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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 on creating a new character with disabilities. Screenwriter David Gerrold suggested the name Geordi LaForge in respect of their fan. Mr. Roddenberry agreed the ...


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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... TNG: Inheritance This tallies with his official fact file on the StarTrek.com website, although this is likely a case of the tail (TNG: ...


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The Romulan ships couldn't detour for the same reason they couldn't just go home and try again next week: the Duras faction won't survive that long without their aid. Gowron's forces launched a major offensive at the same time as the blockade went into place, forcing the Duras sisters to call for more support before they were overrun. It's also worth ...


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According to an interview with Star Trek Magazine, the show's co-writer Joe Menosky came up with the idea of a metaphor-based language from two key concepts; the linguistic notions of John Ciardi (that every single word has a storied etymology that must be understood before a translator can accurately translate a work into another language) and the "...


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The Mizarians. Picard encounters one when he's kidnapped by aliens in TNG: Allegiance PICARD: None? In the last three hundred years of Mizarian history, your planet has been conquered six times! THOLL: And we've survived by not resisting. Mizarians value peace above confrontation. Mizarians Planet: Mizar II. A highly intelligent and ...


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Red and Yellow (and Black and Grey and Blue) alerts The TNG Technical Manual indicates that the command authority to signal alert conditions (or give any shipwide orders) ultimately rests with the vessel's Commanding Officer, typically a captain, and, by extension, their First and Second Officers. Additionally, Red and Yellow alerts can also be triggered by ...


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Because they traded technology From the Memory-Alpha write-up for TOS: The Enterprise Incident Kirk then inexplicably orders helmsman Sulu to take the Enterprise across the Romulan Neutral Zone and into Romulan space, where it is quickly surrounded by the Romulans – who are now using Klingon-style vessels. An effective cloaking device, meanwhile, ...


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I'm sure they would have wanted to, but it's made abundantly clear at the end of the episode that it's not the Federation's warp enhancements that made the jump possible, it was the Traveller's abilities PICARD: (to Kosinski) What did you do? RIKER: It wasn't him. It never was. It was his assistant. PICARD: What are you talking about? RIKER:...


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Because the borg adapt to a frequency Star Trek shields work on a frequency, and once you know that frequency, you can alter your weapons to bypass those shields, which is why you'll often hear characters calling to 'remodulate shields'. Borg adaptation works in the exact opposite fashion, instead of having a frequency you need to bypass, they adapt to your ...


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Data has a suite of internal systems that allow him to check his status as well as access to high resolution body scanners. It seems highly likely that he would have intimate knowledge of his own physiology (robiology?). DATA: I am sure that will not be necessary, Captain. I am fully capable of running a circuit check on myself. It will immediately ...


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It was revealed in the EU novel Greater than the Sum that the eighteen crew members were in fact assimilated by the Borg, rather than killed by exposure to space (or sliced in half by the Borg cutting beam), as the episode would seem to suggest. “I’m sorry, have we met before?”   “Of course, you wouldn’t recognize me, not like this…” She came to ...


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The concept of assimilation was introduced in Best of Both Worlds, but later works develop the concept and even retcon it as the modus operandi of the Borg. The Voyager episode Raven, in particular, shows how 7 of 9 was assimilated years before the events of Q Who. As for Guinan not mentioning it - we see multiple times where assimilation is treated as ...


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Because they value resources over drones. While it's true that the Borg adapt to phaser frequency, they would rather lose a few drones than waste the energy and resources to constantly have defenses up. The Borg have shown time, and time again that they don't care how many of them die, as long as they get what they want. In fact, in the Voyager episode ...


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This was in the film Star Trek: First Contact, not to be confused with an episode with a similar name. Holographic EMH medics don't exist in the TNG series because they were invented (by the writers) for the Voyager TV series. That being said, Doctor Crusher appeared in TNG in hologram form in TNG: Ship in a Bottle. In ...


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Bajor is a (potential) member of the Federation. Ibudan, a Bajora, makes a clone in his quarters. Sisko and Bashir don't seem to have any problem with this whatsoever, nor do they seem intent on charging him with 'Felony Clonemaking' along with his murder rap. ODO: (re: the new clone) What happens to this one? BASHIR: In about two days, he becomes a ...


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They did not. The organisation was invented for the DS9 episode Inquisition, broadcast 4 years after the last episode of TNG. Q. Was there any debate about whether or not to establish that [Section 31, in "Inquisition"] has been around for so long? A. We had extended conversations about the backstory to Section 31 and yes, there was a lot of ...


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I think Picard is being poetic (or metaphorical, if you like) in this case. "Your heart is the same as mine" doesn't just mean an organ that pumps blood; the heart is the "source" of one's feelings, one's morality, one's love et cetera. Picard is trying to appeal to Shinzon to give up his villainous schemes in favor of being a nobler man like Picard has ...


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Main Canon Within the main canon, Moriarty's "ship in a bottle" is never mentioned again after TNG: Ship in a Bottle, although the events of the episode (as an instructive warning) do receive a very brief and tangential reference in VOY: Alter Ego CHAKOTAY: Most likely a sentient computer programme. I checked the Starfleet database. This kind of thing ...


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According to the Star Trek TNG Companion, the artwork was sourced from two local schools and Alan Sims' children. Contest winner Paul Menegay was named for a friend of Brannon Braga’s, although the entries actually came from two area elementary schools and prop man Alan Sims’ own children.


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Your Issue - Area Your question is based on the premise that 23 ships in the void of space doesn't take up that much real estate. However, there is no detail I'm aware of on the range of the tachyon beams used in the show. There's no indication of how far apart the ships are, so no indication of how "much real estate" the blockade actually covers. The ...


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It has been shown and said in multiple episodes that he is capable of performing self-diagnostic and repairs, which implies that his positronic brain possess a copy of his own schematic to serve as reference point, which would include something as vital as the off-switch. That knowledge of himself also allows him to perform modifications of his own body, ...


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A plausible explanation is that while the ships could go around, the delay would be punitive enough to lose the war. At first, I found this a hard pill to swallow. After all, a 20 hour ultimatum from Sela -- surely you can fly around that blockade in a day! Moreover, she travelled to meet Picard in person, so it can't be that far, right? Let's crunch ...


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It's mined and refined on-site on various moons and planets, then sent to Ferenginar (or wherever) to be minted into currency Huge robot-driven bulldozers shoveled the gravel onto a conveyor belt, which carried it into an immense box that radiated heat in waves--probably a smelting furnace, Ttan thought. She'd never seen one quite like this before, ...


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There's no on-screen information. The only Voyager reference to a baryon sweep is in VOY6x18 Ashes to Ashes, when Harry Kim says he requested them for his quarters at the Academy because he lived "across the hall from a slob". This is presented as sarcasm and teasing between two characters who demonstrate a playfully adversarial relationship. In the baryon ...


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Actually, the Memory Alpha entry (already suggested in the comments) does say what it is, although only at a very superficial level: Latinum was a rare silver-colored liquid metal AFAIK, neither its exact nature (and why it cannot be replicated) nor its sources are mentioned in the canon works (this seems to be the consensus of a relevant Reddit thread, ...


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As @Valorum already stated, 'Section 31' as a department was thought up during DS9's run, but in-universe the organisation, or specifically the article in the Starfleet charter that lends its name to the covert-ops branch, has existed since the very beginning. Here's a quote from the Star trek: Enterprise episode Divergence, where Phlox is ... involuntarily ...


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Miles O'Brien: Ends up transferring to DS9 after accepting a posting as Chief Operations Officer for the station. His wife, Keiko, and daughter, Molly, follow him and live on DS9 as well. Appears in multiple seasons of DS9. Lt. Cmdr Worf: Transferred to DS9 to Command Division following destruction of the Enterprise-D (Star Trek: Generations film). ...


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On Q's second visit to the Enterprise, he tells a complete untruth. PICARD: Pay off your wager. Q: I recall no wager! TNG: Hide and Q During his third visit, he lies again since (we later learn) humanity has remained on trial throughout the entire voyage of the Enterprise-D RIKER: The good times? The first time we met you, you put us on ...


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Picard is easy: the Borg violated him personally, not friends of his. As for Guinan, the scope is very different. There were (according to Memory Alpha) 11,000 casualties at Wolf 359. Compare that to (emphasis mine) Around 2265, while Guinan wasn't present, this species was the victim of a major attack by the Borg, with all but a handful of El-Aurians ...


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According to the Star Trek: Star Charts factbook, the population of Romulus in the year 2368 is approximately 18 billion. No information exists to describe the total number of Romulans in the galaxy, but their empire encompasses several colony worlds, each with potentially billions-strong populations of their own. After its destruction in 2387 (about ten ...


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