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Why did Scotty not recognize the inventor of transparent aluminum?

Skipping over a few other inconsistencies in this particular scene of Star Trek IV (such as Scotty's amazingly efficient use of an obsolete computer system with which he'd likely have no prior ...
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If Worf was raised by humans after the age of 5, why does he “act” so Klingon?

Worf was rescued from the wreckage of the Khitomer colony by a Starfleet petty officer and raised amongst humans in a time when Klingon\Federation relations were somewhat shaky. How did Worf end up ...
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Is the humanoid appearance of most alien species in the Star Trek universe ever canonically addressed?

The vast majority of intelligent species in the Star Trek universe are bipedal, humanoid creatures. From the lot I've seen of TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies, it seems that this ...
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Why aren't more species' planets named differently from their species name?

Andorians come from Andoria (or Andor) Vulcans come from Vulcan Romulans come from Romulus Breen come from Breen Betazoids from Betazed Cardassians from Cardassia The list goes on and on (with a few ...
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Is “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” canon with Star Trek?

Inspired by the various answers and questions about ET and Star Wars based on a cameo, I wanted to know is Star Trek and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in the same Multiverse? Now before you go ...
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Why would Vulcans be vegetarian in an era with replicators?

Most vegetarians on Earth abstain from meat because of the treatment of animals as a result of mass proceessing. However in a universe with replicators, there is no ill treatment. A replicator simply ...
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Star Trek and Andromeda: are they contiguous?

Gene Roddenberry created both Star Trek and Andromeda (or the idea for Andromeda, anyways). Being that Andromeda is set thousands of years in the future, while Star Trek is hundreds of years, is ...
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What are illegal/forbidden uses of the Holodeck?

I remember the episode where Laforge's engineer, Reginald Barclay, uses the holodeck to strengthen his self confidence by creating holodeck clones (Musketeers) of the Enterprise crew, to fight against ...
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How did Star Trek characters detect being unconsciously tricked into a simulated Holodeck reality?

In several episode and movies the Holodeck plays a huge role. I remember Prof. Moriarity, Riker kidnapped by Romulans, Insurrection Movie. In what ways did the Star Trek characteres realize in ...
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Was Subcommander T'Rul initially meant to be a permanent character on Star Trek: DS9?

I remember when the Defiant initially got its cloak, the cloak came with a supervisor, Subcommander T'Rul. She featured prominently in the episode, and I expected to see her in later episodes — as she ...
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Aside from Stephen Hawking, were there any other “as himself” Star Trek cameos?

In the TNG episode Descent, Data plays a game of poker on the Holodeck with Stephen Hawking (who played himself on the show), Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton. Have there been any other cameo ...
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Why would Troi be allowed to play poker?

Since Deanna Troi can tell when someone is lying, why would she be allowed to join a poker game with the other head officers in their weekly poker game? Wouldn't she always win? Or at least know when ...
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How do photon and quantum torpedoes “miss”?

Torpedoes in the Star Trek universe are so advanced that they are capable of warp and variable-yield explosions. In fact, they are so powerful that their yields are measured in isotons, which is ...
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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 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 a combination of ...
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In Star Trek: Voyager's episode “Homestead”, how did the Talaxians manage to travel so far from their homeworld?

In Voyager episode "Jetrel", I believe it is explained that the Talaxian-Haakonian war had started no more than 31 years earlier. Yet despite Voyager's various jumps and boosts along the way back to ...
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Why is Data positron-based?

It's well-known throughout Star Trek TNG that Data has a positronic neural network. Were there ever any specific advantages presented as to the usage of positrons vs electrons or photons for this ...
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Star Trek: TNG novels that continue episodes? [closed]

In the original series episode, "All Our Yesterdays", Spock goes back in time 4000 years into a particular planet's history. Two sequels to this episode were written as novels. "Yesterday's Son" and "...
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Why did Dr Crusher have a seat on the bridge?

What purpose would there be to have the chief medical officer on the bridge? It seems like she would not have any use while there. All of her tools and medical equipment were in Sick Bay and the ...
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Why do Star Trek vessels always approach each other on parallel planes?

Space is just open 3D space, right? In Star Trek, ships are always coming from somewhere else: different solar systems, galaxies, etc. However, when they meet, they always seem to be on parallel ...
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How can warp drives damage space when the galaxy is moving through space?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Force of Nature, we find that warp drive damages space and that one area of space is more unstable than others. But not only are all galaxies rushing out ...
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What are the size limitations of Odo's ability to shape shift?

Odo seems to be able to become quite small (as small as a mouse) and much larger than humanoid form. Is there a limitation to how large (or small) he can become? Can he become as large as a spaceship?...
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If there are universal translators, why are some words/phrases not translated?

In Star Trek, there are universal translators on the ship to make communications between the different species possible. But there are countless times when Klingons talk in Klingon and English, when ...
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Short story where aliens deal with humanity on the misunderstanding that Star Trek is non-fiction

I'm looking for a short (which I'm fairly sure I read online rather than on paper) which has as its premise that an alien civilization observing humanity thought Star Trek was real rather than ...
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How are transporters able to transport energy?

It has always been my understanding that Start Trek transporters were an elaborate form of replicator. That is, when a person or thing is being transported, only a data stream is really being ...
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How do Hypo-sprays work?

In Star Trek, the hypo-spray is the replacement of the syringe in our time frame. But does the hypo-spray actually pierce the skin? I've seen times when they are used on direct skin contact, through ...
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Why is it acceptable in the Star Trek universe for doctors to instantly sedate patients?

It seems like any time a patient becomes unruely in Star Trek, the on call doctor immediately hyposprays him with something to knock him out. How can it be ethically acceptable for doctors to just ...
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Actual hints of Picard's ancestry?

While it is claimed here and there that Picard name is inspired by Auguste Piccard, the first man who saw the Earth’s curvature, and his family of balloonists and bathyscaphists, is this actually ...
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Why does Picard need to give verbal orders to bring the ship out of warp?

Often when they arrive in a star system from warp, someone will say something like, "Captain, we've arrived in the such-and-such system." And he will give the order to take the ship out of warp. Now, ...
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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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If Galaxy-class ships had been developed by 2360, why couldn't they scout for the voyager crew?

Voyager was lost in 2371, now I realize that for a long time the Alpha Quadrant probably had no idea where Voyager was or if it was even still operating, but at some point during the series they made ...
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Do Ferengi ever blink their eyes?

I recently watched some Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes and I noticed that the Ferengi never blink their eyes. Is it just the actors or do Ferengi as a race not need to blink their eyes?
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Did The Cybermen influence the creation of The Borg?

Did Doctor Who's Cybermen influence Star Trek writers when they created the Borg? Did they even copy the idea? There are many similarities: both are cyborgs, both assimilate other species by force, ...
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Has Data ever made a joke intentionally (not involuntarily) in the TNG series?

I know Data tried to make Laforge laugh with his Mr. Tricorder parody in Star Trek: Generations Movie when he had this "emotion chip" Aside from this I only know the episode in TNG where Q loses his ...
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Geordi La Forge: Human Lie Detector

In Star Trek:TNG season 2 episode, Up the Long Ladder (the one where they have to evacuate the colony of clones and the colony of Irish farmers), Geordi reveals that, using his visor, he can tell when ...
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Star Trek TOS without modern CG?

Is there any way of seeing the original Star Treks without the modern computer graphics? Sure, it's nice they've gone to the effort to dress it up by modernizing some of the cheesier effects, but what ...
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Why didn't they make a new TNG movie after Nemesis?

The Next Generation crew filmed Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis. Then nothing. Why was there no follow up film? I was expecting some kind of resolution to the Data / B4 story.
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What are Guinan's powers from Star Trek: TNG?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Q Who" (Season 2, Episode 16) Q seems disturbed by the presence of Guinan to the point of raising his hands as if to use his powers on her. Guinan responds ...
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What are the special abilities of Wesley Crusher?

In one episode of Star Trek: TNG "The Traveler" appears and the Enterprise achieves speeds over Warp 10 (as I recall). The Traveler has kind of superpowers to master space and time (all pretty weird ...
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What's the Star Trek transporter like from the point of view of the person being transported?

This always bugged me about the transporter effect... ... we always see it from the point of view of an external observer (even if there isn't one). We never see it from the point of view of the ...
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Why aren't there any fighter carriers in the Star Trek universe?

All of the ships of every species seem to be medium to large vessels with multiple crew members. Why aren't there single fighter craft and carrier ships to transport them in mass? I've just noticed ...
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How long does it take for someone to get promoted in Starfleet?

After watching the series finale of Star Trek Enterprise, not a single bridge officer has acquired additional rank in the 10 year mission of the NX-01. How is that possible?
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Why aren't we all Borg?

The Borg don't really seem like the type to hold back and in the tiny bit we saw of the delta quadrant in Voyager there were a lot of races technologically inferior compared to the Borg. So the fact ...
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How did Tasha Yar know that she needed to make a hologram?

In the 23rd episode of Season 1 ("Skin of Evil"), Tasha Yar is At the end of the episode, the main crew of the Enterprise attends a ceremony where a hologram of her addresses each attendee. It ...
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Why is it called a tricorder?

The device is square, the readout is square, maybe it should be called square-corder. Did the original tricorder only have 3 functions? I checked the Memory Alpha entry but it doesn't state the ...
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Does being pulled into a black hole always cause time travel?

In the remake of Star Trek, certain individuals unintentionally travel through time by means of a black hole. Does being pulled into a black hole always cause time travel? If so, would this mean ...
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Why didn't Geordi and Ro fall through the floor in “The Next Phase” episode of TNG?

In the TNG episode "The Next Phase," Geordi and Ro are "phase shifted" such that they are invisible to the entire crew, and they can walk through walls. But why didn't they fall through the floor? ...
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What is the official sequence for Star Trek the Original Series episodes?

What is the official sequence of the episodes in the original Star Trek series? I'm interested in the sequence of the story rather than when they were produced or when they aired.
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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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Effect of Special Relativity in the Star Trek Universe [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the FTL drive supposed to work in Star Trek? In our known universe, people traveling close to or at the speed of light would experience time roughly 1000x slower than ...
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Why would any Federation starship (such as the Enterprise) have any spouses or youth onboard?

The original Star Trek series and Star Trek movies basically portrayed the Star Fleet culture aboard ship as similar to the U.S. Navy. The culture is predominantly male but women are allowed on most ...