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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

IN-Universe - As Worf said, it's something not discussed with non-Klingons. OUT of Universe - To summarize, it's a very meta in-joke. In the original series, they had a limited budget, and makeup ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

Viral Mutation This apparent discrepancy was explained in Star Trek Enterprise. Long story short, Klingons experimented with genetic mutation to make themselves stronger, much like what was ...
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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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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?

Yes, they were. The following excerpt from an article quotes Gene Roddenberry himself (via the authoritative book The Making of Star Trek) as saying: [Feinberg] went out and bought a selection of ...
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Was J.R.R. Tolkien a fan of the original Star Trek series?

Probably not. Tolkien didn't own a television and wasn't really interested in modern culture, preferring to attend the opera, lectures on poetry, and listen to occasional programs on the wireless. He ...
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Why does this review of Star Trek IV include an image of Link from Legend of Zelda?

It's a simple visual pun, drawing attention to the fact that the design on the front of Spock's robe: bears a resemblance to the Triforce: an iconic symbol of the Legend of Zelda franchise. There's ...
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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 Kif appear at the end of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"?

Shout-out to Balok This most certainly harks back to the Balok puppet based on the fact that, for at least one whole season of The Original Series, a still of the Balok puppet appeared in the closing ...
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Female uniforms and colored panties in Star Trek TOS

Yes The Franz Joseph uniform patterns from the Star Trek Technical Manual show that matching panties are a part of the normal female duty uniform. full tech manual EDIT Some of the confusion ...
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Does James Kirk have any named superiors in Star Trek: The Original Series?

During TOS, James Kirk holds the rank of Captain and therefore anyone who holds a higher rank is his superior. In later installments the rank of Admiral (and its various sub-ranks, such as Vice ...
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What episode of Star Trek is this creature from?

This is from "The Enemy Within", episode 5 of season 1 of Star Trek: The Original Series. The creature is never named in the episode, although the planet they found it on is stated to be Alpha 177, so ...
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Did Lucille Ball have a creative influence on Star Trek?

Yes... ish By all accounts, no other studio / network was willing to take on Roddenberry's new project called "Star Trek" - so her approval for producing the series at Desilu is probably the most ...
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Why were Klingons and Humans enemies in TOS given that Klingons were honourable people?

The reason Humans (technically the whole United Federation of Planets) and Klingons were at odds in the TOS era is not fully explained. According to Memory Alpha, the issues between the two stemmed ...
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Is the tartan worn by Scotty in "Savage Curtain" an actual clan tartan?

This Wired article says that the tartan is one of the many Clan Scott designs. It looks like pieces of the actual tartan were sold and autographed as memorabilia, with a piece recently being ...
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Do they still use days of the week or months in the era of Stardates?

Yes, they use days of the week as well as months. It's a running gag in Star Trek: Generations that the necessary equipment will be installed on Tuesday. HARRIMAN: We don't have a tractor beam. ...
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Are Star Trek and Devil in the Dark related?

There is an episode called "The Devil in the Dark". From the Star Trek Wikia: The Enterprise arrives at Janus VI, where an unknown monster is destroying machinery and killing the miners, ...
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What was the gaudily coloured equipment on the Enterprise's corridor walls in ST:TOS?

They seem to be called "wall plant-ons". Christies had at least one for sale a few years back, which you can look at here. According to the auction blurb, they're bits of wood that have been ...
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Are any regular bridge crew on TNG actually members of the next generation?

No: they're actually the Next Next Next Generation Here is my in-universe reasoning. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the oldest regular bridge officer on the Enteprise-D, was born in 2305, as per his ...
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Spock's wardrobe malfunction

A piece of trivia states that because of the episode being the second pilot, the 'colors had not been finalized'. The familiar colors and positions of the crew had not yet been finalized when this ...
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Where is it established that Hikaru Sulu was born in San Francisco?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home KIRK: Where would we find these reactors, ...theoretically? SPOCK: Nuclear power was widely used in naval vessels. [now in "Bird-of-Prey bridge"] ...
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In what episode of TOS did a character on the bridge make a comment about raising the number 1 to some power?

"Court Martial" (TOS 1x15) Kirk is facing a court martial. In his defense, the Enterprise crew are trying to find someone hiding aboard the ship. From the transcript: KIRK: Gentlemen, this ...
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Starship Enterprise: Always flying left-to-right?

In western cultures, we typically read from left to right (and from top to bottom). Therefore, going from left to right is often subconsciously interpreted as "going forward", whereas going ...
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TOS episode- Crew meets immortal from Earth's past

This is Requiem for Methuselah. Here's Memory Alpha's brief synopsis of the episode: While the Enterprise searches for the rare cure to a deadly disease, the landing party is confronted by a ...
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Is the tartan worn by Scotty in "Savage Curtain" an actual clan tartan?

Yes. It's one of the ancient Scott Clan Tartans According to Memory Alpha (referencing The World of Star Trek) the producers were keen to ensure that they had the right one and asked a Scottish ...
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Is there a canon reason why Klingon and Romulan vessels are so similar in shape?

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 ...
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What is the information on Captain Kirk's tombstone?

The episode begins on 1312.4 with the receipt of the distress signal from the SS Valiant. At 1312.9 Kirk makes another log entry after the disastrous encounter with the galactic barrier. At 1313.1 ...
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What book was Kirk referring to, with the theme of "let me help"?

Given that Kirk identifies the author as coming from Zeta Orionis, it seems highly unlikely that Kirk was referencing an actual (out-of-universe) novel. A planet circling that far left star in ...
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Why did 'Star Trek: The Original Series' change its intro titles from yellow to blue after Season 2?

Change in showrunner as Roddenberry had turned his back on Star Trek After quite a bit of research, I can find no concrete, documented reason for the change. But one can observe that there was a big ...
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