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Why do the Q have genders?

It seems, at least from "Qpid," that the Qs' humanoid appearance is just for show. The "main" Q is not really a male, for example. After all, Q tells Picard in the aforementioned episode that given ...
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Why couldn't Scotty beam Spock out of the radiation chamber in Wrath of Khan?

Spock sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by entering a radiation chamber to re-align the dilithium crystals. ...
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How did Khan's Noonien Singh's follower know starships are affected by nebulae?

Joachim told Khan right before the final battle the Wrath of Khan how starships are affected by nebulae. This was about when Admiral Kirk taunted Khan into following him into the Mutara Nebula where ...
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Are the transporters linked to the main computer or separate?

I have not been able to find any data on this. Are the transporters on a starship linked to the main computer, or are they separate and have their own processors to carry out the transport functions?
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Star Trek: SCE - How many books?

I just have to know: how many books are in the series Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers (ST:SCE). On-line is a option if you want to include those.
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Why do the captains rely so much on log information when it can be unreliable?

We know that the ship has and creates logs, even the captains and various crew members will write personal logs. Why then, do they rely on logs when it can be manipulated? I'm sure a determined ...
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Can the Borg suffer from STDs or other diseases present in the blood?

We've seen that when the Borg assimilate a species they use tubes injected into the target to transfer nano probes. If someone is infected with HIV/AIDs, can the Borg become infected through ...
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Has there ever been any suggestion of any interaction or connection between the Q & the Traveler in Star Trek?

In some ways the Traveler appears to possess almost Q like (or at least proto-Q like) powers, so has there ever been any interaction or suggested connection or relationship between the two in the ...
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Can the Borg use alien DNA instead of assimilating?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Drone, the doctor’s mobile emitter and Seven of Nine's nano probes come together to make an advanced Borg drone. Seven of Nine's dialog: SEVEN: This technology ...
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Did the real Dr. Bashir check on the brain surgery his changeling impostor did to Captain Sisko?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode, "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1", Worf and Garak are captured and sent to a Dominion prison only to discover that Bashir is already there. Bashir is wearing an ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the survivors of the Kelvin get home?

At the start of Star Trek we see the Kelvin destroyed with its survivors in escape pods and shuttles. The next scene we see a young Kirk on Earth. Has it ever been detailed how long the survivors ...
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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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U.S.S. Defiant's phasers change color

Throughout the course of DS9, I've noticed that the Defiant either fires yellow phasers or orange-yellow phasers. This is the yellow phasers and this is an example of the yellow-orange phasers I ...
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In Star Trek, is there an upper size/mass limit to what the Main Deflector can deflect?

My understanding is that every Federation ship has a navigational deflector which is primarily used to deflect any objects that may collide with the ship while at warp or otherwise. From what I've ...
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Did Spock help create the gene pool for Sarpedion?

I was thinking about the Star Trek the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", where the enterprise crew are thrust back in time to separate time-periods of the planet Sarpeidon. Spock went ...
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Can Voyager trace the origin of messages sent from Starfleet?

Sort of a followup to this question, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Hunters, the crew uses an Hirogen network to receive messages sent from star fleet and loved ones. With the appropriate tools I ...
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Any material that states Betazoids came from Earth?

Betazoids, on the surface look human, but further research into the species suggests otherwise. Were they humans born on Earth, and at some point left for another planet to evolve into what the ...
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Does transportation really make a sound in-universe? [duplicate]

The various technologies featured in Star Trek make a variety of sounds, not all of which are diegetic. For example, exterior shots in space battle scenes commonly show phasers and photon torpedoes ...
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Why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time?

I re-watched First Contact today, and as sort of a followup to my previous question, why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time? When they finally did go back in time, they ...
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Defiant firing phasers from deflector dish?

In this video, the Defiant is shown using a phaser seemingly emitting from its deflector dish. However, we know from Starship Down that it could only be used as a last-ditch attempt and could only be ...
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Could the Borg have origins from an awry experiment in the Delta Quadrant? [duplicate]

Could the Borg have been a result of a civilization in the Delta Quadrant trying to develop advanced medical nanites and the experiment went awry?
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Why didn't Picard use a tractor beam to stop the borg sphere from going back in time?

After the Enterprise engages with the Borg cube, it witnesses a Borg sphere heading towards Earth and then go back in time. Picard knows all too well the Borg are not allies and any Borg entering ...
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Why has no new Star Trek show been set after Voyager?

Has there been any official (from the studio or owners) reason why we haven't seen a new Star Trek show set after Voyager? So far every new Star Trek show or movie is around The Original Series or ...
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How often is William Riker bluffing?

Ensign Babyface Commander William Riker is a known poker player. We often see him playing with officers under his command. Most of them are aware of his bluffing skills. Isn't it pretty obvious for ...
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How does one change the polarity of shielding on the NX-01? [closed]

I've been watching the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise, and on more than one occasion, the crew protects themselves by "polarizing the shields" or changing their polarity. The question that ...
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Why is gold used in latinum based currency? [duplicate]

Gold pressed latinum is a popular form of currency because the latinum can't be replicated. But why is it pressed into gold? Gold is not an ideal metal for currency. It's soft and tarnishes, and it ...
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Are there any other episodes of Star Trek that deal with mental health?

Back when the series was produced, mental health was not as widely discussed as it is today. I recently re watched S5E03 of Star Trek: Voyager ("Extreme Risk") which shows B'Elanna Torres self-harming ...
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Why couldn't Checkov beam Khan to the ship at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, but after Khan and Spock fight he could? [duplicate]

Towards the end of the movie Checkov claims there's no way to beam Khan aboard ship after Spock asks him to because "there is too much damage" and he "can't get a signal"... But after Spock and Khan ...
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Differences between Enterprise and Defiant in DSC

During the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, we had a chance to see a schematical view of a Constitution-class vessel USS Defiant, and later "space view" of the USS Enterprise, a starship of the ...
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Who is captain of the Enterprise in the TNG episode “Tapestry”?

In the episode "Tapestry" of TNG, Picard’s life is changed by Q. In Picard’s alternate life, who is captain of the Enterprise? Was is Jellico? Or someone else?
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Why is it safer to isolate the crew on every other deck?

I know nothing about the military, so I apologize if this is obvious. Why is this practical? CRUSHER: I recommend we evacuate and seal off all non-operational areas, and group the families and crew ...
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How could the USS Discovery remain operational for 1000 years?

In the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso", how could the USS Discovery possibly stay operational for a 1000 years? Maintenance-wise, energy-wise.
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Why didn't Picard let Gowron and Duras's son fight for leadership of the Klingon empire in TNG Redemption?

It is established in TNG Reunion that the arbiter of succession must choose the two strongest claimants to the chancellor's seat; after that, according to that episode, the two must fight for power. ...
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Are promotions in Star Trek arbitrary?

I noticed that the rise in rank of some officers seemed very arbitrary. Thus, Chief O'Brien is still only a cadet (according to his heel on his uniform), but he has nevertheless achieved and ...
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Are Changelings’ molecules polar or nonpolar?

Would a Changeling be able to mix with other substances? In DS9, it said Odo couldn’t really eat, he described it as “messy”. Did that mean that the food or liquid fell out of him or that it mixed ...
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Have we ever seen a captured ship incorporated permanently in the enemy's fleet?

The threat of a starship being boarded and captured by enemy forces appears often in Star Trek franchise. On some occasions, such an operation is successful and the enemy gains the control over the ...
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What other actors played different characters in TOS and TNG/DS9/Voy?

I was recently reminded that the same actor, Diana Muldaur, played blind human telepath Miranda Jones in TOS and Doctor Pulaski in TNG. Majel Barrett Roddenberry played Nurse Chapel in TOS and ...
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Is there an equivalent to The Federation in the Delta quadrant?

The United Federation of Planets spanned thousands of light years and had over 150 member planets across the Alpha and Beta quadrants. For the purpose of this question, I'm considering the following ...
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Has a human ever mastered the mind meld?

In any canon series of Star Trek has a human been able to master the mind meld?
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In Star Trek Voyager: How often did 'distress calls' turn out to originate from antagonists?

The question came up in the comments of this question: Does Voyager ever answer a distress call from anyone good? The mentioned question was about the fact, that very often when Voyager responds to a ...
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Is Klingon version of Google consistent with Star Trek canon?

There's a Klingon version of Google in existence: https://www.google.com/?hl=xx-klingon It doesn't translate all words, but if I talk only about translated words, are they in accordance with Star ...
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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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Does Voyager ever answer a distress call from anyone good?

I am almost through the whole of Voyager and there is this one trope that is very prevalent in this series: (Almost) every time there is a distress call and the crew moves in to help, it is either too ...
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What Star Trek novels were referenced in later TV episodes?

Memory Alpha's "Novels" article has the following statement. It should be noted that certain publications written by creators of Star Trek's various series are sometimes referenced in later ...
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Was V'ger (the Voyager 6 space probe) the beginning of the Borg collective in Star Trek? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, an entity named V'ger shows up wreaking havoc in the Sol System. Through some inquiry, investigation and risk taking, the Enterprise crew figures out that it is in ...
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Why wasn't Dr. Pulaski beamed off the holodeck?

In TNG: Elementary, Dear Data, Dr. Pulaski is held hostage on the holodeck by Moriarty. Why don't they just beam her off the holodeck?
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Which universe is Commander Landry from?

In three early episodes of Star Trek Discovery's first season (Context is for Kings, The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry, and What's Past is Prologue), viewers are briefly introduced to ...
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How do Vulcans handle pon farr in marriage? [duplicate]

We know that Vulcans are non emotional most of the time and consider any expression of passion unacceptable. Except from when they experience pon farr every seven years - which apparently the way for ...