MPelletier
  • Member for 11 years
  • Last seen more than a week ago
Why and how did the Star Trek Universe evolve to a cashless/commerce-less society?
Accepted answer
117 votes

The best explanation comes from Picard in Star Trek: First Contact. He explains that in the future, humans have moved beyond the need to acquire goods and seek to better themselves. Trip in ST:ENT ...

View answer
Where does human waste go when going to the toilet in the Star Trek universe?
Accepted answer
51 votes

The best (and I think only) "in-show" reference to this is in an Enterprise episode called Breaking the Ice. The crew records a series of answers for school children in Ireland and one of the ...

View answer
Was Darth Vader REALLY a Sith?
51 votes

The Emperor as a father figure argument holds, but I think you might forget this conversation from Episode V: Darth Vader: There is no escape! Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize ...

View answer
What is "Blue Sun" in Firefly?
Accepted answer
41 votes

It's a mega corporation. They do everything from ship parts to food. Actually, while not directly mentioned, the logo can be seen on various props. More at the Firefly Wikia.

View answer
Why wasn't Han Solo suspicious when he first dived Into the Asteroid Cave?
Accepted answer
33 votes

The article you link holds the key: Solo had heard stories for years of the giant slugs, and had been warned of their dangers, but he dismissed them as mere "ghost-stories". If I'm being chased ...

View answer
How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?
28 votes

This has not been addressed, no. Kill one Borg with a certain weapon and they will adapt. It's a bit surprising that they had never encountered any culture with projectile weapons, but since they now ...

View answer
How can warp drives damage space when the galaxy is moving through space?
Accepted answer
23 votes

Warp drives damage subspace, not space. There lies the key, the properties of subspace are what the writers need them to be, so if it needs to "stay in place" or "move with the galaxy", it does. In ...

View answer
Why did McCoy need this person in particular to make his serum?
Accepted answer
22 votes

I can think of two things: First, they weren't sure how to revive the cryogenically frozen crew (this was stated, even though they were sure on how to yank one out, as well as freeze and later de-...

View answer
What is the significance of Tales of the Black Freighter?
21 votes

My secret interpretation is that the Tales of the Black Freighter was the story Moore really wanted to tell. What I do know for sure is this parallel: In "regular" Watchmen, an abominable ...

View answer
Can hybrid Vulcan/Humans procreate, or are they like mules?
21 votes

No limitations have been mentioned for hybrids. There are some canon cases of hybrids having offspring: In The Drumhead, crewman Simon Tarses is put on trial and suspected of having falsified his ...

View answer
What prompted Riker into 'growing the beard'?
21 votes

In Pegasus, his former captain reminds him of his former nickname, "Ensign Babyface". He just felt he had a young face and decided to grow the beard. Further info from Memory Alpha page on Riker: ...

View answer
Were the Assassins from the Assassin's Creed series actual historical figures?
Accepted answer
19 votes

There's ample research put in each game to fit within the game's setting (3rd Crusade, Renaissance-era Florence and Rome, Ottoman-era Istanbul, American Revolution). There are also several tie-ins (...

View answer
Kahless and Klingon Appearance
15 votes

One explanation I read (I believe in the Star Trek Encyclopedia) is that the creature from The Savage Curtain created the opponents from Kirk and Spock's imaginations (just as he did their allies), ...

View answer
Has there been any contact with life outside our own Milky Way in the Star Trek universe?
15 votes

Memory Alpha has a list of Extra-galactic species, although not all have been "encountered".

View answer
Why do Star Trek vessels always approach each other on parallel planes?
13 votes

There's also another argument to be made for how these shots are made. Historically, the show has used scale models (way before CGI), which are held up by invisible strings and thus must comply with ...

View answer
What was Peter Parker’s college major?
11 votes

The Marvel Universe Wiki reads: Peter Parker graduated high school and earned a science scholarship to Empire State University (ESU) for achieving the highest scholastic average in Midtown High's ...

View answer
Why didn't Nero visit his homeworld to warn of its destruction?
11 votes

The two comics (albeit non-canon) provide some interesting insights: Countdown Nero I haven't read Nero, but from Countdown alone we get the feel Nero was driven mad by the destruction of Romulus as ...

View answer
Which actors from the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage" appeared in later Star Trek media?
10 votes

Partial list only of other movie/tv credits, from Memory Alpha: Leonard Nimoy as Spock Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as Number One (and later Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi as well as the computer voice in ...

View answer
What happened to Despair?
9 votes

From Wikipedia: The only hint to the manner of the first Despair's death is given by Daniel in his conversation with Lyta Hall during The Wake: "The person who was responsible for the death of the ...

View answer
Why was the Enterprise built on the ground?
8 votes

I don't have a source at the moment, but please bear with me. That was J.J. Abrams' call. First off, he wanted to show the Enterprise being built. The idea of a ship built in space meant it was ...

View answer
What did the Engineers actually initiate on Earth in Prometheus?
7 votes

It's not so much a representation of what happened on Earth rather than what the Engineers do: seed life through self-sacrifice. There are a lot of religious undertones as well. The Engineer ...

View answer
Why didn't the Ferengi just steal the whole NX-01?
7 votes

Not accounting stealing chairs (but then again that's part of the Ferengi's general goofiness), the overall NX-01 would probably have been of very much lower technology than theirs. Ferengi Alliance ...

View answer
In Assassin's Creed: Embers, who talked to Ezio before the end?
Accepted answer
6 votes

A forum post with a screenshot of a chat features this answer from Ubisoft employee ubigabe : he's actually nobody at all Yet, adding to the controversy, this picture of the young man's sleeve has ...

View answer
Is Fauxlivia's baby still in the timeline?
6 votes

The observer September said in season 4 that just as Peter had been erased (although not completely), so had his son Henry.

View answer
What would be a reasonable technological explanation for why phaser beams are different colors?
6 votes

I don't recall any canonical mention on colour. If you watch ENT's pilot, Broken Bow, the phaser is introduced and the characters do express some confusion over whether the phaser is on stun or kill. ...

View answer
Why don't zombies eat each other?
6 votes

Zombification is an infectious disease. It spreads by biting the uninfected. It's whatever makes the zombies what they are (virus, curse) that incites them to eat fresh brains: so that it can spread. ...

View answer
How was the robot controller prop made in The Runaway Bride?
5 votes

Found it: The controller, while it may have the shape of a Playstation 2 control pad, is in fact a heavily modified Nintendo 64 pad. You can tell this as the N64 pad has three handles and not two (...

View answer
Were there military personnel / branches of service in Federation aside from StarFleet?
5 votes

Aside from the aforementioned Section 31, there is the Federation Naval Patrol, although not strictly military, their mission is to "ensure security and explore oceans of member worlds." Mentioned ...

View answer
Do parallel realities take precedence over time travel in the Star Trek Universe?
5 votes

Since the point of diversion is in the 23rd century, it makes sense (in Star Trek physics) that any point before would be in the same universe/timeline/reality. There are other points where various ...

View answer
Do Captain Picard and Commander Data always have a storyline together?
5 votes

In the early episodes of TNG, they were definitely at odds. Data was more "naive", perhaps obnoxiously so. His behaviour clearly annoyed Picard. Over the years, however, they have learned to ...

View answer