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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?
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The Sarlacc Regarding the Sarlacc in the a Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, C3PO: In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested...over a thousand years. ...

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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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Why did the Terminator need sunglasses?
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Emphasizing character transformations of Sarah Connor and the T-800 The Terminator wears sunglasses to create a parallel when Sarah wears them later: James Cameron (writer / director / producer): We ...

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Why didn't Yoda or Obi-Wan tell Luke the truth about his father?
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People with long-lost parents tend to seek them out soon after finding out about them... If either Obi-Wan or Yoda had told Luke the truth, then Luke would likely have sought out Vader at the first ...

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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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What is Deanna Troi's accent?
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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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First appearance of the "wake up from a coma, discover the world has ended" trope?
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The Sleeper Awakes (1898) by H.G. Wells This H.G. Wells novel was released as a serial in 1898 before being rewritten as a single book in 1910. In either version, a man by the name of Graham takes ...

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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?
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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 ST:VOY watered down?
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Voyager was supposed to be more intense than TNG, but multiple concurrent projects forced the creative team to revert to the TNG format of episodes. The official Star Trek web site published the ...

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Why give this character his old lightsaber?
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She was reaching out to a man who had shut himself away from the galaxy... ...by giving him something that he has a personal connection to — his long-lost lightsaber. Even if she was aware of ...

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Are the crew of the Enterprise-D famous?
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Picard was famous In the TNG episode "Family", Picard returns to Earth for shore leave after events that included his capture and transformation by the Borg, and a Borg cube arriving at ...

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Why was the Federation able to operate Deep Space Nine with very few major hiccups?
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Things didn't "continue to work" — major systems were unresponsive, offline, plain broken, or inscrutable when Starfleet arrived From the first episode, "Emissary": O'BRIEN: I'd ...

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What was the general critical reaction to Star Trek: The Motion Picture?
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Rand al'thor has done a great job of collecting reviews on the issue of The Motion Picture. However, I thought you might also appreciate the input of a die-hard Trek fan. While critics deplored the ...

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Kirk and Spock friendship in Original Series
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There are direct references to their friendship in all of the forms you have described: statements by Kirk, statements by Spock, and statements by other crew members (McCoy in particular).   TOS "...

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What franchises are these weapons from?
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1) Thundercats (Lion-O's Sword of Omens) 2) Zelda (Link's Master Sword) 3) Final Fantasy (Buster Sword) 4) Star Wars (Jedi lightsaber) 5) He-Man (He-Man's sword from Hasbro toys / Filmation ...

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Why not continue to prevent murders?
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There are several intertwined issues here. Human rights of the Pre-Cogs The Pre-Crime system depends in a crucial way on the constant participation of the Pre-Cogs, held in a (not necessarily ...

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Why does Kif appear at the end of "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"?
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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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Why do so many Trekkies hate Star Trek Into Darkness?
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Into Darkness contradicts prior Star Trek canon in disturbing ways and at the same time ends up lampooning elements of Wrath of Khan, a beloved Star Trek film. I'm a Star Trek "purist", but also a ...

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In Star Trek, do the Greek gods lack nipples?
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First, let's establish that at least some male characters do have nipples in The Original Series : Given what we see above, it's certainly not a general policy on TOS to have no nipples. With ...

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What is the fastest form of travel in the Star Trek universe?
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In Voyager "Threshold", Tom Paris achieves Warp 10: "infinite velocity" From the episode (see also here and here): KIM: In principle, if you were ever to reach warp ten, you'd be ...

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Which ship has the most prolific "recurring" role in Star Trek?
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The USS Stargazer appears in at least 150 episodes of The Next Generation. According to this interview with Rich Sternbach (a designer on TNG and co-author of the TNG Technical Manual), the model is ...

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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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Is the painting at Lex Luthor's office real?
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Created by the film's art director from historical sources (according to a Reddit user who contacted him) I've actually been searching for several days now for the name and/or origins of this ...

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What's the history of the term "starship"?
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The term starship appeared in The Pageant of Life by George Barlow, first published in 1888: (Original Print, see page 206) This is likely the first appearance of the term in print and in the ...

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Where did Magneto get his helmet from?
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Same timeline, different helmets. The events of First Class and Apocalypse are in the same timeline / universe. There is no contradiction here. After the events of Days of Future Past, Magneto ...

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Did Smith kill every person in the Matrix?
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No, he didn't kill everyone in the Matrix. First of all, when Smith takes over an individual in the Matrix, this is probably more akin to when agents temporarily inhabit people. We have seen ...

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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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What plans were there for Star Trek: DS9 or Voyager movies?
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No plans for DS9 or Voyager films were ever revealed publicly There is no evidence that any of the major creative staff behind the TNG-DS9-Voyager era — Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Michael ...

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Which actor appears as the most different species in Star Trek?
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Patricia Tallman has 10! Human (played an Enterprise security officer in TNG "Power Play", the Defiant tactical officer in DS9 "The Way of the Warrior", and her face as appeared when playing Beverly ...

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Why do the Starfleet cadets get away with assaulting Kirk in a bar without being disciplined?
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Because Captain Pike decided, for better or worse, to give them a break. As he is portrayed in the Abrams-era films, Captain Pike is a firm but nice guy. If "Cupcake" (as he has come to be known) ...

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