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Questions tagged [star-trek]

For all questions about the Star Trek universe. Including the television series, films, characters, events, and technology in the universe. For more specific questions, use in conjunction with the relevant tags, such as [star-trek-tos] or [star-trek-tng].

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Why did warp cores become vertical?

In The Original Series (and Enterprise), Starfleet warp cores are horizontal: Beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continuing through the films and later television series (e.g. The Next ...
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What was Barclay's “Program 9”?

At the end of S03E21 "Hollow Pursuits", Reginald Barclay deletes all his holodeck programs, except for program nine. What was in it?
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Why was Terok Nor renamed Deep Space Nine?

Terok Nor, the Cardassian space station in orbit of Bajor, was abandoned when the Cardassian occupation ended. This left the Bajorans in control of the station and they assumed ownership of it. ...
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What examples of genetic engineering and/or eugenics are there in Star Trek other than the Eugenics Wars?

Excluding Julian Bashir and the products of the human Eugenic Wars... do we ever encounter any species in Star Trek that have engaged in significant genetic self-modification or eugenics? Basically ...
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Where is the USS Enterprise during the events of Star Trek: Discovery?

The USS Enterprise didn't join the first battle shown in Star Trek: Discovery. Where is the USS Enterprise (any version) during the events of Star Trek: Discovery?
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Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?

I remember reading somewhere a theory that V'ger (the being that the Voyager probe had become in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) was somehow responsible for the creation of the Borg. Is this canonical?...
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Kahless and Klingon Appearance

I never quite understood the disconnect between the Klingon appearance in the original series and the others (TNG and beyond) until I read recently on Wikipedia: A canonical explanation for the ...
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Why is this character blamed for the Battle at the Binary Stars?

During Episode 3 of Star Trek: Discovery most characters indicate that the Battle at the Binary Stars itself and the subsequent Later in the episode the character herself indicated that it was her ...
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Why do ships need shields in “Star Trek”? Doesn't warp protect them already?

Why do they need shields in Star Trek? Doesn't the warp drive work by warping space around the ship? Wouldn't that mean any phaser or torpedos would have to follow the warped space-time around the ...
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In “Star Trek” (2009), how did the Enterprise collide with debris while the shields were on?

Re-watching the 2009 movie for the first time after answering this question about shield collisions, I noticed the following: Enterprise is about to drop out of warp in Vulcan space. Captain ...
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How did they choose exactly same looking young actors in “Star Trek” (2009)?

The first thing which amazed me while watching Star Trek (2009) was the exactly same looking young Enterprise crew. It made me happy because it meant that we didn't lose the legacy. Some doesn't look ...
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What happens to a government's classified information when that world joins the Federation?

What happens to a world's intelligence agencies and their version of classified information when they join the Federation? Does it get passed on to Starfleet Intelligence? Are they allowed to keep it ...
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Are there pre-warp civilisations within Federation space

Are there planets that have pre-warp civilisations in Federation space? If so, what happens when they reach warp capability? Does their planet and surrounding space no longer belong to the Federation?
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Why does the Prime Directive not apply to Rubicun III?

In a first season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation the Enterprise visits a planet named Rubicun III where (according to Memory Alpha) the Edo live. It is often mentioned in Star Trek that ...
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What happened to Captain Kirk's body?

At the end of Star Trek: Generations, Captain Picard constructs a makeshift grave out of stones for Captain Kirk, who died helping Picard to stop Dr. Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. ...
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What would be the effects of warp collisions?

Triggered by a recent question I was wondering what actually would happen to a ship (e.g. the Enterprise-D NCC-1701) that collides with a stationary object such as a) another ship of a similar ...
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Does gagh provide complete nutrition?

Klingons sure love their gagh. It seems like they're eating the creepy-crawlies every time we see Klingon food. Even if there are other Klingon foods, it raises the question: Does gagh have all of ...
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Why was the drill right outside Starfleet Academy?

In Star Trek (2009), why was Nero's drill dropped into the water right outside Starfleet Academy? It just seems a little convenient. Is it canonically confirmed anywhere that Nero chose the ...
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Why are the Romulan and Klingon Empires “empires”?

(Remotely related to Is there an in-universe explanation for the Roman Empire terminology used for the Romulans?) The Romulan Empire and the Klingon Empire are led by a senate and a council with a ...
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Is the “Star Trek Voyager” episode “Threshold” named after traveling at Warp 10?

In Season 2 of Star Trek Voyager, episode 15 was called "Threshold" and it was about traveling at Warp 10, wasn't it?
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek stories? With replicator technology and FTL communication, there is no need for cargo ships. You can just transmit the computer files on how to replicate ...
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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 are Vulcans and Romulans different from each other?

I know that Vulcans and Romulan come from the same parent race. But beyond that, how did they branch off? For how long they have been apart? Are they more different than human and chimps? Can they ...
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Has there ever been a Star Wars / Star Trek crossover?

Obviously, both Star Wars and Star Trek have been massive cultural phenomenon, both widely regarded as being some of the best and most influential sci-fi. Because of their popularity, both series have ...
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Which technology was introduced through “Star Trek” (2009)?

Star Trek has a long history of introducing new technology. TOS & TNG introduced us with new technologies, who got adopted like the communicator as mobile phone. When watching Star Trek (2009) I ...
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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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Is Worf still an ambassador?

In the final episodes of DS9, Martok became Chancellor of the Klingon High Council and Worf was named Federation Ambassador to the Klingon homeworld. However, in Nemesis, Worf is back in uniform and ...
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Does Q know about the prophets, from DS9?

Does Q know about the prophets, since he was once on DS9 so close to the Bajoran worm hole? Had he ever met them, or commented on them?
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How did the Caretaker not kill everyone on Voyager when pulling them into the Delta quadrant?

We know that ships in the Star Trek universe can travel very fast, but this is still generally limited by the technology of the time. Sometimes travel is accomplished by instantaneous travel using ...
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Was the Enterprise in “The Motion Picture” actually a refit of the one in the TV series?

In Star Trek The Motion Picture it is mentioned at least twice that the Enterprise has been undergoing a refit. Being that this was the first Star Trek movie following the TV series, the choice of ...
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Is there a Star Trek episode that completely lacks futuristic technology or non-human traits?

I'm wondering if there's any Star Trek episode which could have been set in any pretty much any other (non-futuristic) setting without modification, even if the appearance of the technology is ...
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Are Pakleds really stupid, or is it just an act?

In "Samaritan Snare," Pakleds "play dumb" in order that the Enterprise send over its Chief Engineer to help with repairs. Quite possibly the Pakleds were truly dimwitted, but it seems equally likely ...
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What is Red Matter and what is its origin?

In Star Trek (2009) there is a mysterious substance called Red Matter that is able to create spontaneous singularities. These singularities are able to contain supernovae that threaten the galaxy, ...
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Have USS Enterprise and Captain Pike done anything remarkable by year 2257?

In Star Trek Discovery, in the last episode of the first season, we see Later, at the beginning of the S2:01, we see Question: were the USS Enterprise and its captain famous by the year 2257, did ...
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Have we seen any other alien in Starfleet whose native civilization isn't warp capable?

In the recently launched episode S02E04 of Star Trek: Discovery, we learned that Have we seen such Starfleet officers in Star Trek before?
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What Star Trek episode has a ship twisted by a wormhole?

I have watched almost all episodes of all Star Trek TV series, but I am unable to recall this scene: In the image, I can clearly see a Warp Nacelle which is twisted/warped by a wormhole or something.
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How can the dilithium chamber on a Sovereign class vessel be accessed?

On Galaxy class vessels such as the Enterprise-D, the dilithium chamber/center of the warp core is located conveniently on the deck that matches the ground floor of main engineering. We can see on a ...
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Broken bonding in “Star Trek” (2009)

As described in the Star Trek books "Time for Yesterday" and "The Vulcan Academy Murders" (both TOS), when a bonding is broken, it is easy for Vulcans to die from the shock unless they have other ...
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What prompted Riker into 'growing the beard'?

In season two we see that Riker has grown a new beard. This is widely regarded as the turning point of the show into being a mature sci-fi, and even helped coin the phrase 'growing the beard'. What ...
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Do other species abide by the Prime Directive?

In Star Trek, the Prime Directive is Starfleet General Order 1. Does this mean it does not apply to other species? Can other Federation species openly visit primitive planets? More importantly, what ...
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Where is Sybok during Michael and Spock's childhood?

While a number of longtime fans were miffed about Star Trek: Discovery introducing an adopted sister that Spock has never mentioned, this isn't the first time he's had a sibling he never told people ...
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When and why does an away-team member wear native clothing during negotiation?

In "Angel One," Commander Riker dons the clothing of Angel I before negotiating with Mistress Beata. He tells a snickering Deanna Troi and Tasha Yar, "On Kabatris, I had to wear furs to meet with the ...
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What TNG episode is this clip of Jean-Luc Picard wearing a suit from?

I've been enjoying the recent Honest Trailer regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, I cannot place what episode this clip below is from - I don't recall Picard ever donning such an outfit, ...
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Where did the original Enterprise bridge sounds come from?

I was watching an episode of The Adventures of Superman, specifically Stolen Elephant made in 1957 and there was a short scene with background sounds that were very close to the sound loop used for ...
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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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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 didn't Captain Pike say his background with religion after asking the others in New Eden?

In Star Trek Discovery episode "New Eden" we see Captain Pike ask Joann Owosekun and Michael Burnham what their background with religion is. Joann says she grew up in a Luddite community which had ...
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What was Pike's Dissertation?

In the 2009 Star Trek Film Pike and Kirk have the following conversation: PIKE: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. Something I admired about your dad, he didn't believe in no-win ...
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In Star Trek, is “Aye, Cap” based on real-world military use?

I've been watching Star Trek: Enterprise lately, and I noticed "Aye, Captain" and "Aye, Cap" are used quite often. It's quite a safe bet that Enterprise (and thus the future Federation) is drawing ...