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Why did Starfleet not attempt to make contact with the Prophets?

I was recently rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and in particular, the episode Tears of the Prophets (Season 6, episode 26). A major plot point in this episode revolves around former Leader of ...
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Why did Ikat'ika not want to kill Worf?

In ST:DS9 "By Inferno's Light" Worf is captured by the Dominion and made to battle a series of Jem'Hadar. In the final battle, he fights First Ikat'ika. When Worf will not yield, Ikat'ika ...
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Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems and Vulcan Logic: how do they cope with it? [closed]

According to Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems, it is not possible to find an answer to any question using a formal system based on axioms. The theorems state that: First Incompleteness Theorem: Any ...
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Why didn't Troi feel the mind of the Borg Queen?

In ST:TNG 2:16, in the Federation's first encounter with the Borg, Deanna Troi states: We're not dealing with an individual mind. They don't have a single leader. It's the collective minds of all of ...
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During Star Trek TOS - were there only 12 Constitution-class starships in all of Starfleet?

I'm trying to get a feel for the size of the Federation during the time of The Original Series. The following commentator writes that during the time of TOS there were only 12 Constitution class ...
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What did the Borg Queen mean when she told Harry “We'll see you soon” in Unimatrix Zero?

In the Voyager episode, "Unimatrix Zero," the Borg Queen contacts Voyager and warns Janeway not to interfere in her attempts to root out and destroy Unimatrix Zero. As the communication was ending, ...
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In-universe explanation for why is the TOS-era Enterprise is more austere than the Discovery?

Since Star Trek: Discovery doesn't take place on the Federation's flagship, like in TOS, roughly 100 years before TOS and in the beginning of a war, it should be logical to assume that the ship's ...
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In the ST:Voyager episode Relativity, how could Seven see the weapon in the past when she could not see it in the future?

At the beginning of the episode, Seven finds the weapon while Voyager is in dry-dock but it is “out of phase” and she indicates that they have found where the weapon was placed but not when. At ...
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Star Trek TNG discrepancies with things leaving the holodeck [duplicate]

I was rewatching the first season when I realized that they weren’t following the “nothing created in the holodeck can leave the holodeck” rule consistently. In the pilot episode, Wesley falls in the ...
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Do any non-Federation starships have deflector dishes?

One of the answers to this question says The visible dish itself is a bit unique to the Federation. (emphasis added) Is that true? Do any non-Federation ships have deflector dishes?
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When does TNG take place in relation to DS9?

I've noticed character crossovers in each series but considering the timeline is mostly linear, when does TNG take place in relation to DS9? As an example I've noticed a correlation in the Maquis ...
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Why do some Federation ships not have deflector dishes?

Most Federation starships have a deflector dish below the saucer section to protect the ship from hitting pebbles at high speeds. But not the Oberth class vessels. Nor the Soyuz class ships. Nor ...
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What does Klingon Captain Nu'Daq say when losing the B'aht Qul challenge to Data?

In TNG's "The Chase", Nu'Daq challenges Data to the B'aht Qul and loses. He utters something after this that I cannot find online, except in a transcript that suggests he says "Maw' tok!" A reference ...
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Where is Captain Picard's window located on the NCC-1701-D exterior?

I've been watching Star Trek: TNG episodes and I noticed that several episodes end with Jean-Luc Picard standing at his ready room window, gazing out into space. However, the stars being reflected in ...
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Star Trek episode where old people have to die?

I'm looking for a Star Trek episode, I think it's from Voyager, where the crew encounters an alien race where the elderly have to die. I know of one scene where Janeway (?) talks to a healthy and ...
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Are we ever told what duranium and tritanium are?

Star Trek has been making up fictitious materials since season 1 -- dilithium, for instance, which (in an Animated Series episode, was said to have a helical structure similar to DNA). Some of these, ...
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How old is Kevin Uxbridge?

In "The Survivors," we're introduced to an enigmatic and powerful being known as a Douwd. In human form, he goes by the name Kevin Uxbridge. He states that he's lived in the system for thousands of ...
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Star Trek interiors, what are they supposed to be made from?

As far as I know the sets from the interiors in Star Trek: TNG are made of wood, and it gives them this very soft look. I am wondering what they are supposed to be made of though? In this shot for ...
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Was the Enterprise in “The Motion Picture” actually a refit of the one in the TV series?

In Star Trek The Motion Picture it is mentioned at least twice that the Enterprise has been undergoing a refit. Being that this was the first Star Trek movie following the TV series, the choice of ...
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Do Vulcans lose muscle and bone mass after living long term on Earth?

It was said that Vulcans are stronger than humans because the planet Vulcan's gravity is 1.4G (according to Memory Beta), which requires stronger muscles to move around. But we also know that humans ...
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Which TNG actors were TOS fans?

Were any of the The Next Generation actors self-professed fans of The Original Series before being cast as characters in TNG? (Or did they all think it was just fairy tale rubbish?) I'm only ...
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What's on a Kazon's Head?

I've been watching a lot of Star Trek: Voyager recently and it's reminded me of a question I had when I watched it the first time around. All Kazon have a kind of feathery thing instead of hair. What ...
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Is this Beverly Crusher?

I stumbled across this screenshot which apparently comes from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 'Suspicions': It was described as Beverly Crusher, but the more I look at it, the more ...
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How did the Phoenix land?

We see how the Phoenix was launched, and that its flight was successful - however it doesn't look like it would survive re-entry (no heat shield etc and we have no mention of deflector shields being ...
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How tightly can a starship turn while at warp?

We know that starships can change directions, turn, bank and dogfight at warp speeds. This is visually demonstrated on the Enterprise's view screen in "The Wounded" TNG 4x12, when the Nebula Class ...
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Can a ship tow during warp?

If an item can't be stored in a hold, can a ship use a tractor beam to tow another item or ship during warp? I'm thinking of the case where, perhaps by design or through battle damage, the saucer ...
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Are battle bridges on any other ship besides the Enterprise?

Battle Bridges are a seldom-seen component of the Enterprise, basically serving as a backup bridge in case the saucer and secondary hull are separated. From my experience, it is the only ship I've ...
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In Star Trek, would space particles impart drag on the ship, even if moved by the deflector field?

I assume that if a ship runs into particles without a deflector, this would amount to drag on the ship's forward motion. However, a deflector field presumably moves particles sideways (perpendicular ...
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How does the Intrepid class purge baryon particles?

In the 6th season of The Next Generation, we learn that starships that undergo extended periods at warp will accumulate baryon particles, and need to be purged. The baryon sweep is lethal to organic ...
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ST: First Contact: how did the crew get back to the future having destroyed the main deflector?

In the film First Contact, when in the past, the Borg from the future try to contact the Borg in the past's time period by building a transmitter out of the particle emitter on the main deflector dish....
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Q Who - Was it a warning or did it cause the Borg threat?

I had always assumed that the encounter with the Borg in "Q Who" had alerted the Borg to the Federation presence and that it was because of this encounter that they sent the cube that attacked Earth ...
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In the Star Trek Episode “The Alternative Factor”, why did Lazarus have to be locked in the corridor between universes?

Wikipedia article on the episode. It is clear to me that the Lazarus from the normal universe wanted to meet the Lazarus from the anti-matter universe, and if that would happen both universes would be ...
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Do Vulcans feel cold on Earth?

The planet Vulcan has on average hotter climate than Earth and there's that saying of "hot like Vulcan". Yet we see Vulcans wearing long thick robes on their home world. So when they come to somewhere ...
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Do light-skinned Klingons exist?

In all of their appearances that I can think of in the TV shows, I can't remember having seen a single Klingon individual whose ethnicity differs much from the dark-skinned "standard" one that we are ...
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Where did the Q come from, before the Q Continuum?

In the Star Trek Universe where did the Q come from? I mean before they were Q in the Q Continuum? In Star Trek Voyager you learn that the race is somewhat intolerant of individualism (in the episode ...
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In ST:Voyager why was Tom Paris chosen to act as a part time nurse?

After Kes leaves the series Tom Paris, a pilot, is selected to act as a part time nurse in the sick bay. In-universe, the reason given is that he studied some biochemistry at Starfleet Academy. ...
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What did the probe and the whales say to each other?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the survival of Earth depends on a mysterious probe having a conversation with humpback whales. McCOY: Well, dammit? You think this is its way of saying 'Hi there' ...
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Why Did Spock Need Kyle's Agonizer?

In Mirror, Mirror, when there is trouble with the transporter at the start of the episode, we hear this exchange: SPOCK: Regrettable that this society has chosen suicide. Mister Kyle, you were ...
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Couldn't you use systematic phaser fire to find a known cloaked enemy?

In Star Trek VI, the main Klingon baddie, General Chang, captains a prototype Bird of Prey that can fire torpedoes while it is cloaked (normally, cloaked ships cannot fire and have no shields, due to ...
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Why would Admiral Marcus need Khan's help?

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Admiral Marcus puts Khan to work for him, on projects designed to enhance the military capability of Starfleet. For instance, Khan is a principal consultant on the ...
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Is it really a great idea to allow people to fly around in unregistered, armed, warp-capable, and shielded Kaplan F-17 speed freighters?

La Sirena, a Kaplan F-17 Speed Freighter, piloted by Cristobal Rios, and first introduced in Star Trek: Picard, was described as "an unregistered, warp-capable" starship, according to Memory Alpha. ...
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Is Bajor's post-occupation economy money-based?

Other than a single reference to money in DS9: "Necessary Evil" (which could well be edited away without hurting any story arc), I don't remember the Bajoran economy being portrayed as being based on ...
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How did Lt. Stiles know that Romulan ships are painted with a bird of prey?

After the Treaty of Algeron, the Romulans had stayed on their side of the Neutral Zone for a 100 years. Nor were there contacts by subspace radio since the Romulan War. SPOCK: As you recall from ...
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Why was the away team surprised that the colony wasn't there?

At the beginning of Best of Both Worlds, an away team beams down to the New Providence colony and is surprised to find that it is not there. The colony has been removed from the surface in a manner ...
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Why do bridge non-Captain officers commonly go on away missions?

Ever since the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, bridge officers in Starfleet have always had a prominent role in away team missions. However, it would seem more logical to me that such hazardous (and, ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...
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Was there any mention of Starfleet grooming standards?

My wife recently accused me of trying to grow a "Riker" beard. I found myself arguing that my beard is longer than anything Riker or Worf ever had on the show, and that got me thinking as to what ...
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Why didn't the Federation get Picard involved when Gowron pulled out of the Khitomer Accords since he is “Arbiter of Succession?”

DS9: "The Way of The Warrior": SISKO: They've decided to condemn the Klingon invasion. In response, Gowron has expelled all Federation citizens from the Klingon Empire and recalled his ...
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Why did the producers decide to name the Enterprise the Enterprise-D?

Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and is set in 2364. Now, the Enterprise-A was first unveiled in 1986 at the end of The Voyage Home 2286. My question is this: why did the producers ...
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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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