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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben
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Possibly Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (1986)? The movie ends with a fight inside Big Ben in which the villain's cloak gets caught between some gears. Also ...

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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?
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This capability of the transporter was previously established in the TNG episode "The Most Toys". Data begins to fire a disruptor, but is caught in a transport beam as the weapon begins to ...

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Would Luke Skywalker be considered a war criminal?
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War crimes are generally defined as actions taken during war time that violate agreements regarding what is and is not acceptable in war. Therefore, it's impossible to say how Luke's actions would be ...

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Why does this review of Star Trek IV include an image of Link from Legend of Zelda?
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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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Why didn't the original Death Star's shields protect against small fighters?
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This is directly addressed in the movie during the rebel briefing on Yavin IV (emphasis added): GOLD LEADER: Pardon me for asking, sir, but what good are snub fighters going to be against that? ...

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Does James Kirk have any named superiors in Star Trek: The Original Series?
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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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Why was Benjamin Sisko given command of DS9 given that he has a foul temper with poor emotional control?
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Following the death of his wife during the battle of Wolf 359, Sisko was on the verge of leaving Starfleet. We clearly see the trauma he was grappling with during his interactions with Picard. Before ...

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What were the 17 instances of Kirk traveling through time?
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The actual line from the episode is: LUCSLY: Seventeen separate temporal violations. The biggest file on record. Importantly, a "violation" does not necessarily refer to an "instance of time ...

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Is a warp drive faster than a hyperdrive?
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You can't even compare the two. Hyperdrives allow you to travel around the galaxy in a matter of days whereas warp drives take decades, requiring numerous refueling operations along the way. However, ...

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Why did Ravenclaw use "man" in "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure"?
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Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago, and the English language was different back then. The word "man" began its existence as a Proto-Germanic word meaning "member of the ...

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Why didn't James Kirk destroy the Reliant instead of (or while) trying to escape?
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I think there's something you missed in David's dialog: James Kirk: We'll beam aboard and stop it. David Marcus: You can't. Note that Kirk doesn't say "deactivate it" or "abort the ...

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Why did Captain Janeway decide it would be better to deal with the Borg than Species 8472?
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Species 8472 posed a much greater threat than the Borg. While the Borg had a clear cut tactical advantage over the Federation (and all other Alpha/Beta powers), it was still possible for Federation ...

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Who are the people who others forget when there is sufficient distance between them?
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This is the Voyager episode Unforgettable Chakotay meets a woman who claims that they fell in love a few weeks before, although he doesn't remember her anymore. The woman's name is Kellin and ...

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Which Star Trek episodes/films feature the everyday struggles of the physically disabled?
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In TOS: "The Menagerie", Christopher Pike uses a special life support chair following his exposure to delta radiation. In the 2009 movie, he's seen using a wheelchair after being tortured by Nero. In ...

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Are there any other sentient species on Earth in the Star Trek universe?
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Voth The Voth are a sentient species that evolved from hadrosaur dinosaurs millions of years in Earth's past. They developed warp (and later transwarp!) technology, survived the extinction of the ...

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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?
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The episode you are thinking of is TOS: Journey to Babel and the pet is question was a sehlat named I-Chaya. Here is a picture from TAS: Yesteryear, in which we finally meet the creature: A lower-...

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Since when are Geordi's parents both Starfleet officers?
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No, this was established in season 5 From the episode Imaginary Friend: SUTTER: Commander, I understand that you had a parent who was in Starfleet. LAFORGE: Two of them, as a matter of fact. My ...

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What was this movie I saw billed as the "Worst SF movie ever"?
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Sounds like "Plan 9 From Outer Space": Made in 1957, shot in black and white The titular "Plan 9" refers to "a scheme to resurrect the Earth's dead, referred to as "...

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Has there ever been a bald-headed Vulcan character in Star Trek?
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Yes, several. Unnamed Kolinahr Master from Star Trek: The Motion Picture: A priest and his attendant from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: And this healer form the Star Trek: The Animated Series ...

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How did the Klingon know which "Kirk" to shoot in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country?
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It's subtle, but I think the difference is actually visible on screen. Fake Kirk: Comically points into the air before he even begins speaking. Gives us the laughably awkward dialog, "Kill him! ...

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Why did Dr. Wong switch the sign from Courage to Dedication?
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There's a recurring joke throughout the episode that most of Dr. Wong's patients (besides the Smith family) are coprophages trying to break their habit. Much as the image of the happy family ...

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Why wasn't Captain Picard ever promoted beyond Captain?
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Because he wanted to stay a captain. As you said, he is offered a promotion in TNG: Coming Of Age, and he declines it for this very reason: QUINN: That's not enough. I want to promote you to ...

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Have any Star Trek space stations performed major maneuvers?
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In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, they use the station's thrusters and deflector field to move DS9 from orbit around Bajor XI (AKA "Bajor", the one that the Bajorans come ...

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Robert Sheckley short story about vacation spots being overwhelmed
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The details aren't perfect, but this heavily reminds me of the novella "Flash Crowd" by Larry Niven (1973). The main focus of the story is how instant teleportation results in "flash crowds:" ...

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Is the Abrams-timeline just another mirror universe?
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Not really. The new Abrams Timeline is identical to the old one up until Nero returns, which marks a definite and catastrophic split between the two. After this split, events proceed extremely ...

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Koon-ut-kal-if-fee at odds with Vulcan pacifist philosophy
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It's reconciled by the fact that Vulcans openly acknowledge (on the rare occasions on which they discuss such matters at all) that Pon Farr (and all it's associated rituals) are irrational, illogical, ...

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Is the Descolada based on an actual virus?
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No. The Descolada's pathology makes no sense for a real-world virus. First of all, "changing random genes" would result in death from all the infected cells dying in the body long before an ...

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Is there evidence to suggest that Will Decker is on board the USS Discovery?
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If Will Decker was 32 (age of the actor at the time) in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (set in approximately 2272), and Discovery takes place in 2255, then he would have been 15 years old at the time, ...

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Star Trek: Enterprise S01E18 "Rogue Planet": Is the planet the same one the Changelings are from in Deep Space Nine?
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The Changelings were from the Gamma Quadrant, so far away that without the conveniently placed Bajoran Wormhole they never would have interacted with the Alpha Quadrant (where the Federation, Klingons,...

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In Star Trek, why does Capt. Christopher lose his memory when the Enterprise beams him into his fighter jet?
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From the episode's script, it seems that the writers tried to address this problem, but their explanation is, in my opinion, very unsatisfactory: CHRISTOPHER: Slingshot effects are fine for you ...

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