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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise-D?

The Millennium Falcon is (approximately) 58,000 times faster than the USS Enterprise-D. The (Galaxy Class) Enterprise-D's top speed is stated to be Warp 9.8. DATA: Projection, sir. We may be able to ...
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Why are there so many 47s?

I have good news: you're not crazy1. The number 47 was slipped into Star Trek with alarming regularity, and it all began with TNG writer Joe Menosky. In a 2005 interview with Pomona College Magazine (...
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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

Here's a better capture of the context from "The Best of Both Worlds Pt I". In the capture, Riker is presenting the quarters to Shelby for the first time. PICARD: Number One, why don't you ...
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Who or what inspired the character Geordi La Forge?

A long-time Star Trek fan and quadriplegic named George La Forge had been following the original series and was an avid fan. His unfortunate passing in 1975 inspired creator Gene Roddenberry to focus ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

This question was directly addressed in the episode Birthright, Part 1: BASHIR Data... may I ask you a personal question? DATA Certainly. ...
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Is this Beverly Crusher?

This is Beverly Crusher, but played by Gates McFadden's body double, Patricia Tallman. Here she is on the set of the film Star Trek: Generations, again doubling for McFadden: This is another ...
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In which episodes did the Enterprise boldly go where no one had gone before?

I have counted 20 episodes in which the TNG Enterprise travels to places where there has been no presence from an existing manned Federation ship or colony and no presence from an existing superpower ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

There's no on-screen canon explanation given. However, the Star Trek: The Next Generation - Technical Manual states The main viewer display matrix includes omni-holographic display elements and is ...
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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

A refusal to submit to assimilation is prima facie evidence that the individuals involved are acting like stupid, spoiled children. I've selectively quoted the Borg Queen to give an overview of their ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise-D?

They travel at the same speed — 1.0 SOP — which is not comparable All star ships in all science fiction are always traveling at The Speed Of Plot. This may sound snarky but the comment is serious; ...
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Starship Enterprise: Always flying left-to-right?

The large model of the Enterprise used to film those shots was rather unfinished on the port (left) side and had plugs for the power cables for the lights on the port side. So the big 11 foot model ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

Yes In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 - from TOS) is famously destroyed by the autodestruct sequence following the boarding of the Klingons:
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Was there ever a situation where a proposal from Worf was accepted?

There are a number of occasions where Worf's suggestions were immediately actioned by the crew of the Enterprise. In TNG: Time's Arrow he proposed that they fire torpedoes on Captain Picard's location....
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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce "Futile" differently than Locutus?

Jeri Ryan stated in an interview for the September 1999 issue of Playboy magazine (no, she does not appear nude) that she asked the producers of Voyager if she should pronounce it "few-tile" ...
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What is Deanna Troi's accent?

Israeli, as revealed ten days ago at Star Trek 50 Marina Sirtis herself said exactly the following on Day 4 of the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas: SIRTIS: I based Troi’s ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

Approximately 100 kg (= 220 lbs.) according to his 'mother'. DATA: My -- childhood? JULIANA: (laughing) That's what I called it. You were like a baby at first -- a hundred kilogram baby, but still... ...
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How did they film the changing decks in the turbolift scenes in Star Trek: TNG?

According to Memory-Alpha, which lists as source the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Borg DVD set text commentary: Cliff Bole filmed the scene wherein Riker and Worf share an elevator trip – from one ...
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What's with the bias towards Japanese among the (few) East Asian officers in Starfleet?

I have an out of universe explanation that is based on the fact that three of the five characters and both of the starships with Japanese names first appeared in The Next Generation. In the 1980s (...
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Have Star Trek actors commented on why they didn't work more after Star Trek?

The pattern here doesn't seem that unusual for the cast of a successful television show not to ever get another high-profile role; there are far more TV actors than TV roles to go around. In fact, ...
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Why is the stardate explicitly mentioned when creating a new Captain's log?

It's simple: Logs aren't recorded in real time. During a tense space battle, the Captain can't just take a break to record the fact that someone just attacked his ship, he will remember it and when ...
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Who are all the people in this "BEST. SELFIE. EVER!"?

Most of them are easy for a serious Trekkie like yourself: (picture with arrows found online) But let's do this properly. The one you probably didn't know The guy in the top right was the hardest ...
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Was Geordi La Forge originally intended to be gay?

No. Geordi was not supposed to be gay, and Roddenberry did not plan to include gay characters until later. I come to this conclusion because several key persons never talked about this it was not ...
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In which Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes did Patrick Stewart not appear?

Patrick Stewart appeared in every episode; there's a discrepancy in how those two pages are counting. Star Trek: The Next Generation aired 176 episodes. However two of those episodes, the premiere ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Year of Hell,” there is a scene where the viewscreen is offline due to heavy damage to the ship. What's interesting in this is that it is not simply black, like a ...
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Which ship has the most prolific "recurring" role in Star Trek?

The 'Nebula-Class' USS Leeds appears in no fewer than 104 episodes of DS9.
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Was Voyager really significantly slower than the Enterprise-D?

2,700,000 light years in 300 years is 9000 times the speed of light. Depending on what source you go by, this is either a bit over warp 9.99 (the Voyager technical guide) or significantly less than ...
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Why are quarters on the Enterprise-D so spacious?

Why the quarters are so spacious; Ship space isn't at much of a premium. The ship can readily hold ten times the present crew when the need arises (for evacuation missions and emergencies) which ...
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Has any Star Trek character appeared in all three division uniform colors?

Kyle: Operations (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold"): Sciences (TOS: "Space Seed", "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"): Command (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome"): Sulu: Sciences (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone ...
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Why does Worf receive only a reprimand for killing Duras in the episode, “Reunion?”

In that episode, Picard clearly acknowledges that what Worf did was legal under Klingon law. PICARD: Mister Worf, your service aboard the Enterprise has been exemplary. Until now. WORF: Sir, I have ...
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Is Picard actually fluent in French?

Picard speaks fluent French. Not only was he born and raised in France but we see him speaking French confidently with a French accent, swearing in French under his breath and singing French songs on ...
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