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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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 ...
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Why do Borg move so poorly (like 50s movie robots)?

Is there an in-universe explanation for why the Borg always move like 1950s cheap-special-effects sci-fi tin can robots? With the advanced technology they have, you'd think they would have BETTER (...
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Why do the Borg have such a hard time understanding individuality?

The Borg assimilate individuals and their entire mind becomes a part of their collective. Every time they to do this, they must gain the exact experiences and legitimate reasonings as to why other ...
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Do the Borg ever lie?

I know that in the novel "ST The Return" by Shatner, the borg are able to lie. I was wondering if this novel is considered canon, and whether there are any other instances where they lie.
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Where does the video of Picard with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise come from?

In the awesome Picard Video, there are clips from another video where Picard is dancing with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise. I've never been able to figure out where this video ...
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What was Captain Sisko's path of sorrow?

Why was Captain Sisko warned that would eventuate in a path of sorrow? I found the culmination of this plot line very unsatisfying and a bit of a cop-out. Was it that, as he was destined to become ...
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How much do Star Trek episodes have in common with Shakespearean plays? [closed]

I was recently told that Star Trek episodes are built on a structure inspired by Shakespeare's plays. I tried to verify this claim, but have been unable to find a reference that compares the two. So, ...
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How do the Vidiians know what a Vulcan is?

I just finished watching the episode "Deadlock". Toward the end, Vidiians board the ship to steal organs. Oddly, they know the name used for every species on the ship. That they know what an Ocampa ...
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Does any science-fiction handle the ethics of teleportation (“kill and clone”)? [closed]

There are various ideas behind teleportation but the top two seem to be: Disassemble someone and transport the exact person (matter / energy) to a new location and reassemble. Clone someone at a new ...
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Why didn’t Voyager fly to the end of the Bajoran wormhole in the Gamma Quadrant?

When Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant, it would seem they had two options: either fly straight towards Federation space in the Alpha Quadrant, or go to the far end of the Bajorn wormhole in ...
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Which episode is the “double facepalm” image macro from?

There's a Demotivational-style image macro that features Picard and Riker facepalming at the same time: I believe the person in the left of the picture may not be Picard in the original scene: the ...
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How do humans dominate the Federation in Star Trek?

With all the various races in the federation, how do the humans manage to dominate it?
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When did dilithium crystals become so important for starships?

Every Star Trek fan knows that dilithium crystals help power the Enterprise (at least Kirk's Enterprise and later), but at what point did they become necessary or widely used in the Star Trek history? ...
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What do the humanoid classes in Star Trek mean?

I have been watching Star Trek: Voyager for the last few days and they have been categorizing humanoids by class. So far, I heard of class three and class five. I checked on Memory Alpha and the ...
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Was/is anything else major planned for Commander Sela from Star Trek: TNG?

Towards the end of TNG Tasha Yar's daughter Commander Sela has a brief stint as enemy in a few episodes. It always seemed as though they cut her arc off suddenly and without resolution. There are a ...
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Why did Deanna Troi keep wearing a Starfleet uniform after Chain of Command?

For most of the series, she did not wear her uniform on duty like other members of the crew. However, after Captain Edward Jellico ordered her to wear her uniform in Chain of Command, Part I, she kept ...
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How does the holodeck create the illusion of distance?

Is there an in-universe explanation of how a relatively small room can be used to create an apparently infinite (or at least very large) amount of space, one in which two people can be spatially vast ...
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How should I prepare for my first convention? [closed]

I'll be going to my first convention this August, a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. My wife got me and my daughter (a huge sci-fi fan) gold passes for the whole thing, and I'm looking for advice ...
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Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite?

From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, warp speed has a basically cubic scale from warps 1 - 9. But then, close to warp 10, it suddenly develops its own puzzling scale, as can be seen in this ...
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What exactly were the Prophets?

So, within the DS9 universe, there were the Prophets that lived within the wormhole. What sort of beings were they? What were their powers?
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After Star Trek: The Next Generation, can I skip to Voyager without watching Deep Space Nine and not get spoiled?

I'm almost done watching the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I'm starting to look at what to watch next. After reading a little bit about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: ...
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How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?

In "First Contact" Picard kills a couple of Borg drones in the Holodeck with a holographic Tommy gun. It would appear that while the Borg are able to adapt to become impervious to energy weapons, ...
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Who comes up with all those Star Trek facts?

I love Scifi and I love Star Trek. I have seen everything. Every series, every movie (at least everything official). I understand that if you take note of every detail mentioned somewhere you can ...
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Can anyone explain the Star Trek astrography (i.e. quadrants)?

All throughout Star Trek one hears of exploration of various quadrants. I assume these are of the Milky Way galaxy. Does anyone know how the travels of the Enterprise relate to our universe in ...
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How come cloaking devices in Star Trek allow the cloaked ship to continue to observe its surroundings?

Related to Invisibility should cause blindness: how does hard sf cope?, I'm wondering whether the cloaking device implementation in Star Trek includes an explanation as to why cloaked ships can still ...
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Was Gary Mitchell the First Officer on the Enterprise?

In "Where No Man Has Gone Before," Star Trek's second pilot, we are introduced to Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell, Captain Kirk's best friend and the Enterprise's navigator. In that episode it is not ...
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How realized is the Vulcan language?

Inspired by the question about the Klingon language, how fully realized is the Vulcan language? I believe Mark Okrand is credited on Star Trek II for the Vulcan dialogue. Has there been a similar ...
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What factors influenced the evolution of Klingon cranial ridges?

Many species in the Star Trek universe have "bumpy foreheads"--most famously, the Klingons. What are the likely factors that influenced the evolution of Klingon cranial ridges? Could it be a ...
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What is the difference between a parallel universe and an alternate timeline?

"Star Trek" fans have labeled the new J.J. Abrams movie as being set in an alternate timeline. Alternate because it is different from the established history of the Star Trek universe. The word ...
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Have bodily functions been abolished in the Star Trek universe?

The more modern uniforms seem, in general, to be lacking significantly when it comes to easy access for bodily function purposes (ahem). This suggests that access is nowhere near as high in demand. ...
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What is a Star Trek Couch?

I've seen the pictures from Fog Creek Software's offices of their Star Trek couch. Why is that a Star Trek couch? Was the same style of couch used on-set of TNG or something? From Fogcreek.com
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What would be a reasonable technological explanation for why phaser beams are different colors?

On Star Trek when a Starfleet ship fires its phasers, the color of the effect is usually red/orange, but sometimes blue (in TOS). This is also generally true for the phaser sidearms (with green ...
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Why exactly were the Pah-wraiths kicked out of the wormhole?

The series Deep Space Nine ultimately revolves around the Bajoran wormhole and the battle between the Pah-wraiths and the Prophets. The Wraith-Prophet war centers around the Pah-wraiths' attempt to ...
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Why does the dedication plaque on the Enterprise (NCC-1701) bridge say the ship is of the “Starship Class?”

I'm looking for a reasonable, in-universe explanation that works with the Star Trek canon. It is a well-known fact that Kirk's Enterprise as seen in the original series is of the Constitution class. ...
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Was Roddenberry involved in the creation of Deep Space Nine or Voyager before he died?

I know that Roddenberry took a less and less active role in TNG as his health deteriorated. He died before the release of Deep Space Nine or Voyager. Did he having anything to do with the creation ...
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Where does human waste go when going to the toilet in the Star Trek universe?

Even if the society in Star Trek has evolved into a cashless state, that still leaves the matter of stools and other bodily excretions (not sweat or blood) to deal with. Where does that all faecal ...
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Is the Klingon language fully realized, or just a handful of disconnected phrases?

I watch Big Bang Theory a lot and notice they sometimes speak to each other in Klingon and I remember at one point seeing a poster, when I was little, with a bunch of Klingon phrases for like, "where ...
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Why don't Vulcans speak a loglan (a logical language)?

If anything Spock appears to be speaking a Tolkienesque Elvish language. Were Vulcans intended to be space elves or logical beings? It isn't reflected in their current language. Is canon too well ...
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Why and how did the Star Trek Universe evolve to a cashless/commerce-less society?

I've always wondered this ... I recall fleeting references to the lack of a money system in TNG (something about abandoning the quest for material wealth), but was it ever explained why and how and ...
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Who invented or theorized the replicator?

I've been told that a scientist theoretically invented the idea of a replicator, like the one used in Star Trek. Can anyone confirm this, or cite the first use of a replicator-type technology in ...
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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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Was “Worf” from Star Trek: The Next Generation an afterthought?

In reference to this question about the casting of the character "Data" in Star Trek: The Next Generation series, I noticed that there is no mention of the Worf character. Was he even a primary ...
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Photon torpedo vs. phasers - what is the use of both in-universe

Watching Star Trek I've observed that phasers and photon torpedos are used interchangeably, often seemingly at random. I know that writers probably didn't think/care but I look for explanations in-...
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What two TNG episodes does Ashley Judd appear in and does she say she didn't?

I've read that she denies ever being in TNG, though, I believe, she was in two episodes (though I can't remember which ones).
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Which actors were originally considered for the role of Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series?

Please include all who were approached and maybe those who auditioned and later became famous.
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Which actors were originally considered for the role of Spock in the Star Trek series?

Please include pilot and the original series, if that is pertinent.
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Which actors from the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage” appeared in later Star Trek media?

This is an intensive one. From the original pilot "The Cage" with Jeffery Hunter as the captain, which actors have been later credited in any Star Trek media? This includes series, film, audio, ...
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What Star Trek work takes place the furthest into the future of the Federation?

Star Trek: Enterprise turned out to be a cool series, with some convoluted time-travel story arcs. In one, you see the Federation far in the future fighting a battle against the sphere builders. I ...
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What's the difference between a photon torpedo and other fuel-based projectiles?

I think the title covers my question pretty well. How is it suppose to work and what makes it more effective than other kinds of weaponary? Edit: All very good answers, I'll wait a little bit more ...