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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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Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

Security in Star Fleet seems to be more based on the honor system and less on physical restrictions or computer systems. Generally the people on board the ship are expected to know they aren't meant ...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

This phrasing is straight from The UK's Admiralty orders. So yes, it is an anachronism, but it is also a very functional and precise wording. This is an homage the TNG pays to the wet navy times, ...
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Has Q ever really shown power outside of some knowledge and illusion?

In "Q Who" those crew members died for real. Editing in the meaning and context... Q moved the ship into Borg territory which got some people killed. The ...
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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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Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?

According to this conversation between Data and LaForge -- from the TNG episode, "Descent, Part II" -- no, he can't. LAFORGE: You know, Data, I've been thinking about some of the times we'...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

Legal documents frequently use this kind of double-barrelled terminology; e.g., heirs and assigns, cease and desist. They are called legal doublets.
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Why did the Enterprise-D not send a probe to look for Picard?

They believed the Pentarans were on top of the situation. Specifically, by the time they arrive in the Pentarus system, the miners have already searched the two habitable M-class planets and are ...
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What is this pair of rectangular patterns on the Enterprise-D's exterior?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints set says they're the windows of the arboretum.
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Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

From TNG 1x26 The Neutral Zone, Picard here is objecting to the 20th century guest Ralph Offenhouse pestering him over the com system : PICARD: Those comm. panels are for official ship business. ...
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What caused Geordi La Forge's blindness?

There's no canon material that ever explains why LaForge is blind. The only things we know about his blindness are He was born that way (TNG: Encounter at Farpoint) CRUSHER: You've been blind all ...
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On which occasions in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has Data lied?

Data lies or misleads a number of times, without being ordered to, in "Time's Arrow" and "Time's Arrow, Part II." The most clear-cut example of an outright lie is when he tells a ...
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Why is Reginald Barclay the only one to see the weird shapes in the transporter?

Barclay didn't see anything unusual during his initial transport to the USS Yosemite. The first time he saw one of the quasi-energy microbes in the matter stream was during his return trip back to the ...
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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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Has Q ever really shown power outside of some knowledge and illusion?

He altered the orbit of a moon in TNG: Deja Q. GARIN [on viewscreen]: Captain Picard you've done it PICARD: I'm sorry? SCIENTIST [on viewscreen]: The moon. It's back to its normal orbit. How ever you ...
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What is this room in the Star Trek Adventures TNG tileset?

Seems like that lab where Locutus was studied and Geordi had his interface suit. (May not be same room - labs tend to look alike) Not a perfect match but may be the intent. EDIT: certainly reuses ...
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What was the Cytherian describing in their introduction?

This is basically just "say what you see". He's looking at Worf moving. Worf quickly moves to position himself between it and Picard, pulling his phaser. ALIEN: (re: Worf's action) Emotive. ...
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Has Q ever really shown power outside of some knowledge and illusion?

In the TNG episode, "True Q", Amanda Rogers stabilised a reactor on Tagra IV, and cleansed the planet's atmosphere of pollution. Q denied any involvement in the incident. RIKER [on ...
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Where in Ireland is Miles O'Brien from?

O'Brien's place of birth is Killarney, Ireland, Earth. This is confirmed in a couple of places. Per The Star Trek Book: Strange New Worlds Boldly Explained: NAME: Miles Edward O’Brien SPECIES: Human ...
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Can TNG-era warp drive be used to travel at sublight speeds?

If Cochrane's flight in First Contact counts as TNG-era, then this includes a period of a few minutes where the warp engines are on but they haven't reached light-speed yet. I'd personally consider ...
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Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 years?

As with Kirk, there's something to be said about taking what is essentially a desk job. As a captain, you have some degree of autonomy and you get to be out there, looking at the strange new worlds, ...
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Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

Security is a trade-off between the danger of letting the unauthorised in, and the danger of locking the authorised out. In an emergency - something that happens with alarming frequency on the ...
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Why did the Enterprise-D not send a probe to look for Picard?

The answer you linked offers one key clue Note that this object doesn't contain a warp engine, but rather a warp 'sustainer', meaning that it can only travel at the speed at which it was fired. The ...
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Do Vulcan, Andor and Tellar still have their own military ships by the time of TNG?

In the episode "wej Duj", Season 2 Episode 9 of the Star Trek: Lower Decks series that takes place in the late 24th century and which is considered canon (*), we see the Vulcan Cruiser Sh'...
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What is this room in the Star Trek Adventures TNG tileset?

Looks like the cybernetics lab, seen in 'The Offspring' and 'Best of Both Worlds part 2'.
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Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 years?

According to the EU novel The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, Picard wasn't passed over for promotion. He was offered a range of different commands during his first stint on the Stargazer but ...
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Other than being born in Somalia, is Geordi LaForge in any way Somali or connected to Somalia?

Main canon Nope. There are zero mentions of Somalia, Mogadishu or the African Confederation in any episode, aside from a single (blink and you'll miss it) shot in TNG: Cause and Effect that wasn't ...
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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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Why does this person not recognize Picard?

Quite simple, actually. In this timeline there was no 24th century Enterprise-D so the time travel shenanigans that sent the crew back to the nineteenth century in "Time's Arrow" never ...
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Why did Romulans attack Khitomer and why did Ja'rod (father of Duras) help?

To answer your first question: despite what Worf says in the first season, the Romulans and Klingons weren't really allies any more by that point. Indeed, the attack on Narendra III where the ...
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