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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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How do the sensors in Star Trek receive information faster than light speed?

I was just watching an old Star Trek Voyager episode and Harry Kim said roughly "Captain, another super nova exploded just 0.36 lightyears away!". My question here is how something can happen 0.36 ...
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Are Vulcans really incapable of telling a lie?

There were various episodes where Vulcans did lie. For example, Spock did lie in episode The Menagerie and Vulcans from Enterprise series were often deceitful, like in The Andorian Incident. Now, ...
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How does giving a system more power cause it to work better?

During all Star Treks, if a system isn't performing the way they need, they always reroute power from other systems. How does this power surge cause systems to work better? I always thought that if ...
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Who are Species 125?

In Star Trek, the Borg Queen is said to be from Species 125. Has this species been identified? Or has it been assimilated before the rest of the galaxy could encounter them?
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How and why was Miri's planet a duplicate of Earth?

Was it ever explained why and how was the planet from Star Trek TOS episode, "Miri", was an exact duplicate of Earth? In my opinion this was the most interesting question in the episode and it was ...
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There is always an exterior light shining onto the ship in every Star Trek; where does this light source come from?

I know that the lighting system for the models/3d models is used for theatrical effects and for the scene, but is there an in-universe explanation? Examples:
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When did Star Trek stop using models?

When did Star Trek stop using (real) models for exterior shots of spacecraft? I recall that there was an actual DS9 model and NCC-1701-D that were up for sale, but I don't think there was a Voyager.
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Why didn't the time cops try to stop Janeway when she traveled back in time to rescue Voyager?

In the series finale "Endgame", a future Admiral Janeway travels 26 years into her past to take the ship and crew through a Borg transwarp hub to the Alpha quadrant. However, in "Relativity", Captain ...
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How does Slip Stream travel relate to Warp?

In Voyager, the crew briefly enter "slip stream" travel in two episodes. With the second removing 10 years off their voyage home. So, how does slip stream compare to, say warp 9?
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Why is Starfleet allowed to arrest civilians on Earth?

In "Homefront", after Joseph Sisko refuses to submit to a bloodtest, Jake tells his dad he needs to come to the restaurant because "Grandpa's been arrested". When Captain Sisko arrives, he finds Jake ...
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Why do other races refer to us as humans?

We refer to beings from Betazed as betazoids, from Vulcan as vulcans, from Romulus as romulans, etc... Why are we referred to consistently as humans and not earthlings or earthans?
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Why was the Narada drill at all necessary in Star Trek (2009)?

This has been bugging me ever since I saw the latest Star Trek film... I am willing to accept an obscure substance (red matter) that creates singularities. I am also willing to accept the possibility ...
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Are there humanoid aliens that have fewer facial characteristics rather than more?

Most of the aliens that I've seen on Star Trek that are humanoid have more features on their face than humans rather than less. I know that this is probably easy for the special effects crew to just ...
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What were the *other* two original Star Trek pilot stories submitted to NBC?

When initially commissioned by NBC to write a pilot episode for Star Trek in 1964, Gene Roddenberry submitted three story outlines. Out of these three, the one that became "The Cage" was chosen by the ...
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What are the emergency protocols to contain a warp core breach?

Are there established protocols in Star Trek to contain a warp core breach?
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Why was life support so time-critical in Star Trek ships?

In Star Trek, the loss of life-support for any time—minutes or seconds—seems like an extremely time-critical problem where people must be immediately transported out or every system is ...
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When did the red shirt careers change to yellow shirts in Star Trek and why?

In the original Star Trek engineers and security officers wore red shirts but in ST:TNG engineers and security officers wore yellow shirts and command officers wore red shirts. Was it ever explained ...
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Why are all Federation starships similar in design?

All Federation starships I have seen have a very similar configuration. Is there any in-universe explanation for this? I know this configuration comes from human ships like the NX-01, but why was it ...
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Where should I start with Star Trek? (TV series only, not the movies) [duplicate]

I haven't seen any of the stuff in the Star Trek franchise, except for one of the movies, and now I want to remedy the situation. I am not interested in the movies, just the TV series. However, since ...
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What is the difference between photon torpedoes and quantum torpedoes?

It seems that quantum torpedeos are the next generation of photon torpedoes but I was wondering what made them better and what makes them 'quantum'.
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Why was Star Trek: The Next Generation cancelled?

The standard reason for a TV show to get cancelled is when the ratings drop. Was that the case for "The Next Generation" too? What exactly is meant by "low ratings": is it absolute numbers, or ...
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Does Data adhere to the Three Laws of Robotics?

I'm trying to think of times when Data broke the 3LR, but I can't think of any outside of the episode of Clues in TNG. But I also don't remember any mention of the 3LR by Data or Soong. Is Data able ...
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What is the difference between a phaser and a disruptor?

What is the Star Trek "physics" difference between phaser and disruptor technologies? It seems that only Star Fleet possessed 'phased energy' technology while all aggressive aliens in the Star Trek ...
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Did Worf's sash color change throughout TNG? When and why?

Tango's answer to "TNG crew in weird shopped rainbow hats" question mentioned that there was some sort of identifiable change to the color AND texture of Worf's sash. The random images below seem to ...
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How did the Klingon race acquire cloaking technology?

I was wondering how a warrior race like the Klingons managed to acquired such an advanced technology, for the Star Trek universe, as cloaking?
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Which episode of Star Trek: TNG is the image on the chat servers' error pages taken from?

On the three Stack Overflow chat servers, the chat room not available page displays the following image: Is it from an actual episode, or is it a 'shop?
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Why could Data not use contractions?

I was wondering if there was an explanation for why Data from ST:TNG couldn't use contractions?
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Where Was Vulcan?

I just recently watched the JJ Abrams Star Trek film. It depicts the destruction of Vulcan by means of Red Matter. Does anyone know some basic facts about Vulcan? What was Vulcan's astronomical ...
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How many promotions did Riker turn down?

A second season episode of The Next Generation I watched the other day had Cdr. Riker turning down an offer to command his own ship. I seem to remember other offers being rebuffed by Riker, though he ...
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Who are Darmok and Jalad and what is Kalenda's?

Would someone be kind enough to explain me this joke? xkcd 902
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What do the Q really look like, are they even human like? Or corporeal?

Ok, I think this will be my last Q related question, for a while... well maybe not. It is known that Q can morph, or whatever he does, to other creatures including a human form. What's Q's originally ...
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Where does Q technology come from and where did it originate?

In the Star trek Universe we discover that the Q's powers are optional and not a part of the actual race (they can be taken away from a particular Q and can be taken away as a whole during a huge ...
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Where did the Q come from, before the Q Continuum?

In the Star Trek Universe where did the Q come from? I mean before they were Q in the Q Continuum? In Star Trek Voyager you learn that the race is somewhat intolerant of individualism (in the episode ...
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Differences between humanity's behaviour in Star Trek and Earth: Final Conflict

I've seen/heard many comments about how Gene Roddenberry used Star Trek to promote a utopian vision of the future, where humanity is morally good, in general (conflict is typically provided by other ...
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How could the saucer section of the Enterprise sustain warp velocity without a warp engine?

In the first TNG episode the saucer section is separated at warp speed. But how is that possible? Memory Alpha says that the saucer section quickly loses speed, but wouldn't it just drop out of warp ...
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What are the philosophical and societal differences between Star Wars and Star Trek fans? [closed]

This question is not meant to be a subjective debate on Star Wars vs Star Trek. I would like to know the underlying philosophical and societal differences between fans of Star Wars vs fans of Star ...
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Aliens from Schisms in Star Trek

Did the aliens from The Next Generation episode Schisms ever return? It seemed like they were probing this universe/dimension, and not for friendly purposes. Do they make any other appearances in ...
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What are the current productions of the Star Trek Universe and are they planning to make more? [closed]

The Star Trek universe is a pretty large universe with its end hardly in sight. I know one should stay away from a list when asking questions, but many Star Trek-ies want to know what I'm asking. I ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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Prior to the start of Deep Space 9, why was Garak exiled and left on DS9?

At the start of the show, Garak's been exiled from Cardassian space, and was left on Deep Space 9. I don't think the reason for this exile was ever explained. It seemed to be a genuine exile, and ...
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What happened to the Exocomps?

In Star Trek, whatever happened to the exocomps? I recall that they were in an episode that showed them as sentient, but never saw them again.
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Why are transmissions in StarTrek sometimes real-time, but sometimes require significant time to reach the destination?

Watching TNG again I realized that some subspace transmissions are occurring in real-time, but some reports require significant time to be delivered. The odd thing is that this doesn't seem to be ...
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly greater ...
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What happened to Goran'Agar

As far as I know Goran'Agar (from the episode 'Hippocratic Oath') is the only Jem Hadar without the addiction of ketracel white. In the end of the episode he disappears into the forest. Are there ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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The role of Q beings

Where in the Star Trek Series does it explain why the Q beings do the things they do? Did they ever mention their purpose in the universe? How does this relate to our human characters? If they are so ...
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Star Trek Voyager - Species 8472 vs. the Borg

How come the Borg could not adapt to Species 8472? Voyager was able to create nano probes that could destroy Species 8472 and yet the Borg couldn't figure that out? Why?
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Is the “Space, The Final Frontier” quote “in universe”?

Probably everyone reading this recognises the most famous split-infinitive in (science) fiction: From Star Trek TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ...
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What happened to warp drives destroying the universe?

I remember a TNG episode where some scientists said that warp drives were causing a lot of damage to subspace. At the end of the episode Star Fleet decided that warp speeds would be restricted to warp ...
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What trilogy of Star Trek crossover novels had a monster that fed on fear?

I used to have a trilogy of Star Trek novels, and I'm hoping that somebody here can remember these. Here are some of the details that I can remember Each novel was in a different universe (first ...