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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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Why did the Voyager Doctor have to scrub in?

The very short answer is that he doesn't need to scrub in. That's literally the point of this scene although I suspect looking at the comments on the internet that this was waaay too subtle for all ...
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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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Is it possible to ruin one’s career by failing the Kobayashi Maru?

In the TOS Book The Kobayashi Maru Cadet Montgomery Scott fails the Kobayashi Maru and is moved from the Command Stream to the Engineering Stream. "Fail" is a nuanced word however. The linked book ...
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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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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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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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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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In Star Trek, why do Federation / Starfleet ships always seem to delay returning fire until it's almost too late?

The reason is the mindset that the Federation drills into its cadets. At least in the non-cowboy eras (as the TNG people call Kirk’s era) the Federation has a strict policy of being peaceful. Thus ...
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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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In Star Trek why is warp speed the ultimate litmus test on "galactic acceptance" of a civilisation?

I think you’re misinterpreting the Prime Directive. (It’s not actually written down in any official Star Trek work, so any discussion of it is necessarily going to be a bit vague.) The Prime Directive ...
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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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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

Worf actually addresses this in the DS9 episode "The Way of the Warrior" and it is because "In war, nothing is more honorable than victory." Worf: Sir, I strongly recommend ...
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How does Quark attract customers to his bar given that the drinks and food can be gotten free from a replicator?

In the UK, you can easily get three or four beers in a supermarket for the price of one drink in a pub. Yet people still buy beer in pubs. Presumably Quark's business survives the way any other bar ...
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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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Does Lwaxana Troi ever talk to herself (as the computer voice)?

Yes. Twice in fact. From TNG Season 2 Episode 19, Manhunt (transcript here): LWAXANA: Hello, computer? Is Commander Riker still on the Bridge? COMPUTER: Negative. Riker is currently in holodeck ...
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When were female captains banned from Starfleet?

There are two interpretations of that scene. The first, and the one generally accepted these days, is that she was off her rocker, and made a statement that stated there was discrimination against her ...
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Are the Ferengi racially discriminated against by members of the Federation?

Yes, it is, and it's a bit more proof that the Federation can be hypocritical. The Federation claims to be open, free, and all accepting, and as proof they do seem to be all these things. But some ...
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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 Star Trek, are food replicators also used by everyday people as a household item?

Replicators are ubiquitous on Earth, not just in Starfleet facilities and on ships. Miles O'Brien's mother didn't like them. This fascinates Keiko, who was born and raised in Japan. O'BRIEN: Oh, ...
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Why are there no Jews in the Star Trek universe?

Gene Roddenberry was an active atheist, as per this quote: I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will - and a ...
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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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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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Why are Tucker and Malcolm not dead?

Current NASA spacesuits are filled with 100% oxygen at around 4psi so filling a spacesuit with pure oxygen is no issue assuming the pressure isn't too high. reference The actual percentage of gas ...
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