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How long was Picard in The Inner Light?

How long did the events in The Inner Light take, from Picard's point of view? It was only a few minutes for the crew members on the bridge, watching Picard, but how many years passed for Picard?
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Did Captain Picard suffer any permanent effects from The Inner Light?

Did Picard suffer any permanent problems from his time in The Inner Light? I don't remember it ever being referred to in a subsequent episode, even though it gave him several years of memories. Were ...
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Could Data pass the Kobayashi Maru?

Would he even be allowed to take the test since he could not feel fear and thus, the ultimate reason for the test would not have any effect on Data?
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Did Data Have Emotions Without Knowing It?

Starting with Encounter at Farpoint, at the very start of the series, when Riker first meets Data in the holodeck, Data, when asked if he considers himself superior to humans, says, "I am superior, ...
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What was the joke that Geordi told Data in TNG: “Encounter at Farpoint”?

Memory Alpha for ST:TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"? states: Apparently at some point during this mission, Geordi La Forge told Data a joke, which the humorless android did not "get" until years later,...
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Why is Counselor Troi in uniform in ST: TNG “Encounter at Farpoint”?

As you can see in the following image, everybody on the bridge wears a uniform, except Deanna Troi. But in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Encounter at Farpoint, we see Deanna Troi ...
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Is there any lag on subspace communications?

In Star Trek, especially during the Next Generation era (TNG, DSN and VOY), we frequently see people having real time, lag free video communications with people in other solar systems (for example, ...
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How did Kirk get the whales out?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Kirk and crew time travel to the 1980s and bring in to the 23rd century some humpback whales. Upon their return to Earth the alien probe promptly drains the power from ...
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Is Time travel in “Star Trek: Enterprise” totally illogical?

Normally Star Trek seems to based on some sort of logic, but the time travel in "Star Trek: Enterprise" seems to have no logic at all, or am I just missing it? Example: If they go back in time to ...
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What exactly happened with Dr. Crusher's husband and Captain Picard?

In ST:TNG "Encounter at Farpoint", it's clear that Dr. Crusher knows Jean-Luc Picard, and this had something to do with the way her former husband died. From the script: RIKER: Jean-Luc? You know ...
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Why was Admiral “Dr.” McCoy inspecting Enterprise-D?

From McCoy Memory Alpha On stardate 41153.7, the 137-year old Admiral Leonard McCoy inspected the USS Enterprise-D during its first mission. He commented on the great significance of the ship's ...
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Who is James R Kirk?

Most people are familiar with the iconic James T. (Tiberius) Kirk from Star Trek. But in the original series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" a tomb stone is created for Kirk that shows his name ...
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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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How does the holodeck portray realism when the safety protocols are disabled/enabled

A good example to illustrate this question is in Star Trek: First Contact when Captain Picard fires a tommy gun to kill a couple of borg, because the holodeck safeties were turned off he could kill ...
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How is the lack of Suliban accounted for in the timeline after “Star Trek: Enterprise”?

How is the lack of Suliban accounted for in the timeline after Star Trek: Enterprise? I have to ask because it didn't make sense to me that a new species would be introduced in a prequel without an ...
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Why did no one notice Geordi's transmission?

In the movie Star Trek Generations Geordi is captured by Doctor Soran. During the course of Geordi's incarceration Dr. Soran modifies Geordi's visor to transmit a live feed of whatever he sees, ...
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Why didn't Spock die in The Search for Spock?

In the movie The Search for Spock it is mentioned that Spock's rapid aging and the Genesis planet's turbulent nature are side effects of protomatter being used in the creation of the Genesis device. ...
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Did Worf not serve in Starfleet before? Why would he dispute Picard's order?

One of the scenes that were used to show and develop the character of Worf as Klingon was him objecting to Captain Picard's order to comand the separated Enterprise saucer section in "Encounter at ...
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Was there any evidence that Q civilization did NOT go through a “Savage” phase?

During "Encounter at Farpoint" ST:TNG episode, Q puts the human race - exemplified by USS Enterprise - on trial for savagery. You will now answer to the charge of being a grievously savage race! ...
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What was Q's rank in “Encounter at Farpoint”?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint", Q showed up dressed as a Starfleet officer. What was his rank?
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What's the origin of Picard's signature phrase, “make it so”?

Was Jean-Luc Picard's famous "Make it so" phrase introduced by Patrick Stewart or by the series writers? Was use of the phrase inspired by any other fictional character? What I was wondering was, was ...
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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?