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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this image of Jean-Luc Picard sourced from a TNG episode?

A possibility: Based on the opening shot of Picard from the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" It obviously isn't an exact shot just pixelized (the perspective is a little different and ...
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How did they film the changing decks in the turbolift scenes in Star Trek: TNG?

Taking into account that the background setting is identical, it looks like they simply altered the lighting slightly between the time that Riker and Worf walk into the lift and then walked out again. ...
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Why do the Borg care so much about Earth?

There may be a clue in the ST:TNG episode Hide and Q (S1 Ep10): Q: Well if you'll stop interrupting me. This is hardly a time to be teaching you the true nature of the universe. However, at Farpoint ...
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What are the Starfleet regulations on crew relationships or fraternizing?

It's the wrong timeline and 80 years too late, but it's pretty clear that in Star Trek: The Next Generation there is nothing resembling a ban on fraternization. Several major characters — including ...
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Why wasn't this TNG space creature hailed before they fired on it?

They didn't have time. Lethal radiation exposure was to occur in one minute. The captain ordered a phaser burst at minimum power intended to be a smack on the nose to allow the Enterprise the chance ...
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Has Starfleet Command or the Federation ever formally acknowledged the Q Continuum?

Yes. Knowledge of Q is widespread among Starfleet personnel. JANEWAY: Look, I don't know what you want here, but I know who you are. Every captain in Starfleet has been briefed about your appearances ...
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Does same-species racism exist in Star Trek?

There was "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” a remarkably unsubtle clunker of an episode, in spite of its worthy message. SPOILER-NOT-SPOILER: The pair above is the mirror image of the other, i.e., ...
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What was the first 3D CGI used in Star Trek?

According to the CGI article on Memory Alpha: The very first CGI used was in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, where Lucasfilm Graphics Group, then a subsidiary of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM),...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Data's lack of emotions is intentional According to Lore, Dr. Soong deliberately left many features out of Data's programming in a bid to make him less threatening to humans. LORE: It would be ...
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What caused Geordi La Forge's blindness?

A genetic condition of some sort. In "The Masterpiece Society" Geordi discusses this with a member of the genetically "perfect" society HANNAH: Were you always blind? LAFORGE: I'...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

You can see the Nielsen ratings for ALL modern Star Trek episodes (TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT) plotted together on this handy graph from here: Which confirms Richard's answer (the highest outside of TOS ...
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Why was the Klingon Chancellor not constantly challenged to duels?

The scene involves Worf, because the other Klingons at the table wouldn't say it, call out Gowron for his bad leadership. Gowron does not take it well. Gowron: If you were a true Klingon, I'd kill ...
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