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Spock notes that even the highest forms of intelligence need to "play"

This should be easy for Trekkies and shouldn't be hard for me but I can't remember enough to even construct a search. At the end of this Star Trek TOS episode Spock notes something to the effect that ...
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Would a warp core breach have destroyed the Doomsday Machine?

The 'Doomsday Machine' uses a hyper-dense alloy that not even a phaser can breach. With this in mind, what kind of damage would a warp core breach do to it? Would it have totally destroyed the machine?...
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In Doctor McCoy's sickbay bed monitors on the Enterprise, what are the units used on the measurement gauges?

Based on In Doctor McCoy's sickbay bed monitors on the Enterprise, what is "Cell Rate?", the answer here gives a list of what the gauges are for. However the units listed either don't ...
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In Doctor McCoy's sickbay bed monitors on the Enterprise, what is "Cell Rate?"

My daughter and I were looking at the readouts above beds in Sickbay. There are measurements for Temp, Brain, Lungs and other things that are very familiar. But what could Cell Rate possibly refer to? ...
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Canonicity of some material in "Spock must die!" by James Blish?

Spock must die! was a 1970 Star Trek novel by James Blish. I read it as a kid and reread it recently after coming across a used copy. It was an enjoyable read as long as I stayed determined not to let ...
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How many times were there "Klingons on/off the starboard bow"?

There two excellent parodies contain either the phrase "Klingons on the starboard bow" or "Klingons off the starboard bow". How many times, if ever, did this exact phrase occur in ...
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What did Kirk mean by "Wheels"?

In the Original Series Star Trek episode A Piece of the Action, when Kirk and Spock have commandeered an automobile, Kirk says, "Wheels, Mr. Spock!" Are wheels obsolete, or at least very ...
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Why do "The Gamesters of Triskelion" refer to "thralls" instead of "slaves," or speak of them being "vended," rather than "sold"?

My favorite episode of the original Star Trek series, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," is about slavery. However, although the characters do occasionally refer to the situation using words ...
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Why can smoke be seen coming from McCoy's surgery on Sarek? (Journey to Babel, TOS)

After 03:58 in this YouTube clip from Star Trek TOS episode Journey to Babel there's a moment where McCoy is performing surgery on Sarek using a static medical arch-like device over Sarek's chest. At ...
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What episode is the "Kirk and Bones" nodding gif from?

What episode is the "Kirk and Bones nodding" gif from? My guess is season 1 from the apparent age and hair style of Shatner, but I couldn't find the scene in a cursory search of the episodes
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What is the information on Captain Kirk's tombstone?

In episode 3 ("Where No Man has Gone Before"), Gary Mitchell attempts to kill Captain Kirk. Before doing so he uses his powers to create a grave and conjures a tombstone, shown here: The ...
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Did Scotty cause the Klingon Tribble hunt?

Was Scotty directly responsible for the Klingons eradicating the Tribbles on their home world, due to his actions of transporting them to the Klingon battle cruiser?
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TOS episode- Crew meets immortal from Earth's past

In this episode, Kirk and an away team go to another planet they find uninhabited except for a millennia-old man who claims to have been various figures in Earth's history, including Alexander the ...
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Salaries of Star Trek Guest Stars

What was the salary range of the guest stars on the original Star Trek series?
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What species are the skulls seen in Dr. McCoy's office from?

Dr. McCoy, aka Bones, has a couple of weird skulls in his office, as seen in the following picture from the episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" (they are highlighted with red arrows and ...
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Bridge lights dimming or changing color after "battle stations!" was declared on some ship in Star Trek TOS?

I seem to remember the lighting on the bridge of some ship1 in Star Trek TOS2 changing by design from normal to something attention-getting when "battle stations!" was announced. Changes in ...
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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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Why are the Stratosians allowed to be members of the Federation?

In TOS: The Cloud Minders we have the planet Ardana with two dramatically distinct peoples, the people of Stratos, the cloud city and the Troglytes who work like slaves. The people of Stratos are ...
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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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