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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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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

If they are civilian in the common sense, why then do they wear military style uniforms, have a military hierarchical command and military rank structures; have a Starfleet Command and a Starfleet ...
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In Star Trek, do the Greek gods lack nipples?

OK, I hope this question doesn't seem prurient, but I happened upon the image and literally couldn't decide what I'm looking at. In the TOS episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" we learn that the Greek ...
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Why was Enterprise on a five-year mission in TOS?

There is a small difference between intro texts in TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek ...
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When did the red shirt careers change to yellow shirts in Star Trek and why?

In the original Star Trek engineers and security officers wore red shirts but in ST:TNG engineers and security officers wore yellow shirts and command officers wore red shirts. Was it ever explained ...
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Could the original or other Enterprises' saucers separate?

The Enterprise-D was capable of saucer separation. Was this true of any other Enterprises, e.g. the original?
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In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology?

I've heard the explanation that the Enterprise from 2009's Star Trek looked so much more advanced was because data gathered from the Kelvin initially scanning Nero's ship when it first appeared ...
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Was Trelane really seeing Earth 900 years ago, or perhaps 600 years ago, or could he see any time period he chose?

Star Trek TOS "The Squire of Gothos": TRELANE: I can't tell you how delighted I am to have visitors from the very planet that I've made my hobby. Yes, but according to my observations, I didn't ...
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What is Spock's full name?

What is Spock's full, allegedly unpronounceable name? (And no, I don't mean Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock. I mean the son of Sarek.)
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Did the Original Enterprise Have Landing Gear?

This is something that's bothered since, well, literally since the 1960s. On the original Enterprise (NCC-1701) there are two long triangular regions marked on the bottom of the saucer section (...
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What evidence exists supporting that Roddenberry thought of TOS as non-canon?

I've seen some people claiming (and some repeating it) that Gene Roddenberry intended TOS to be excluded from Star Trek canon after making the first episodes of TNG. I failed to find any evidence ...
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Aside from the “Vulcan Salute”, have Nimoy & Shatner's Jewish heritage had any significant influence on Star Trek?

I have heard many times that the Vulcan "Live-long-and-prosper" hand gesture was created by Leonard Nimoy based upon the hebrew letter "shin", as used in Jewish ceremonies. William Shatner is also ...
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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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Is there anything more to the way others mistreat Spock?

I have only watched up to Season 1, Episode 23 "A Taste of Armageddon", so my knowledge on the show is limited. Let me begin by sourcing this article, entitled Star Trek: A Phenomenon and Social ...
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Why was there a death penalty for going to Talos IV?

Starfleet General Order 7 prohibits any contact with the planet Talos IV on penalty of execution, and this is apparently the only death penalty in Starfleet (at the time of The Menagerie). But why ...
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Does Star Trek ever allude to Sulu's sexual orientation?

George Takei has recently renewed his celebrity via social media and especially his support for gay rights. Did Hikaru Sulu (Takei's character in Star Trek) ever have a lover or love interest in the ...
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When did our universe and the Star Trek universe diverge?

Note that my question assumes as a given that Star Trek is in an alternate universe which diverged from ours at some point in history. That seems really, really obvious and undeniable to me. So the ...
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How was the Star Trek timeline officially established?

The Original Series is set from 2265 to 2269, but as far as I can remember, the year was never given until much later, in The Next Generation, which arbitrarily started 100 years later. Somehow, ...
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly greater ...
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Are the events of Enterprise considered canon?

The series "Enterprise" takes place a century before the events of TOS. Are the things that happened in Enterprise considered canon or would they be a spin-off series of sorts? The specific events I'...
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What political system does Star Trek's Federation operate under?

I've watched all of the Original Series and The Next Generation, and bits of Deep Space 9 and Voyager, all of the movies, but none of the more recent series, or the books. In all of the material I've ...
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Does James Kirk have any named superiors in Star Trek: The Original Series?

In Star Trek: The Original Series, does James Kirk have any named superior officers, officers who would deliver orders to him and who would expect them to be obeyed? I seem to remember the presence of ...
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Why was the name 'Enterprise' chosen (out of universe)?

In TOS, TNG, TAS and, of course, ENT, we witness the voyages of the many different USS Enterprises. Going back to TOS, though, my question is: why did the producers settle on the name Enterprise as ...
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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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How did humans and vulcans communicate in Star Trek: First Contact?

In the 23rd century, it was displayed that Zefram Cochrane didn't know about universal translator. That's why he was unfamiliar with and asked about its working principle to Kirk (Star Trek: The ...
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What happened to the Enterprise crew after TOS?

I just rewatched the TNG episode "Relics", where Scotty is revealed to have kept himself alive in the transport buffers of a ship. This got me thinking - do we know what happened to other members of ...
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

In an episode of Star Trek TOS, Spock mentioned a childhood pet. I think it was Dr. McCoy who teased him about his having a kitty-cat. The animal Spock described was definitely not a kitty-cat -- it ...
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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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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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Why did the tractor beam of the Enterprise crush the fighter jet of 20th century?

In ST:TOS, while escaping the gravitational pull of a black hole, the USS Enterprise suffered the slingshot effect. It was thrown back in space-time by cut of stretched rubber band type force. The ...
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What year is ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ set in?

Wikipedia notes that ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was set in 2364 (and beyond), and that that’s “about 100 years after the original series timeframe”. However, the Wikipedia article on The ...
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Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?

In TNG episode "Conspiracy": TROI: Data, it's just not the same. Have you ever been for a real moonlight swim? DATA: One can swim in moonlight? TROI: How about you, Mister Worf? ...
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Was Red Shirt Security a rotating detail, like K.P, or was it a dedicated branch of Star Fleet like the M.P's are to the US Army?

As I channel surfed the other day, I accidentally found an episode of Star Trek TOS, and I settled in to watch it. As always, it was a bad day to be a landing party Red Shirt Security person. Their ...
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According to canon, what is the primary style of hand to hand combat utilized by Kirk in Star Trek TOS?

The hand to hand combat prowess of STNG Starfleet's security personnel is lauded by Tasha Yar in the accepted answer to this question. Tasha: I think you should know that there is no physical ...
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What is the in-universe reason for Spock smiling in 'The Menagerie'?

In the below picture, Spock is seen smiling - very illogical and too emotional. I am aware of the out-of-universe explanation that this was footage from before Spock was made a logical being, but in-...
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Why didn't Kirk order NOMAD to be transported but not rematerialised?

During the classic Star Trek episode "The Changeling" Kirk and crew transport NOMAD on two occasions, once to bring it on board and once to put it outside of the ship so it can be destroyed safely. ...
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What sort of alien is Trelane?

Few characters in Star Trek are known by their name only, with zero knowledge of the species to which they belong. Some examples are Trelane, Nagilum, and the Edo god. "The Squire of Gothos" gives us ...
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What's special about the Mirror Universe?

The Mirror Universe is depicted in no fewer than eight Star Trek episodes. It's established that these take place in the same universe. In "Crossover", Mirror Kira recaps the TOS episode "Mirror, ...
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Star Trek - What is the relationship between the 'Bread and Circuses' Roman planet and the Romulans?

In Startrek TOS Episode "Bread and Circuses" we see a planet with Roman Governance and gladitorial games. In the Startrek Canon - we meet the Romulans, a race of people with a Roman governance model....
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the ship seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ball-like ...
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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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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story… What's the story?

I just watched the episode of Star Trek DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations where the Defiant is taken back in time to the events of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode from Star Trek TOS. Those who ...
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Was Dr. Noonian Soong's name inspired by Khan Noonien Singh?

I just recently realized that "Dr. Noonian Soong" and "Khan Noonien Singh" sound familiar. Is there documented confirmation that the TNG writers were inspired by Star Trek II? Or is this purely a ...
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Short story parody where Kirk and Enterprise crew are trapped in a region of space that doesn't have Special Relativity?

I am looking for a very short story (just a few pages long) from the mid 1980's (maybe late 1970's). The story is about the Enterprise getting trapped inside a region of space where Special ...
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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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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 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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Do we ever see a 23rd Century Starfleet Officer with facial hair?

I recall that in the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, McCoy beams aboard the ship with a fabulous beard. The next time we see him though, he's shaved it off. That got me to thinking that ...
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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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Are Enterprise security personnel trained in combat?

I have begun rewatching a few Star Trek TOS episodes, and have been struck by the apparent ineptitude of the Enterprise's "redshirt" security personnel. Even when compared to security teams of later ...
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What does Kirk mean by “I'm a soldier, not a diplomat”?

In Errand of Mercy, Captain Kirk says to the Organian council members, "I'm a soldier, not a diplomat," at about 9:20 (also, transcript here). This seems very much at odds with depictions of ...