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How do the emergency doors on the Enterprise refit work?

In Wrath of Khan, during the first strike, we see various emergency doors closing on in engineering. One of these appears to bisect part of the warp core. Is this merely an oversight of the production ...
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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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Why aren't Federation ships built with two warp cores?

20th century humans learned the value of redundant engines on aircraft. If one fails, you can keep flying. But in the Star Trek universe, Federation ships like the Enterprise have only one warp core....
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Did we ever see Droid Maintenance?

Apparently, according to the Galaxy class deck blueprints, as shown on Memory Alpha, Deck 36 houses a "Droid Maintenance" room. A series of convention notes from Rick Sternbach's panel at AnimeCon '91 ...
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Why do the new Star Trek series have so few episodes in each season?

Star Trek: Discovery has around 15 episodes in each season, and Picard is going to have only 10. But The Next Generation and Voyager had nearly 30 episodes in each season. Why don't they produce ...
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How did first contact with the Klingons lead to war?

In TNG "First Contact" (the episode, not the film), Picard claims: ...there is no starship mission more dangerous than that of first contact. We never know what we will face when we open the door ...
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Why did the time ship have a mobile holographic emitter?

The mobile emitter came from a ship that was 6 meters in length and only had a single crewmember. Why would it have a holographic emitter on board?
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Was Voyager a Christmas ornament on Earth?

In Star Trek:Voyager - Death Wish Quinn tries to hide himself and Voyager from Q. One hiding place he tried was to turn Voyager into a Christmas ornament hanging on a tree. Were they on Earth at that ...
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Why are Star Trek Federation ships white?

Does anyone know why Starfleet ships are so white? They are research vessels "seeking out new life" but trying NOT to be seen before first contact. Kalemene never would have seen “the Ground-shaker” ...
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Who or what inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her biological father. Where did the Star Trek creators ...
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Where did they get the name for Star Trek’s Q?

What inspired the god-like being Q introduced in Star Trek:The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint? Where did the show's creators get the name and inspiration for Q's character?
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In Klingon culture, is there a specific meaning behind crossing your arms and/or turning away (besides discommendation)?

Is this gesture only reserved for the discommendation ceremony (TNG: “Sins of the Father”), and subsequent reminders of the status (TNG: “Reunion”)? Have we seen Klingons use that gesture under any ...
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Why is her name Michael in Star Trek Discovery?

Star Trek: Discovery's lead female role was announced under the pseudonym "Commander Rainsford" but somehow that was changed. Why is her name Michael? I see several explanations online, what was 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 Tuvok the only black Vulcan?

I spotted the following interview quoting from TV Zone magazine with Tim Russ talking about what it means to be "the black Vulcan". Tim Russ knows the reality of his place in Star Trek: Voyager. ...
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How was the Section 31 photon torpedo able to hit the Enterprise?

Can anyone explain how Admiral Cornwell died from a torpedo that hit a fully armed and shielded ship? This was in the Star Trek:Discovery Season 2 finale, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2. A Section 31 ship ...
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Why was Captain Archer so important?

Somehow I cannot understand the key plot of the "Shockwave. Part II" episode. Why did taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline What was so unique about him? Why couldn't someone else ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Who brought Captain Archer to the 31st century?

In a short sentence in the end of "Shockwave. Part I" episode, Agent Daniels says two things: These two pieces of information seem to contradict each other. Who gave order and who actually performed ...
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Why was the library full of books? [on hold]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out his original timeline But how could this fact cause that 31st century library to be full of paper books instead of their ...
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Was actually happened to Daniels in “Cold Front”?

At the end of "Cold Front" episode He then Upon questioning by Captain Archer he can offer only an explanation as vague as Is it explained anywhere in more details what actually happened in a ...
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What credentials does Commander Sisko really have?

I'm now part way through the first season of Star Trek DS9, and I've been wondering what kind of credentials does Commander Sisko have to be running a space station anyway? I find him a pretty dense ...
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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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Why was the future destroyed? [on hold]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline But where is the connection between this and the fact that or, actually, how was it possible at ...
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What is the official sequence for Star Trek the Original Series episodes?

What is the official sequence of the episodes in the original Star Trek series? I'm interested in the sequence of the story rather than when they were produced or when they aired.
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Do Romulans experience a pon farr every seven years?

Every seven years Vulcans experience the pon farr. They must mate or risk death. Romulan and Vulcans share common ancestry. Did the Vulcans evolve the pon farr after the Romulans left Vulcan? Did ...
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Which Star Trek species are not uniform?

Which recurring Star Trek species (having appeared in 5 or more separate episodes) are physically not uniform? E.g. Humans Have different skin colour Have different eye shapes They are therefore not ...
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Replicating ship - not possible. Replicating every component - piece of cake?

From the Wikipedia Star Trek Replicator Article: Replicator technology, even if produced on a larger scale, cannot be used to create complex objects such as shuttlecraft or starships (the ...
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Have aliens contributed any technology to humanity?

The United Federation of Planets supposedly works on a principle of mutually shared advancements. In TOS: Arena they say UFP works on “the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and to ...
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Why didn't Captain Pike receive any cybernetic implants?

LCDR Airiam received cybernetic implants to repair severe damage from her shuttle crash. Captain Pike somehow did not. He has enough nerve control to command a self-propelled wheelchair and has to ...
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It there a connection between Star Trek's Mycelial Network concept and real-world String Theory?

This Mycelial Network idea came into being, connecting the sciences of large fungal networks to astrophysics somehow. I would like to know if cosmic strings - the mathematical products of several ...
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How could agent Daniels survive in 31st century?

The "Shockwave. Part II" episode depicts Is it explained somewhere in this episode
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Why did the Borg ignore these Enterprise crew members when they were assimilating?

During the movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg were assimilating as many crew members as they could as they took over the Enterprise-E. Picard watches a Borg drone lead a crew member away to ...
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Does Starfleet have self-activated teleport technology? If so, have they ever used it?

I've seen multiple situations where non-Starfleet beings teleport themselves to and from different locations by using a self-activated handheld device, i.e. they do not have to call their host ship to ...
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Cleaning staff aboard star ships [duplicate]

Did the Enterprise, Voyager or DS9 have a cleaning crew and janitorial staff? Or is it like the Japanese where everyone would devote time to clean? Or do you think they use the transporters to beam ...
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Why did James Kirk and the Enterprise return to Planet Genesis so soon?

The Enterprise was nearly destroyed by the Genesis device on the Reliant. It barely escaped by going to warp speed at the last second. When the device detonates, the ...
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What must a Klingon master do in order to be considered a Dahar Master?

Memory Alpha describes a Dahar Master as: a Klingon warrior who had reached a legendary status among his peers and subordinates. And Memory Beta: Dahar Master is the title given to Klingons, ...
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What does Dax's idiom about feet mean?

In the Deep Space Nine episode Dramatis Personae there is a scene with Kira and Dax where the follow exchange takes place: KIRA: How are you, Lieutenant? DAX: You know what they say, put the ...
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How accurately can Vulcans predict when pon farr will happen?

Pon farr is the Vulcans’ drive to mate every seven years, traditionally resolved by returning to Vulcan and their mate. How accurately can they predict when it will happen? Do they just know “sometime ...
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Why does Commodore Decker have a different insignia on his uniform?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode The Doomsday Machine, the Enterprise encounters the USS Constellation, where the last surviving crew member is Commodore Matt Decker. We are all familiar with the ...
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What did Captain Picard mean when he said, “But that's not the issue at all” in the 'Measure of a Man'?

When challenging the ruling that Data was the property of the Federation, Captain Picard had a conversation with Guinan where she talked about 'disposable generations of people' and in response ...
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How does Data know about his off switch?

In ST:TNG season 1 episode 12 "Datalore," Data reveals to Beverly Crusher the location & operation of his "off switch" (which is on his back). How did he come to know about its function? Although ...
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Who can see better: Geordi or Data?

I know that Geordi's blind, but with his VISOR, he has exceptional vision with a range for a wide subspace spectrum. How does this compare with Data's android vision: Does Data have a comparable ...
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Is there a list available of all of the rules of acquisition?

The Ferengi follow 285 Rules of Acquisition, such as: 1. Once you have their money, you never give it back. 3. Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to. 6. Never allow family to stand ...
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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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Which of the seeded humanoid species was the first to be warp-capable? [closed]

In Star Trek - TNG S6E20 The Chase, the apparently first humanoid species in the Galaxy from around 4.5 Billion years ago appear, travel the galaxy and spread their genetic material on terraformed ...
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What Governs Tribble Weapons?

Rumors hold that Starfleet has deployed tactical tribbles against the Klingons at least one time. Do any basic animal / non-sentient being rights rules or regulations in the Star Trek universe exist ...
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Could Starfleet make first contact with pre-warp exploratory species?

First contact restrictions revolve around an ability to construct ships. But is Starfleet prevented from contacting a civilization which could reach other worlds without ships? Simply, can starfleet ...
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Did Gene Roddenberry find Noonien?

Recently, I read that Gene Roddenberry purposefully placed the name Noonien into his Star Trek works as he was trying to contact an old friend of his, Kim Noonien Singh. Khan Noonien Singh and Doctor ...
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Is the Borg Sphere in Voy: Drone the same as the ones seen in Voy: Dark Frontier or First Contact?

In the episode "Drone", the sphere that was on the way to intercept them was described as a: long range tactical vessel with ablative hull armor. Is this Borg Sphere identical to the Sphere ...