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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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Could Geordi detect Changeling infiltrators?

With his handy VISOR, would Geordi be able to detect Changelings masquerading as humans, Klingons, or even fog? Or could the Changelings still fool him?
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How is the holodeck still rendering during the Voyager power drain? [duplicate]

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Night" (S05 E01), Voyager suffers a ship-wide total power drain. How is the holodeck still rendering Tom Paris' program, albeit in darkness? He turns on a program-...
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What happens to the ore-processing facilities of Deep Space Nine?

Deep Space Nine the physical space station is built by the Cardassians as an ore-processing facility (named Terok Nor) and used as such until it is taken over by the Bajorans and Federation at the ...
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Does USS imply a Starfleet vessel?

Does the “USS” in “USS Enterprise” imply that this is a Starfleet starship? I.e., that it’s under quasi-military or government (or whatever you consider Starfleet to be) command rather than purely ...
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Can a Star Trek transporter transport a precise volume of space?

Examples: Could it remove a cubic inch of material from the center of a bowling ball? Could it remove and replace a single electrical component from the circuit board (which would require a complexly ...
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Why did McCoy call Spock's blood “ice water”?

In the episode "The Paradise Syndrome", Dr. McCoy says to Spock: Dr. McCoy: [scanning Spock] Well, your Vulcan metabolism is so low it can hardly be measured, and as for the pressure, that green ...
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Why is Worf in Nemesis? [duplicate]

Worf is one of my favorite Star Trek characters. A defining moment in his character arc is at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine when the Federation appoints him ambassador to the Klingon Empire. ...
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What does the passage of time “feel like” on Kelemane's planet?

Star Trek: Voyager's "Blink of an Eye" introduces us to Kelemane's planet, a planet where time is greatly accelerated compared to the rest of the galaxy. Do the inhabitants of this planet "feel" the ...
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What is “Shield Modulation”?

In Star Trek: Generations, the Duras sisters rig Geordi's visor with a camera so that they can find out the ship's "Shield Modulation". Once they have this number, they can set their torpedoes/...
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How do Starfleet phasers become useful again after being rendered useless by Borg shielding?

The Borg have shielding and adapt to energy weapons, rendering them useless after a couple of shots. Why can phasers be used at various times immediately well, then again at a later date/episode/...
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How many shuttlecraft were lost over the course of Star Trek:Voyager?

Is there a tally somewhere of the exact number shown to be lost over the entire series, and (where possible) the episodes in which they were lost (or when the audience learned they were lost, if ...
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How secret is the Kobayashi Maru test?

There are plenty of questions about the Kobayashi Maru test, but there's one facet of the test that I don't recall ever being discussed. Do the cadets know anything about the test before it runs? ...
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Is it possible to ruin one’s career by failing the Kobayashi Maru?

The Kobayashi Maru is an exam given to Starfleet cadets that is famously a no-win situation, used to judge candidates' character rather than skills per se. The implication is that the results of the ...
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Guinan suggests Geordi drink milk despite Human lactose intolerance - how come?

In Star Trek TNG, Season 3 Episode 21 ("Hollow Pursuits"), Guinan suggests that Lt. Commander LaForge try drinking warm milk because it "helps you sleep". However, from what I've read, most adult ...
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Is there any relation between the two Captain Scotts?

Of course, I referring to Cheif Engineer/Captain Montgomery Scott and Captain Tyla Scott, "one of Starfleet's finest" from "Conspiracy": Has any canon or (more likely) Expanded Universe source ...
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Are all memories shared between Dax symbiont?

On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Facets," Jadzia Dax finally makes plans to undergo her Zhian'tara, in which she has the chance to actually meet her previous hosts by temporarily transferring each one'...
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When Nero marooned Spock why didn't Spock go to Scottie's science lab sooner?

Nero waited 25 years then intercepted Spock, captured him, and marooned him on Delta Vega. But Spock settled within walking distance of a Federation science lab (where Scottie ended up). He brought ...
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, how is Odo able shapshift his comm badge? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the characters, Odo is able to shape-shift into other forms, including his humanoid form. When he is in his humanoid form, he is able to form clothing. That makes ...
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How fast was Soren's probe traveling to have reached its destination in approximately 10 seconds?

In Star Trek: Generations, Dr. Tolian Soran shoots a solar probe into the nearest star in order to So, if the star is approximately the same distance away from Earth, how fast would the probe ...
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How does Geordi not recognize a beard?

In "The Schizoid Man," Data invites Geordi and Deanna to his quarters to ask their opinions of his beard. Geordi asks Data if he has damaged his face. How can Geordi not recognize what a beard looks ...
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What are the rules for talking over the table during poker games?

In "Best of Both Worlds," Data, Commander Shelby, Riker, Wes, Deanna, and Geordi are playing poker. Wesley asks Data if he has "another king in the hole." Data then chastises Wesley for asking an ...
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Star Trek - Weapon of Peace [duplicate]

This piece of Star Trek has been eating me for a while. Many years ago, I saw an episode of Star Trek - it was either the original or TNG. The Enterprise crew comes across a strange device which ...
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Were the writers of Voyager: Cathexis influenced by the TNG: Lonely Among Us episode?

Does anyone else see the parallels and similar aspects between the following two episodes: Star trek Voyager: Cathexis (1X13) Star Trek TNG: Lonely Among Us (1X07) Have any of the writers or ...
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What is James T. Kirk's ethnic background?

Many of the main human characters in Star Trek have clear ethnic backgrounds or identities. For example, Picard is French, Chekov is Russian, Sisko is Creole, Scotty is Scottish, Sulu is Japanese (...
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Did any other starships have letter designations after their registry numbers?

The USS Enterprise is so famous that its registry number gets reused several times for successor ships (NCC-1701-A, B, C, D, E, etc.). Does this ever happen with any other Starfleet ships? Sisko's ...
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How far does the power of the Talosians extend?

In the two-parter The Menagerie the Commodore Mendez on board the Enterprise is revealed to be an illusion. There is, however, also a real Commodore Mendez on Starbase 6. So when Kirk leaves with ...
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Was the footage received in Star Trek's The Menagerie also an illusion?

In the two-parter The Menagerie, it is said that the footage we first thought was a record was in fact a broadcast from Talos IV. What does that mean, exactly? We clearly see past events, so I assume ...
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What was the footage received in Star Trek's The Menagerie [closed]

In the two-parter The Menagerie some revelations seem to have consequences I can't wrap my head around: It is said that the footage we first thought was a record was in fact a broadcast from Talos IV....
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Are there words in Klingon for different types of numbers (ex. integers, rational numbers, etc.)?

I have been looking for several translations for words such as "integer" and "decimal number" (A number with digits past the decimal point), and I realized that there don't seem to be translations for ...
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What is the Klingon translation of the word “character” in the sense of a written symbol?

I have been searching for a suitable translation for this, but the best I have gotten is the word ghItlh which is a verb meaning "write, engrave, incise, mark (upon)." I am unsure if there is some ...
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What is the role of command track officers in Starfleet? [duplicate]

Everyone is familiar with the gold shirts of TOS and the red shirts of DS9/TNG, the ‘command track’ officers, but I’m somewhat confused about how their responsibilities contrast with ‘operations’, ‘...
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Why did Starfleet expose themselves so easily to new species during Deep Space Nine?

On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in Shadowplay (season 2, episode 16,) Dax and Odo transport themselves to a planet’s surface. There they find a species which they have never met before. In Battle ...
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How old is Neelix?

The Talaxian named Neelix is one of the main characters in Star Trek Voyager: His duties on board the ship range from chef, to ambassador and ship's moral officer. Also, through-out the seasons we ...
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Can ship/station scanners in Star Trek determine a person's age?

During one of the episodes in season one of Deep Space Nine, Sisko asks O'Brien to find his son. Since Jake doesn't have a combadge, Chief must've found him by recognizing he's the only young human on ...
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Cat person in Star Trek crew animated series

I have vague memories of watching the Star Trek cartoon series in the early seventies. The communications officer was a female cat person who used to purr when she said "Yes Captain". Has there ever ...
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Does Troi have a typically Betazoid accent?

Apparently, Star Trek: The Next Generation's counselor Deanna Troi has a space-Israeli accent. However, her mother, Lwaxana Troi, has a space-American accent. Why, then does Troi have a space-Israeli ...
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Did Kirk kill this feline dancer?

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, James T. Kirk enters the bar in Paradise City on Nimbus III, he is jumped upon by the unnamed feline "exotic dancer" seen in an earlier scene. As Memory Alpha notes,...
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In Star Trek Headcanon: Human Edition, What is the reference about turning a sun into a torus?

Star Trek Headcanon: Human Edition inspired me to go through and watch the entire franchise from beginning to end. I have identified almost every reference in the headcanon except one. Vulcan ...
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Why did Nog ask Vic, “Do you dream?”

In DS9: It's Only a Paper Moon Nog asks the hologram character Vic Fontaine, "Do you dream?" Is this a reference to HAL from 2001: a Space Odyssey?
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Why wasn't this TNG space creature hailed before they fired on it?

In "Galaxy's Child," the Enterprise comes across a space-dwelling organism that is with child. The organism fires a stream of radiation at the ship, and, to defend himself, Picard orders the firing of ...
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Enterprise bridge crew shifts

I am re-watching TNG for the first time since original airing and something is bothering me that didn't as a kid. How long is a shift for senior staff? Is the bridge rotation every 8 or 12 hours? Is ...
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What does the title “Up The Long Ladder” mean?

In TNG Season 2, Episode 18 ("Up The Long Ladder"), the Enterprise plays host to a bunch of hillbillies. What is the meaning of the title?
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How did Laura the drone end up in the Delta Quadrant?

In the Voyager episode "Unimatrix Zero" we meet one of Seven's Unimatrix friends called Laura who claims she was a Starfleet officer that was assimilated at the battle of Wolf 359. However, from the ...
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Why does Data repeat his words?

In "Conundrum," Satarran Kieran MacDuff, while aboard another vessel, is able to wipe the short-term memories of all Enterprise personnel. After making Counselor Troi a Samarian sunset (in the ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture “un”-ending?

Was the ending of Star Trek: The Motion Picture written as it was to leave open the possibility of a future reappearance of Decker/Ilia/Vger? The final scene of the movie has the Enterprise crew ...
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Why is the crew of spaceships exposed to quakes and trembles in a battle?

One staple of science fiction (particularly if you look at Star Trek in all of its incarnations) is that spaceships are equipped with artificial gravity; a second one is that each time a ship is hit ...
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Punishment for Android Slavery?

In the episode "Measure of a Man" Data is granted human rights. What would the punishment be for enslaving an Android?
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Where do replicator patterns come from? [duplicate]

We take for granted you can get almost anything you want. But, Where do replicator patterns come from? I don't recall any discussion of this. (Possibly the only evidence I can recall is that ...
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Have there been any examples of 'advanced' technology used for fetal medicine in the Star Trek universe?

I haven't seen all episode of all the shows, nor have I read all the books, so I wasn't able to answer this myself. But has there been any advancements shown in any of the alpha or beta canon of Star ...
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Transporter Displacement [duplicate]

I'm aware of the "Heisenberg compensator" plot device to explain how transporters get around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. However, it occurs to me that there is an even more basic (i.e., in ...