Questions tagged [star-trek-tos]

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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 elements of ST: Starfleet Academy are considered canon? [closed]

I've heard different opinions about whether ST: Starfleet Academy is considered canon or not. Assuming that it is, which of the series of events is the canon version? For example, did David Forester ...
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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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Who was the first Klingon to undergo choH'a and change his anatomy?

Was Voq the first Klingon to undergo choH'a, or was this process already an established ritual when Voq was ordered to undergo it? It seems reasonable they have used it for other races in other ...
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Was there an “Internet” in the Star Trek original series?

How did the Federation of Planets communicate and share digital data during ST:TOS? Did the system have a name or designation?
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When was DNA evidence from a crime investigation in space first used in a SciFi plot?

In the Space SE question Why were blood and hair follicles from 25 people put on the Moon? I wrote It sounds more like a potential plot for a future CSI Spaceforce episode. That got me thinking, ...
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What is the sign on the Delta Vega lithium cracking station?

You see the sign in the background when Kirk et al beam down, in the pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" but it is cut off. I read "Galactic" and "Delta-Vega", but there is more... What ...
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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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