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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

It is relatively easy to recognize that they are speaking in metaphors. It is rather harder to understand just what a particular metaphor means if it refers to people, places, and things outside your ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

For future reference, Memory Alpha has categories that can help with this kind of query; they're grouped together as "Regular cast non-appearances". Using the resources there, it seems there ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

William Shatner as Kirk did not appear in the animated episode, The Slaver Weapon. Its the only time in the first block of Star Trek history (not including the new shows) where the Captain did not ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

Because nobody had ever tried until Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel Neither group had ever tried to actually take the time to figure out. Data: Federation vessels have encountered Tamarian ships seven ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

I think what JRE is trying to say is that the stories have something more to them than mere metaphors. They have emotional connection. There's a good scene for the benefit of the viewers (emphasis ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

If you can accept The Animated Series as a continuation of TOS, then Kirk did not appear at all in TAS: The Slaver Weapon. There are two episodes where the captain only makes a very brief appearance: ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

The audience The audience needs to be able to get a handle on it. They wanted to tell a story about a species who the federation struggled to communicate with, but they can't make them so cryptic that ...
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Has any Star Trek alien ever commented on humans' plain features?

In the second episode of Star Trek: Prodigy ("Starstruck"), the Tellarite character Jankom Pog says of holographic Janeway: Ugh, she's hideous. Why is her forehead so smooth? Ugh.
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At what point was it decided that Data was built by a human?

Memory Alpha's article on "Datalore" gives the dates of many states of its creation: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Datalore_(episode)#Production_history The first story outline was 22 ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

Shatner is credited in all 79 episodes of The Original Series, but not in The Cage, so your call on that one. Obviously, Kirk was in Menagerie 1 & 2, the retelling of The Cage, broadcast in ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

As close as any episode of the live-action broadcast shows come is TNG’s Thine Own Self, where Picard’s only dialogue is one short line. Others have covered The Animated Series. If you do not ...
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Why did the Federation struggle so hard to understand the Tamarians?

Because of the design of the Federation's universal translator, which is optimised for a specific use-case, namely languages that use single words to convey things. This makes sense as the vast ...
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What would the replicator do if Picard ordered "Hot. Earl Grey. Tea."?

Just to throw another one out there, albeit something that a few commenters have pointed out... In French, "hot Earl Grey tea" would be "thé Earl Grey chaud", so perhaps it is ...
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