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Questions tagged [star-trek-tos]

For questions specifically about Star Trek: The Original Series which aired in 1966. Always use in conjunction with the [star-trek] tag. Users should clarify if they want to include or exclude the TOS-era films in the answers, since we have no separate tag for those.

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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 are the chase lights under Star Trek viewscreens for?

Under the viewscreen on many Federation starships, there are a series of lights that constantly run through a chase or 'marching ants' pattern. What's the reason for these lights? Are they status ...
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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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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 ...
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Did Edith Keeler really have to *die*?

In the Star Trek TOS episode 28, "The City on the Edge of Forever", we find that McCoy's drug-fueled tear through the past caused serious and far-reaching effects on the space-time continuum; to wit, ...
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Prime time vs. new timeline, 5 year mission, where are the adventures? [closed]

In the original timeline the five year mission was full of action. If we assume all TOS episodes take place in the 5-year mission and that they span over the full five years, I guess every 2 weeks the ...
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Why is McCoy so Racist Within an Otherwise Accommodating Universe?

Based on a thought I had reading through some answers to this question, and many sentiments I've heard over the years about Gene Roddenberry's vision for a universe of total racial acceptance, ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Will Decker is on board the USS Discovery?

In Star Trek TOS S2:E6 The Doomsday Machine - we meet a character named Matt Decker. At this point in time he is a Captain. We also know that Matt Decker has a son, Will Decker. In the Star Trek ...
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What genuine references are there in Voltaire’s “U.S.S. Make Shit Up” song?

Since Voltaire claims the quotes were mostly based on fan input and his own recollection of the series, I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the episodes together that contain the scenes ...
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Why didn't they order Spock to perform the Vulcan “Mind Meld” on Captian Pike?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "The Menagerie", why didn't they have Spock perform a Mind Meld on Captain Pike instead accepting the Talosian transmissions from Talos IV as proof of what had happened?
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What is being eaten by Kirk and company in this scene?

In "By Any Other Name," after the Kelvans have "distilled" nearly the entire crew, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty are eating in the dining hall, when a Kelvan walks in. On their plates appear to be ...
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What is the canonicity of the appearance of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B?

This question arises from the answer to In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology? which shows this image I believe all the USS Enterprises appeared on-screen ...
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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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Enterprise Chain of Command

What is the chain of command on Kirk's Enterprise? We all know that Spock is second in command, but who comes after that? I ask because last night I re-watched Shore Leave, which featured Kirk, Sulu,...
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What are the various duty stations on the Enterprise NCC-1701's bridge?

I can identify the Captain's duty station, Navigation, Communications, and the Science Officers console, and there are often Security personal standing guard near the turbolift. What are the other ...
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Does the bridge crew on the Enterprise NCC-1701 have the ability to see through the ceiling into space?

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701 appears to have a clear dome over the bridge: There is a scene in the pilot that zooms in and peers into the bridge from space: Does the crew have the ability to see ...
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Why do so many godlike beings show up in TOS?

For maybe the first time, I'm more interested in a real-world answer, not an in-universe one. In-universe, all that can really be said is that those "godlike" beings do exist, and Kirk and company ...
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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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In anything Star Trek, what does it mean to be in or out of phase?

In many Star Trek episodes term/concept in phase, out of phase, phase variance, etc. are used many times. What does phase mean exactly? Please give as detailed and technical an answer as you can ...
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How did the transporter malfunction in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”?

In TMP, Kirk beams up from Command to an orbital base because the Enterprise's Transporters are broken. Minutes later, they decide to go ahead and beam up the science officer directly, and the ...
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How much of the The Cage was real?

The Cage focuses heavily on the power of illusion. The Talosians capture Captain Pike and then subject him to various illusionary tests to determine humanities candidacy for reseeding their planet. ...
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Why would they say in Star Trek TOS Day of the Dove it was dangerous to beam intra-ship?

In Star Trek TOS S03:E07 Day of the Dove it is said to be dangerous to beam intra-ship. Yet in TNG it is common. We even see intra-ship beaming in Star Trek Discovery S1:E08 Si Vis Pacem, Para ...
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What are all the types of colored alerts in Star Trek and what do they do?

What technically happens on a ship when a colored alert is called? For example, I recall hearing/seeing long ago (TNG Tech Manual?) that shields are automatically raised under both red and yellow ...
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Was Riker based on Kirk?

I have noticed that, regarding character, both Kirk and Riker have some similarities - both are womanizers and can be cheeky. There are certainly differences, such as Kirk being much less formal than ...
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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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Why Did Spock Need Kyle's Agonizer?

In Mirror, Mirror, when there is trouble with the transporter at the start of the episode, we hear this exchange: SPOCK: Regrettable that this society has chosen suicide. Mister Kyle, you were ...
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What episode of Star Trek is this creature from?

This little guy has been circulating around the internet today, claiming he's an alien from Star Trek. Do we know if that's true? And what episode of ToS is he from? What is he?
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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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Do we ever see the TOS Engineering room with a Warp Core?

I've just about finished season 2 of ST:TOS and I funnily enough don't remember ever seeing the warp core of the original Enterprise. Do we actually ever see the warp core like in TNG onwards? We do ...
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In Star Trek TOS, who is security chief, and how does the department function?

Is Lt Cmd. Giotto security chief throughout TOS? And like are there multiple officers under him with rank of Lt. or are most of them enlisted/ensigns? Also, what would their duties be?
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Does James T Kirk know about Jonathan Archer?

I recall that Jim Kirk and Spock and the original Star Trek crew were sent on a three year mission to explore new worlds using the new warp technology, as if they were the first ones. But the ...
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Why was there a 20-year gap between Enterprises C and D?

As can be confirmed via Memory Alpha, the service years of the ships named "USS Enterprise" in the original timeline beginning at 2245 are: NCC-1701 (Captains April, Pike, Kirk, Decker, Kirk, Spock), ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What/who are Yeomen?

I watched all the seasons of Enterprise and now started on The Original Series. In one of the 1st episodes, Cpt. Kirk gives orders to a Yeoman, something I haven't encountered previously in the ...
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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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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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How do people visually distinguish Vulcans from Romulans in the Star Trek universe?

After the Vulcans and Romulans split by just looking at one how can you tell the difference? For example on one of the episodes a guy looks at Spock and says he is a Vulcan but how does he know he's ...
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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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Could the appearance of a Medusan be used as an offensive weapon?

In Star Trek TOS, the Medusans were so ugly that the sight of them would drive any human completely insane. Even Vulcans, with their superior minds and physiology, could only gaze upon a Medusan with ...
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Was ‘The Return of the Archons’ the first example of “regularly scheduled chaos”?

In the original series Star Trek, the episode "The Return of the Archons" (TOS, S01 E21) has a placid, peaceful society with a scheduled time of utter lawless chaos. Several SFF works since then (like ...
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called “Dr. Spock”?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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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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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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Did Khan disapprove of Spock in an early draft of “Space Seed”?

A few years ago, an acquaintance had informed me that in an early draft of "Space Seed" there was a scene in which Khan had expressed disapproval toward Spock's existence. Purportedly, Khan had ...
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Does General Order 24 really exist?

This question mentions General Order 24, which supposedly allows a Starfleet Captain to order the destruction of all life on a planet. Looking at the linked Memory Alpha page, that appears to be ...