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Why couldn't the Romulans simply circumvent Starfleet's blockade?

The Federation implemented a blockade of the Klingon-Romulan border to prevent Romulan supplies getting to the Duras-led faction. In reality space is a void, would a blockade work? Couldn't the ...
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Are Dominion War ships weaker than Pre-Dominion War ships?

In TOS, TNG, Voyager, the movies and early seasons of DS9 we see great ship-to-ship battles that last multiple phaser / torpedo hits. In these series, we often hear Worf / Tasha / Tuvok say "Shields ...
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In Star Trek, what are all the low-ranking Command Division officers doing?

There are three division in Starfleet as evidenced by the three uniform colors: Command Red (Gold in TOS era): Command decides what to do Operations Gold (Red in TOS era): includes security, ...
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Why didn't they recreate the Wormhole in Pathfinder Episode

In Star Trek Voyager, S6E10, Pathfinder, Lieutenant Barclay is able to create a mikrowormhole in order communicate with Voyager. Meanwhile, the real Voyager, far in the Delta Quadrant, detects the ...
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Was Spock a Cyborg?

In Star Trek: "Spock's Brain" Spock had his brain removed and Dr. McCoy attached a remote control to him that allowed Spock's body to move and walk around. Did that make Spock a cyborg? Memory Alpha ...
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Was First Contact Day with First Warp a coincidence? [on hold]

The Vulcan survey ship was passing by Earth on April 5, 2063 and detected a warp signature from Earth. But, there were also two warp signatures from Earth on April 4: The Enterprise E and a Borg ...
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How did Picard's away team transport so far in First Contact and not be detected by the Vulcans?

The Enterprise E transporter has a range of 40,000 km, yet Picard's team beamed up at least 360,000 km from Earth to Enterprise hiding near the moon, and the Vulcan sensors never detected the ...
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What is the earliest instance of Spock being called “Dr. Spock”?

As noted in the answer to the question Does Spock have a PhD?, Spock is never referred to on-screen as "Dr. Spock" in Star Trek. However, the "doctor" title has persisted amongst the general ...
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Why did Dr. Noonian Soong program his androids with a dominant hand?

Noonian, like his grandfather, Arik, was left-handed, but why would he also establish the characteristic in his android creations?
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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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Why are Starfleet vessels designed with nacelles so far away from the hull?

Based on the film and television events, it seems early shows had Klingon, Romulan, Vulcan, Breen, and Starfleet ships having nacelles placed far away from the hull on struts or wings. On the other ...
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Where is the deflector array on the Phoenix?

In Star Trek: First Contact, the Phoenix reaches a speed of about 47,000,000 mph. When the ship is seen from the Enterprise, we see no deflector array. In fact, shields are never even mentioned at ...
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Has there ever been a warp / non-warp collision?

Like something going at warp hits a planet, star, another ship, moon, satellite, alien, tribble, etc.... Basically, can stuff in subspace (warped stuff) hit stuff in real space (not warp)? Star Trek: ...
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Can the warp drive be run in reverse? [duplicate]

Most modern motorized vehicles are capable of both forward and reverse motion. In the Star Trek universe, can an unmodified warp drive also be used to move backwards? I realize that pretty much ...
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What is the function of Daniels' ribbed suit?

In several episodes, such as ENT: "Azati Prime", Agent Daniels is wearing a ribbed suit that reminds me of the Dune stillsuits designed for cooling. It also has no rank or affiliation marks. What is ...
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Who or what inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her character's biological father "Mike" Burnham. Where ...
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Why is her name Michael in Star Trek Discovery?

I see several explanations online, what was the true inspiration for the character's final production name "Michael Burnham?" Star Trek: Discovery's lead female role was initially announced under the ...
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Are Bajorans and Cardassians the same species?

On two separate instances, first with Tora Ziyal and again in the episode "Covenant," Dukat impregnates a Bajoran woman, seemingly without any medical intervention. This seems to imply that they are ...
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Why couldn't Scotty beam Spock out of the radiation chamber in Wrath of Khan?

Spock sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by entering a radiation chamber to re-align the dilithium crystals. ...
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Were there REALLY over 73,000 Federation starships commissioned?

The original "NCC-" designation seems to have begun in the high 1600s according to Memory Alpha, with the U.S.S. Constitution (NCC-1700) beginning the Constitution-class line, and the original ...
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What is the explanation for the Enterprise wreckage in ENT, Episode 1x16?

At the beginning of StarTrek:Enterprise season 1 episode 16 "Shuttlepod One", the characters Malcom Reed and Trip Tucker are shown to be in a shuttlepod, navigating an asteroid field while searching ...
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Why do the new Star Trek series have so few episodes in each season?

Star Trek: Discovery has around 15 episodes in each season, and Picard is going to have only 10. But The Next Generation and Voyager had nearly 30 episodes in each season. Why don't they produce ...
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How do the emergency doors on the Enterprise refit work?

In Wrath of Khan, during the first strike, we see various emergency doors closing on in engineering. One of these appears to bisect part of the warp core. Is this merely an oversight of the production ...
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Are the events of Enterprise considered canon?

The series "Enterprise" takes place a century before the events of TOS. Are the things that happened in Enterprise considered canon or would they be a spin-off series of sorts? The specific events I'...
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Why aren't Federation ships built with two warp cores?

20th century humans learned the value of redundant engines on aircraft. If one fails, you can keep flying. But in the Star Trek universe, Federation ships like the Enterprise have only one warp core....
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Did we ever see Droid Maintenance?

Apparently, according to the Galaxy class deck blueprints, as shown on Memory Alpha, Deck 36 houses a "Droid Maintenance" room. A series of convention notes from Rick Sternbach's panel at AnimeCon '91 ...
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How did first contact with the Klingons lead to war?

In TNG "First Contact" (the episode, not the film), Picard claims: ...there is no starship mission more dangerous than that of first contact. We never know what we will face when we open the door ...
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Why did the time ship have a mobile holographic emitter?

The mobile emitter came from a ship that was 6 meters in length and only had a single crewmember. Why would it have a holographic emitter on board?
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Was Voyager a Christmas ornament on Earth?

In Star Trek:Voyager - Death Wish Quinn tries to hide himself and Voyager from Q. One hiding place he tried was to turn Voyager into a Christmas ornament hanging on a tree. Were they on Earth at that ...
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Why are Star Trek Federation ships white?

Does anyone know why Starfleet ships are so white? They are research vessels "seeking out new life" but trying NOT to be seen before first contact. Kalemene never would have seen “the Ground-shaker” ...
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Where did they get the name for Star Trek’s Q?

What inspired the god-like being Q introduced in Star Trek:The Next Generation Encounter at Farpoint? Where did the show's creators get the name and inspiration for Q's character?
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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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Can the transporter reposition you?

In Tomorrow is Yesterday USAF Captain John Christopher was sitting in his pilot seat when he dematerialized, but materialized standing with his back to Captain Kirk. This happened when the Enterprise ...
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Is Tuvok the only black Vulcan?

I spotted the following interview quoting from TV Zone magazine with Tim Russ talking about what it means to be "the black Vulcan". Tim Russ knows the reality of his place in Star Trek: Voyager. ...
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How was the Section 31 photon torpedo able to hit the Enterprise?

Can anyone explain how Admiral Cornwell died from a torpedo that hit a fully armed and shielded ship? This was in the Star Trek:Discovery Season 2 finale, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2. A Section 31 ship ...
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Why was Captain Archer so important?

Somehow I cannot understand the key plot of the "Shockwave. Part II" episode. Why did taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline What was so unique about him? Why couldn't someone else ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Who brought Captain Archer to the 31st century?

In a short sentence in the end of "Shockwave. Part I" episode, Agent Daniels says two things: These two pieces of information seem to contradict each other. Who gave order and who actually performed ...
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Why was the library full of books? [closed]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out his original timeline But how could this fact cause that 31st century library to be full of paper books instead of their ...
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Was actually happened to Daniels in “Cold Front”?

At the end of "Cold Front" episode He then Upon questioning by Captain Archer he can offer only an explanation as vague as Is it explained anywhere in more details what actually happened in a ...
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What credentials does Commander Sisko really have?

I'm now part way through the first season of Star Trek DS9, and I've been wondering what kind of credentials does Commander Sisko have to be running a space station anyway? I find him a pretty dense ...
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Does Christopher Pike's first officer have a name?

Rather prominently, Pike's first officer called herself "Number One" when asked in an official capacity. While she gets way more screen time in ST:Discovery, we never see her named. It's now ...
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Why was the future destroyed? [closed]

I understand (though with a little difficulty) that taking Captain Archer out of his original timeline But where is the connection between this and the fact that or, actually, how was it possible at ...
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What is the official sequence for Star Trek the Original Series episodes?

What is the official sequence of the episodes in the original Star Trek series? I'm interested in the sequence of the story rather than when they were produced or when they aired.
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Do Romulans experience a pon farr every seven years?

Every seven years Vulcans experience the pon farr. They must mate or risk death. Romulan and Vulcans share common ancestry. Did the Vulcans evolve the pon farr after the Romulans left Vulcan? Did ...
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Which Star Trek species are not uniform?

Which recurring Star Trek species (having appeared in 5 or more separate episodes) are physically not uniform? E.g. Humans Have different skin colour Have different eye shapes They are therefore not ...
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Replicating ship - not possible. Replicating every component - piece of cake?

From the Wikipedia Star Trek Replicator Article: Replicator technology, even if produced on a larger scale, cannot be used to create complex objects such as shuttlecraft or starships (the ...
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Have aliens contributed any technology to humanity?

The United Federation of Planets supposedly works on a principle of mutually shared advancements. In TOS: Arena they say UFP works on “the principles of universal liberty, rights, and equality, and to ...
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Why didn't Captain Pike receive any cybernetic implants?

LCDR Airiam received cybernetic implants to repair severe damage from her shuttle crash. Captain Pike somehow did not. He has enough nerve control to command a self-propelled wheelchair and has to ...
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It there a connection between Star Trek's Mycelial Network concept and real-world String Theory?

This Mycelial Network idea came into being, connecting the sciences of large fungal networks to astrophysics somehow. I would like to know if cosmic strings - the mathematical products of several ...