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Was Klingon language dialog “accurate”?

In many episodes of both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, characters speak the Klingon language (which is mysteriously untranslated by the ever-puzzling Universal ...
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Did anyone try to find the little box that held Professor Moriarty and his wife after the crash?

It was bad enough that Captain Picard tricked and trapped two sapient beings in a little cube, rather than in any way acknowledge their rights under Federation law, but whatever happened to that cube? ...
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What would have been the Borg's plan for earth if the writers had not changed the Borg into assimilators?

I've always wondered. It was 1989. The writers at the time did not know what to do with the Borg. The end scene of "Q Who" airs. Guinan warns Picard that because the Borg know of the Federation's ...
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Did Jean Luc not hear Will when he said the Borg on Onkiaka Three were not, in his belief, part of the Collective (“Descent”)?

Why was he all worried about the Borg changing their plans, when Will clearly said he did not believe they were part of the Collective, which should have given it out that they were renegade Borg? He ...
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Why did Khan ask Admiral James T. Kirk about Project Genesis?

When Khan first defeats Admiral Kirk, he asks about Project Genesis. Why would he ask about Project Genesis? Wouldn't the USS Reliant, a ship dedicated to helping ...
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Why didn't Data's freedom apply to Lal?

In the episode The Offspring Data creates another android named Lal. Starfleet catches wind of this and they dispatch Admiral Haftel to move Lal to a research station. However, in the earlier ...
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Why didn't the Discovery crew warn Starfleet about the Defiant?

In S01E10 of Star Trek: Discovery Burnham notes that the USS Defiant is believed to be the first ship from the prime universe to arrive in the mirror universe. However, the Defiant comes from ...
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What did Geordi mean when he said “And then some” (“Sins of the Father”)?

In the episode "Sins of the Father", Riker says that Kurn has the crew on his toes. I get that. But then Geordi says "And then some" which is obviously a response, but is that supposed to be an insult ...
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How do people shave in the 24th century?

Looking at the history of shaving, I just realized that modern shaving with razors, safety razors, double-blade safety razors, triple-blade safety razors, ... are all very recent. Which got me ...
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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

In Star Trek: Voyager 2x07 "Maneuvers", Voyager beams several Kazon Majes off their ship. Tuvok and a complement of security officers are in the transporter room waiting for them, and the Majes draw ...
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Was the auto-destruct code in Star Trek intended to be a joke?

In Star Trek 3 the auto-destruct code was entered. The sequence goes (from copied from memory alpha): "Destruct sequence 1, code 1-1 A." "Destruct sequence 2, code 1-1 A-2B." "Destruct ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Admiral Cornwell and Lethe are the same person?

In the Star Trek Original Series episode S1:E10 Dagger of the Mind - we meet a character named Lethe. We learn that she is a former therapist, and has been driven insane by her imprisonment. In ...
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What was the largest object that the Enterprise-D could transport onboard?

According to Memory Alpha, the Enterprise-D was equipped with a cargo transporter. What was the largest object or amount of mass that the Enterprise-D could transport on board in a single beam up?
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Did Sisko ever return from his tutelage with the Prophets?

While re-watching Deep Space Nine and listening to the commentaries, I was struck by the fact that Sisko's "Apotheosis" was one of the goals of the entire show (IIRC, Braga really wanted this). Are ...
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What exactly caused Data to get angry in “Descent” before the emotion chip?

Talking the opening scene where they fight the renegade Borg on the outpost. Something all of a sudden causes Data to be angry. I take the hint to be the guy who says every biological organism. As ...
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Was Lore on the Borg renegade ship or on the planet where he was doing his business?

Something I'm curious about. When the renegade Borg were causing havoc with their attacks on the Enterprise and the brutal fight in the outpost, was Lore heading that ship or was he on the planet ...
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What exactly happened to the 18 crew members who were reported as “missing” in “Q Who”?

I always thought they were dead in battle. The Borg didn't believe in assimilating lifeforms until "Best of Both Worlds." Yet others argue they were assimilated, and hence they were into assimilation ...
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How fast are we moving through the star field in the closing credits of Star Trek: TNG? [duplicate]

I saw that warp 9 is like 1500 times the speed of light, but it would still take a day to reach the nearest star. But in the closing credits, we are passing stars at a rate that seems much faster than ...
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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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Why did the writers change the Borg from being into raiding and robbery of ships to technology to assimilation? [closed]

What was the reason for this change? I mean mostly about the writers.
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Were the Romulans intended as comic relief on “TNG”?

I always felt given the incompetance of the Romulans that they were more a comical disturbance rather than a genuine threat that they were often trying to portray themselves as. This was rather ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?
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What exactly was the Borg's intention when finally capturing the ship at the end of “Q Who”?

If it had not been for Q saving them at the last minute, what would the Borg have done?
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What is the release date order for all of Star Trek?

My girlfriend and I have been watching (and very much enjoying) Star Trek: The Original Series recently, resulting in us deciding to try to watch the whole lot in the order it was released. The ...
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Are the Borg essentially Terminators? [closed]

Unrelated note, but I definitely think the Borg are truer Terminators. But for semantics cases, aren't they Terminators in every sense of the word? After all the Collective programs each Borg, and if ...
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Why is this character blamed for the Battle at the Binary Stars?

During Episode 3 of Star Trek: Discovery most characters indicate that the Battle at the Binary Stars itself and the subsequent Later in the episode the character herself indicated that it was her ...
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Who is this Starfleet crewman and why is he wearing an old uniform?

In DS9 episode "Tears of the Prophets" (S06:E26), Sisko is holding a conference where he attempts to convince the Romulans to help invade Cardassia. In the background is a guy in a TNG-style Starfleet ...
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Did Lore Know About B4?

Did Lore and B4 ever know each other? Lore knew Data as his younger brother but did he ever come to know his older brother?
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How could the USS Discovery remain operational for 1000 years?

In the Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Calypso", how could the USS Discovery possibly stay operational for a 1000 years? Maintenance-wise, energy-wise.
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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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Why are the Borg not entirely synthetic?

It is regularly stated that the Borg's ultimate goal is achieving perfection. The Borg attempt to accomplish this by assimilating various species "biological and technological distinctiveness" and ...
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Do the Borg speak English?

As the question states, do the Borg speak english, or is it a universal translator interpretation? Has this ever been addressed on screen? The Borg obviously have a few million cultures and languages ...
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Has Data attempted a romantic relationship AFTER getting his emotion chip?

I know of two instances of Data attempting a relationship before he got his emotion chip, first having sex with Tasha Yar early on in the series ("I'm programmed in multiple techniques"), and secondly ...
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Borg nanites prior to First Contact and “Scorpion”

Are there any references, either in the official canon or in the Extended Universe, to Borg nanites and/or nanoprobes prior to First Contact and the Voyager two-parter "Scorpion"? During TNG, the ...
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Why did Picard leave the iron filing inside of Data's head?

When writing this answer, I was reminded of something in a scene of Time's Arrow Part 2 that I find to be odd. Picard encodes a binary message for the Enterprise crew inside of Data's head, which was,...
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When did the Borg start becoming dumbed down? [closed]

For me, the introduction of Borg Queen kinda ruined it. "Temptation" - I mean the Borg as a whole are not about petty revenge and whatnot. I disagree though that with time the Borg got less scary. "...
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Why didn't Kirk mention Khan Noonien Singh when admonishing Dr. Korby?

In the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" Kirk finds out that Dr. Korby wants to perfect humanity by replacing humans with androids. The two have the following exchange: KORBY: What ...
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The Borg became individuals following the reintegration of 'Hugh', how are they a collective again during First Contact?

Unless I missed something key during Descent 1/2, how is it that the Borg are once again a collective?
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Did the new Kirk ever mind meld with Spock Prime?

I can't remember, but I thought they had in the film. If so-wouldn't he then learn everything from Spock regarding the former timeline?
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How does data stop itself being deleted? [duplicate]

In S02E12 of Star Trek: Discovery it is found to be impossible to delete some recently acquired data from the ship's memory. The data seems to resist being deleted, and cancels a self-destruct ...
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Why is there no Borg threat in the DS9 series?

The Borg are a major threat in Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: Voyager (I haven't watched the latter, but looking at this it seems they are). Those two series happen at roughly the same time as DS9, ...
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What's with the bias towards Japanese among the (few) East Asian officers in Starfleet?

Sort of related, but here I'm asking about the virtual lack of anyone but people of Japanese descent among the recurring East Asian officers depicted in Star Trek. We have: Hikaru Sulu: Japanese-...
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Why do so many godlike beings show up in TOS?

For maybe the first time, I'm more interested in a real-world answer. In-universe, all that can really be said is that those "godlike" beings do exist, and Kirk and company crossed paths with them ...
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Could the Klingon Second Officer of the Pagh have killed Riker with no Federation reprisals?

As part of an officer exchange program, Riker is assigned to the Klingon ship IKS Pagh, captained by Kargan. Riker embraces his role as the Klingon First Officer, and when challenged by Second Officer ...
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“He's dead, Jim”: Which Star Trek characters have returned from the dead?

Among the recurring themes in Star Trek seems to be the alleged death of a character, who is later brought back to life. It seems like this happens to a lot of major characters, though I cannot ...
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Why are Tucker and Malcolm not dead?

I've been re-watching Enterprise and I have the same question I had the first time. In episode 12 of season 4, Babel One, Tucker and Reed are running low on air while in environmental suits, and ...
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Is killing your clone against Federation law?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Up The Long Ladder", even though the away team's DNA was taken without permission, wouldn't killing their defenceless clones be an act of murder and ...
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Was Spock fallible?

Whenever Spock appears, he always brings logic. However there is a difference between logic and omniscience. Clearly Spock doesn't know everything, otherwise you wouldn't need Scottie, Bones or most ...
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

The idea that Spock was the first Vulcan in Starfleet seems to be a bit of common cultural knowledge with little or no foundation. The StarTrek.com biography states; Because the young Vulcan chose ...
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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

The United Federation of Planets contains 150 planets-worth of civilisations. This includes Humans, Vulcans, and many others. Presumably they would have a massive capacity for producing warships if ...