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Why does Troi not tell people about Lutan's desire for Tasha?

Having just watched the episode "Code of Honor" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, how come upon meeting Lutan, Troi sensed his avarice, ambition and a strong desire for Tasha, but said nothing? She ...
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Which Star Trek movie has a scene where there is a “bomb” that creates life?

Can anyone tell me which Star Trek movie had the scene where a "bomb" of sorts is dropped on a planet - and instead of destroying - it creates life in atomic-bomb like fashion?
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Why are there so many Chief Engineers in Star Trek: The Next Generation?

I'm currently watching season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I count four Chief Engineers! Sarah MacDougal, Michael Argyle, Charles Logan and Leland T. Lynch. Was one the chief and the ...
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Why are there no Jews in the Star Trek universe?

Star Trek is famous for its multiculturalism: Chekov is Russian, Sulu is Japanese, Uhura is Swahili, being Afro-American is an important factor in Sisko's identity, Chakotay is Native American, Scotty ...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

In the Star Trek universe, alien species are frequently seen working alongside humans, both aboard starships and Federation outposts. Memory Alpha lists close to 50 species that have been established ...
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What's the source for this claim that Data ages?

This Screenrant article (sorry) claims that Data's physical appearance is programmed to age at the same rate as a human being. This element of his body was likely written in to allow Brent Spiner ...
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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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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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How can Sisko exist in the Mirror Universe?

Benjamin Sisko's mother was possessed to ensure he would be born and become the emissary but in the Mirror Universe the wormhole had not been discovered, the prophets had not been met and Sisko was ...
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In Star Trek, what was the name of Benjamin Sisko's favorite ship?

I'm trying to register on Sf Debris' forum, but the registration question is “What is Benjamin Sisko's favorite ship called?” I've used The Defiant or USS Defiant but it tells me it's incorrect. Am I ...
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What was Janeway's final plan in Endgame?

Related, but different from this question and this question. At one point in the episode, they came up with a plan for destroying the transwarp hub; which would involve using a torpedo from within it,...
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How was Captain Archer captured by the Klingons?

In Star Trek episode ENT: Judgment, Captain Archer is put on trial by the Klingons. The episode begins with the trial and, as far as I remember, it is not shown or even mentioned how has the Captain ...
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How Does Neelix Know About the War?

In SE4 EP4, Nemesis, Janeway asks Neelix what he knows about the war on the planet Chakotay is marooned on. Neelix knows about it. However, in Season 3, Neelix is forced to go to lengths to get a ...
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How has Voyager not run out of shuttlecraft? [duplicate]

I’ve been re-watching Star Trek: Voyager, lately. Over the first three seasons, Voyager loses multiple shuttlecraft. How many shuttlecraft does Voyager have? Does the ship have some sort of large ...
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How many languages does the average Starfleet officer speak?

In Star Trek VI, Uhura attempts to speak Klingon without recourse to the Universal Translator because she is trying to impersonate a Klingon and fears that using the Universal Translator would "out" ...
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What is the earliest known usage of the term “redshirt”?

I'm curious as to when the term "redshirt" is first known to have been used. Just in case anyone needs the background, from Wikipedia: A "redshirt" is a stock character in fiction who dies soon ...
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Why are there different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek?

I wonder why there are different levels of security and analysis in Star Trek: if the goal is to be as efficient and safe as possible, why not activate the analysis and / or security systems directly ...
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How could Data possibly think that he's alone in the universe?

In "Quality of Life," Data seems "unhappy" about the Exocomp failing the test. The test was supposed to determine whether the Exocomps were alive. If the Exocomps were alive, Data tells Dr. Crusher, ...
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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 is the Star Trek Episode where aliens from another dimension are sent to our dimension when they die?

I am wracking my brain for this episode. I think it was a Next Generation show, but I can't find it on the list of their episodes. The ship comes across a small vessel which contains an alien from ...
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What is the approximate internal volume of the USS Enterprise (TOS, pre-A)?

I'm interested in either of two numbers. The first number would be the empty space volume that the crew walks around in, presumably including restricted access spaces like the Jeffries tubes and space ...
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Is there bad continuity with the Kes & Paris storyline in “Before and After”?

In VOY: Before and After, Kes and Tom Paris are married. Paris talks of the Year of Hell, when they lost Janeway and B'Ellana who was very special to him (the budding romance shown throughout the ...
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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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How did the Battle of the Binary Stars get its name?

Given that about half of all visible stars are binary (or more) stars, the Battle of the Binary Stars isn't actually a natural name for an important space battle. Of course, this might simply be a ...
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How were “Star Trek: The Next Generation” computer beeps/bloops sound effects created?

The ship's computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation produces complex beeps/bloops, particularly when a user is interacting with it. How were these sound effects created?
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Why does the Federation prefer mainly space-borne starships?

Why are almost all Federation starships space-borne? Yes I know the Intrepid class vessels (like Voyager) are capable of atmospheric landing, but you'd think that as more and more alien races joined ...
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What is the manufacturer/brand of the glass that Dr. Crusher breaks?

In “Cause and Effect”, Dr. Crusher breaks this glass. Anybody have a clue who the manufacturer/brand this glass is from and/or the model?
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What's the deal with Dr. Ailat?

Dr. Ailat was mentioned many times as the CMO of the USS Stargazer in The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, but he doesn't even have a Memory Alpha page. What's going on here?
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Why didn't B'Elanna Torres have her cranial ridges removed?

It's clear from a number of episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine etc. that Starfleet surgeons have the ability to alter a person's appearance to imitate that of someone from ...
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How do Starfleet comm badges know how to connect between personnel?

How do Starfleet comm badges work as far as connections? One user taps their badge and says “me” to “receiving person”. It’s obviously heard as an inter-comm on the ship, so I can understand how ...
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Why didn't Kirk mention Khan Noonien Singh when admonishing Dr. Korby

In the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" Kirk finds out that Dr. Korby wants to perfect humanity by replacing humans with androids. The two have the following exchange: KORBY: What ...
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What Star Trek effects shot was reused the most?

It's well-known that (especially in the TNG era), shots of ships and planets were frequently reused since they were expensive to create. Many matte paintings were reused with minor (or no) retooling,...
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How does Q perform his Earth illusion?

In "Death Wish," in an effort to try to convince Captain Janeway to rule in his favor during the trial, Q shows her the Earth outside of her window. Is it stated anywhere how Q accomplishes this? ...
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What tribe is Chakotay from?

During Voyager, Chakotay's Native American heritage is repeatedly mentioned and emphasized. What tribe is he from? Do tribes as such still exist in his time? Does he hold membership in one or more ...
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Were the Maquis who returned on Voyager punished for having been Maquis?

In the first episode of Voyager, Captain Janeway permits the survivors of a Maquis ship to join her crew, even though from a legal perspective they are outlaws at best and terrorists at worst. Later ...
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Why is Tuvok so accepting of others calling him by his first name?

As Tuvok is Vulcan, I would think that he'd view basically everything in light of Starfleet guidelines, including how subordinates address him. However, he is apparently okay with Harry Kim and Tom ...
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From what Star Trek script was Sasheer Zamata's name taken from, and what was the original spelling?

In the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert video Sasheer Zamata Is A Tough Name For Certain People after about 02:00 the comedienne says: …my name doesn’t come from any African or island culture. It’...
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Can two different programs be run on the same holodeck/holosuite?

For example, could Captain Picard command the computer to use half of Holodeck 2 for his Dixon Hill program, so that Worf can use the other half to fight monsters?
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Are there insects or spiders on Voyager?

At the end of "Homestead," as Neelix is preparing to permanently leave the ship, Tuvok stops him. Before he's able to speak, Tuvok looks down and grinds his foot into the ground for a few seconds. Is ...
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Why are the Borg not entirely synthetic?

It is regularly stated that the Borg's ultimate goal is achieving perfection. The Borg attempt to accomplish this by assimilating various species "biological and technological distinctiveness" and ...
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Does the EMH ever laugh?

From time to time the EMH seems to "chuckle," usually because he's made a clever comment. I'm referring here to genuine laughter (as genuine as a computer program can laugh; no need to split hairs and ...
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“They roam the galaxy looking for something, they know not what. ”

In the third season TNG episode "Deja Q", Q has his powers stripped by the Q Continuum and is exiled to the Enterprise in human form. Q has a discussion with Data about humans and comes out with ...
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Why did Mudd go guns a-blazing during the first attempt to take over Discovery?

In Star Trek: Discovery 1x06 "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad", why did Harry Mudd's first attempt to take over Discovery involve him going guns-abalazing? We see on later attempts that his plan ...
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Why didn’t Lt. Saavik tell Kirk to bring Spock's body to Vulcan instead of leaving it on Genesis?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock tragically sacrifices himself to save the Enterprise. During his funeral, his body is jettisoned from the ship onto the planet Genesis. In the following ...
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What was the first work of literature to feature the Vulcan nerve pinch?

I know that the Vulcan nerve pinch was first shown on Star Trek, now my question is: when was it first shown in the printed page? It’s mostly academic, but other people might find it interesting.
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How can a tricorder determine the progress of a world over thousands of years?

In "Errand of Mercy," after being on Organia for a short time, Spock tells Captain Kirk that their information was incorrect. The civilization was not just primitive, but utterly stagnant. He states ...
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What about half-Klingon hybrids?

Inspired by this question: They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story? I vaguely recall a Star Trek RPG or wargame I played just a couple times in the 80’s that called the ...
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Does oo-mox have a similar affect on Female ferengi?

In a lot of episodes of Star Trek involving the Ferengi, we see male Ferengi reacting to oo-mox (having their ear lobes rubbed). It occurs to me that as far as I can remember it is only ever shown ...
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Does Captain Ronald Tracey resemble a particular figure from U.S. history? [closed]

In the Star Trek episode "TOS: Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Are Federation citizens and/or Starfleet officers allowed to replace healthy organs with bionics if they choose to?

Throughout Star Trek's run we see common use of medical bionics to replace unhealthy organs: Picard has a artificial heart where his was stabbed by a Nausicaan, Geordie has artificial eyes to ...