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What are the origin and explanation for Dax's hands-behind-the-back mannerism?
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To avoid smudging her makeup. Your question has excellent timing, as actress Terry Farrell provided the out-of-universe explanation only a few months ago: The makeup itself provided yet another ...

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Which Captain ordered the most Crew to their deaths?
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My vote goes to Picard First of all, Picard is no stranger to the auto-destruct sequence, as in "11001001" and "Where Silence Has Lease". The crew complement of the Enterprise-D ...

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What's the first movie in which an alien says "We come in peace"?
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It's The Day the Earth Stood Still After quite a bit of investigation, I can find no instance of an alien uttering this particular phrase (or a variation of it) in any science fiction film prior to ...

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What are the DC comics "species" being referenced in Sandman Overture?
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Reference #1: Babylon 5 Here is a direct link to a higher-resolution version of the first panel in your question: Dream — Sandman: Overture #1 — 2000 x 796 px As @Covertwalrus mentioned in comments, ...

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How does Star Trek faster than light communication work?
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Subspace communication occurs at Warp 9.9997, according to the TNG Technical Manual. Faster-than-light subspace communication is explained in detail in the official Star Trek: The Next Generation ...

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Who wrote "Ode to Spot" and Data's other poem?
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"Ode to Spot" There is an unsupported remark in the Wikipedia article on Data indicating that visual effects artist Clay Dale had written "Ode to Spot". However, according to this ...

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Could the Klingon Second Officer of the Pagh have killed Riker with no Federation reprisals?
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Ultimately, yes. Peace was too important. The alliance between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which began with the Khitomer Accord of 2293 (the result of Star Trek VI: The ...

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Are there any plants on Tatooine?
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Above, we see various plants at the Lars homestead, where Luke grew up. Also, according to the official Star Wars databank, Tatooine consists of deserts, canyons, and mesas. Mesas typically have low-...

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Picture of a decapitated Egyptian robot's head with wires coming out of its neck
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Arguably, the most famous decapitated robot (technically, android) head in science fiction is that of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the original question, you wrote, "The girl did ...

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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?
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George Lucas apparently admitted that the inspiration behind the "look" of R2-D2 was the trio of Huey, Louie, and Dewey from Doug Trumbull's film Silent Running, which was released five ...

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Is there a pair of alien species, one in Star Wars, one in Star Trek, that are too similar for coincidence?
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The Breen vs. the Ubese bounty hunters This is probably the best and most definitive example of a character's appearance being copied between the two works. Many Internet forums report the existence ...

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Is there a pair of alien species, one in Star Wars, one in Star Trek, that are too similar for coincidence?
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The Mon Calamari from Star Wars... ...and these guys from The Next Generation. The latter are Antedeans from the TNG episode "The Manhunt".

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What is the origin of the term "first contact"?
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Actually, the first use of this exact phrase, at least in printed works, was in 1875, according to Google's handy Ngram Viewer: Term "First Contact" in the English corpus, between 1500 AD ...

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What does it say on the back cover of "Mars, We Love You" (ed. Jane Hipolito and Willis McNelly)?
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Here is an image of the back cover (from an eBay auction): The text reads: MARS...THE RED PLANET The science of today probes the secrets of the planet that has captivated the imagination of ...

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Is this Beverly Crusher?
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This is Beverly Crusher, but played by Gates McFadden's body double, Patricia Tallman. Here she is on the set of the film Star Trek: Generations, again doubling for McFadden: This is another ...

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Did Future John experience the events of Terminator 2?
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There are at least two ways to interpret the question. Has the John Connor that we see in 2029 at the beginning of Terminator: Genisys experienced the events of Terminator 2 ? Does the future ...

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Which is bigger - the Star Forge, or the Death Star?
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Any way you slice it, the Death Star is much larger. Based on the information given in the question concerning the specs of the Death Star, its radius is no smaller than 60,000 m, which gives a ...

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Do we ever learn why there was a delay in symptoms of the disease in Odo?
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Section 31 designed the virus so that Odo would be a vector but not be actively infected, in order to hide the crime they committed. (This worked, but only up to a point.) Bashir comes to this ...

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Why did Picard not recognize this individual in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard?
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It is unlikely that Dahj is a copy of Lal. Lal, introduced as Data's daughter in TNG Season 3, Episode 16 ("The Offspring"), and Dahj Asha, introduced in Picard Season 1, Episode 1 ("Remembrance") ...

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In Star Wars: IV and Star Trek: III, are this guy and this guy the same guy?
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The Star Trek guy As user Nathan K. Campbell already pointed out, the alien from The Search for Spock, who McCoy tries to secure passage to Genesis through, is played by Allan Miller: Allan Miller ...

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Had Anakin Skywalker killed anyone before Dooku?
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Many Tusken raiders died to bring you this information. Enraged by his mother's death, Anakin had slain an entire camp of Tusken raiders, including women, children...possibly even their animals. This ...

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How can Picard have a Romulan housekeeper?
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The political landscape has changed dramatically. First of all, we learned in Star Trek (2009) that the destruction of the Hobus star in 2387 had obliterated the home solar system of the Romulan ...

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What were the names of the medals given out in Star Wars and what was written on them?
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As seen in this screenshot from the end of A New Hope (click to enlarge it), nothing is written on the medal. Here is a close-up graphic of the medal: According to Wookieepedia, this medal is called ...

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What do different colors of stormtrooper pauldrons indicate?
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These are shoulder "pauldrons". From Wookieepedia: Pauldrons were a type of armor worn by soldiers of the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire. These represented the wearer's rank or ...

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Is there any hard evidence that Supreme Leader Snoke could be the same species as Maz Kanata?
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There is no real evidence that they are of the same species. What we know so far about Snoke makes this extremely unlikely. According to an interview by People Magazine with Neal Scanlan, the chief ...

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How many Decepticons revived Megatron?
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Having watched the scene, I see three possibilities. 1: They dragged the disabled Decepticon up with them Perhaps they saw no reason to leave good parts at the ...

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Was the font used in the Star Trek wordmark created for the show, or was it a re-purposed font?
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The font was almost certainly purpose-built. The font you are referring to was called "Final Frontier", later renamed to "Final Frontier Old Style" (as the font for Star Trek: Voyager had also been ...

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Whose names were written in the Governor's notebook?
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From the The Walking Dead Wikia: The Governor's list that Michonne stumbles upon contains the names of several key characters in The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor novel. The first three show ...

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Green Lantern story with a Lantern who only has 60 seconds left on the ring...and no way to recharge it
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Raker Qarrigat You might be referring to a post-Emerald Twilight storyline involving Raker Qarrigat: One of the lone sources of light on Darkseid’s horrifying homeworld, Qarrigat lead a few ...

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Out of universe - Was the Y-wing design influenced by The Enterprise?
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Probably not The Y-Wing was based on a design by Star Wars production modeller Colin Cantwell that was updated by Joe Johnston before reaching production. It was also influenced by Ralph McQuarrie, ...

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