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In “Star Trek” (2009), how did the Enterprise collide with debris while the shields were on?

Re-watching the 2009 movie for the first time after answering this question about shield collisions, I noticed the following: Enterprise is about to drop out of warp in Vulcan space. Captain ...
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Will the Probe in “The Inner Light” Work for Others?

In The Inner Light, at the end of the story, the probe that was communicating with Captain Picard (and showing him the way of life for a now dead civilization). The intent of the probe was to say to ...
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Was Picard replacing someone else's life in “The Inner Light?”

Picard is brought into a an existing character who has a wife, best friend, hobbies, and an occupation. Was he placed in someone's existing story from Kataan? Or did the Kataan people just build a ...
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Why didn't Picard continue to question the simulation during his experience in “The Inner Light?”

It seems to me that as soon as he entered this world as "Kamin" he would try to do something about it. Even if the Kataans didn't know how to build a subspace transceiver, he likely would have known ...
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What did Picard actually hear when he heard the collective in First Contact?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard hears the collective and orders the fleet to fire on an area of the cube that seemed low priority. What did he hear? Not to be "illogical" about it but was the ...
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In ST:Voy, 3:21 “Before and After,” why would Kes go back in time in spurts?

I just watched the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Before and After" (Episode 21, Season 3), wherein Kes keeps jumping backwards in time because of some chroniton particles. Is there any reason why she ...
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Of all the threats in the galaxy, why the Borg?

I worded a recent question poorly, and seek to ask a similar but different one. Q isn't omniscient, but he is omnipotent. So, while he may not know everything about the Milky Way or the universe in ...
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Why did Khan keep Ceti eels?

In the second Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan, the character Khan uses Ceti eel larvae to subvert the self control of two people, Terrell and Chekhov. Khan gets the larvae from an adult eel that he ...
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Why is the Federation so poorly patrolled?

After reading this answer to the question Roughly how many starships are in Starfleet? I was left with the question of: why is the Enterpise so frequently "the only ship in range" whenever something ...
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Why did V'ger choose Ilia?

In Star Trek - The Motion Picture the V'Ger entity takes Ilia to use as a template with which to make its probe for interface with the crew of the Enterprise. Is there an in universe reason as to why ...
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Roughly how many starships are in Starfleet?

In the Star Trek universe, the Federation's Starfleet has a large number of ships in its fleet. But there's something bugging me about the scale of it. The battle at Wolf 359 is presented as being ...
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Were Klingon Starships originaly supposed to be able to “cling on” to Federation Starships?

The Klingon Battle Cruiser looks like it was designed to "cling on" to the saucer sections of Federation Starships. Was that the original concept, and is that where the name "Klingons" came from?
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How much free will did Picard have during the events of “The Inner Light?”

After encountering an alien space probe Picard awakes in a new life where he has a wife, a job, a hobby, and best friend. Over time he grows to accept these things, but would he have been able to ...
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Do Ferengi eat humanoids as insinuated in Encounter at Farpoint?

When leaving the administrator's office at Farpoint-station, Picard insinuates that the Ferengi "found their last associates tasty", indicating that they would eat other intelligent humanoids. Has ...
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Why couldn't the Voyager crew destroy the Caretaker's array with a delayed explosion?

In the Star Trek: Voyager pilot, The Caretaker, the Voyager gets stuck in the Delta Quadrant because they had to destroy the Caretaker's array, which was their only way back home. The explanation was ...
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In Star Trek: Enterprise, why did the repair station kidnap Mayweather for brain-based processing?

In an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise TV series, a cloaked mine damaged Enterprise in Romulan space, which limited Enterprise to a maximum speed of warp 2.1, with which it'd have taken a decade for ...
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Was Pon Farr Always a Seven Year Itch?

In the pre-Surak time, Vulcans would kill as part of Pon Farr and mating and this drive and behavior has been contained through koon-ut-kal-if-fee and ritual and secrets now surround Pon Farr. ...
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How Can the Ocampa Last More than a Few Generations?

In the episode Elogium in Star Trek: Voyager, Kes, an Ocampa, enters into what we later find out is a false elogium, which is essentially like entering puberty. This happens once in a lifetime for ...
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What were Q's reasons for exposing the Enterprise to the Borg?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Q-Who, Q decides to expose the Enterprise to one of the unknown threats that lies out there in the galaxy. He hurls the Enterprise to the distant System ...
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How long do El-Aurians live?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the bartender in Ten Forward is the enigmatic Guinan, a member of a race called the El-Aurian. While it is generally known that her race is long lived, in the ...
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Did Data ever have an issue with his head being 500 years older than his body?

According to Memory Alpha, Data was less than 50 years old when he "died". However, in the double episode Time's Arrow, we see that Data's head was left in a cave (undiscovered, sadly) for 500 years. ...
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How did Voyager return to the Alpha quadrant?

Maybe I missed something, but Seven of Nine clearly responds to a question of how long until the nearest conduit exit, with: 30 seconds away, but it will deposit us back to the Delta Quadrant. ...
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Why didn't a French actor play Captain Picard? What was the reaction to this on the part of the French?

I always find it a little jarring that Picard and much of his relatives seem to have such a clear English accent despite the fact that the show makes such a big deal about his French ancestry. His ...
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Do the authors of Star Trek Expanded Universe books attempt to stay consistent with each other?

To what extent do the main authors of Star Trek EU novels (Peter David, Kieth R. A. Candido, etc) attempt to maintain some level of "consistency" with each other? Do they keep track of each others ...
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Can phasers fire through glass?

I was driving home from work when at a stop light I imagined someone coming up to my car with a gun with the intent of trying to get me to unlock the door so they could steal the car. I went on to ...
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What would happen, in the Star Trek universe, if shields collided?

In the Star Trek universe, what happens if a ship crashes into another and one has the shields up? What happens if both have shields up?
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Is Q capable of travelling to mirror universes and/or fluidic space?

Are the Q capable of travelling to mirror universes, alternate universes and/or fluidic space?
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Was There Ever an Official or Canon Retcon or Explanation For the Eugenics Wars?

Star Trek is one of the few SF shows to have the distinction of running long enough to make some of their original situations outdated. In the original Star Trek, the Eugenics wars took place between ...
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Kobayashi Maru in Star Trek: Next Generation

Was there anyone tested with Kobayashi Maru in Star Trek: Next Generation?
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Will I be able to follow the story if I skip The Next Generation & watch Deep Space 9 directly?

Star Trek: Enterprise is the last TV series, but I've watched it first because it shows initial story (2100s). I've just finished watching season 4 of Star Trek: Enterprise. For 2200s, I've watched ...
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Why didn't the Klingon High Council dishonor the Duras family?

When Worf's family name and honor was restored in the episode Redemption and it was acknowledged by the Klingon High Council that Duras's father was the traitor who collaborated with the Romulans on ...
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Do the Star Trek Transporters use Energy or Matter?

I read this article over on cracked.com, which says that the transporters convert the object/person into energy and then teleport that. As I recall though, it actually took that matter and "dissolved" ...
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Why can some holodeck matter leave the holodeck, while other holodeck matter (notably people) cannot?

Related to Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck? I was watching Elementary, Dear Data last night and I noticed that when Data realizes that something has gone ...
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What was the function of ring-shaped module in 22nd century Vulcan ships?

All 22nd century Vulcan ships had a ring-shaped module. Not just starships, but small shuttle pods also had this module. As Vulcans do everything logically, there must be some purposes of those ...
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Why can't transport be initialized when shields are up?

Throughout the Star Trek universe, when in battle or trying to protect the ship, persons not on the ship must wait till the threat has left for the ship to safely turn off its shields so transport ...
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Does Earth in the Mirror Universe rotate in the opposite direction?

Inspired by this question: The introduction to the Enterprise episode "In A Mirror Darkly" ends with an animation of the Terran Empire's sword-through-the-Earth logo. It shows the Earth spinning in ...
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Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck?

Would Star Trek holodecks physically affect you once you exit the Holodeck? Meaning, if someone programmed a holodeck to dump a bucket of water over you head, would you have wet hair (outside later ...
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What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator?

What (if anything) is the difference between how the replicator creates objects from a stored pattern and the way a transporter rematerializes a transported object? Put a different way, why can the ...
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Can a starship moving at warp 9.999 be hit from behind by a torpedo?

I always see torpedoes follow Newtonian physics even at Warp speeds. They always hit the targeted vessel from behind even if it's at warp speed. This means their own speed beat the speed of the ...
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What Planet or System are Orion Slave Girls Actually From?

Orion slave girls have been with Star Trek since, literally, the beginning of Trek. (This image is Vina, as slave girl, in The Cage.) Okay, I know -- they're from Orion. But Orion is a ...
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Are there any Vulcan ships?

This Star Trek question popped up in chat today. Setting aside Enterprise, do we ever see in a Star Trek show or movie a Vulcan designed and built ship that was built after the Federation was ...
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Why the worry of temporal psychosis on Seven of Nine?

In the Voyager episode Relativity, Seven of Nine is recruited from the past to help catch Captain Braxton, who is planting a temporal bomb to destroy Voyager. But there's a catch: After 3 jumps, (to ...
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Is our galaxy still known as the Milky Way in the Star Trek universe?

When reading about our galaxy, I found that the name comes from the milky glowing band across the night sky and "Milky Way" comes from the Latin Via Lactea which in tern, comes from the Greek kyklos ...
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What is the scientific explanation for telepathy in the Star Trek universe?

There seem to be many races who have telepathic abilities in the Star Trek universe. Is there any scientific explanation mentioned in any of the series that explain how it's possible?
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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Is there any indication that latinum is useful in production?

We know latinum cannot be replicated which gives it it's value in the Star Trek universe. But usually with metal based currency there is a productive use (Not historically, but presently and in the ...
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Which race in Star Trek universe was the first to invent Warp technology?

Humans look like late member of Warp Drive community. Klingons were capable of interstellar travel from the time of Kahless. Vulcans were in contact with Andorians from ancient times (ST: Enterprise). ...
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In the last fight scene of Star Trek: Nemesis, how did Shinzon detach his Warbird from the Enterprise after their collision?

In the last fight scene of "Star Trek: Nemesis", Picard rammed the Enterprise into Shinzon's Warbird. The trick worked to damage the warbird to some extent, but the Enterprise attached itself to the ...
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Is the Prime Directive Limited to This Universe?

The Prime Directive seems to grow over time. Originally it seemed more focused on non-warp civilizations, but later it's also a reason to not interfere with internal events in the Klingon Empire. ...