is accompanied by a clear break in how Vulcans perceive ...
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Was Spock Starfleet's second mutineer?

I've recently started rewatching Star Trek TOS, and have got up to The Menagerie. In this two-parter, Spock attempts to take over the Enterprise to help his friend Captain Pike. It re-uses material ...
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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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Were any other lengths of time given for the period between the present and The Original Series?

In this question the Star Trek dating scheme was discussed. It is well known that in the TOS episode "The Squire of Gothos", it seemed to suggest that the series was set some 900 years in the future, ...
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In which episode was the time when Star Trek: TOS takes place set to the 23rd century? [duplicate]

In the Star Trek episode "The Squire of Gothos", Trelane suggested he was looking at Earth of 900 years ago, in the late 18th century, making Star Trek set in the 27th Century. According to ...
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What's the first canon indication that Sulu is Japanese?

This comment claims that Sulu is not a Japanese name (technically true), but I always assumed that Gene Roddenberry intended the name to be Japanese but he was just oblivious or ignorant. It ...
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Star Trek TOS Episode “City on the Edge of Forever”, how many went down to the alien planet?

For all intents and purposes the question that I pose is simple and to the point. Including McCoy as 1, how many people from the Enterprise beamed down to the alien planet.
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Are Star Trek and Devil in the Dark related?

There was a movie that my friend watched last year called Devil in the Dark. I wanted to watch it, but I didn't have time to watch it in the cinemas. I googled devil in the dark in images so I know ...
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Did Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise have a canon starting date in TOS?

Among the 79 episodes of the original series, is there ever mention of the specific date on which James T. Kirk was given command of the Enterprise? I'm quite sure a date has been retcon'd through ...
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Were The Original Star Trek Sound Effects Used Before Star Trek? [duplicate]

So I'm watching through the old Twilight Zone and was watching an episode called "Third From The Sun". Towards the end, there's a scene where they use the Star Trek bridge sounds. I was under the ...
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Is the tartan worn by Scotty in “Savage Curtain” an actual clan tartan?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "Savage Curtain", Scotty is shown wearing a tartan and a sporran as part of his dress uniform, as seen below: Is this an actual clan tartan, and if so, to which clan does ...
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What happened to Peter Kirk?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "Operation - Annihilate" we find out that James T. Kirk's nephew, Peter is one of the survivors of the Deneva Colony. Both his parents were killed by the parasite ...
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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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When did Kirk time travel before the events of The Voyage Home?

In the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, McCOY: Are you really going to try this time travel in this rust bucket? KIRK: We've done it before. McCOY: Sure, slingshot around the sun. If you ...