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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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What is the origin of the “Riker Chair Maneuver”?

A video compilation of Commander William Riker sitting down has recently been going around the Internet. It demonstrates something that I had never noticed before: Riker has a rather... unusual ...
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Why are there so many 47s?

I have rewatched a number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes in quick succession over the past week. One thing I observed that I hadn't before is that the number 47 seems to come up ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

As far as I can tell, both universes have equally objective ideas of speed. Do we know how fast the two ships can go? Which is faster?
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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the ship seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ball-like ...
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Why does everyone face the same way on the transporter?

When the away team prepares to beam down, they invariably assume the transporter formation: standing upright, usually with arms slack aside, all facing the camera. When they beam down, they reappear ...
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In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room?

I hope this isn't a silly question but I've been watching TNG and this bothers me. The transporter 'pad' area is relatively small. As a guess, maybe 12 people can fit on it. But the vast majority ...
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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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Is there a Vulcan funeral blessing?

In light of the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, I've been trying to think of an appropriate Vulcan saying which would address the death of a beloved or respected member of their society. "Live long, ...
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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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What are Guinan's powers from Star Trek: TNG?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who" (Season 2, Episode 16) Q seems disturbed by the presence of Guinan to the point of raising his hands as if to use his powers on her. Guinan responds ...
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Could the Enterprise beam a vampire into a house she didn’t have permission to enter? [closed]

There's this article on io9.com asking this exact question, and I thought that scifi.SE would be the ultimate place to have the matter settled. I present to you: This is a serious question that has ...
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Was ST:VOY watered down?

The premise of ST:VOY seems like it would introduce a whole new ethos and a whole new way of doing things for Star Trek. During the same time, you had DS9 being set mostly on a station hanging out at ...
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What's the story behind the Spock helmet?

I came across this rather puzzling piece of Star Trek merchandise: It is described on the packaging both as an "Official Star Trek Helmet" and as a "space fun helmet". Its features include a "...
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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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Does no one run in Star Trek?

I am rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix. In this one episode called "Schisms" (where the crew is abducted and experimented on while they sleep), there is a scene where the internal ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

This has bothered me ever since I noticed it; the viewscreen in The Next Generation shows perceivable depth even when viewed from an angle when, I would imagine, such an angle should start to warp the ...
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How can Data lose a chess game?

Data is considered, basically, a sentient supercomputer. The ultimate AI. He was built with an ultimate storage capacity of eight hundred quadrillion bits and a total linear computational speed rated ...
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Does Lwaxana Troi ever talk to herself (as the computer voice)?

They were both played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, but I can't remember if she ever interacted with a Federation computer. Which would be a nice in-joke if it happened.
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Are there any programmers in Star Trek?

Star Trek, for being a show about the distant future and extraordinarily high-tech equipment, sure seems to be lacking a lot of computer programmers. With technology as complex as it is, where are ...
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What is the logical reason for bullying Spock?

In Star Trek (2009) we see a scene from Spock's childhood where he is regularly being bullied by some Vulcan children, in order to elicit an emotional response from him (see below video). ...
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In which episodes did the Enterprise boldly go where no one had gone before?

In the opening titles to Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, the voice-over states that the Enterprise has a continuing mission to "...boldly go where no one has gone before". I am currently ...
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Are the crew of the Enterprise-D famous?

We all know that the Enterprise-D had a wide variety of exciting adventures, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations and just generally going boldly where no one has ...
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From which Star Trek TNG episode/movie has this famous facepalm image been taken?

This Picard Facepalm image is very famous. You can find it in countless memes. Everyone keeps using it on social media. Even Fortune.com has used it. It is so famous outside its dimension that when I ...
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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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Is this Beverly Crusher?

I stumbled across this screenshot which apparently comes from the Next Generation episode 'Suspicions': It was described as Beverly Crusher, but the more I look at, the more something doesn't seem ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...
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Why do people risk death by joining Starfleet if not for money or preservation of their homes?

Watching Star Trek made me think of a few "deeper" questions about Starfleet, which are all related to the Star Trek TV series. So, let's take for example the Dominion War: people are dying every ...
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In Star Trek why is warp speed the ultimate litmus test on “galactic acceptance” of a civilisation?

Why is warp speed and first contact seemingly the most important thing in the Star Trek universe for a civilisation to become "enlightened" and then utopic? For example, why couldn't the Prime ...
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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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Why can't Transporter technology be used as a weapon?

Seems like this is the most powerful weapon of all: transport your enemy into a bulkhead, planet, etc. Transport your enemy's ship inside a planet, etc. Is there some technical reason that it can not ...
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Why did the Voyager Doctor have to scrub in?

In S03E04 episode of Voyager (The swarm) we see the Doctor aka EMH, prepare to operate on Lt Tom Paris. Surprisingly, he seems to be sterilising his hands with a machine that emits a faint red light. ...
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Was Voyager really significantly slower than the Enterprise-D?

In the Next Generation episode “Where No One Has Gone Before” the Enterprise is catapulted to another galaxy, roughly 2.7 million light years away. From that location Data says it will take just over ...
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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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How many episodes of Star Trek “didn't happen”?

I'm curious how many episodes throughout Star Trek, from an in-universe perspective, either didn't happen or may as well not have happened, as in: All the events are forgotten (like in Voyager's "...
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Was there ever a situation where a proposal from Worf was accepted?

I recently stumbled upon this video which is a 15 minute compilation of Star Trek: The Next Generation scenes where Worf makes proposals which immediately get dismissed: ...
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Why didn't Nero visit his homeworld to warn of its destruction?

In the Star Trek reboot (2009), since Nero and his crew travelled back in time, why didn't they just take off and warn their homeworld of its imminent destruction? The ship had warp drive, did it not?
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Why aren't there any fighter carriers in the Star Trek universe?

All of the ships of every species seem to be medium to large vessels with multiple crew members. Why aren't there single fighter craft and carrier ships to transport them in mass? I've just noticed ...
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Why would Vulcans be vegetarian in an era with replicators?

Most vegetarians on Earth abstain from meat because of the treatment of animals as a result of mass proceessing. However in a universe with replicators, there is no ill treatment. A replicator simply ...
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Why four lights?

In Chain of Command, Part II Picard is tortured by Madred, a Cardasian who tries to force Picard to tell him there are 5 lights, when in fact the real number is four. He could have used any other ...
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Why are there so few robots in Star Trek?

Okay, obviously beyond Data and the Soong-type androids. But seriously, we have more robots in our daily life now than there apparently are on Trek. Is there a canon answer why not? It seems like Star ...
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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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In Star Trek, why do Federation / Starfleet ships always seem to delay returning fire until it's almost too late?

I keep seeing this situation in Star Trek series: "Captain, they've raised shields!" "Now they're charging their weapons!" "Captain, they're targeting our engines!" "OK Ensign, evasive ...
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Why doesn't Quark wear a headdress?

Through The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the majority of the Ferengi we see a wearing a headdress on the back of the head. Quark though, on Deep Space Nine, does not ever seem to wear one, ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story… What's the story?

I just watched the episode of Star Trek DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations where the Defiant is taken back in time to the events of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode from Star Trek TOS. Those who ...
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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?

A rumour I had heard a long time ago was that Dr. McCoy's small medical devices in The Original Series were actually Swedish salt shakers. Are there any statements corroborating this?
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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1, Commander Shelby is given guest quarters on the Enterprise. Her quarters contain the painting shown below: What is the inverted tear-drop-like ...
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If the Borg assimilate a planet of idiots, does the Collective become dumber?

Is Borg intelligence based on the sum of all the parts (people) in the collective, or is there a base personality that is imprinted on newly assimilated persons?
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Exactly when did Captain Picard perform his trick on Moriarty in “Ship in a Bottle”?

In the episode "Ship in a Bottle", Lt. Barclay reanimates the Professor Moriarty program, who becomes incensed that Capt. Picard had forgotten his promise to bring Moriarty out of the holodeck. ...
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Why are Starfleet bridges positioned so vulnerably?

I haven't gone through in detail for all the Starfleet vessels I know of, but it seems that all Enterprises seen in the TV show and movies have bridges positioned right in the top middle of the saucer ...