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Who created the Borg concept? [duplicate]

Who created the Borg concept? Looking at Wikipedia it is clear TNG had already started without the Borg as such, but with the idea that a new powerful adversary was needed. This article suggests a ...
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How could young Spock be holding a photo of older Spock?

In Star Trek Beyond, how could young Spock be holding a photo of an older and deceased Ambassador Spock; are they not the same person?
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How much weaponry does a starbase carry to defend itself in Star Trek?

How much weaponry do the different kinds do Starfleet starbases and stations wield in Star Trek? This picture shows these Starfleet bases and stations along with others. Earth Spacedock Deep Space 9 ...
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Why addict the Jem'Hadar to Ketracel White?

One of the few things that bothers me about the Dominion arc in Deep Space Nine is the Jem'Hadar. I enjoy the concept but I don't understand why they would be genetically addicted to Ketracel White (...
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Transgendered Species At Wedding?

Before Data sings at Troi and Riker's wedding he speaks of an invited transgendered species. Data: Ladies and gentlemen, and invited transgendered species... What species is he talking about?
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TNG episode where aliens are testing on the crew

I'm looking for an episode from Star Trek TNG where the crew is being tested by aliens. The only part I remember is near the end where Picard traps one on the bridge in a force field and says "we know ...
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Star Trek: The Next Generation episode focusing on crew members below command level

There's an episode of The Next Generation that focuses on the Ensign-level crew members, rather than the Command-level crew. I cannot remember the name of this episode - and I do not remember enough ...
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What is the typical yield of a Starfleet photon torpedo?

We know that (in the TNG era) Starfleet's photon torpedoes are warp capable warheads, which upon detonation create a very strong matter-antimatter explosion, but what is the strength of this explosion ...
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What happened to Nog's field promotion on the Valiant?

During "Valiant" (S06E22), Nog is given a field promotion from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander when he's assigned by Tim Watters (himself only a Red Squad Cadet who received a field commission to ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Is “Night Bird” from the Star Trek TNG episode “Second Chances” a real 20th-century song?

I'm a big jazz aficionado (and a trombone player) and I was curious if the song "Night Bird" (more information below) is a real song or a fictional jazz song. From Memory Alpha: "Night Bird" was a ...
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In-universe rules for extent of handheld phaser disintegration

Being shot by a phaser set to disintegrate/vaporize is rather a tidy death: since when hit in the clothed chest, the shirt, pants, shoes, and entire lifeform within ...
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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 General Martok receive discommendation in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

Why didn't General Martok receive discommendation, due to being captured by the Jem'Hadar and failing to commit suicide?
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Why don't the Vidiians replicate or clone organs?

In Star Trek: Voyager, the Delta Quadrant species called the Vidiians steal organs from all and sundry because they suffer from a degenerative disease called the Phage. Their medical technology is far ...
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Who is the (new) CMO on the Excalibur?

I know none of the Star Trek: New Frontier series by Peter David is 'canon' (televised) but I've just started reading the books and I know that in one of them Dr Selar I've looked at the Excalibur ...
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How did the transporter malfunction in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”?

In TMP, Kirk beams up from Command to an orbital base because the Enterprise's Transporters are broken. Minutes later, they decide to go ahead and beam up the science officer directly, and the ...
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Why does Picard say that Shinzon's heart is the same as his?

Trying to encourage a holographic Shinzon to be a bit less attack-ey: Look at me, Shinzon. ...Your heart, your hands, your eyes are the same as mine. The blood pumping within you, the raw material ...
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What is the sign on the Delta Vega lithium cracking station?

You see the sign in the background when Kirk et al beam down, in the pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" but it is cut off. I read "Galactic" and "Delta-Vega", but there is more... What ...
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Was Dr. Noonian Soong's name inspired by Khan Noonien Singh?

I just recently realized that "Dr. Noonian Soong" and "Khan Noonien Singh" sound familiar. Is there documented confirmation that the TNG writers were inspired by Star Trek II? Or is this purely a ...
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What is Worf referring to in “The Outrageous Okona”?

In "The Outrageous Okona," Captain Picard sends Worf to retrieve Okona. Okona is with a female crew member, in her quarters. Worf shouts at Okona to come, now, and that "he'd like that, but he has his ...
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Why does Commodore Decker have a different insignia on his uniform?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode The Doomsday Machine, the Enterprise encounters the USS Constellation, where the last surviving crew member is Commodore Matt Decker. We are all familiar with the ...
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Is a warp drive faster than a hyperdrive? [duplicate]

What's faster: a warp drive from Star Trek, or a hyperdrive from Star Wars?
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Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign?

With the release of the trailers for Star Trek: Picard we have observed what either a flashback, or an in-universe reproduction or preserved artifact of the Captain Picard Day sign. This also affords ...
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Any indication that starships use cloud storage when necessary?

The amount of information stored on starship computers seems to be vast. Is there any indication that Starfleet ships in close enough proximity can access the nearest starbase and download/upload/...
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How is this ageless Data realized?

Bent Spiner is known to have commented that he couldn't play Data anymore due to his age. Yet in the recently released trailer for Star Trek: Picard, there he is! ...
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How Can a Biological Virus Infect Data?

In The Naked Now, there's a virus spreading among the crew of the Enterprise. (Essentially the same virus as in The Naked Time: It forces characters to reveal their motivations and allows extreme ...
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Who were the aliens in “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode “Silent Enemy” (S01E11)?

Grew up watching Star Trek TOS reruns, then happily watched the newer series until life took over and I only ever caught a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Now, with a bit more time on my hands,...
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Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek?

We see that in DS9 the Bajoran religion is alive and kicking, but I've never seen any mention of a religion that came from Earth, or one practiced by humans. Are any of Earth's religions still ...
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What sort of goods or resources does a Federation Star Ship require to operate?

I am making a game that is inspired heavily by Star Trek. The nature of the game requires that you are going about the Galaxy but are limited in some way, hopefully by resources. But aside from the ...
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Is there any evidence that QWERTY keyboards are available in the 23rd Century?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Kirk and crew travel back in time to 1986 to bring some humpback whales to the 23rd Century. Scotty is tasked with building a tank for them, and uses a computer to ...
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Was Garak going to kill Natima?

In the DS9 episode Profit and Loss, Toran confronts Garak and persuades him to kill Natima and the others she came with, Garak seems to agree because he could be rewarded for doing so by Central ...
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How was Voyager still in the Delta Quadrant at the end of the series?

In "Course: Oblivion", the duplicate of Chakotay indicates that Voyager has not been traveling in a straight line. The most logical conclusion would be that they were traveling along one of the ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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What is Mr. Data's full name?

What is the full official name Doctor Noonien Soong gave to his android (known in ST: TNG as "Data")? Is the entire name simply Data, or is it an acronym?
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Spock's wardrobe malfunction

In season 1 episode 4 "Where No Man Has Gone Before", why is Spock clearly wearing a command uniform when he's a Science Officer? Also, why does he look like he has got deep space jaundice?
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Did Edith Keeler really have to *die*?

In the Star Trek TOS episode 28, "The City on the Edge of Forever", we find that McCoy's drug-fueled tear through the past caused serious and far-reaching effects on the space-time continuum; to wit, ...
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Why did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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Female uniforms and colored panties in Star Trek TOS

In Star Trek TOS you very frequently get glimpses of the female crew's panties under their short skirt uniforms. In every case I've noticed they are always a matching color. This makes me wonder -- ...
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Was Odo the first changeling to harm or kill another changeling?

DS9 Adversary: (The Founder knocks out O'Brien as the blast doors come down. Odo grabs him.) COMPUTER: Engine room sealed. (The founder morphs his arm into Odo's abdomen, and Odo starts ...
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Is there a link between the Vogon's “Resistance is Useless” and the Borg's “Resistance is Futile”?

In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we read: FORD: Alright, just stop panicking! ARTHUR: Who said anything about panicking?!? This is still just a culture shock. FORD: Arthur! You’re ...
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Why didn't Odo arrest Kira?

In the episode Necessary Evil Odo has arrested Mrs. Vaatrik on charges of blackmail, and believes she murdered her husband. In the end Odo realizes that Kira murdered the husband after the husband ...
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After the DS9 finale what happens to the Jem'hadar and what assurances do the Federation have that the Dominion won't attack again?

ST Deep Space Nine "What You Leave Behind": ODO: All I ask is that you Link with me. GARAK: I'm warning you, Odo. ODO: Nerys. KIRA: Garak, put down your weapon. GARAK: I don'...
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Can you join Section 31 by choice?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Bashir is "recruited" by Sloan and in Discovery, Georgiou and Ash Tyler are recruited into Section 31. In any canon material, has anyone ever joined Section 31 by ...
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What political system does Star Trek's Federation operate under?

I've watched all of the Original Series and The Next Generation, and bits of Deep Space 9 and Voyager, all of the movies, but none of the more recent series, or the books. In all of the material I've ...
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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 ...
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Is Sloan Dead or did he trick Bashir?

In the DS9 episode "Extreme Measures", Bashir and O'Brien enter into Sloan's mind to find a cure for Odo. Sloan, who is unwilling to give up the cure, attempts suicide by releasing a toxin into his ...
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Are there any (canon) differences between Klingon and Romulan cloaking devices?

In Trek lore, the Klingons originally obtained cloaking technology from the Romulans (during their ill-fated alliance, IIRC). My question is, are there any official/canon sources that would ...
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How were the original Star Trek phasers holstered without a belt or a pocket?

In the begining, phasers just sort of hung there on the crew members hip until they reached for it. Granted, there were times when they wore belts with holsters for the weapons, but sometimes the ...
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First use of the term “warp” to denote travel/speed?

I have just watched Space Battleship Yamato (2010) and they used the term "warp" to denote a type of drive. I think Star Trek is the obvious place where this term was first used to describe faster ...